Friday, April 26, 2013

On Madness and Visual Imagery, Monday

Leading cultural theorist W.J.T. Mitchell, known for his brilliant analysis of the "language of images" and visual culture, presents a talk, “Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media and Visual Culture,” at RPI, Monday, April 29, 4-6PM, in the Darrin Communications Center, Rm. 330., free and open to the public.

W. J. T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelly Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago, is a scholar and theorist of media, visual art, and literature. Editor of the journal Critical Inquiry, Mitchell has been a key figure in developing the field of visual culture and in exploring the relationship of visual and verbal representations of social and political issues. He has written on the politics of space in the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, as well as the question of landscape in Israel and Palestine. His books include  Seeing Through Race, Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 9/11 to the Present, What do Pictures Want?: The Lives and Loves of Images, The Last Dinosaur Book: The Life and Times of a Cultural Icon, Picture Theory, and Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology. Mitchell has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Morey Prize in art history given by the College Art Association, and the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association.

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