Outrage! New Carnegie Mellon Book Explores Art, Controversy and Society-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Outrage! New Carnegie Mellon Book Explores Art, Controversy and Society

One of the first projects formed through Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) focused on the role art controversies play in the public. The results of the multi-year work by CMU faculty and other experts have been captured in a new scholarly book, “Outrage! Art, Controversy, and Society.”


Edited by Carnegie Mellon’s Andreea Deciu Ritivoi and Judith Schachter, along with Richard Howells of King’s College London, “Outrage!” examines art controversies and how they are shaped by, and shape, a social context. The volume includes essays by 17 contributors — most with a direct connection to CMU — in fields ranging from art and visual studies to philosophy, literature and social sciences. It also carefully analyzes and attempts to define the concepts of “controversy” and “public” across cultures.

A book launch and signing event that will also feature "Readings in Performance and Ecology," edited by Wendy Arons and Theresa May, will take place 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the University Center's Danforth Lounge. Email hssdean@andrew.cmu.edu to RSVP. Read more.

Contact: Shilo Rea / 412-268-6094 / shilo@cmu.edu

By: Shilo Rea