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The University of Southampton

University lectures to discuss the future for art

Published: 10 April 2002

The future of art is the subject of a lecture series which begins at the University of Southampton's Centre for Contemporary Art Research, Winchester Campus on 25 April.

The free public lectures will involve distinguished experts speculating on the conditions under which art will thrive in the near and medium-term future. Critic and theorist Thierry de Duve will give the first lecture on 25 April entitled What to do with the Avant-garde? Or: What remains of the 19th century in the Art of the 20th?

Organizer Jonathan Dronsfield said: "The title of the series, What Future for Art? implies no assumed conclusion on whether, or how, art will survive. On the contrary, the purpose of the lectures is to expose to critical scrutiny a range of problems associated with the rapidly changing nature of art in our time."

All the speakers have written extensively on art, and their specialisms comprise a diverse range, including art history, art theory, philosophy, cultural studies, gender studies, law and mathematics.

Forming part of the University of Southampton's Golden Jubilee celebrations, this is the first of what is envisaged to be a biannual series of lectures under the auspices of the Centre for Contemporary Art Research.

Notes for editors

  1. The series comprises the following lectures:
    2 May Post-Autonomous Art: Professor Victor Tupitsyn, Pace University, New York.
    9 May Stealing Keffiya: Art and the Politics of Anxiety, Professor Renata Salecl, London School of Economics
    16 May The Future of the Viewer, Brandon Taylor, Professor of History of Art, University of Southampton. 23 May Picturing the Self/Representing Subjectivity, Gen Doy, De Montfort University.
    30 May Placing Art-Placing Ourselves, Professor Joseph Margolis, Temple University. 6 June Criticism as the Future of Art, Professor Andrew Benjamin, Monash University, Australia
    13 June The Work of Art in the Age of Curatorial Production, Professor Paul Crowther, International University of Bremen.
  2. For further informationon the lecture series contact Judi August, (023) 8059 6946.
  3. Anyone wishing to receive further information on the aims and activities of the CCAR please contact Jonathan Dronsfield at
  4. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University, which celebrates its Golden Jubilee in 2002, has 20,000 students and over 4,500 staff and plays an important role in the City of Southampton. Its annual turnover is in the region of £215 million.
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