branden w. joseph

Branden W. Joseph Guest Lecture

White Light/White Noise

October 15, 2018, 5-7 p.m.
Conrad Prebys Music Center 127, UC San Diego

Branden W. Joseph is the Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. Widely published within the fields of art history, musicology, and cinema studies, he researches the work of North American and European artists who have challenged or crossed traditional genre and disciplinary boundaries since the 1950s. His lecture focuses on the work of Andy Warhol—reassessing the artist's underexamined Index Book (1967), and his involvement in the Velvet Underground’s second album White Light/White Heat (1968), to articulate the aesthetic and political stakes of Warhol’s work of the mid-to-late 1960s.

Joseph is the author of five books, including Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde (2003), Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage (2008), The Roh and the Cooked: Tony Conrad and Beverly Grant in Europe (2012), and Experimentations: John Cage in Music, Art, and Architecture (2016), as well as the editor of three volumes, including Kim Gordon, Is It My Body? (2014) and Carolee Schneemann, Uncollected Texts (2018). He was a founding editor of Grey Room, a quarterly academic journal covering the fields of art and architectural history, media studies, and political theory, and the consulting curator (to Sabine Breitwieser) of Kinetic Painting, the first full-scale retrospective of the pioneering artist Carolee Schneemann, which was installed at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and the Museum of Modern Art/PS1, New York (2015-2018).

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Music and Visual Arts
University of California, San Diego

Image: Andy Warhol, Index Book (1967), cover