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Postmodernity and Material Culture

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Parsons Paris, The Gallery 45 rue Saint-Roch, 75001 Paris, France

Talk by Annie Claustres (Université Lumière Lyon 2)

From Claes Oldenburg’s soft sculptures to Robert Gober’s plaster sinks or Franz West’s rather uncomfortable sofas, many artists have addressed through their work the material culture of the everyday and challenged the modern hegemony of economy in shaping social relations. Art historian Annie Claustres proposes to consider these works and their makers within various conceptual and historical contexts, from anthropologist Marcel Mauss and sociologist Georges Bataille’s notion of gift and symbolic exchange to the interactions between artworks, commodity culture, and the field of design. 


Annie Claustres is Associate Professor of Art History and Theory at Université Lumière Lyon 2, France. Among many scholarly endeavours, she has been a central figure in the dialogue between art history and cultural studies in French academia. Her latest publication is entitled 'Objets emblèmes, objets du don – Enjeux postmodernes de la culture matérielle de 1964 à nos jours' (Dijon: Les Presses du Réel, 2017). 


Image: "CLAES OLDENBURG" by Barbara Rose, published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1970.

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