February 8, 2019

WHAP! Spring 2019 lecture series presented by California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Christina Huang, 2018.

WHAP! stands for the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics lecture series. Launched in the fall of 2011, the series is co-hosted by CalArts’ MA Aesthetics and Politics Program and the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division (@WeHoArts). The year-long line-up ranges from political debates to film screenings and performances, as well as conversations about art, architecture, and philosophy. The Spring 2019 series is convened by Andrew Culp. All lectures are free and open to the public, and parking is validated for the adjacent West Hollywood parking structure.

February 22
“The Next Twenty Years”—A lecture and discussion with Rita Raley.

March 15
"Existence is Resistance": Carceral Capitalism in/of Palestine—A lecture and discussion with Jasbir Puar.

April 12
The Aesthetics of Decline: Necro-Populism, Downsurgency, and Wars of Restoration—A lecture and discussion with Jack Z. Bratich.

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 work closely with program faculty and visiting theorists.

For more information on the MA Aesthetics and Politics Program, including how to apply for Fall 2019 admission to its new 2-year model, go to, or contact Seth Blake at sblake [​at​]

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