The "Alternative" in American Culture?

John Bowe, Lia Gangitano, Alec Soth, Eric Shiner

Sunday 10 March, 2013
3pm, $0

The Armory, Media Lounge
Pier 94, West 53 Street and Twelfth Avenue

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What does the term “alternative" mean in relation to American culture today, and what does this say about its contemporary psyche? In a conversation that ranges from the critical to the tongue-in-cheek, Eric Shiner talks with panelists about current practice that profiles a range of perspectives from undercurrents that could be seen as subversive or resistant to so-called mainstream culture, to views on America from inside and out. Panelists also debate how—particularly with the increasing democratization of images—“high" art should be judged versus art that has mass appeal. Has art that is truly radical been subsumed by the existing art world, or does it linger at its edges, or even outside, and should such terms continue to hold significance? Speaker John Bowe contributes to the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Playboy, Public Radio International and others; Lia Gangitano founded PARTICIPANT INC, a not-for-profit art space in 2001; Alec Soth is a Minneapolis based photographer, whose works have been in numerous exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. Moderator Eric Shiner is Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh and curator of Armory Focus: USA.

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