Anne M. Wagner + Kaja Silverman In Conversation

Thursday, February 16, 2012

6:30pm – 8:30pm

@ Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia


@ Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Art Historian Anne M. Wagner has written extensively on the art of the post-World War II era, including work by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Kara Walker, David Smith, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Agnes Martin, and Vito Acconci. In her view, this "art of U.S. empire," as she calls it, is marked by complex tensions; American symbols proliferate, but in surprising ways. In her forthcoming volume of essays, A House Divided, she explores the way post-war art negotiates the relationship between nation and consumerism as it establishes or attempts to preserve meaningful models and generative sites of production. With Kaja Silverman, she'll discuss this post war period in light of the political division, economic instability, and seemingly endless war of our own moment.

Anne Middleton Wagner is the author of Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture and Three Artists (Three Women): Modernism and the Art of Hesse, Krasner, and O'Keeffe (UC Press) among other books.

The Institute of Contemporary Art is located at 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia PA.