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Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series

The University of West Florida College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities presents the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series showcasing scholars of outstanding prominence who promote the value and role of the Liberal Arts in building and sustaining contemporary culture.


2018-2019 Lecture Schedule

We at the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities look forward to facilitating another season of public discourse and intellectual engagement. Please continue to visit this page for updates regarding the 2018-2019 lecture season. 

African Tourist Art, Jaguar
This photo is from the “Cultural Commodities and the Transformation of African Spiritual Objects” exhibition, on loan from the Pensacola Museum of Art.

Oct. 18 - "Authenticity and African Aesthetics" at The Art Gallery at UWF - Postponed from Oct 11

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series presents: "Authenticity and African Aesthetics," Thursday, Oct. 18 The Art Gallery UWF at UWF's Center for Fine and Performing Arts

At its foundation lies a deeply misguided understanding for this most prevalent and economically-driven African art market, named simply by contemporary art historians as “tourist” art.

Why do tourists connect with cultural art and how do they negotiate between “fake” and “authentic” replications of cultural symbolism? What are the meanings of “fake” and “authentic” to westerners and to native Africans? In a western museum setting, these objects are out of their original context. How can we understand that cultural context more accurately? Do these connections and negotiations shape viewers’ experiences with both the art and the culture?

An interdisciplinary UWF faculty panel discussion will examine these questions.

The “Cultural Commodities and the Transformation of African Spiritual Objects” exhibition, on loan from the Pensacola Museum of Art, will serve as a backdrop for the conversation. Through the display of African market art, this exhibition will lead viewers to investigate problematic, traditionally Western viewpoints applied to nineteenth and twentieth century African art.

Details

Thursday, Oct. 18
The Art Gallery at UWF, UWF CFPA, 11000 University Parkway
5:30 p.m. - Reception
6 p.m. - Panel Discussion

The reception and panel lecture are free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required, but seating is limited to a first come, first serve basis.

The exhibition will run Oct. 4, 2018 through Oct. 27, 2018. Vist uwf.edu/tag for more information on The Art Gallery at UWF. 

Panel Participants

Installment Sponsors and Partners

This event is presented and sponsored by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; UWF Equity & Diversity; and the Askew Institute of Multidisciplinary Studies. It is also funded in part, by the John C. Pace Symposium Series. The exhibition is a collaborative partnership between Pensacola Museum of Art and The Art Gallery at UWF.

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2017-18 Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series stimulated critical thought on art’s role in society

From October 2017 to June 2018, the University of West Florida’s College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities presented seven installments of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series. The series, made possible by generous donors and the PACE funding promotes the value of liberal arts in building and sustaining contemporary culture. The 2017-18 installments did so by opening thought-provoking dialogues about how public art operates in the current social and political moment. Read more about the Downtown Lecture Series Hosted by UWF.


2017-2018 Lectures


 

  • October 26, 2017 
  • "The Legacy of Contested Public Art"
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  • November 30, 2017
  • "Public Space, Collective Memory, and Community Identity"
  • January 17, 2018 (This will be rescheduled for a later date.) 
  • "The Typewriter Project: Poetry as Public Art"
  • February 15, 2018
  • "Museums as Authentic Public Spaces"
  • March 8, 2018
  • "Katrina Andry: Art as Activisim"
  • March 27, 2018
  • "Public Theatre and the Act of Dissidence"
  • June 14, 2018
  • "Murals and the Role of Public Art in the City"