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The Manifesto as Art Form: A Futurist Invention

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2006
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Admission: Free; reservations required.

In conjunction with the Getty Research Institute's exhibition A Tumultuous Assembly: Visual Poems of the Italian Futurists, acclaimed literary critic Marjorie Perloff lectures on the Futurist manifesto genre, which she examines in her recently reissued book The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant Guerre, and the Language of Rupture.

The manifesto "Le Futurisme," developed by F. T. Marinetti, caused shock waves across Europe in 1909 when it was printed on the front page of the Paris newspaper Le Figaro. As a secular and aesthetic variant on Marx and Engels's famous Communist Manifesto (and its later political incarnations), Marinetti's Futurist Manifesto laid out the principles for an aesthetic that provided a rationale for Futurists' visual poems and works of art—such as those on display in A Tumultuous Assembly—and laid the groundwork for the subsequent collaborative manifestos of the Futurist painters, poets, architects, and composers.

The Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery will be open following the lecture for a private viewing of A Tumultuous Assembly by lecture attendees.

About Marjorie Perloff
Marjorie Perloff is a distinguished critic of contemporary poetry and professor emerita at Stanford University, where in 1990 she was named Sadie D. Patek Professor Emerita of Humanities. Perloff's many books include The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage, The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant Guerre, and the Language of Rupture, and Radical Artifice: Writing in the Age of Media.

assemblee tumultueuse / Marinetti

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