13 March 2019

II Cycle Talks in the Library

Mariana Pinto dos Santos comments “Modernism and Mass Culture in the Visual Arts”, by Thomas Crow, published in Modernism and Modernity (1983)

Mariana Pinto Santos
Mariana Pinto Santos

Curator: Sofia Nunes

19 March   |   17h30–18h30   |   Library Atrium   |   Free entrance



In the text “Modernism and Mass Culture in the Visual Arts” Thomas Crow revisits authors like Clement Greenberg, Meyer Shapiro or Walter Benjamin to review the canonical opposition between modernism and mass culture. Crossing the field of art history with that of cultural studies, Crow makes an analysis in which the tension between modernism and mass culture is seen as producing the premises of modernism itself, with social and political implications, recovering the inseparability of one and the other which was present in the early modernist theoretical formulations. A discussion of Crow’s text will be proposed, intersecting it with the reading of other authors, including more recent studies.



Mariana Pinto dos Santos, art historian, PHD in History and Theory by Faculty of Belles Arts – Universitat de Barcelona, is an integrated researcher of Institute of History of Art (FCSH-UNL) and guest professor at the Department of Art History. She is the author of the book Vanguarda & Outros Loas (2007), of the catalogue Outra Vez Não: Eduardo Batarda (Serralves, 2011) as well as several studies and essays published in international catalogs, books and journals. She was the editor of the catalog Júlio Pomar: Graphic Work (2015) and is co-editor of the A Obra literária de Almada Negreiros (Assírio & Alvim) and the magazine Intervalo (Pianola / Vendaval, 2004-2015). She was the curator of the exhibitions José de Almada Negreiros: uma maneira de ser moderno (FCG, 2017) and Lo cuentan las paredes: Almada Negreiros y la pintura mural within the International Book Fair of Guadalajara (Nov.2018 – Fev. 2019) among others. She is co-responsible for the research project Iberian Modernisms and the Primitivist Imaginary (AAC nº 02 / SAICT / 2017 – 029837).