“In the early nineteen eighties I was part of a young ambitious group of artists who were disgusted by the alignment of regressive politics in the Reagan White House and politics in the art world. All institutions within federal government to museums and galleries were perceived to be driven by national interests, imperialist expansion, profit motive, male supremacy, white supremacy, and heteronormativity. Still, we were not resigned. Rigorous analysis of the situation led to tactics of subterfuge and refusal.”
–Gregg Bordowitz

Materialist Geography and the Knight’s Move
A Lecture by Gregg Bordowitz
Thursday, May 1, 2014 @ 7pm
Elvehjem L150

Bordowitz has played a crucial role in the history of AIDS activism as an early participant in the collective ACT-UP, and his video Fast Trip, Long Drop (1993) is famous for exploring the difficulty of living with AIDS in an age when narratives of triumph prevail. He is the author of several books, including General Idea: Imagevirus (Afterall Books 2010), a study of AIDS as word and image, and The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings 1986–2003 (MIT Press 2004), a collection of historical, theoretical, and autobiographical writings. Most recently, his work turns to performance, including improvisational lectures and an opera about the theorist, Michel Foucault.
Seminar with Gregg Bordowitz
Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 12noon
Elvehjem L170
RSVP by Monday, April 28 to avitale@wisc.edu

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