Dale Kinney: Images That Divide and Unite

Posted March 25th, 2010 at 2:03 pm.

"Bye, Bye, Buddha Brand," by Ben Sakoguchi, 2002.

"Bye, Bye, Buddha Brand," by Ben Sakoguchi, 2002.

Bryn Mawr art historian Dale Kinney will present “Images that Divide and Unite: An Art Historian’s View” on Monday, March 29, from 4:15 to 5 p.m. in Carpenter 21. The lecture is part of a series on conflict and visual culture offered by the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict.

“The destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas by the Taliban in 2001, the violent protests over Danish cartoons of Muhammad in 2005, and the current debate over requiring display of the Crucifix in Italian classrooms are all recent examples of conflict provoked by or focused on visual symbols,” Kinney says. “This presentation offers a sampling of such instances from the past and an introduction to the paradigms typically offered by art historians to explain them.”

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