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Built Environments, Text Sources, and Media Technologies, from the Truisms to YOU BE MY ALLY

October 26, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


This panel consider the central components of Jenny Holzer’s new work, YOU BE MY ALLY—including the built environment, text sources, as well as so-called “new media" and mass media—to consider the University’s commission in relationship to Holzer’s past work, to our present context, and to practices in architecture, liberal arts education, and new media art and archaeology. 

Panelists include award-winning architect Billie Tsien (Williams and Tsien Architects); media archaeology scholar Ina Blom (Professor, University of Oslo and Wigeland Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History, University of Chicago); head of Media Aesthetics Core and literary scholar Benjamin Morgan (Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature); and moderated by art historian and Holzer team member Christine Mehring (Mary L. Block Professor of Art History and the College; Adjunct Curator, Smart Museum of Art).

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YOU BE MY ALLY, 2020 Augmented reality app. Text: “Poetry Is Not a Luxury” from Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, © 1984 by the author. Used with permission of the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency; The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, © 1949 by Éditions Gallimard. English translation by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, © 2009 by the translators. Used with permission of Penguin Random House LLC; The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt, © 1958 by the University of Chicago Press. Used with permission of the publisher; Citizen by Claudia Rankine, © 2014 by the author. Used with permission of Graywolf Press. Installation: University of Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2020. © 2020 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Photo: Christopher Dilts.