Forum on how we interpret visual images and new media today From 9-11 to the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue to the Abu Gharib prison abuse — the public has been besieged by shocking and disturbing images of war. On Thurs., Oct. 21, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education and its Department of Art and Art Professions joins with Cooper Union to host a public panel discussion looking at new media, the art world and what the visuals mean.

WHAT: Free public panel discussion on “the era of permanent war on visual culture in practice and in theory.”

WHO: Moderator: Maren Stange, well-known photo historian. Panelists include: Zainab Bahrani, Columbia University Professor of Art History and Archaeology. A specialist in Mesopotamian art, Bahrani recently returned from Iraq. She will report on the current state of the Iraq Museum and the effects of war on archaeological sites in the country.

Gregory Sholette, artist and co-founder of REPOhistory artist’s collective. Sholette will describe how the USA Patriot Act impacts artistic freedom of expression and the case of Steven Kurtz of the Critical Art Ensemble.

Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York University Professor, Art and Art Professions. Mirzoeff will discuss how the era of permanent war “changes the approach of the new field of visual culture to the hypervisuality of the present and its array of 24/7 visual media.

WHEN: Thursday, October 21, 2004, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education Department of Art and Art Professions, 34 Stuyvesant Street, 1st Floor Einstein Auditorium, between Third and Second Avenue, Off 9th Street

For more information or to confirm attendance, contact Jennifer Zwiebel, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, Steinhardt School of Education at (212) 998-6797 or

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