Dr. Maud Lavin Lecture
The School of Art at Kent State University is proud to host Ohio native, Dr. Maud Lavin, as a guest lecturer on Friday, Nov. 18 at noon. The lecture, titled "Translating and Revisioning the Strange: Cao Fei's Haze and Fog and AMC TV's The Walking Dead" will address the popular American TV series as well as the work of contemporary Chinese artist Cao Fei and her use of zombies in her film "Haze and Fog.”
“I'm thrilled to be coming to Kent State to speak. Kent, in some corner of my heart, is still the place where as a teenager, my friends and I would only dare drive up to, but not stop at – way too cool,” said Lavin. The professor and author was born and raised in Canton, Ohio.
Lavin writes about contemporary and modern issues of genders, sexualities, and cultures. Her books include “Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women” (MIT Press), “Clean New World: Culture, Politics, and Graphic Design” (MIT Press), and “Cut with the Kitchen Knife: The Weimar Photomontages of Hannah Hoch” (Yale UP). In the late spring, her next book will be published with Hong Kong University Press; co-edited with Ling Yang and Jing Jamie Zhao, it is an anthology entitled “Boys' Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols: Queer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.” She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; a Research Residency at Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore; and an NEA grant; among other awards.
Dr. Lavin is a professor of Visual and Critical Studies, Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. All lectures are FREE and open to the public. The lecture will take place in Room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts - 325 Terrace Dr. in Kent.