The Art of Power & The Power of Art

16 September 2008 – 23 June 2009
The visual arts can be expressions of power and authority and of rebellion against authority. This lecture series examines the ways in which art can be used to affirm and undermine power. From displays of cultural supremacy, to social control and manipulation, and international propaganda, art is used to assert the power of nations and cultural groups. It can also be used to criticise and undermine, sometimes using guerrilla tactics to do so. We will explore key moments in our history from the ancient world to the present when art has been at the service of power and revolution.