OCAD University Visual and Critical Studies Speaker Series: Winter 2020 Events

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Negotiations/Exploitation: Art Dealings with Norval Morrisseau

Public Lecture by Carmen Robertson

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
1:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
OCAD University, Toronto
205 Richmond St. W., Room 420

When Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau set his sights on an art career, he was beset with an unexpected barrage of dealings far beyond creating art. An examination of letters and contracts from the 1960s offers new insights into how the artist traversed the business end of the art world.

Carmen Robertson, a Scots-Lakota scholar and Tier I Canada Research Chair in North American Indigenous Art and Material Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa, leads the Morrisseau Project 1955-1985, with a large research team working to exhaustively study the art, life, and impact of this internationally renowned artist.

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The Woodland School in the 21st Century

Panel Talk with Carmen Robertson, Gerald McMaster, and guests

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
OCAD University, Toronto
100 McCaul St., Room 230

Carmen Robertson, a Scots-Lakota scholar and Tier I Canada Research Chair in North American Indigenous Art and Material Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa, leads the Morrisseau Project 1955-1985, with a large research team working to exhaustively study the art, life, and impact of this internationally renowned artist.

Gerald McMaster – curator, artist, professor – is Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University, Toronto, where he directs the Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge. He has curated international biennales, including being the Canadian curator to the Venice Biennale (1995); artistic director of the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012); and curator for the Canadian Pavilion to the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale (2018). In 2014 he curated “Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes” for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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King Kong and the Suburban Barber: Revisiting Adorno in an Era of Resurgent Populism

Public Lecture by Samir Gandesha

Thursday, February 6th, 2020
7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
OCAD University, Toronto
100 McCaul St., Room 230

Neoliberalism’s recent “authoritarian” turn presents significant analytical difficulties. Proponents of this radically de-regulated, privatized form of capitalism such as Hayek, Friedman and the German Ordoliberal School proposed that inverting the Keynesian relation between state and market such that the market could “regulate” the state would prevent a return to, and repetition of, fascism. Such a hypothesis has turned out to be wrong. How, then, should we understand authoritarian neoliberalism? This talk presents an interpretation of Theodor Adorno’s 1951 essay “Freudian Theory and the Pattern of Fascist Propaganda” to help us to do so, building on Adorno’s insight that capitalism makes persons ever more responsible for their fates while to actualize such responsibility.

Samir Gandesha has been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley (1995-97) and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Universität Potsdam (2001-2002). An Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University, Samir specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the relation between politics, aesthetics and psychoanalysis. He is currently editing a book entitled Spectres of Fascism (Pluto Press), co-editing (with Peyman Vahabzadeh) Crossing Borders: Essays in Honour of Ian Angus (Arbeiter Ring) and preparing a manuscript on the “Neoliberal Personality.”

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The Visual and Critical Studies Speaker Series is supported by the Visual and Critical Studies Program, the Indigenous Visual Culture Program, the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Program, and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University.

All venues are accessible.

Contact:
The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies Office
100 McCaul St., Suite 315
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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