FACT AND FICTION: ART, NEWS, AND PROPAGANDA
May 10, 2020
3:00pm to 4:00pm

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A Staying Connected Series webcast about art and propaganda, in partnership with the Wende Museum. Open to the public.

“Fake news” and “alternative facts” have become buzzwords of our time. After the twentieth-century struggles between top-down media propaganda and bottom-up media exposures, we acquired unprecedented access to information. Nevertheless, it has become increasingly difficult to separate fact from interpretation. In our current moment, how do we remain (self-)critical in a world of politically split realities? What can art teach us about fact and fiction?

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Featuring: 

Robeson Taj Frazier, Associate Professor of Communication; and Director, Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA)

Professor Frazier is a cultural historian who explores the arts, political and expressive cultures of the people of the African Diaspora in the United States and elsewhere.  His research examines histories and current-day dynamics of race and gender, cultural traffic and contact, urban culture and life, and popular culture. Read more

Farrah Karapetian, Artist, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, University of San Diego

Farrah Karapetian is an artist based in California. Her methods incorporate sculptural and performative means of achieving imagery that refigures the medium of photography around bodily experience. Her work is in public collections that include the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Read more

Luke Matthews, Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Co-Director, RAND Center for Applied Network Analysis

Luke Matthews' work focuses on studying cultural diffusion on social networks, that is, how people influence each other. He has applied social network analysis, simulation models, and machine learning to mixed qualitative-quantitative data. Read more

Moderator: 

Catherine Wagley, Contributing Editor, Momus

Catherine G. Wagley writes about art and visual culture in Los Angeles. She currently works as an art critic for L.A. Weekly and contributes to a number of other publications, most recently CARLA, ARTNews, East of Borneo, and L.A. Review of Books. Read more

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