(Agitated) Philosophy and Art (Adrian Piper)

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Check out the big Adrian Piper exhibition currently at MoMA. Her work goes back to the 1970s. Piper worked at the intersection of art, philosophy, and politics. I am going to write more about her later, but for now I’m posting these these two series of photographic mock-ups. In both, she dressed up to be “The Mythic Being,” an often addled man with an afro and mustache. The first one above is The Mythic Being: A 108 (Kant) #1-6, 1975. These are oil crayon drawings on a black and white photograph. The second one below is the The Mythic Being: I am the Locus #1-5, also oil and crayon on a black and white photograph from 1975. They are very cheeky. When I took these digital shots, I forgot to angle out the reflection in from the monitor playing across the gallery. The philosophical oomph runs counter to Kant, who is simultaneous at the base of Piper’s career as an artist. In both series, the Mythic Being gets increasingly agitated.

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About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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