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New Perspectives Talk: Art, Activism, and Aesthetic Strategies of Jenny Holzer and Gran Fury

February 7, 2019
6p
Kemper Art Museum Study Room (Kemper 104)

In her talk entitled “Art, Activism, and Aesthetic Strategies of Jenny Holzer and Gran Fury,” Victoria Barry, graduate student in the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, discusses the artist collective Gran Fury’s poster Kissing Doesn’t Kill: Greed and Indifference Do (1989) and American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer’s series of printed condom packages produced in the 1980s. Barry considers these two critical responses to the AIDS epidemic, especially their shared use of subversive appropriative strategies and aesthetics, and positions them within a larger debate surrounding politically engaged artwork.

Free and open to the public.

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Image credit

Gran Fury (American artist collective, active c. 1987–1992), Kissing Doesn’t Kill: Greed and Indifference Do, 1989. Bus poster mounted on aluminum, 29 1/2 x 113 1/2". Gift of Betsy Millard in memory of Earl Millard, 2004.

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