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2017 Ludden Lecture: The Right to Reflect

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Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Policeman), 2015. Synthetic polymer paint on PVC panel with plexi frame. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mimi Haas in honor of Marie-Josée Kravis. © 2017 Kerry James Marshall.
2017 Ludden Lecture: The Right to Reflect

Professor Darby English, University of Chicago

Tue, Feb 28, 2017 5:30 PM

In times of crisis, what is the responsibility of art to be relevant—to reflect on or analyze real conditions? In this lecture Darby English (professor of art history at the University of Chicago) considers a single object: Untitled (Policeman), a 2015 portrait of a black policeman by Wexner Center Residency Award recipient Kerry James Marshall (American, b. 1955). English examines this work as manifestation of and a response to this critical question and delves into issues of convention, authenticity, and art’s relationship to politics.

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s History of Art Department

Darby English is the Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. His publications include 1971: A Year in the Life of Color (2016) and How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness (2007). He is coeditor of Art History and Emergency (2016) and Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress (2002). English’s short-form writing has appeared in Art Bulletin, Artforum,, The Guardian, The International Review of African American Art, and other venues.

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