Category Archives: Plato’s Cave

The powers of photography have in effect de-Platonized our understanding of reality, making it less and less plausible to reflect upon our experience according to the distinction between images and things, between copies and originals. It suited Plato’s derogatory attitude toward images to liken them to shadows—transitory, minimally informative, immaterial, impotent co-presences of the real […]

A few weeks ago my friend and OSU colleague Erica Levin told me about Juan Downey’s 1973 video installation Plato Now, which was re-staged in 2012 during the inaugural program at the Tanks in the Tate Modern. The Chilean artist had moved to New York in 1969 and first performed this work at Circuit: A […]

While I am not there to see them for myself, I am proud to report that George Segal’s sculpture Circus Acrobats (1988) have now been installed in the Ohio Union at Ohio State University. Thanks to this generous gift to the university from The George and Helen Segal Foundation, generations of OSU students can now […]