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Gradual Contemporary: Matthew Jesse Jackson on Our Literal Speed

  • Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum 20 North Main Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)


It could be argued that the most compelling art is no longer defined by particular media (painting, sculpture, photography, video), or by particular subjects (portraiture, landscape, still life, devotional image), or by particular strategies of representation (Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Appropriation); instead, the true art of our time might best be described as being distinguished by activities that employ everything to evoke everything by means of everything.

Matthew Jesse Jackson is Associate Professor of Art History, Visual Arts, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Experimental Group: Ilya Kabakov, Moscow Conceptualism, Soviet Avant-Gardes (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and co-author and co-curator of the book/exhibition Vision and Communism (September 2011 – January 12) at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago.

Our Literal Speed is a text and art undertaking located in Selma, Alabama.

For more information on Our Literal Speed please visit their website here: Our Literal Speed