How can we imagine a future not driven by capitalist assumptions about humans and the wider world? How are a range of contemporary artistic and popular cultural practices already providing pathways to post-capitalist futures? Authors from a variety of disciplines answer these questions through writings on blues and hip hop, virtual reality, post-colonial science fiction, virtual gaming, riot grrrls and punk, raku pottery, post-pornography fanzines, zombie films, and role playing. The essays in Art as Revolt are clustered around themes such as technology and the future, aesthetics and resistance, and ethnographies of the self beyond traditional understandings of identity. Using philosophies of immanence – describing a system that gives rise to itself, independent of outside forces – drawn from a rich and evolving tradition that includes Spinoza, Nietzsche, Deleuze, and Braidotti, the authors and editors provide an engrossing range of analysis and speculation. Together the essays, written by experts in their fields, stage an important collective, transdisciplinary conversation about how best to talk about art and politics today. Sophisticated in its theoretical and philosophical premises, and engaging some of the most pressing questions in cultural studies and artistic practice today, Art as Revolt does not provide comfortable closure. Instead, it is under- stood by its authors to be a “Dionysian machine,” a generator of open-ended possibility and potential that challenges readers to affirm their own belief in the futures of this world. David Fancy is associate professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock University. Hans Skott-Myhre is professor in the Social Work and Human Services Department at Kennesaw State University. Despite the common belief that art galleries will naturally become more gender equitable over time, the fact is that many art institutions in Canada have become even less so over the last decade, with female artists making up less than 25 per cent of the contemporary exhibitions of several major galleries. In the first large-scale overview of gender diversity in Canadian art exhibi- tions, Anne Dymond makes a persuasive plea for more consciously equitable curating. Drawing on data from nearly one hundred institutions, Diversity Counts reveals that while some galleries are relatively equitable, many con- tinue to marginalize female and racialized artists. The book pursues an inter- disciplinary approach, considering the art world’s resistance to numeric data, discourses on representation and identity, changing conceptualizations of in- stitutional responsibility over time, and different ways particular institutions manage inclusion and exclusion. A thoughtful examination of the duty of public galleries to represent underserved communities, Dymond’s study bravely navigates the unspoken criteria for acceptance in the curatorial world. Demonstrating how important hard data is for inclusivity, Diversity Counts is a timely analysis that brings the art world up to date on progressive movements for social transformation. Anne Dymond is associate professor in art history and museum studies at the University of Lethbridge. 2 2 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S May 2019 -5,7a755pl7ln5p75 4phi-l£ bAU1 4phi-l£ Dc1 ksni-- 6o602 -5,7a755pl7ln5s7a 4SSaiaac bAU1 4SSaiaac Dc1 k,,iaa $.9ru n B - sSn66 n 6u9r931 ps É:d203 0g99T omot.oN.0 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S June 2019 -5,7a755pl7l5s-7S 4s-i-l£ bAU1 4s-i-l£ Dc1 kssi-- 6o602 -5,7a755pl7l5s,7h 4SSaiaac bAU1 4SSaiaac Dc1 k,,iaa $.9ru n B - sha66 Sl 6u9r931 h roN.03 0g99T omot.oN.0 M U S E U M S T U D I E S • A R T H I S T O R Y Diversity Counts Gender, Race, and Representation in Canadian Art Galleries anne dymond An impressive and sobering analysis of gender and diversity in contemporary art, and a compelling call for more inclusive curating. P H I L O S O P H Y • C U LT U R A L S T U D I E S Art as Revolt Thinking Politics through Immanent Aesthetics edited by david fancy and hans skott-myhre Using philosophies of immanence – conceived by Deleuze, Braidotti, and others – and the arts to challenge contemporary capitalist ways of being human subjects.