Gramercy Grotesque

January 30, 2004

School of Visual Arts and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will co-present a panel discussion examining images of the gruesome and bizarre, in light of contemporary culture. The New Grotesque will be held at MoMA Film at the Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street, on Tuesday, February 3, at 6:30pm. Fusing the fantastic with the grotesque, the latter highlights natural instincts out of control. For some, the grotesque is another variation of nature’s tangled supply of infinite permutation. For many theologians, scholars and artists, the grotesque acts as a form of cultural reactivation, bringing the atrocious to light as a means of re-examining society. Panelists for The New Grotesque are film critic Amy Taubin, curator Robert Storr, author Joyce Carol Oates, and journalist and author Mary Roach. Suzanne Anker, chair of SVA’s Art History Department, will moderate. Admission is free and open to the public.

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