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Paul Pfeiffer

Dodd Professorial Chair, Paul Pfeiffer, presents three major video works: Desiderata, Fragment of a Crucifixion,and Pure Products Go Crazy. Best known for digitally manipulated images of athletes and celebrities, Pfeiffer’s celebrated work in the mediums of installation, photography, and video typically uses extant imagery as an occasion to plumb the depths of contemporary culture, assessing its racial, religious, and technological dimensions. At the same time, Pfeiffer’s acclaimed objects and images function diachronically, establishing profound genealogies that connect contemporary culture and its many particularities – professional sports, televised game shows, Michael Jackson – to the long, seemingly remote histories of art, media, religion, politics and nationhood.