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Faculty Lecture - Christopher Fraga: “Becoming Contemporary: Art Lessons from Mexico City"
Start Date: 10/10/2017Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Date: 10/10/2017End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description:

Christopher Fraga, Assistant Professor of Anthropology: “Becoming Contemporary: Art Lessons from Mexico City”

Art theorists have struggled to conceptualize the category of "contemporary art."  Some have gone so far as to suggest that it is merely a convenient catch-all label for what ultimately amounts to a disconnected set of wildly heterogeneous artistic practices.  In such a view, contemporary art has ceased to be guided by any reigning paradigms, and art criticism has reached a theoretical standstill.  

"In this talk, I will chart a course out of this apparent impasse by examining it through the lens of a critical anthropology of art.  Drawing on over three years of ethnographic fieldwork in the Mexico City art world, I will identify and elaborate on the key concepts that can help us to extricate ourselves from the theoretical predicament posed by contemporary art.  In so doing, I will also be making the case for why contemporary art has important lessons to offer the discipline of sociocultural anthropology."

Faculty lectures provide an opportunity for faculty to present recent or ongoing research to the Swarthmore Community.

All lectures begin at 4:15 pm and will be held in the atrium area in McCabe Library unless otherwise noted.

Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - McCabe Library
Contact Information:
Name: David Harrison
Phone: (610) 328-5785
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