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Univ. Art Museum Cross-Disciplinary Public Panel with Prof. Nhora Serrano

Posted on November 29, 2013 by Nhora Serrano

Confronting the Exquisite Corpse: the Grotesque in Contemporary Culture

Thursday, December 5th, 2013, at 7:00pm

Location: West End of the Horn Center (back entrance to the Univ. Art Museum)

In conjunction with the exhibition Gabe Bartalos: Abhorrence and Obsession, the University Art Museum is hosting a cross-disciplinary conversation about the role of the grotesque in contemporary culture.

The grotesque has a long history in film, literature and the visual arts, and has proliferated in popular culture through the explosion of graphic novels, video games, and the horror film genre. In the preface to his play¬†Cromwell, Victor Hugo wrote, “The ugly exists beside the beautiful, the unshapely beside the graceful, the grotesque on the reverse of the sublime, evil with good, darkness with light.” From Hugo’s perspective, the grotesque is necessary. The panel will address this question and more in a discussion of contemporary cultures’ fascination with the abject.

Dr. Nhora Serrano will moderate the panel. Our distinguished panelists include: Dr. Karen Kleinfelder (Prof. of Art History), Dr. Mary Caputi (Prof. of Political Science), and Dr. Jeffrey High (Prof. of German).

The program was made possible by generous contributions from the Instructionally Related Activities Fund and a College of Liberal Arts Scholarly Intersections Grant.


~ free & open to the public ~