W.J.T. Mitchell and Michael Taussig
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 4:00 pm
535 West 22nd Street
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Monuments, Monumentality, Monumentalization
W. J. T. Mitchell is professor of English and art history at the University of Chicago. A scholar and theorist of media, visual art, and literature, Mitchell is also editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the College Art Association’s Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, and the University of Chicago's prestigious Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. He is the author of What Do Pictures Want? (2005), The Last Dinosaur Book: The Life and Times of a Cultural Icon (1998), Picture Theory (1994), and Art and the Public Sphere (1993).
Michael Taussig is professor of anthropology at Columbia University and professor of anthropology at the European Graduate School. An innovative voice in cultural anthropology, Taussig combines aspects of ethnography, story-telling, and social theory in his work. His most recent publication, What Color is the Sacred? (2009), uses color to explore “the bodily unconscious” in an age of global warming. Other books include My Cocaine Museum (2004) and Mimesis and Alterity: Particular History of the Senses (1992). He has written essays about the work of artists Jimmie Durham and Juan Downey, and has recently given talks at Tate Modern, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.