RADIO // Living HistoryDouble Talk/Double Think: The Art and Politics of Language
In this scintillating program presented by the U.S. chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, a panel of artists and writers moderated by Arthur C. Danto explored how easily - even this long past George Orwell's 1984 - words and images influence popular opinion, and how one can decode the ever-elusive truth from the tangle of half-truths, contradictory messages and disinformation so rampant in this election year. Speakers are: the internationally celebrated artist Barbara Kruger, whose graphic works famously unleash the power of language and images on a blithely consumerist world, has had 48 solo exhibitions since 1974 and is currently a professor at UC/San Diego; critic and author David Levi Strauss, a regular contributor to Artforum and Aperture, and the author, most recently of Between the Eyes, on the media frenzy surrounding the events of September 11; Nancy Snow is the author of Propaganda, Inc: Selling America's Culture to the World and serves as a Senior Research Fellow in the USC Center on Public Diplomacy; Boris Groys, probably best known for his essays on Russian intellectual history and culture, is Professor for Philosophy and Media Theory at the State Academy for Design in Karlsruhe, Germany, a visiting professor at New York University, and the author most recently of Topologie der Kunst (The Topology of Art). Moderating is Arthur C. Danto, art critic for The Nation and Johsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University, received the National Book Critics Circle Prize for Criticism in 1990 and the 2003 Prix Philosophie. His most recent book is The Abuse Of Beauty: Aesthetics And The Concept Of Art.
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