What Is Contemporary Global Art?


The Redwood’s Contemporary Curator, Leora Maltz-Leca, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History at RISD, will present an in-depth analysis into the history of the contemporary arts movement in the global sphere. Contemporary art is fickle, even promiscuous. It wants to toy with every aspect of culture, high and low, elite and mass, trampling on those very divisions along the way. The astonishing size and diversity of the field ensures a myriad of possible issues to be mined.  Contemporary artists are liable to address the literary and the theatrical, music, fashion, television and the internet; or make use of robotics and artificial intelligence as well as interrogate science and ecology.

This three-part series includes:

Wednesday, June 21: Flashbacks to Modernism, or Where Does Contemporary Art Come From and Where is                                                    it Going?

Wednesday, June 28: Mapping the Spaces of Global Contemporary Art

Wednesday, July 5: Keeping Time, or Refusing It: Contemporary Art & the Politics of Time

The Lecturer

Leora Maltz-Leca currently serves as Associate Professor of Art History at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she specializes in global contemporary art, and chairs the department of History of Art and Visual Culture.  She has written extensively on artists such as William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Robin Rhode, Pascale Marthine Tayou, David Goldblatt, Santu Mofokeng, Guy Tillim, Malick Sidibe and Paul Stopforth for publications such as Artforum, Frieze, Art Bulletin and African Arts. Her first book William Kentridge: Process as Metaphor & Other Doubtful Enterprises, which was awarded a 2016 CAA Millard Mess publication award, a 2011 Creative Capital/ Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer's Grant, a 2011/2012 Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship and a 2010 Library of Congress Swann fellowship will be published by University of California Press this year; her second book, Material Politics: On Matter and Meaning In and Out of the Postcolonies continues her meditations on studio processes and materials. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University.

Tickets are $20 per lecture, or $50 for three lectures. Click Here to purchase tickets. Wine and cheese will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture 6:00 p.m.