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Art & Art History

Voices: Liz Kotz

Liz Kotz. Courtesy University of California

Thursday, March 08, 2007
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street

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Liz Kotz s research focuses on different aspects of the cross-disciplinary and inter-media aesthetic practices that emerged in the post-World War Two era. She has published essays on contemporary art, film and video, sound art, and poetry. Her book Words to Be Looked At: Language in 1960s Art was published in 2007 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press.

Kotz presented a lecture titled “Carl Andre s Poetics of War.” The lecture discussed the little-known 1960s poetry of the sculptor Carl Andre, to show how Andre used strategies of removal, isolation, and fragmentation to reveal what he saw as the textual unconscious of American genocide. Read in retrospect, these poems offer fascinating efforts to grapple with the language of war and cultural eradication.