EventMarch 20, 2014

Aesthetics & Politics Program Welcomes Theorist in Residence Fred Moten

Poet Fred Moten | Photo courtesy the artist

Acclaimed poet and critical theorist Fred Moten is the visiting theorist in residence at the CalArts School of Critical Studies’ MA Aesthetics & Politics Program next week (March 18-20). The professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, is scheduled to lead a series of workshops and deliver lectures related to his recent text, Black Kant (Pronounced Cant) [which is the text’s full title /ED], including a lecture at REDCAT on Thursday (March 20).

Curated by poet/performance artist and CalArts faculty Douglas Kearney, Moten’s residency marks his second visit to the program and includes seminars and lectures with students and faculty. In addition to his public appearance at REDCAT, Moten’s schedule includes:

  • March 18, 12-1:30 pm – CalArts’ Cube, MA student seminar, titled Black Kant (Pronounced Cant)
  • March 18, 7-9 pm – Interventions lecture in CalArts BB4, titled Black Kant (Pronounced Cant): An Update
  • March 20, 12-1:30 pm – CalArts Cube, faculty seminar, titled Black Kant (Pronounced Cant)
  • March 20, 8:30 pm – public lecture at REDCAT, The Sustain: Blackness and Poetry

More about his REDCAT lecture via its website:

In his lecture The Sustain: Blackness and Poetry, Moten discusses instances of black poetic inscription in visual, plastic and performance art. These inscriptions are by black artists, implying that there is such a thing as black poetic inscription and that many non-black artists engage in it. Through this talk, he seeks to shed light on some recent debates in the poetry world regarding race, politics, conceptualism and the form/purpose of the anthology.

Kearney will be on hand at REDCAT to lead a post-lecture Q&A.

Watch Moten speak in 2011 at Hard Truths: A Forum of Art and the Politics of Difference at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Event Details

Fred Moten: 'The Sustain: Blackness and Poetry'

March 20, 8:30 pm REDCAT 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles Tickets: General $10, Students $5 and CalArts Student/Faculty/Staff FREE

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