‘Shock and Awe: The Troubling Legacy of the Futurist Cult of War’ symposium in NYC (Nov. 11)

Shock and Awe: The Troubling Legacy of the Futurist Cult of War

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
68th Street and Lexington Avenue
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 – 4:00pm-8:00pm
Further information and reservations: 212-772-4007
FREE – RSVP online

On the occasion of Performa 09, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the launch of Futurism, the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, the Hunter College Department of Art, and Performa present “Shock and Awe: The Troubling Legacy of the Futurist Cult of War,” an interdisciplinary symposium organized by Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor, Hunter College.

This symposium addresses the uneasy, if powerful, alliance of art and politics. Experts from across the humanities and social sciences ask the questions: how and why was modernism used to legitimize and celebrate modern warfare, especially dominance from the air. This symposium is a must for those interested in the use and aesthetics and visual representation in the shaping of public opinion.

Program:

Shock and Awe: The Futurist Vision of the Air
Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor, Hunter College

Postal Bombs: Futurist Propaganda
Lynda Klich, Assistant Professor of Art History, Hunter College, CUNY

The Futurist Cult of Speed Vs. Women’s Time and Space
Lucie Re, Professor of Italian and Women’s Studies, UCLA

On the Military History of Art: Douhet, Marinetti, and “The Command of the Air”
David Lewis, The Graduate Center, CUNY

The Photo In Pieces: Aviation and Photomontage in Bruno Munari
Maria Antonella Pelizzari, Associate Professor of Art History, Hunter College, CUNY

Marinetti’s Bombshell
Ernest Ialongo, Assistant Professor of History, Hostos College, CUNY

Roberto Rossellini’s Un Pilota Ritorna: Reflections On the Futurist/Fascist Cult of War
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of Italian Studies and History, NYU

The Venice Biennale At War
Laura Beiles, Department of Education, The Museum of Modern Art

Wounds of War: The FIlms of Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi
Robert Lumley, Professor of Italian Cultural History, University College London

A Brief History of Strategic Bombing
Elihu Rose, Adjunct Associate Professor of History, NYU

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