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Encountering the Status Quo: A History of Protest in Art & Design

Date(s) - Tuesday, October 27th
7:00 pm CDT - 8:00 pm CDT


dsc0801-version-2In his book Minima Moralia, the philosopher Theodor Adorno wrote, “every work of art is an uncommitted crime.” By this, Adorno meant that art throughout history has challenged the status quo, that it has the capacity to motivate radical social change, that it can subvert, reject or build upon cultural hegemony.

Join Dr. Margaret Schmitz to learn about the history of protest art and design and the impact this visual culture continues to make today. Explore the visualizations of resistance, and analyze shifting power dynamics and the ways artists, as well as designers, have, and still do, subvert the political status quo.

After exploring the importance of early works such as Picasso’s 1937 magnum opus “Guernica,” Schmitz will encounter several case studies, which include artistic responses to the world’s immigrant crises, indigenous art’s political resonance, the body as a means/site of protest, graphic design’s reactions to the 1980s AIDS crisis, and much more.

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Image: LIC Blues (Gentrification 2), 2016, Art © Luba Lukova

About Margaret Schmitz 

Dr. Margaret J. Schmitz is a lecturer at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she is responsible for developing art and design history courses centered mainly on modernism and contemporary art. In 2017, she completed her PhD in the History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. Dr. Schmitz’s research interests in cross-cultural artistic exchange have introduced a specific set of convictions and intentions in her teaching. Her courses not only introduce students to major trends and theories in art history, but she tries to formulate these lessons in a way that allows students to view the power dynamics at play during a given period, and to be more aware of absent or marginalized voices.

Image: LIC Blues (Gentrification 2), 2016, Art © Luba Lukova

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