Graduate Symposium keynote lecture

"Reality Mechanically Registered": Sound Recording and Racial Violence in Contemporary Art History

Keynote lecture for the 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art

Jane Blocker, Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota

In 1993, the Whitney Biennial infamously included an amateur video showing five white police officers beating Rodney King. Looking back to that event, this paper considers the ways in which recorded sound serves as historical document. It draws together critical reactions to the tape, the performance practice of Anna Deavere Smith, and the myth of Echo to think about the effect of racial violence on historical temporalities. 

Thursday, March 23
6:30–8 pm Barnes Foundation, Comcast Auditorium Free; registration required.

Co-organized by Bryn Mawr College in collaboration with Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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