2017 Ludden Lecture: The Right to Reflect
Professor Darby English, University of Chicago
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, caa.reviews, The Guardian, The International Review of African American Art, and other venues.
Free for all audiences
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