Lecture preview

Two speakers are coming to campus this week to discuss a unique art curation experience and the literature of modern migration.

Today, Tom Smart, the director of museum programs at the Frick Art and Historical Center, will discuss the unique circumstances of his work as part of the Aesthetics Out of Bounds Lecture Series.
Director of collections and exhibitions, Smart creates new methods of understanding historical collections by meshing them with modern art. He has worked with contemporary artists to rethink the Frick collection through contemporary performance, installation, and object placement.

Smart has recently been appointed director of the McMichael Canadian Collection, one of Canada’s collections of work by the early 20th-century painters known as “The Group of Seven” and by Canadian Inuit artists. In his new position, he is responsible for developing the collections and programs, including those involving contemporary artists, broadening its audience, and directing the operation.
The Center for the Arts in Society sponsors the Aesthetics Out of Bounds lecture series with a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

What is the “new migration” of the past 50 years? Susan Standford Friedman will answer this in her lecture “The ‘New Migration’ and Literature: Gender, Nation, and Narration in the Global Age” on Thursday.
Professor of English and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Friedman will discuss migration and question whether it has introduced a clash of civilizations between West and East and
betweeen North and South.

As her abstract inquires, “Are the new migrants to Europe and North America differently resistant to assimilation, in contrast to older waves of immigrants?”

The founder and former coordinator of the Cultural Studies in Global Context Cluster at UW–Madison, Friedman will tie her lecture topic to current events.

“[The topic] is especially pertinent to the times because of the significance of migration for the recent struggles over the Danish cartoon and also the riots in France last fall,” Friedman stated in an e-mail, noting that she will begin her lecture by discussing the two incidents.

According to her abstract, Friedman will also “explore the literature of the new migration to challenge the apocalyptic narratives of civilizational clash in this period of intensified transnational migration.”
She has published numerous books, articles, and book chapters, and her work has been translated into six languages.

Modernity, feminist theory, and cultural studies in global and comparative context and are among her research and teaching interests.

The event is part of the University Lecture Series.