Leading social critic Carol Becker offers a timely analysis of the nature of art and its role in politics and society. Completed just before the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center catastrophe, this book is remarkably prescient of the new concerns that have now become foremost in our thoughts since the attack. Becker raises the question of the place of art and the function of public intellectuals in a society desperately in need of creativity and leadership.
Carol Becker is dean of faculty and vice-president for academic affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety (New York Press, 1996) and The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility(Routledge, 1994).
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Artist as Public Intellectual Chapter 3 The Nature of the Investigation: Art Making in a Post-Postmodern Era Chapter 4 The Art of Testimony Chapter 5 Brooklyn Museum: Messing with the Sacred Chapter 6 Betrayal Chapter 7 Trial by Fire: A Saga of Gender and Leadership Chapter 8 Reconciling Truth in South Africa Chapter 9 Memory and Monstrosity Chapter 10 The Second Johannesburg Biennale Chapter 11 The Romance of Nomadism Chapter 12 Art and Ecology Chapter 13 GFP Bunny and the Plight of the Posthuman Chapter 14 Surpassing the Spectacle Chapter 15 Index