RMCAD is proud to present Contemporary Art Is an Easy Thing to Hate a free public lecture detailing some of the reasons contemporary art breeds such a strong response, and for good reason. Focusing in particular on the work, especially the films, of French artist Philippe Parreno, the talk lists some of the reasons it is easy to hate contemporary art in gruesome detail, but also provides at least one good reason why we should love it. Developing an understanding of visual experience, Simon Critchley will explore the relationship between contemporary art and complicity with capital, asking the question, “Where is the space for critique, resistance, and distance in the art world and in art schools?” .
Simon Critchley is a renowned scholar and philosopher who is (among other highly notable positions) the Chair and Professor of Philosophy at The New School, the series moderator for The New York Times philosophy column "The Stone", and the editor of the How to Read... series published by esteemed academic publishers W. W. Norton that provides introductory material on thinkers from Darwin to Shakespeare to Marx. Simon Critchley is most known in his own work for elucidating how disappointment gives rise to philosophical quandaries; nihilism when meaning is questioned in religious disappointment, justice in regards to political disappointment. He has written numerous books on the facets posed by this intersection of thought including, but not limited to, The Ethics of Deconstruction (1992), Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity (1999), Infinitely Demanding (2007), and the most recent The Faith of the Faithless (2012).
Free Public Lecture
Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
Mary Harris Auditorium
This event is open to the public and free of charge; however reservations are highly recommended. Click Here To RSVP