Surpassing The Spectacle / Edition 176

Surpassing The Spectacle / Edition 176

by Carol Becker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742509206

ISBN-13: 2900742509206

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

In her newest book, leading social critic Carol Becker offers a timely analysis of the nature of art and its role in politics and society. Completed just before the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center catastrophe, Surpassing the Spectacle is now especially relevant in its analysis of the spectacle society that was omnipresent before that fatal day. This book is

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In her newest book, leading social critic Carol Becker offers a timely analysis of the nature of art and its role in politics and society. Completed just before the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center catastrophe, Surpassing the Spectacle is now especially relevant in its analysis of the spectacle society that was omnipresent before that fatal day. This book is remarkably prescient of the new concerns that have now become foremost in our thoughts since the attack. This collection of essays explores such topics as public memorials, America's attempt to hold onto a sense of security while faced with the reality of international terrorists living within our own cities, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, restorative justice, and issues of freedom of expression as they relate to incidents such as New York Mayor Guiliani's quest to ban Chris Ofili's painting of 'The Holy Virgin Mary' at the Brooklyn Museum. The essays cohere around Becker's central concerns: the education and role of artists in a post post-modern climate, controversies over public space, iconography, memorializing, and the myth of the global citizen. Throughout, Becker works to reconstruct a vision of humanity that incorporates, and hopefully moves us beyond, a dystopian moment when we no longer were able to use words such as humane, accountable, or the public good without seeming nostalgic and romantic. Becker raises the question of the place of art and the function of public intellectuals in a society desperately in need of creativity and leadership. The book is written in clear and accessible prose, which nonetheless looks at the issues philosophically and does not sacrifice any of the subtleties of thought necessary to contextualize and surpass the spectacle of contemporary U.S. society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900742509206
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Culture and Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Artist as Public Intellectual11
2The Nature of the Investigation: Art-Making in a Post-Postmodern Era21
3The Art of Testimony35
4Brooklyn Museum: Messing with the Sacred43
5Betrayal59
6Trial by Fire: A Saga of Gender and Leadership65
7Reconciling Truth in South Africa77
8Memory and Monstrosity87
9The Second Johannesburg Biennale101
10The Romance of Nomadism117
11Art and Ecology127
12GFP Bunny and the Plight of the Posthuman137
13Surpassing the Spectacle143
Index153
About the Author161

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