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THE GREAT REFUSAL

Forty years ago this month, students and workers, often numbering in the thousands, took to the streets around the world, from Latin America to the Eastern bloc, in the spirit of ushering into life real alternatives to the day’s existent political and cultural orders. The sheer magnitude of these events remains striking and, indeed, is often the stuff of nostalgia—and yet their true significance is perhaps still unclear when it comes to the shapes of aesthetic, social, and political narratives today. Seeking to take stock of our own moment, Artforum invited a number of art historians, artists, and philosophers to investigate this earlier time in historical counterpoint. To begin, critical theorist and Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer offers a chronology of the events of May ’68 in France, before speaking with Italian political philosopher Antonio Negri about that seminal moment

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