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History, Miscontrued: The Unmaking of Art opening at e-flux tonight

A conceptual approach to a lecture by Walter Benjamin, the renowned art theorist and critic, has spawned an exhibition opening tonight at e-flux on the Lower East Side.

Walter Benjamin, handwritten notes (courtesy judithwechsler.com)

Walter Benjamin, handwritten notes (courtesy judithwechsler.com)

Taking the lecture “The Unmaking of Art” as a departure point, e-flux reconciles the idea of history as a discipline with the knowledge that historical accounts of events are in themselves deceiving. Showcasing three exhibition sites: the Museum of Antiquity in Rome, the Museum of Modernity in Paris and the Salon de Fleurus in New York, e-flux takes a novel approach to realizing art history itself as a series of moments that have occurred in response to seminal historical events.

e-flux at the NY Art Book Fair (courtesy NY Art Book Fair)

e-flux at the NY Art Book Fair (courtesy NY Art Book Fair)

 

e-flux is a publishing platform, known for its journal, archives, and a platform for art exhibits and events. “The Unmaking of Art” exhibit opening will include the original eponymous lecture by Benjamin, framing the exhibit within the context of Benjamin’s ideas on art as inherently tied to historical “fictions”. Drop by e-flux from 6-9 pm at 311 East Broadway to get a potent dose of art theory in!

 

e-flux journal cover (courtesy e-flux)

e-flux journal cover (courtesy e-flux)

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