William Seaton will present a free public lecture on “The Fetish of the Primitive in Twentieth Century Art” at the Seligmann Center, 23 White Oak Dr., Sugar Loaf NY at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday May 24. No registration is required; the talk is open to all.
Seaton is a poet, translator, and critic who has long been involved in the avant-garde both as a participating artist and as a scholar. As an artist he performed in happenings in the 60s and during the 70s worked with the Cloud House group in San Francisco. More recently he has produced a series of evenings of performance art under the title Surreal Cabaret. In the role of scholar he is the author of Dada Poetry: an Introduction, and he has spoken on the concept of the avant-garde in sessions presented by the Apocalypse, Millenarism, New Boundaries Conference, the New York College English Association, the New York Council for the Humanities, and the SUNY New Paltz German Department.