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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
SHIRIN NESHAT ARTIST LECTURE
7:00 p.m. Detroit Film Theatre
Free and Open to All
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Organized in conjunction with the DIA’s Shirin Neshat exhibition,
GLOBAL IMAGINARIES│Individual Realities is a series of lectures that establishes a platform for artists and their communities to enter into a wider conversation about socially engaged art. The ‘imaginary’ is a sociological term which describes the unspoken understanding between individuals within a society who all agree to function within the same ethical, cultural and political frameworks. The ‘global imaginary’ is an idea that expands on this notion, describing the social networks emerging between people from all over the world, assisted by innovations in technology such as the internet. In this lecture series we turn to several prominent artists whose work focuses on the role of art within the social and political sphere and invite a socio-cultural anthropologist, a political activist and sociologist of culture to discuss the role of art in shaping the global imaginary. This program will explore the underlying notions that shape our expectations of society and consider art as a social medium to navigate the vicissitudes of our imagined narratives.
Shirin Neshat is one of the most significant contemporary artists working today. Internationally renowned for her conceptual photography, films and video installations, the exiled Iranian-American artist challenges the divide between the artist and social critic. Informed by her experiences, Neshat's work oscillates between the personal and the universal, transcending preconceptions of culture, nationality, ethnicity and gender. Shirin Neshat will join us to speak about her work as it relates the global imaginary, highlighting her upcoming major retrospective exhibition organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and The Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University. This exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Generous support has been provided by the MetLife Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the City of Detroit.