Faculty Activities: Tom McDonough at the Whitechapel Gallery


On Friday, March 13, Associate Professor Tom McDonough took part in a symposium titled “Abstract Art and Society” at the Whitechapel Gallery in conjunction with the current exhibition Adventures of the Black Square.

An in-depth exploration of abstract art over the last 100 years to today. The discussion unpacks the four themes of the exhibition Adventures of the Black Square – Utopia, Architectonics, Communication, and the Everyday – to see how abstract art has been used to envisage change in societies globally. Charting a chronological path through abstraction, two days of presentations and conversations explore the concept’s beginnings in the work of Kazimir Malevich, its global dissemination through the technologies of photography and graphic design, its political implications and its unravelling across multiple geographies.


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