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Dr. Jonathan Katz to Give Talk at Canisius College Art History Series Tomorrow Night

October 27, 2014  by: Natalie Fleming

Jonathan Katz

 

Canisius College Art History Series 
Jonathan D. Katz, Director of the UB Visual Studies PhD Program
Eros, Art and the Politics of Liberation in the 1960s
7:00pm Tuesday October 28, 2014
203 Churchill Academic Tower, Canisius College

From the mid 1950s to the early 1960s, just prior to the sexual revolution, the psychoanalytic concept of Eros was elevated to defining status in the international art world. This ideal of Eros was made communal, collective, and utterly undifferentiated in terms of gender, sexuality, and race—the exact obverse of the forces that motivate a body-based art today. Making this Eros-inflected art the ur-ground of a new vision of society, the art of Eros served to politicize our newly forged body-in-common, thereby ironically engendering the very specific contemporary social categories like gender, race and sexuality that now obscure Eros’ formative and foundational role.

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