This Will Shock You

still from "Un Chien Andalou"
still from "Un Chien Andalou"
June 4, 2017

Do you remember the first time you saw a piece of art or heard a piece of music that shocked you?  Something you immediately knew your parents would hate?  Remember how good it felt, to like something bad?  In this show, we're talking about shock value — the virtues of transgressive, subversive, rule-breaking art.  As an aesthetic and a way of life.

  1. A Matter of (Bad) Taste

    John Waters might not be an ideal role model— so why let him give a commencement address?

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  2. Two Tape Recorders and Twenty Knives

    For more than 40 years, Marina Abramovic has been testing what’s permissible — and physically possible — in art.

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  3. Classical Doesn't Have To Mean Dead

    Composer William Brittelle's music crosses so many boundaries, it's hard to categorize.

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  4. Hiding Yourself Behind Characters

    Novelist Yiyun Li has written of seismic shifts in Chinese culture, but her latest work brings her own story to the fore.

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