University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jane Blocker

Glenn Ligon's work "Come Out"
Glenn Ligon, "Come Out", 2004

Jane Blocker

Lecture and Student Workshop
Lecture: Echo: Sound Recording and Racial Violence in Contemporary Art History   
Thursday, April 5
7 – 8:30p
Elvehjem L140

Jane Blocker is a Professor of Art History and Associate Dean for Art and Humanities at the University of Minnesota.

Her public lecture, “Echo: Sound Recording and Racial Violence in Contemporary Art History” looks back to the infamously politicized 1993 Whitney Biennial and its inclusion of the amateur video showing five white police officers beating Rodney King, to consider the ways in which recorded sound serves as historical document. It draws together critical reactions to the Biennial, the performance practice of Anna Deavere Smith, and the story of Echo to think about the effect of racial violence on historical temporalities.

Student Workshop  
Thursday, April 5
2:30 – 4p
Elvehjem L170

This informal, student workshop will focus on Professor Blocker’s latest research alongside her 2015 publication, “History in the Present Progressive: Sonic Imposture at The Pedicord Apts.” Please contact for a copy of the reading.

Presented with the generous support of the Anonymous Fund