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Proregress: the allure of a word

Cuauhtemoc Medina portrait

Friday, March 25, 2022
4:00 – 5:30 pm


In-person Event

Modern Languages Building
MLB 1220, 812 Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI


Lecture / Discussion
Open to the public
Free of charge

Looking back at the 12th Shanghai Biennale (20182019)

This lecture will discuss the curatorial strategies of the 12th Shanghai Biennale, inspired by a neologism invented by E. E. Cummigs in the 1930s: Proregress”. Among other issues, the presentation will discuss the strategies by which the curatorial team of the exhibition addressed the contemporary situation of the world based on the ambivalence of contemporary ideologies, also considering the task of circumventing the intellectual and artistic controls of contemporary China.

Event sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Museum Studies Program, and The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design