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Bill Brown | Re-Stuffing Theory, Re-Thinking Assemblage

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Rainey Auditorium

Penn Museum

3260 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Assemblage theory within the social sciences has paid no mind to the practice of assemblage across the visual, plastic, and literary arts—a practice famously devoted to “everyday stuff.” How can such practice differently animate that theory? And how can the theory expand our apprehension of the artistic mode we associate with the likes of Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, Noah Purifoy, and Betye Saar (who “just started collecting stuff”). Bill Brown (Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture, University of Chicago) will attempt to answer those questions in an effort to explain why we’re in a moment when stuff has attained a new kind of value within the arts and drawn increasing attention within the humanities.

ASL Interpretation will be provided. If you have any accessibility questions or concerns, please email us.

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration requested.

Cosponsored by the Department of English.

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https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/bill-brown

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