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Heather Davis, The New School, “Waiting Time: Ambient Anxiety in Sun & Sea (Marina)”
In 1948, Hermann Muller coined the term ‘time bomb’ to describe chemical and nuclear fallout that kills ‘more in the future’ than when the bomb explodes. This metaphor could be aptly applied to the implications of climate change and petrochemical saturation. Exploring the various relations of time to fossil fuels, this talk will examine how time is not what it once was. Seasons happen at the wrong time; species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. The sense of dormancy, where the amplification and feedback loops of climate change, although already past, still remain in the future, was saliently illustrated in the opera Sun & Sea (Marina) that won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. The opera is about a day at the beach that depicts the ambient, but mounting, anxieties that inundate the subjective time of climate change.
The JSMA is pleased to present a special online public program featuring Blake Gopnik, author of WARHOL the widely praised, comprehensive new biography of the always controversial, inescapable Pop Artist. Published in May 2020, Gopnik’s 976-page tome draws on the author’s unprecedented access to more than 100,000 documents in the collection of Pittsburgh’s Warhol Museum and other sources, and over 260 interviews with friends, associates, and others in Warhol’s orbit. As noted in a New York Times review, “Warhol, more than even van Gogh or Picasso, endures not as a mere collection of works, but as a narrative, one that gets more complex the more closely you look…. Gopnik excels at disentangling the strands of that narrative and correcting common lore.” What emerges is a multifaceted look at an artist who, in Gopnik’s estimation, ranks above Picasso as the most important and influential figure of 20th-century art. Join us on Zoom to find out why!
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Canada, Blake Gopnik has been the staff art critic at the Washington Post and Newsweek and is now a regular contributor to the New York Times and Marketplace radio. He holds a Ph.D. in art history from Oxford University for a dissertation on Renaissance realism and the philosophy of representation. Gopnik will be joined in conversation by JSMA executive director John Weber, himself a long-time admirer of Warhol’s work and influence.