Elizabeth Grosz takes a look at imperceptible forces

18 October 2012

Francis Bacon self-portrait
Francis Bacon, Study for self-portrait, 1976, Art Gallery of NSW.

The distinguished Australian feminist philosopher Elizabeth Grosz returns to the University of Sydney this week to deliver a Sydney Ideas lecture exploring the connections between the painter Francis Bacon and the philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

Both Bacon and Deleuze were intrigued by "forces that are normally imperceptible", says Grosz, including "forces of magnetism, gravity, causality and chance, forces of aging and disintegration".

Gilles Deleuze also wrote one of "the most perceptive and sympathetic books on Bacon's painting, Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation", she adds.

Professor Grosz has been brought to Sydney by the Power Institute at the University of Sydney and the Art Gallery of NSW ahead of a major exhibition of Bacon's works in November.

"Elizabeth Grosz is one of the most important feminist scholars of French post war philosophy," says Mark Ledbury, director of the Power Institute. Amongst her many books is the 2008 title Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth.

"It is very exciting that she is here and whetting our appetite for the upcoming exhibition of Bacon's work at the Art Gallery of NSW. I welcome the support of the Art Gallery of NSW, particularly the curator of the exhibition, Tony Bond, to bring Professor Grosz to Sydney for this special event."

Elizabeth Grosz was born in Sydney, Australia and gained her PhD in philosophy from the Department of General Philosophy at the University of Sydney, where she taught as a lecturer and senior lecturer from 1978-1991. She is now based at the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey.

The Art Gallery of NSW exhibition Francis Bacon: Five Decades opens on 17 November, 2012.

Event details

What: Bacon, Deleuze and Imperceptible Forces, a Sydney Ideas lecture by Elizabeth Grosz, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Co-presented with the Power Institute and the Art Gallery of NSW.

When: 6pm, Thursday 18 October

Where: Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus. See map and directions

Cost: This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or booking required. Seating is unreserved and entry is on a first come, first served basis.

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