There are two traditions of political art (or, two ways of making art politically) -- the one
that everyone knows and the other (better) one. In this fiftieth anniversary year of the
global uprisings of 1968, we will consider the artistic challenge of affirming humanity
and negating that which negates us. A rapid tour across the history of radical art will be
conducted, and case studies of two Philadelphia artists will be presented. A discussion
will follow the talk—unless a protest erupts during the presentation.
Andrew T. Lamas, on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania since 1990, teaches
and writes at the intersection of critical theory, political economy, and aesthetics.