Dramatic controversies have exploded across the art world in recent years. Unlike the culture wars of the 1990s, these ideological battles defy clear distinctions between left and right, instead revealing art's complex entanglement with politics, power, history and a changing definition of truth. This lecture series explores these debates, presenting art as an arena for symbolic struggle. Accelerating digital networks have fueled a new contest of images, a clash between past and present. How does this virtual warfare animate the history of American art?