JANE BLOCKER lecture
ECHO: SOUND RECORDING AND RACIAL VIOLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY ART HISTORY
Thursday, April 5, 2018
L 140, Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
Jane Blocker is a Professor of Art History and Associate Dean for Art and Humanities at the University of Minnesota. This lecture looks back to the 1993 Whitney Biennial and its inclusion of the Rodney King beating, to consider the ways in which recorded sound serves as historical document. It draws together critical reactions to the Biennial, the performance practice of Anna Deavere Smith, and the story of Echo to think about the effect of racial violence on historical temporalities.