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Acclaimed Art Critic to Deliver Lehman Lectures

Story posted February 15, 1999


Feb. 26, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Acclaimed Art Critic Arthur C. Danto will speak on contemporary art and art restoration when he delivers this year's Lehman Lecture Series March 1 and 2. Both lectures are at 8 p.m. in the Kresge Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

Each year the Lehman Lectureship brings to campus distinguished scholars whose contributions have helped shape the fundamental questions of the visual arts. It is funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation for the purpose of increasing knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of that discipline.

Danto, who is art critic for The Nation, will discuss "Art and Meaning" on Monday, March 1. He will focus on interpretive issues raised by contemporary art, most notably Andy Warhol's "Brillo Box." The following night Danto will speak on "Restoration and Meaning." He will address the philosophical problems of art restoration, particularly how this concerns the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Danto is Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University. In addition to being an art critic for The Nation, he serves as the editor and president of the Board of Trustees for the Journal of Philosophy. He has published numerous books on the visual arts, including "The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art," "Beyond the Brillo Box" and "After the End of Art." He is also the author of "Playing with the Edge," a book of essays on photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. One of these essays was awarded the 9th Annual ICP Infinity prize for Photography Writing. Danto also has written several books on philosophy including "Nietzsche as Philosopher," "What Philosophy Is" and "Mysticism and Morality."

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