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25 Oct
Transnational, Hemispheric, and Cold War Arts: A Collective Book Launch
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Lectures, Symposia, Etc., Readings



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Faculty, Graduate Students


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Humanities Center
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Transnational, Hemispheric, and Cold War Arts: A Collective Book Launch

Join the Humanities Center for a Transnational, Hemispheric, and Cold War Arts: A Collective Book Launch with Caitlin Bruce (Pitt, Communication), Harris Feinsod (Northwestern, English), and Jennifer Josten (Pitt, History of Art and Architecture)

This event puts three recently published and forthcoming books (each of which was supported by the University of Pittsburgh and its scholarly communities) into dialogue in order to think through emerging scholarly trends in the study of twentieth-century arts from a translational perspective.  What does it mean when artistic practices and programs are translated across borders and between languages?  What tools do we need to study such phenomena?  And what do we need to bear in mind when we undertake such research?

This collective book launch brings together the work and voices of the following three people:
Caitlin Bruce (University of Pittsburgh, Communication).  Her Painting Publics: Transnational Legal Graffiti Scenes as Spaces for Encounter is forthcoming in spring 2019.  Painting Publics argues that legal graffiti scenes offer moments and spaces for active reckoning with contingency due to art event-spaces engaging with plurality, agonism, and interrelationality.  She explores graffiti events in Europe, Mexico, and the United States, suggesting that such spaces function as mid-level scenes, hovering between rupture and continuity.

Harris Feinsod (Northwestern University, English—and formerly an Early Career Fellow in the Humanities Center at Pitt).  His The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures appeared in fall 2017.  Poetry of the Americas is an expansive literary history of the emergent relations between poets in the U.S. and Latin America across the Cold War.  As poets navigated both state-sponsored inter-American cultural diplomacy initiatives and dissident countercultures, they invested in a new supranational idea of cultural membership that they called “the poetry of the Americas.”

Jennifer Josten (University of Pittsburgh, History of Art and Architecture).  Her Mathias Goeritz: Modernist Art and Architecture in Cold War Mexico appeared in fall 2018. It takes as its lens the multivalent artistic and critical practice of German émigré artist and critic Mathias Goeritz (1915–1990), whose commitment to internationalist abstraction in art, design, and urban planning initiatives had a transformative impact on Mexico’s cultural and urban landscape at the height of the Cold War.

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Friday, October 25 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Humanities Center, 602
Fifth Avenue at Bigelow, Pittsburgh, PA 15260