David Hopkins is Professor of Art History at the University of Glasgow. He has published widely on Dada and Surrealism, and post-1945 art and theory.
His books include After Modern Art: 1945-2000 (Oxford University Press, 2000); Dada’s Boys: Masculinity After Duchamp (Yale University Press, 2007), Virgin Microbe : Essays on Dada (co-edited, 2014), and the recently published Companion to Dada and Surrealism (Blackwell, 2016).
He has curated several exhibitions, including Childish Things (2010-11) for the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, which formed the initial stage of his current research project on modern art and the culture of childhood.
Oz magazine and Surrealism's Legacy: Children, Obscenity and the Politics of Counter Culture
This talk, dealing with the British magazine Oz (48 issues, 1967-73), is an offshoot of his present research. Oz was a heady mélange of psychedelic graphics and articles promoting the sexual revolution, which epitomised the British counter-culture of the late 1960s. Its editors were famously put on trial in 1971 on a charge of "conspiracy to corrupt public morals". The magazine’s mergers of sexual politics and psychological experimentalism in many ways represent a Surrealism for the 1960s. The question is, though, how truly surrealist was Oz? Did it merely participate in the wholesale dumbing-down and assimilation of Surrealism to fill a youth culture niche, or was it an attempt to provoke the kind of ‘crisis of the real’ called for by the surrealists?
The event is free and open to all.