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Art, Autonomy, and Resistance: The relationship of art to politics today

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Art, Autonomy, and Resistance: The relationship of art to politics today

In an age of global capitalism, “progressive” art is generally conceived of as a political form of resistance to capitalism’s all-encompassing presence and commodification of culture. Taking the form of public stunts, political pranks, “dematerialized” experiences, and community engagements, many works seek to rupture the texture of our everyday lives and offer alternative models for politics and society. But given that, in our current moment, the Left has little to no capacity to shape our social and political direction, the merits and effectiveness of art as a form of resistance must be thrown into question. Can art really have a stake in making political change? If so, has contemporary art been at all successful in doing so? How must art’s relationship to politics be understood, and what must be rethought in light of our present? Bringing together practicing artists and critical theorists, this panel raises these questions in order to increase the potential to shape our socio-political and artistic future.

-Coco Fusco (Artist, Writer and Associate Prof. at Parsons )
-Andrea Geyer (Artist and Professor at Parsons)
-Jim Miller (Chair of Lib. Stu. and Professor of Poli. Sci. at the NSSR)
-Haseeb Ahmed (Platypus Affiliated Society)
moderated by: Chris Mansour (Platypus)

Wed., Apr. 28th from 7pm-9:30pm
The New School
Wollman Hall
65 W 11th st., 5th floor

Doors open at 6:30pm, panel begins at 7pm. After the panel discussion, the floor will open for a Q&A session with the audience.

Event Sponsored By:

The Platypus Affiliated Society
NSSR Philosophy Department
NSSR Liberal Studies Department
NSSR Department of Politics
NSGS Media Studies Department
Parsons Fine Arts Department

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Mansour at

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