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Thinking Art: Allan deSouza in Conversation with Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi

NOV 04, 2019 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM

Allan deSouza, How Art Can Be Thought



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


November 04, 2019: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM




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Allan deSouza’s book, How Art Can Be Thought (Duke University Press, 2018), examines how we evaluate if art is good as well as art’s claims to be for the social good. The book provides an extensive analytical glossary of common terms used to discuss art, focusing on their current usage and adapting them to new artistic and social challenges. Like deSouza’s artworks, the book considers art as politicized culture and proposes decolonizing practices within the contemporary world.

On Monday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m. deSouza will be joined in conversation by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, the Steven and Lisa Tananbaum Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This talk will be held in the William P. Kelly Skylight Room beginning at 6:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.

This event is free and open to the public.