Anti-Aura: Interrogating Authenticity
Co-curated by Art History majors, class of 2018
Object Study, Center for Art and Dance 205
May 4 – 20, May 25 – 27, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1-3 p.m.
Starting with Walter Benjamin’s concept of aura – an object’s connection to space, time, and ritual – this exhibition investigates the notion of authenticity in art. By purposely choosing works with questionable authenticity, Anti-Aura: Interrogating Authenticity features works that complicate the perceived authority of an original work of art. With works from Flaten Art Museum’s collection attributed to Georgia O’Keeffe, Eugène Delacroix, and Wassily Kandinsky, the exhibition delves into fakes, forgeries, and formulations of cultural identity. The exhibition considers the authentic, or the “real,” which encompasses authorship, style, and use of medium to interrogate the multiplicity of authenticity.
This is the fourth annual Lasting Legacy exhibition, an ongoing series that puts St. Olaf art history majors in contact with objects from Flaten Art Museum’s collection. Special thanks to faculty mentor Christopher Tradowsky, Assistant Professor of Art History, and the class of 2018 co-curators: Joshua Garver, Anna-Marie Heins, Hannah Kruse, Leni Schneider, Elizabeth Steidel, Holly Westwood, Jabri Whirl, and Keyu Yan.
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