Blake Stimson

Another World is Not Possible: the failure of cultural politics after 1968
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:00p.m.
According to one of the best critical accounts of how we ended up in the political mess we're in today--Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello's New Spirit of Capitalism--it all started in 1968 when we in the artworld "combined a social critique of a fairly classical Marxist stamp with demands of a very different kind, appealing to creativity, pleasure, [and] the power of the imagination." This presentation will connect some of the dots between then and now in order to offer a few provisional speculations about what art and politics might otherwise be in the Trump era.
 
Blake Stimson is Professor of Art History at UIC and author of, among other things, numerous studies on art from the 1960s.