Democracy A Project By Group Material

Democracy A Project By Group Material

by Brian Wallis
     
 

A Village Voice Best Book of the Year, this collection of essays covers a range of topics, from “Education and Democracy” and “Politics and Election” to “Cultural Participation” and “AIDS and Democracy: A Case Study.”

With contributions by: Erma Bombeck Noam Chomsky Alexander Cockburn David Deitcher

Overview

A Village Voice Best Book of the Year, this collection of essays covers a range of topics, from “Education and Democracy” and “Politics and Election” to “Cultural Participation” and “AIDS and Democracy: A Case Study.”

With contributions by: Erma Bombeck Noam Chomsky Alexander Cockburn David Deitcher Lisa Duggan Barbara Ehrenreich Deirdre English Stuart Ewen Henry Louis Gates Jr. Group Material bell hooks Gary Indiana Catherine Lord Bill Moyers William Olander Mark P. Petracca Yvonne Rainer Vito Russo Ira Shor Tom Stoddard Polly Thistlethwaite Brian Wallis

Discussions in Contemporary Culture is an award-winning series co-published with the Dia Center for the Arts in New York City. These volumes offer rich and timely discourses on a broad range of cultural issues and critical theory. The collection covers topics from urban planning to popular culture and literature, and continually attracts a wide and dedicated readership.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While this volume makes a convincing record of a complex project by a New York City art collective, the number and diversity of contributors leads to an uneven quality. The collective, Group Material, identified ``four significant areas of the crisis in democracy: education, electoral politics, cultural participation, and AIDS.'' This volume briefly describes the series of roundtables, exhibitions and ``town meetings'' (discussions open to the general public) they organized in New York on each topic. At the education roundtable, for instance, artists and educators recognize the lures that tempt students away from liberal, self-enriching studies: the street, with its own values, and big business, with its high salaries. The volume also incorporates essays on related topics, such as Deirdre English's piece on anti-feminist backlash and Gary Indiana's analysis of disturbing similarities between Oliver North and serial killer Ted Bundy. But in spite of some interesting patches,the roundtables and town meetings fail to offer coherent presentations: speakers often ignore points raised by other speakers; and one discussion degenerates into virtual advertisements for various activist groups. Illustrated. Wallis is a senior editor at Art in America magazine. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565844995
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Series:
Discussions in Contemporary Culture Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
0.69(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author


Brian Wallis is chief curator and director of exhibitions at the International Center for Photography (ICP) and is on the faculty of the ICP-Bard Program. He was previously a curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and a senior editor at Art in America. He is the editor of Democracy: Discussions in Contemporary Culture #5 and If You Lived Here: The City in Art, Theory, and Social Activism: Discussions in Contemporary Culture #6 by Martha Rosler, both published by The New Press.

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