Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Art History on the Rocks: Art of Noise
  • Art History on the Rocks: Art of Noise
  • Lecture
  • 6/23/2016
  • 17:00-19:00
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Host: Spencer Museum of Art, KU Alumni Association
Event Description
Join art historian Maria Elena Buszek for a spirited discussion of contemporary artists whose work exists at the intersection of art, music, and activism. In the 1970s, artists like Barbara Kruger and Jean-Michel Basquiat started bands, while Devo, Talking Heads, and Kraftwerk treated their music like performance art, blurring the lines between popular music and high art in ways that profoundly influenced the art of our time and paved the way for the art/music hybrid performers that followed like Peaches, Tracy and the Plastics, and Mykki Blanco. Guided by music writers such as Lester Bangs, Ellen Willis, and Greil Marcus, Buszek will also address their deeply personal approach to criticism that claims a kind of kinship with the artists they write about, and propose the need for scholarly voices in art history that admit (and risk) collusion with the artists we study. Art History on the Rocks is a freewheeling art history course pairing art and spirits. From 5-6PM, enjoy specialty cocktails and an exclusive DJ set by Love Garden owner Kelly Corcoran, highlighting and complementing the sounds explored in the program. The program takes place 6-7PM. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration is $20 per person and includes one drink and light appetizers. Register online at http://bit.ly/1T8Oi4p.