CloutierBlazzard Lunch Lecture

"Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental."

Starts:  3/23/2016  12:00 PM
Ends: 3/23/2016 1:00 PM
Location: Trustman Art Gallery, 4th Floor, Main College Building

Karl Marx once wrote: “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Considering the longstanding tradition of “the world upside down,” this observation should be seen as both cyclical and within modes of visual ambiguity. In essence, many of Goya’s Los Caprichos figures are tragicomical archetypes that long predate the printing of the manuscript in 1799. In my talk, I will consider these “types”—extending them to the preceding Baroque period—touching upon some of the art that Goya himself likely had in mind when he created his works, and then extending those to a short discussion of “Caprices” as a theme in the Trustman exhibition of the works of Michael Conti, Helen Popinchalk, and Sarah Wentworth.