A scholar and theorist of media, visual art and literature, W.J.T. Mitchell is associated with the emergent fields of visual culture and iconology (the study of images across the media). Mitchell is Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago and the long-time editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Critical Inquiry, a quarterly published by University of Chicago Press devoted to critical theory in the arts and human sciences.
Mitchell is widely known for his work on the relations of visual and verbal representations in the context of social and political issues. In his recent book What Do Pictures Want?: The Lives and Loves of Images (University of Chicago Press), Mitchell states, "Perhaps the redemption of the imagination lies in accepting the fact that we create much of our world out of the dialogue between verbal and pictorial representations, and that our task is not to renounce this dialogue in favor of a direct assault on nature, but to see that nature is already part of the conversation."
Attend this lecture and post a reflection on your blog for extra course credit.
Free and open to the public, Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm, PNCA
1241 NW Johnson St., Portland, OR 97209