The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

The Ruins of the Imperial Palaces in Rome / Rottmann
Ruins give us a sense not only that material resists meaning, but also that materiality cannot always bear up under a surplus of meaning; that what seems to have been finished may have never met its day, and that form, especially once it loses its finality, cannot express everything it is and has been. These dimensions of the ruin seem to be tied to the inherent violence of all representation, which reifies or fixes its object, making live things dead and bringing dead things to life. In this talk, Susan Stewart examines the ruin as a subject for printmaking, especially from the early Renaissance into the 18th century, and for poetry, especially in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Stewart outlines the ruin as both an experienced phenomenon and a problem in representation.

Susan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. A poet and critic, Stewart is a former MacArthur Fellow and author of, most recently, The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics and Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (which won the Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism from Phi Beta Kappa and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism). She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005.

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