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Public Books Circle: Discussion of "Sting in the Tale: Art, Hoax, and Provocation"

Join Beauvais Lyons, Chancellor's Professor of Art at UT, for an online discussion of Antoinette LaFarge's book, Sting in the Tale: Art, Hoax, and Provocation.

Stealthily occupying the remote corners of history, literature, and art are curious fabrications that straddle the lines between fact, fiction, and wild imagination -- non-existent people and poets, Edgar Allan Poe's hot-air-balloon to the Moon hoax, crypto-scientific objects like fake skeletons, psycho-geography, faked inventions, and staged anthropological evidence. The shift from the early information age to our "infocalypse" era of rampant misinformation has made this genre of art with a sting in its tale an especially radical form. Cataloging historical projects and those from the late 20th and early 21st century that probe this confusion, LaFarge foregrounds the medium's potential for run-away creativity. Readers of Sting in the Tale will be amused, delighted, and soberly engaged in thinking about what the role of art could be in shaping discord or discourse.

Buy a copy of the book or check it out from the library. Read, enjoy, and then join the book discussion online to hear an expert in the field talk about the major ideas of a text that you have read!

About the Speaker:

Beauvais Lyons is Chancellor's Professor and Ellen McClung Berry Professor of Art at UT. His one-person exhibitions have been presented at over 80 galleries and museums across the United States. He has published articles on his work in Archaeology, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Contemporary Impressions, The New Art Examiner, Leonardo, and Burnaway. He also has works in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and others.

About the Series:

This event is part of the UT Humanities Center's Public Books Circle series. More information about this year's series is available on our website. If you enjoy this series and would like to support future UT Humanities Center programming, please visit our website to learn about giving opportunities.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 7:00pm

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