Lecture on “Universal Prostitution and Concrete Abstraction: Labour and the Biopolitics of 19th-Century Abstract Painting” by Jaleh Mansoor.
Professor Jaleh Mansoor is a historian of modern and contemporary cultural production, specializing in twentieth-century European art, Marxism, Marxist feminism, and critical theory. Her first book, Marshall Plan Modernism: Italian Postwar Abstraction and the Beginnings of Autonomia (2016), explores procedural violence in the work of Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, and Piero Manzoni. This talk dwells on the matrix of gender and class at the origin of “aesthetic” abstraction through a reading of Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 and Grundrisse. Modern and contemporary practices from Georges Seurat to Santiago Sierra and Claire Fontaine become a response to “real” abstraction, a form of capitalist realism.
This event is part of the event series entitled “1917: Ten days that shook the world / 2017: Ten days that shake the campus”. More information is available here.