Editors Introduction to Volume 8, Issue 1

With the many symposia and exhibitions commemorating the fi ftieth anniversary of 1968 now behind us, this fi rst issue of 2019 asks how to historicize the art of the moment after. The articles in the current issue displace events that often serve as historical markers, asking instead how to interpret the artistic production of gradual and contradictory processes of economic modernization and political institutionalization. In so doing, they question how to reconstruct artistic tendencies and institutional norms without confi rming the inevitability of the present, searching for utopian images, or trying to redeem social experiments that capital has long since assumed as its own. The topics and contexts explored in the articles in this issue serve as more than mere illustrations of failed or passing moments of political or symbolic experimentation. Rather, they function as occasions for questioning prevailing assumptions about the critical-methodological approach supposedly best suited to a given period, socio-political context, or medium.

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