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Nazarian Program in the Fine Arts: Discussions in Contemporary Art
December 5, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Presented by the Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program in the Fine Arts, the annual lecture series returns! This year, we will focus on issues relating to contemporary art, with a distinct focus on Los Angeles and, more broadly, the West Coast.
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Anuradha Vikram, Artistic Director, 18th Street Arts Center, will read from and discuss her essay “Culture, Class, and the New Economy” from her recent book Decolonizing Culture. The essay looks at the changing role of art in society as the place of visual and performing arts in popular life is supplanted by commercial and applied arts such as design, technology, and gaming. Rather than allow the arts to be supplanted by market forces as has happened in the one-time counter-culture mecca of San Francisco, this essay asks how American cities might rethink their values to promote livability and sustainability for all citizens and thereby support and promote the arts within a healthy society.
Image description: Brendan Fernandes, I’M DOWN, 2017. Documentation of performance in downtown Santa Monica. Photo by Maria Martin. Courtesy of the artist and 18th Street Arts Center.