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CAL U professor featured in Art Up Close! Oct. 3

Fairey Art WorkThe Shepard Fairey: Work Against the Clampdown” exhibition at the Art Museum of West Virginia University will be the topic of the next Art Up Close! on Tuesday, October 3.

Presented by Michael Slaven, pofessor of history and chair of the Department of History, Politics, Society and Law at California University of Pennsylvania, the program begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum Education Center Grand Hall and is free and open to the public.

Slaven will discuss the ways in which art, and specifically Fairey’s works of art, can be used to influence, or even create new conceptions about culture, politics and society.

Slaven graduated with a doctorate degree in European history from WVU after completing a dissertation on the uses of political propaganda produced in France during the 1640s and 1650s.  He has broad intellectual interests, and has written on contemporary art, European monarchies, political revolts in France and Congressional elections.

Art Up Close! events are held through the academic year and present WVU faculty and guest speakers from various disciplines discussing a single work of art from the perspectives of their disciplines. The events are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Museum, a membership group for people who enjoy the arts and social, educational and cultural activities revolving around art.

For more information about the program on Oct. 3. contact the Art Museum of WVU at (304) 293-7790.

Photo: Shepard Fairey Megaphone, 2010. silkscreen on wood panel, 2/2. Courtesy of Shepard Fairey/OBEY Giant Art.