Sixth Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture: Solar Ethics by Huey Copeland

Since his death in 1993, the musician, writer, and composer Sun Ra—a self-styled intergalactic prophet hailing from Saturn by way of ancient Egypt—has become a frequently referenced touchstone for cultural producers of various stripes.

Art Symposium previously on at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, United States.
From Monday 04 April 2016 to Monday 04 April 2016

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Published by Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, NY on Wednesday 13 January 2016.
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In this lecture, art historian Huey Copeland explores Ra’s representations of space-time and their implications for contemporary artists, such as Edgar Arceneaux, Glenn Ligon, and Mai-Thu Perret, who identify with his utopian aspirations and who have subsequently taken up the challenge thrown down by his life and work. While commentators have made much of Ra’s brilliant troping on black alienation, particularly his embrace of outer space, equally important to his intellectual project was a radical rethinking of the logics of Western temporality. Ultimately, Copeland argues, Ra’s thinking points us toward new criteria for the evaluation of recent art that take seriously both the recursiveness and simultaneity of time as it unfolds within, beyond, and across the black world.

Free with RSVP. A reception follows.

The Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture honors the wide-ranging career of Robert Rosenblum (1927–2006), former Guggenheim Swid Curator of 20th Century Art, and Henry Ittleson Jr. Professor of Modern European Art, New York University. This series is facilitated by the donors to the Robert Rosenblum Fund who are gratefully acknowledged for their generosity.