Monday, October 17, 2011

Greg: Art of Cruelty vs. Art of Joy

For class on Oct. 24, Greg's group will read and discuss:
= Maggie Nelson's "The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning"
= Barbara Ehrenreich's "Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy"

Does art require conflict to be satisfying? How to we convey cruelty or joy in art? Is it harder to convey one than the other? What do we hope to share with viewers? How might shock help get this across? How might these readings reframe our sense of the new MFA contemporary wing? How might these readings relate to the ICA's exhibit "Dance/Draw"?

Photo by Greg Cook.

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