Nicole Woods lecture at Chapman University


Location: Moulton Hall, Chapman University, Orange, CA

Art History Prof. Nicole L. Woods will be giving a lecture titled, "Routine Provisions: The Edible Art Forms of Alison Knowles and Fluxus."

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY – Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Moulton Hall 213, 7:00-8:00 p.m. 

“Visual Thinkers” Lecture Series

This talk examines the widespread use of food as an object of contemplation, consumption, and display in certain art practices in the postwar period.  In reconsidering performance-based works by Alison Knowles and Fluxus, including Knowles’s seminal Proposition: Make a Salad (1962), and The Identical Lunch (1969-75), and George Maciunas’s One Year (1972), Dr. Woods’s talk will trace how an engagement with food performs a kind of ethics of generosity centered on an economy of artistic exchange.  By making and distributing food itself, these works, and many others, such as Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Food” restaurant (1971), ultimately question the very organization of cultural capital and reveal the political effects of art that moves beyond mere sustenance and conviviality.

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