[artinfo] Art & Theory in the 21st Century Lecture Series

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Now is the Time:
Art & Theory in the 21st Century
Lecture Series Fall/Winter 08/09
Organised by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 
University of Amsterdam, W139, SMBA and 

Auditorium of the University of Amsterdam
(Oude Lutherse Kerk)
Singel 411, Amsterdam
The Netherlands

http://www.nowisthetime.nl> http://www.nowisthetime.nl
This coming season the organisers of the 
successful lecture series and publication Right 
About Now: Art & Theory since the 1990s are 
presenting a new series of lectures and debates 
entitled Now is the Time: Art & Theory in the 
21st Century.

The attack on the World Trade Center in New York 
spelled closure for the 20th century. There was 
no going back; the world had been catapulted into 
a new millennium. But what developments have 
taken place in the visual arts since this violent 
start? And how has art theory interpreted and 
contextualised these developments?

Across seven evenings national and international 
art historians, curators and critics including 
WJT Mitchell, Terry Eagleton, Boris Groys, Kaja 
Silverman, Hou Hanru, Ruth Noack, Julian 
Stallabrass, Rick Poynor and Jörg Heiser will 
reflect on issues and questions like: What is the 
impact of 9/11? How will advancing globalisation 
affect the art world and the arts? What is the 
polarizing effect of religion? These themes, 
defined by social and political developments, are 
juxtaposed with art-related subjects like the 
search for a new canon, the return of 
romanticism, the ideals of design and the status 
of the artwork in what we refer to as the 
post-medium condition.

The programme of Now is the Time is centred 
around seven urgent social and art-specific 
themes that together describe the total scope and 
complexity of the arena in which the arts of the 
new millennium are situated: 9/11, Globalisation, 
Belief, Media, Design, New Canon and Romanticism.

Lecture 1: Friday 3 October 2008
With Kaja Silverman (US) and Laura U. Marks (CA)

Lecture 2: Tuesday 28 October 2008
With W.J.T. Mitchell (US) and Sean Snyder (US/G)

Lecture 3: Tuesday 11 November 2008
With Julian Stallabrass (GB) and Hou Hanru (China/F/US)

Lecture 4: Thursday 27 November 2008
With Rick Poynor (GB) and Camiel van Winkel (NL)

Lecture 5: Thursday 11 December 2008
With Robert Nelson (US) and Ruth Noack (A)

Lecture 6: Thursday 15 January 2009
With Terry Eagleton (GB/Irl) and Boris Groys (G)

Lecture 7: Thursday 29 January 2009
With Jos de Mul (NL) and Jörg Heiser (G)

The lectures are held in the Auditorium of the 
University of Amsterdam (The Old Lutheran Church 
on the Spui) and start at 8 p.m.

For the full programme, reservations and 
additional information, please visit:< 
http://www.nowisthetime.nl or contact us via 
info at nowisthetime.nl

The Editorial Board of the Now is the Time lecture series is:
Jelle Bouwhuis (SMBA)
Ingrid Commandeur and Domeniek Ruyters (METROPOLIS M)
Gijs Frieling (W139)
Margriet Schavemaker (UvA)
Christel Vesters (independent art critic /curator)

Now is the Time: Art & Theory in the 21st Century 
is made possible thanks to the support of the 
Mondriaan Foundation and the Amsterdams Fonds 
voor de Kunst.

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