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Art in the Age of Biocybernetics

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W.J.T. Mitchell

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Mitchell is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Morey Prize from the College Art Association of America. A long-time editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry and the author of numerous articles, his books include “Iconology: Image/text/ideology” (1986), “Landscape and Power” (1994), and “Picture Theory” (1994).

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 25, 2003) -- W.J.T. Mitchell, who is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago will speak at noon Friday, Dec. 5, in the Recital Hall of the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts.

Mitchell’s lecture, titled “The Work of Art in the Age of Biocybernetics," is free and open to the public. A public reception for Mitchell will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the UK Art Museum.

Mitchell is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Morey Prize from the College Art Association of America. A long-time editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry and the author of numerous articles, his books include “Iconology: Image/text/ideology” (1986), “Landscape and Power” (1994), and “Picture Theory” (1994).

Mitchell’s most recent book, “The Last Dinosaur Book: The Life and Times of a Cultural Icon” (1998), is a provocative look at why animals that became extinct millions of years ago are so culturally pervasive today. The book was nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize and won the Award of Excellence and the Juror’s Choice for design at the 1998/99 Chicago Book Clinic Show.

Mitchell’s visit is hosted by the Department of Art’s Visiting Artist Program, with support from the College of Fine Arts, The Committee on Social Theory, and the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, visit www.uky.edu/~abrzy2/Mitchell.htm.


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