January 31, 2017

WHAP! lecture series: spring 2017

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Photo: Rafael Hernandez, 2015.

WHAP! stands for the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics lecture series. Launched in the Fall of 2011, the series is co-hosted by the City of West Hollywood and CalArts MA Aesthetics and Politics Program. The series’ year-long line-up ranges from political debates to film screenings and performances, as well as conversations about art, architecture, and philosophy.

February 10, 7:30pmCommunity Room
“The Truth is a Joke? Performatives and Jokes in Derrida and Austin”
A lecture and discussion with Jeffrey T. Nealon and respondent Peggy Kamuf 

February 17, 7:30pmCommunity Room
“Art Student, Art Worker: The Decommodified Labor of Studentdom”
A lecture and discussion with Leigh Claire La Berge and Respondent Michelle Chihara

March 10, 7:30pm—Community Room 
“The Culture of Secular Stagnation”
A lecture and discussion with Annie McClanahan

March 24, 7pmCity Council Chambers
Film screening: All That Is Solid Melts Into Data (2015)
Followed by discussion with film directors: Ryan S. Jeffery and Boaz Levin

April 21, 7:30pmCommunity Room 
“Toward a Marxist Theory of Cultural Policy”
A lecture and discussion with Sarah Brouillette

All lectures are free and open to the public.

About the MA Aesthetics and Politics Program
The MA Aesthetics and Politics Program offers a unique degree experience that encourages interrogations of the arts and politics in an expanded field. Students specialize in Critical Theory, Global Studies, or Media and Urban Studies and get up close and personal with key contemporary artists and thinkers, including new faculty member Sara Mameni and 2017 theorist-in-residence Lauren Berlant.

For more information on the MA Aesthetics and Politics Program, including how to apply for fall 2017 admission to its new 2-year model, go to, or contact Seth Blake at [email protected].

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