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A Withdrawal from Appearance: Late Work as Exile

Referentin: Prof. Megan Luke, Ph.D. | Moderation: Prof. Dr. Burcu Dogramaci (LMU)

06.07.2020 um 18:30 Uhr

For writers interested in the phenomenon of "late style" in the twentieth century, one of Goethe’s aphorisms proved especially intriguing: "Alter: stufenweises Zurücktreten aus der Erscheinung". An experience of lateness so conceived appeared to challenge the two dominant models for describing historical change in modernity, understood either as a cycle of maturation and decline or as a vector of progress, inexorably unfolding toward humanity's ultimate mastery over nature. Megan Luke considers how ideas about late style came to intersect with reflections on extraterritoriality and exile for a generation indelibly shaped by the catastrophe of total war. Through a focus on the late work of Kurt Schwitters and George Grosz, she asks how the history of modernism might unfold if we were to approach exile as an aesthetic category.

Megan Luke ist Professorin für Kunstgeschichte an der University of Southern California Dornsife und derzeit Visiting Fellow am CAS.

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