Maria Stavrinaki: Bruce Conner's War Games

930 Schermerhorn Hall

Monday January 30, 2023 - 6:00pm

University Seminar on Theory and History of Media

930 Schermerhorn Hall

In his films A MOVIE (1958) and CROSSROADS (1976), Bruce Conner makes a sharp reading of the continuum of war and peace in the twentieth century, thanks in particular to the notion and practices of the “game”. Through a close formal reading, which will focus on the movement of forms within the four elements of nature, I would like to show the Californian artist's political deconstruction of the West in general and of the new American Empire in particular.

Maria Stavrinaki teaches theory and history of contemporary art at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. She is interested in the intersections of modern and contemporary art with social sciences and political thought, focusing on questions of time and history that may displace normative narratives of modernity. She has worked extensively on the historical avant-gardes. After her project on prehistory as a modern invention, which resulted in Transfixed by Prehistory: An Inquiry on Modern Art and Time (Zone Books, 2022) and the co-direction of the exhibition "Prehistory: A Modern Enigma", she is interested in the "atomic age" and the multiple regimes of historicity of the 1950s.

Respondent: Thomas Crow, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

This event is part of the University Seminar on Theory and History of Media.