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John R. Blakinger

October 19, Copley Square
John R. Blakinger is an art historian, writer, and editor whose work has appeared in Tate Papers, CAA Reviews, and Design Issues. With a PhD in art history from Stanford University, he was also a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In 2014, Blakinger curated an exhibition at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center of visual theorist Gyorgy Kepes’ photography. Blakinger's research, which often focuses on the intersection of visual art with science and technology, has ranged from Andy Warhol’s Death in America paintings to the São Paulo Biennial. His latest release, Undreaming the Bauhaus, explores Kepes’ photographic representation of art, science, and military power during the Cold War. Author Joyce Tsai says it “substantively unsettles long-held conventional wisdoms that pertain into the nexus of art, politics, technology, and the military-industrial complex.”