Off The Ruling Class: The Thinker Bombing + Other Acts Of Cultural Aggression

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Off The Ruling Class: The Thinker Bombing + Other Acts Of Cultural Aggression
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Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland MOCA says
Free with Museum admission.

Art matters. The 1970 bombing of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Auguste Rodin statue The Thinker reinforced art’s symbolic power for a community. The destruction of art objects continues today as a political, religious, or cultural act of aggression. This panel discussion will use The Thinker bombing and Nevet Yitzhak’s new work, OFF THE RULING CLASS, as a springboard to explore the effects of cultural terrorism and the power of icons in secular society, issues that remain extremely relevant in light of the increased destruction of ancient artifacts and monuments in the Middle East.

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ADAM LEVINE, PH.D. is the Assistant Director and Associate Curator of Ancient Art at the Toledo Museum of Art. Levine's background includes doctorate and master’s degrees in art history from the University of Oxford. He is an expert in Roman art. Levine is a co-founder of Art Research Technologies and has consulted for Sotheby’s and Art & Auction Magazine.

PETE MOORE, PH.D. is the Director of Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University. His research interests focus on economic development and state-society relations in the Middle East and Africa; specifically, Gulf Arab States and Levant; business-state relations, privatization, and decentralization; sub-state conflict and regional security. Professor Moore currently serves on the Editorial Board of Middle East Report and is a member of the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies.

BEHRANG SAMADZADEGAN is a Creative Fusion Visiting Artist at Zygote Press. Born in Tehran, Iran, Samadzadegan earned a bachelor’s degree in painting from the Tehran University of Arts and a master’s degree in painting from Tehran Tarbiat Modares University. His work examines cultural and social identity through found sources to reveal ways in which the history of colonialism, the civil rights movement, and totalitarian politics inform understandings of Iranian society.

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BRITTANY M. HUDAK is the Communications Manager of the Collective Arts Network Journal. She is also an art writer, and independent curator. Her recent research has focused on a critical examination of art vandalism and the ways in which institutions have historically silenced or downplayed such events. The resulting research will be published as a feature article in the CAN Journal’s Winter Issue: “Masked Men, Hatchets, and Bombs: Frank Oriti’s Clarity and the Silencing of Art Vandalism.”
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