UC Berkeley History of Art Department


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Huey Copeland, "Solar Ethics"

In this lecture, art historian Huey Copeland charts Sun Ra’s evolving import as icon, model and prophet for a range of visual artists, Rashid Johnson foremost among them. Ultimately, Copeland argues, a critical re-examination of Johnson's work alongside that of the jazz musician allows us to freshly understand the ethical stakes involved when contemporary practitioners turn to the past in conjuring utopian visions of the future.