Critical Issuses in Public Art presents: Rosalyn Deutsche

Un-War: An Aesthetic Sketch

The goal of abolishing war is often dismissed as a wild fantasy, far removed from the realm of real politics. Rosalyn Deutsche argues that Krzysztof Wodiczko fearlessly pursues perpetual peace in a recent public-art project titled The Arc de Triomphe: World Institue for the Abolition of War.

Based on the premise that abolishing war is an individual responsibility because, as psychoanalysis teaches us, war is hidden in our unconscious minds, World Institute also suggest that precisely because we are warlike a less violent world requires the establishment of international peacemaking institutions. Wodiczko’s project is a politically and aesthetically creative form of such an institution, one that extends and adjusts the cosmopolitan tradition of our time.

Rosalyn Deutsche is an art historian who teaches modern and contemporary art at Barnard College/Columbia University in New York City. She earned her PhD. from the Graduate Center of the City University in New York. She has written extensively and lectured internationally on such interdisciplinary topics as art and urbanism, art and the public sphere, art and the declaration of rights, art and war, and feminist theories of subjectivity in visual representation. Her essays have appeared in many exhibition catalogues and anthologies, in Grey Room, October, Art Forum, Art in America, Texte zur Kunst, Society and Space, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and Assemblage, among other journals, and in numerous translations. Deutsche is on the faculty of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. In May 2009, she delivered the Wellek Library Lectures at the critical Theory Institute, University of California, Irvine. Deutsche is the author of Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics (MIT Press, 1996) and Hiroshima after Iraq: Three Studies in Art and War (Columbia University Press, 2010).


Thursday, April 10th, 2014


Kristian Augusts gate 23, 8th floor, Oslo, Norway

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