SECCA to Host Book Launch for Wake Forest University Professor Jay Curley
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JANUARY 15, 2019)—The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is hosting a book launch for Wake Forest University Associate Professor of Art History Jay Curley and his new book Global Art and the Cold War Thurs., Jan. 31. The event, which will include a reception, a brief talk by Curley, and a chance to purchase a copy of Global Art and the Cold War through Bookmarks, will be take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem. This event is free and open to the public and will include a cash bar (no bar charge for SECCA Members).
Global Art and the Cold War, published by Laurence King in January 2019, presents the first ever account of global art during the Cold War (c. 1945–1990). Through a careful examination of artworks drawn from America, Europe, Russia, and Asia, Curley demonstrates the inextricable nature of art and politics in this contentious period. A readable and highly original text, the book dismantles the usual narrative of American abstract painting versus figurative Soviet Socialist Realism. It reveals a much more nuanced, contradictory, and ambivalent picture of art making, in which the objects themselves—like spies—dissembled, housed, and managed ideological differences. Global Art and the Cold War includes an analysis of over 100 works of art.
John J. Curley is Associate Professor of Art History at Wake Forest University. He has published widely on European and American modernism in art and is the author of A Conspiracy of Images: Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and the Art of the Cold War.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit secca.org. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit ncdcr.gov.