Art for Human Rights
Berkeley Art Museum
Michael Mascuch and Eric Stover
Join Eric Stover and Michael Mascuch as they explore issues arising from the work on view in Art for Human Rights, featuring artists Fernando Botero, Ai Wei Wei, Ruth-Marion Baruch, and Pirkle Jones.
The conversation will, in their words, address “the significance of abstraction and representation in political art . . . the potential and actual value of painting and photography in documenting history and providing forensic evidence . . . the ethics of creating and circulating images of violence and suffering . . . and the utility of icons in the global struggle for human rights.”
UC Berkeley Associate Professor of Rhetoric Michael Mascuch is the author of Origins of the Individualist Self: Autobiography and Self-Identity in England 1591–1791, and co-editor of Controlling Time and Shaping the Self: Developments in Autobiographical Writing Since the Sixteenth Century. He is currently working on a new book about genocide and photography with a focus on the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, A Devastation of Vision: Photography and the Cambodian Genocide. Eric Stover, faculty director of the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law, is the author of, among other books, The Witnesses: War Crimes and the Promises of Justice in The Hague, and The Breaking of Bodies and Minds: Torture, Psychiatric Abuse, and the Health Professions.