Special Programs

UCLA Art History Graduate Student Symposium: Distraction: From Shared Condition to Applied Method

Friday Oct 25, 2019 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM This is a past program

We are more distracted than ever by interruptions from social media, texts, email, and breaking news. This deluge of information can produce a perpetual sense of irresolution and anxiety. In what ways does art historical discourse confront this condition? Is visual culture itself a mode of distraction? How do art institutions facilitate or work against distraction? This cross-disciplinary symposium addresses the aesthetic, historical, social, and political aspects of distraction as a creative tool.

Paul M. Sepuya will give the keynote lecture, A Conversation around Pictures. He will present an overview of his practice to date with a focus on ideas about observation, distraction, theatricality, voyeurism, absorption, and exhibitionism.

See the full day's schedule here.

Sponsored by the Hammer Museum, UCLA Department of Art History, and UCLA Art History Graduate Student Association.

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