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Why has the pristine space of the museum become a battlefield? Over the past few years, dramatic controversies have become a defining feature of contemporary art.

This lecture relates the recent collision of art and politics to past culture wars and a deeper history of political conflict in the gallery.

John R. Blakinger

John R. Blakinger studies modern and contemporary American art, with a focus on the relationship between aesthetics and politics. He is particularly interested in the intersection of the visual arts with science and technology. He received his PhD in art history from Stanford University and was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He is currently working as the Terra Foundation Visiting Professor in American Art at Oxford University.