Tag Archives: Volume 31 number 5:  May /June 2017

After 40 years Sowing Seeds in Academia

– a special art exhibition at RCVA, WMU, Kalamazoo, Michigan   Richmond Center of Visual Arts (RCVA) is a designated space for academia, community artists and international artists to exhibit. A beautiful 5,000 sq feet exhibition space founded in 2007 on the campus of Western Michigan University within the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. I was invited by RCVA to review …

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The Relevance of Critical Theory to Art Today

The scholar of Benjamin’s and Adorno’s work, Susan Buck-Morss provided a pithy formulation for defining the tasks of both art and criticism in the modern era: “[Artists’] work is to sustain the critical moment of aesthetic experience; our job as critics is to recognize this.” Two aspects of Buck-Morss’s formulation of the work of artists need to be emphasized—“sustaining the …

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The Will to Ignorance: The Role of Academia in the Postmodern Debacle

The Avant-Garde and the Delusion of American Exceptionalism The Third Essay on the Limits of Postmodernism after November 2016   In the late nineteenth century, Friedrich Nietzsche asked and answered a question that still haunts the developed world: “‘What is the task of higher education?’ — To turn a man into a machine.” (Twilight of the Idols, trans. R.J. Hollingdale. Decades after …

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