March 26-April 8, 2004
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Conference to examine where the arts belong
hat art can do to promote vitality of liberal society

The Fate of the Arts
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

Staff report

For more than a century, the arts have undergone a strange and difficult evolution.

Consider the visual arts today: corporations now not only fund but control whole wings of many of the country’s leading museums, said Dustin Kidd, a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at U.Va. New digital technologies have made it easier for marketing firms to appropriate the images of classical art. Government-funded arts programs are repeatedly subjected to partisan politics.

At a colloquium April 2 and 3, sponsored by the interdisciplinary research center, a group of leading thinkers and practitioners will discuss “The Fate of the Arts” — the forms of imaginative expression that have long been near the heart of human society — and their possible futures.

Rotunda Dome Room
Friday, April 2

10 a.m.
Terry Eagleton

11 a.m.
Krzysztof Ziarek

2 p.m.
Nicholas Wolterstorff

4 p.m. (Art Museum)
Poetry reading, Adam Zagajewski, reception following, University Art Museum, sponsored by The Hedgehog Review and the Virginia Quarterly Review

Saturday, April 3

10 a.m.
Bill Ivey

11 a.m.
Suzi Gablik

1 p.m.
Adam Zagajewski

2 p.m.
Panel discussion with all six guest speakers, and U.Va. English professor Michael Levinson

The guest speakers will address questions such as,” In what way have the arts lost their ability to hold sway over the public imagination, and what does that say about the society we live in? “What kind of influence can the arts exert within a society dominated by the forces of the free market, information technologies, and political power?” and “What alternative structures, communities and institutions are needed so that the arts become an integral part of our collective public life?”

Scheduled speakers include: literary critic Terry Eagleton, from the University of Manchester; Adam Zagajewski, Polish poet, essayist and novelist; Bill Ivey, founder and past president of the Country Music Association and former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts; artist and art critic Suzi Gablik; Nicholas Wolterstorff, philosophy professor at Yale; and Krzysztof Ziarek, literary theorist and critic at SUNY-Buffalo.

Most of the symposium will be held in the Rotunda Dome Room, where seating is limited. Zagajewski will give a poetry reading April 2 at 4 p.m. at the University Art Museum. For information, see the Web site at


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