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Art and Terror
Art and Terror lecture series

Why Babies?

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

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Martha Rosler, Balloons, (photomontage). From the series House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home (1967-72). © Martha Rosler.

  • Tuesday 31 January 2017
    PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Kenneth Clark Lecture Theate, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

Speaker

  • Prof. Mignon Nixon - University College London

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  • Prof. Julian Stallabrass - The Courtauld Institute of Art

This lecture considers the place of children in cultures of terror. It returns to the scandal of baby killing in the American war in Vietnam, as represented in the work of Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, and Nancy Spero, to reflect upon the significance of violence against children in terror’s imaginary.

Mignon Nixon is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at University College London and an editor of October. From 1996 to 2016, she taught the history of post-World War II American Art at the Courtauld. She is the author of Fantastic Reality: Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art. Her recent publications include the Mary Kelly October File (2016) and essays on Carolee Schneemann, Yayoi Kusama, Louise Lawler, and Nancy Spero. Her current book project is Sperm Bomb: Art, Feminism, and the American War in Vietnam.

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