Poet, art historian, art critic and literary critic Michael Fried of Johns Hopkins University will deliver a lecture on artist Douglas Gordan’s “Antitheatricality” on Friday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., in the Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall. Fried will show excerpts from and discuss two major works by Douglas Gordon, “Play Dead; Real Time” and “Déjà vu.” His aim will be to demonstrate that, far from being the avatar of postmodernism he is often taken to be, Gordon is a deeply serious artist whose essential commitment is to various forms of antitheatricality.
Fried has long been engaged by questions of modernism, realism, theatricality, objecthood, self-portraiture, embodiedness, and the everyday. He is the author of numerous influential books on art, among them Art and Objecthood: Essays and Reviews (1998); Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot (1980, 1988), which won the Louis Gottschalk Prize; Realism, Writing, Disfiguration: On Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane (1987); and Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before (2008). A professor at Johns Hopkins University, he has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2006, Fried won an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Fried’s lecture is sponsored by Emory University’s Art History Department and the Michael C. Carlos Museum; it is the third lecture in the David Heath Lecture in Modern and Contemporary Art series, made possible by a gift from Emory graduate Dana Ruben Rogers and Greg Rogers. The event is free and open to the public.
Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall
571 South Kilgo Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322