(CAMPUS REFORM) -- The Cooper Union, a Manhattan art school, is set to host a lecture called the “The Space of Appearance: Infrastructures of Whiteness” with guest Nicholas Mirzoeff, a Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at nearby New York University.
The event’s description notes that in the lecture, Mirzoeff will examine how “museums, monuments, and formal spaces of incarceration interact to sustain regimes of segregation, taking examples ranging from Danish refugee detention centers to the American Museum of Natural History, Rhodes Must Fall, and the Great March of Return in Gaza.” On his website, Mirzoeff calls himself a “visual activist."
A syllabus for one of Mirzoeff’s classes, called “Decolonizing Media: Museums, Monuments, Universities” which was taught in 2018, summarizes the course in the following way, noting that there is a call for “decolonizing visuality” because of the need “to erase the pattern of classification, separation, and aestheticization these systems rely on. The workshop alternates study of racial capitalism and decolonial methodologies...”
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