Now is the Time: Art & Theory in the 21st Century Lecture Series

Now is the Time: Art & Theory in the 21st Century Lecture Series

University of Amsterdam

September 22, 2008
Now is the Time: Art & Theory in the 21st Century Lecture Series
Now is the Time

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: or contact us via [email protected]

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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