Art in the After-Culture: Capitalist Crisis and Cultural Strategy
Visiting speaker
Ben Davis
Art Critic
Past Talk
Wednesday
Sep 21, 2022
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3:00 pm
177 Huntington Ave
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11th floor
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American art critic and author Ben Davis will be giving a talk on his recent book, "Art in the After-Culture: Capitalist Crisis and Cultural Strategy."It is a scary and disorienting time for art, as it is a scary and disorienting time in general. Aesthetic experience is both overshadowed by the spectacle of current events and pressed into new connection with them. The self-image of art as a social good is collapsing under the weight of capitalism’s dysfunction.In these incisive essays, art critic Ben Davis makes sense of our extreme present as an emerging "after-culture"—a culture whose forms and functions are being radically reshaped by cataclysmic events. In the face of catastrophe, he holds out hope that reckoning with the new realities of art, technology, activism, and the media, can help us weather the super-storms of the future.

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