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The Romance Of Nomadism – Carol Becker Lectures

UPCOMING LECTURES by Carol Becker; 6pm, October 3rd, Elam Lecture Theatre, Elam School of Fine Arts. 20 Whittaker Place (under the Elam Library) admission free.

THE ROMANCE OF NOMADISM. A discussion of the Johannesburg Biennale, in particular the Romance of the Global Citizen, and the homogenization of the International Art World. The lecture will also investigate a dominant aesthetic in many International Biennales, one which is sifted through the New York Art World.

The Artist as Public Intellectual. This talk looks @ Gramsci's terms filtered through Edward Said to discuss the role of the artist in society as similar to that of the role of the public intellectual.

Carol Becker; writer, cultural critic & Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has received several distinguished awards, including a Fulbright Visiting Scholar award in 1989, a MacArthur Foundation grant, Outstanding Alumni Award 1999 from UCSD, and a Rockerfeller Foundation Planning Grant in 1999.

Dr Becker is the author of ŒThe Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change¹, ŒZones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety¹, editor of ŒThe Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility¹, and with Ann Wiens, co-editor of ŒThe Artist in Society: Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities¹. She is currently completing work on ŒSurpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Cultural Politics of Art¹.

Artists at Work has invited Dr Becker to New Zealand in the belief that her lecture series and clinics with students and arts professionals, meetings with arts advocates and politicians, and public profile, will make significant contributions to cultural exchange and to the ways New Zealanders think about the arts, arts education and culture in general.

She has also written about many other topics, including issues relating to women and creativity, anxiety, Viet Nam and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Artists at Work will present Dr Becker to national audiences through a series of speaking engagements in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Contact for Auckland lecture; Lisa Crowley, 3737599 ext 8825.

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