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Between Hearts and Media: Artists in Public Space in Zagreb, 1975-79

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
5 p.m.
Humanities Center, Conference Room D

Adair Rounthwaite
University of Washington
Assistant Professor, Art History

Rounthwaite’s talk is part of her current book project, which addresses the relationship between art and public space in Zagreb, in the former Yugoslavia, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a period during which artists combined public engagement in city spaces with critical practices that reflected a disillusionment with the public sphere. Rounthwaite’s study focuses on practitioners from the conceptualist generation known as the New Artistic Practice (Nova umjetnicka praksa), and in particular on the Group of Six Authors (Grupa šestorice autora). It aims to contribute to a greater understanding of the diverse modalities of artists’ engagement with public space in the 20th century, and in particular of the ways in which experimental artists approached the public sphere in formerly socialist and communist Europe.

Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures, the Department of Art & Art History, the Graduate Program in Visual & Cultural Studies, and the Margaret Parkhurst Morey Lectureship Fund