TALK: Ceramics as a Medium and Its Discontents

Jenni Sorkin (History of Art & Architecture, UCSB)
Thursday, April 27, 2017 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020

Ceramics has been a marginal practice within the history of postwar art. But embedded in a discourse of experimentation with materials, tactility, and performance, its formal concerns resonate as a parallel medium to avant-garde movements of the 1950s and 1960s, including, but not limited to: Abstract Expressionism, happenings, experimental music, minimalism, and early video art. This talk argues that ceramics is a socially engaged artistic practice that integrates aesthetic concerns with pedagogy and affective discourses.

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