Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety

Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety

by Carol Becker

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Overview

Addresses the questions: What might be the role of the artist in the 21st century? How essential is art to the psychic and political well-being of American society?

This collection of essays by cultural critic Carol Becker plumbs particular areas of controversy to understand what information these "zones of contention" might yield about the multifarious culture wars taking place within American society today.

In the process she addresses the place of art and artists in society, the difficulties facing women in the workplace, why male bonding exists, why women experience anxiety in relationship to creative endeavors, and why artists are misunderstood within American society. She positions art and artists, as well as institutional dynamics within a philosophical framework.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791429389
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/03/1996
Series: SUNY series, INTERRUPTIONS: Border Testimony(ies) and Critical Discourse/s
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Carol Becker is a cultural critic, Professor of Liberal Arts and Dean of Faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change and editor of The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I: ART IN SOCIETY

1. Art Thrust into the Public Sphere

2. When Cultures Come into Contention

3. Social Responsibility and the Place of the Artist in Society

4. Herbert Marcuse and the Subversive Potential of Art

PART II: THE EDUCATION OF ARTISTS

5. The Education of Young Artists and the Issue of Audience

6. Private Fantasies Shape Public Events and Public Events Invade and Shape Our Dreams

7. Reimagining Art Schools

PART III: WRITING ON ART

8. Imaginative Geography

9. Goat Island's We Got a Date

10. From Tantrums to Prayer

11. Drawing from the Subtle Body

12. Lineaments of Desire

13. The Prodigal Daughter

PART IV: GENDER AND CREATIVITY

14. Women, Anxiety, Creativity

15. Male Anxiety and the Fear of Female Authority

16. Men in Suits

17. The Institution as Dysfunctional Family

Notes on Chapters

Index

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