Terra Foundation-supported Events

Lecture Series: “A Contest of Images: American Art as Culture War”

Please join John R. Blakinger, Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art at the University of Oxford, for this year’s Terra Lectures in American Art at Oxford University.

Dramatic controversies have exploded across the art world in recent years. Unlike the culture wars of the 1990s, these ideological battles defy clear distinctions between left and right, instead revealing art’s complex entanglement with politics, power, history, and a changing definition of truth. This lecture series explores these debates, presenting art as an arena for symbolic struggle. Accelerating digital networks have fueled a new contest of images, a clash between past and present. How does this virtual warfare animate the history of US art?

May 8
“Warhol in Safariland”

May 15
“The Body of Emmett Till”

May 22
“Dismantling the Gallows”

May 29
“The Stones of Civil War”

Lectures will begin at 5:00 pm in the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre at Worcester College. The final lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

For more information, please visit: https://www.hoa.ox.ac.uk/events