Art Historian Dora Apel will be presenting her latest book- Beautiful Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline- at Book Beat on Sunday, June 14 from 3:00-4:00pm. She will be speaking as well as signing copies of her work, which will be available for sale at the event. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve copies, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.
-Scott Martelle, author of Detroit: A Biography
Once the manufacturing powerhouse of the nation, Detroit has become emblematic of failing cities everywhere—the paradigmatic city of ruins—and the epicenter of an explosive growth in images of urban decay. In Beautiful Terrible Ruins, art historian Dora Apel explores a wide array of these images, ranging from photography, advertising, and television, to documentaries, video games, and zombie and disaster films.
-Thomas J. Sugrue, author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit
DORA APEL is a professor of art history and visual culture and W. Hawkins Ferry Endowed Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is the author of five books: Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing (2002), Imagery of Lynching: Black Men, White Women, and the Mob (2004), Lynching Photographs, with Shawn Michelle Smith (2008), War Culture and the Contest of Images (2012), and Beautiful Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline (forthcoming June 2015). Her work encompasses traumatic imagery and associated cultural practices, war and violence; the merging of documentary, photojournalistic, and artistic practices; the positioning of contemporary documentary within a globalized world; gender and sexuality; race and ethnicity; museum practices; globalization, cities and ruins.