MillerComm Lecture Series

End of the Century Blues: The Issue of Post-Modernism

Thursday, September 17th, 1987
Dore Ashton

Foellinger Auditorium
South End of the Quadrangle

Event Description

As so many commentators and artists have taken the term Post-Modernism as a rallying cry, it must, presumably, exist. Yet the lineaments of this new "ism" are exceedingly blurred. Although the term suggests the end of a stylistic era, it may be only a symptom of fatigue, and an emanation of an end-of-the-century malaise. The willingness of so many to submit to a de-valuation of values, to a leveling of all experience, and even to a complete negation of the artistic experience, demands close scrutiny. The abundant jargon that has accompanied the advent of post-modernism must be challenged. It must be confronted with works of art, and by such mean, found wanting in intellectual content and good faith.


In conjunction with: School of Art and Design, School of Music, College of Applied Life Studies, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Department of Art History, Department of Computer Science, Department of Economics, Department of English, Unit for Cinema Studies, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Program in Comparative Literature, Affirmative Action Office, Office of International Programs in the Visual Arts, Office of Public Affairs, University Library, Krannert Art Museum, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Humanities Council, Lord Taft Lecture Fund, George A. Miller Committee

Dore Ashton

Art Critic and Historian