Don't Miss! Wednesday, March 18th, at 7 pm in PAB 320, Solveig Nelson will give a public lecture entitled "From Selma to Stonewall: On Civil Rights and Early Video." This lecture considers the relation between the visual and performative strategies of nonviolent direct action in the U.S. Civil Rights movement and early video art’s conceptual frameworks. In particular, works such as Ken Dewey’s mixed-media installation, Selma Last Year, 1966 will provide a point of entry for considering contact, a discourse of direct/indirect address that she locates in both political activism and art works. Solveig Nelson is an art critic and PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Chicago. Nelson’s work focuses on the history and criticism of early video art, broadly considered, and on the visual and performative strategies of the U.S. civil rights movement. She has written art criticism for Artforum since 2012. Her M.A. thesis at The University of Chicago, 2013, considered Ken Dewey's mixed media installation Selma Last Year, 1966. Previously she has worked as the fiction editor of The Baffler; collaborated with Sadie Benning on the video installation, Play Pause, 2006; and programmed literary events at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Hyde Park, Chicago.
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