THE MAC ANNOUNCES “The Anxiety of Influence”, A PANEL DISCUSSION PRODUCED AND PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE WRITER’S GARRET

This fall, The MAC and The Writer’s Garret will continue congruent educational outreach initiatives to present Spin Off, a series of multidisciplinary panel discussions giving audiences a rare opportunity to get involved in those larger conversations that continue to define contemporary art, its practice, its theory, its history, and its meaning. Discussion topics are inspired by current MAC exhibitions and are tied loosely to themes and ideas presented in these exhibitions. By bringing together panels consisting of a diverse collection of scholars, critics and artists working across various fields of study, Spin Off will thoughtfully explore the most exciting and influential ideas and trends in today’s art. Spin Off is free and open to the public.

Literary critic Harold Bloom coined the term ”œThe Anxiety of Influence” to describe what cripples poets most from creating truly original work. We read a poem, feel inspired to write one of our own, and so poetic work will endlessly derivative. This idea distilled into its essence ignores a basic tenet of creativity; how we are all influenced by something – whether nature, social problems, personal history, values, other art forms, or more – but is that reason for ”œanxiety”? Join us for a rousing panel discussion about life, art, and the theoretical constructs that define us all. Moderated by Greg Thompson. October 11; 6:00-7:00p.

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
3120 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

 

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