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Art & Art History

Voices: Ellen Dissanayake

Ellen Dissanayake

Monday, March 05, 2001–Tuesday, March 06, 2001
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street

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Ellen Dissanayake is a highly controversial and independent scholar whose unorthodox theoretical model has alienated her from mainstream academia. Effectively reviving Charles Darwin for a young generation of artists, art historians, and art therapists, she has taught internationally in Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, India, England, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and the United States. Her books include Homo Aestheticus:Where Art Comes From and Why, currently in its third printing and What is Art For?, in its fifth. Dissanayake has authored over fifty scholarly essays and articles, as well as numerous book reviews on a range of topics such as Darwinian aesthetics, contemporary artists’ books, performance art, and contemporary non-western art.

This event is co-sponsored by the department of art history.