After Modernism: The Dilemma of Influence

Date: Monday, August 19 at 7 PM


58 minutes, English, 1992. Directed by Michael Blackwood.

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The purposeful dismantling of the modernist myth has been the central issue of contemporary art making and art criticism. Since the 1960s, other disciplines, cultures, and artists previously excluded from modernism’s privileged canons have become absorbed into an ever expanding field of activity and influence. Younger artists are a new breed of cultural scavengers — anything or anyone is fair game for appropriation or reinterpretation. Meaning is no longer fixed, context is everything. However, despite this willful upending of aesthetic hierarchies, the issues and traditions of modernism do persist, ultimately revealing modernism itself to be richer and more complex than previously considered.


Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7 PM. Suggested donation at the door: $5 members, $7 nonmembers includes complimentary beverage. Watch the trailer online.

58 minutes, English, 1992. Directed by Michael Blackwood.

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art recognizes that film is a visual art form and is delighted to bring you a series of outstanding documentaries inspired by our current exhibitions. Films screen the third Monday of each month at 7 PM.

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