Norman M. Klein writes primarily on consumer spectacle and how confused urban planning hides social conditions. He is the author of History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory, Vatican to Vegas, and The Imaginary 20th Century, forthcoming in November 2011. He is a professor at California Institute of the Arts.
Notes on the Arts: Curating the Past 50 Years as Ruin by Norman M. Klein
In the midst of our economic and political crisis, we must assume that art history will be remade. New points of origin will be invented, probably starting with the 1960s instead of the 1860s. Fluxus, Archigram, Conceptual art, Minimalism, Pop—1968 and “all that”—as well as sixties performance and video are now understood as the beginning, not the finale.