Claire Farago and Donald Preziosi

Ways of Seeing Otherwise:
Honoring John Berger in the Now-Time

Friday, 19 October 2018, 6 pm
ZHdK, Room 6.K04


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Seeing is neither innocent nor passive, but an active way of making sense of the world. The critique of consumerism in John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is more relevant now than ever, but much has changed since it appeared in 1972 when a student revolution against the establishment was in full swing. Where are we now? What still matters is who uses images for what purposes, and how the gap between word and image, between seeing and saying, is negotiated.

Donald Preziosi is Emeritus Professor of Art History and Critical Theory at UCLA, and Former Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford. He trained in art history, classics, and linguistics at Harvard, and is the author and co-author of many books including The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology (2009).
Claire Farago was Professor of Renaissance Art Theory and Criticism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is author and co-author of many books on art theory, historiography, and museums, and is an authority on the manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci. Her numerous publications include Re-Reading Leonardo: The Treatise on Painting across Europe 1550-1900(2009). Donald Preziosi and Claire Farago have previously collaborated as co-editors of Grasping the World: The Idea of the Museum (2004).