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The Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series, 2014-15 
 
Anthony ByrtAnthony Byrt
Clammy Pipes, and Other First World Problems


November 25, 2014
7-9:00 p.m.
Rice Cinema Theater, Rice Media Center

 
Since leaving Michigan last year after a Fellowship at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit has been nagging at Anthony Byrt - so much so that he decided to write about it in his forthcoming book, which examines the impact of globalization on contemporary New Zealand art. In this lecture, Byrt will focus on the work of New Zealand photographer Yvonne Todd, framing it in relation to questions of suburbia and monstrosity. The lecture will deal with sex, cars, passive-aggressive teenagers, Mike Kelley and Matthew Barney, and end up either on Auckland's North Shore, or somewhere south of 8 Mile Road in Detroit - two sides, Byrt will argue, of the same modern coin.     
  
  
Anthony Byrt is one of New Zealand's leading art writers. His work has been published in Denmark, Germany, the UK, the US and Australia, as well as his native New Zealand. He is a contributor to Artforum International, and is the author of the "Art City" column for New Zealand's leading current affairs magazine, Metro. In 2013, he was the Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, and in 2014 he was a finalist in New Zealand's premier journalism awards for his art writing. He currently resides in Auckland, New Zealand, where he is working on his first book, which will be published by Auckland University Press in 2016.
 
 Photo: Anthony Byrt (Photo: Anita Totha)


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