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Monday March 25th, 2013
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Philosophy and the Arts Conference, Sophie Landres (class of 2008)

March 29-30 is the 6th annual Philosophy and the Arts Conference: Soundscapes and Territories.

Sophie Landres (class of 2008) is scheduled to present her paper, “Out of Itself: Vito Acconci and the Body of the Listener,” at 3:10pm on Saturday.  The complete schedule of panels and presentations is  posted on the conference website:

The conference will take place at The Alchemical Theater Laboratory
137 W. 14th St. New York, NY 10011
Alchemical is easily accessible via the 1, 2, 3, F, M, and L trains.

Tuesday February 12th, 2013
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The Craft of Looking: Drawings by Leo Steinberg

by Noah Dillon (class of 2012)

Leo Steinberg was a kind of godfather at both my alma maters. Although I just missed being able to hear his lectures at the University of Texas, I marveled at the collection of 15th-through-20th-century prints he donated at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art. At the School of Visual Arts, where I did my graduate work in art criticism, students would occasionally be invited to his home. Again, I arrived a year too late to participate in those quorums, but his writings were crucial to the curriculum there. In the summer of 2012, SVA inherited part of Steinberg’s library. Looking at the marginalia and annotated bookmarks, one could glean something of his character. (continue reading on

And now, at the New York Studio School, another facet of this iconoclastic historian’s intellectual life is revealed, in his drawings. “The Eye is Part of the Mind” runs through March 9.

Friday October 5th, 2012
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Alumni Aimee Walleston and faculty member Nancy Princenthal are in the October 2012 issue of Art In America

Aimee Walleston (class of ’09) and faculty member Nancy Princenthal both have work published in the October 2012 issue of Art In America. Princenthal reviewed Richard Avedon’s show at Gagosian and Aimee Walleston reviewed Jasa’s exhibition at On Stellar Rays as well as Nicolas Guagnini at Miguel Abreu and Balice Hertling & Lewis.

Wednesday June 13th, 2012
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Charlie Schultz (class of 2011), Naked Art Criticism, taking off the text.

Methodology by Charlie Schultz

As an art critic I like to be well informed, maybe even the most informed. Being informed makes me feel secure, security makes me comfortable but comfort, eventually, makes me complacent. So I’ve created this little experiment to do what I do in a more vulnerable manner and see what happens.

Obviously the most pure form of NAC (if you haven’t gotten a grip on what nudity means on this blog pop over the About page) would be complete serendipity and total newness. You would stumble onto artwork you’d never seen, or heard of, in a place you didn’t expect it to be. ZOWIE! Those conditions might be feasible in a controlled lab experiment, but for a working critic in NYC it’s just not likely at all.

So, this methodology is the next best thing: choose a neighborhood, one or two artists who you  know, and one or two you don’t. Go see those shows. It’s imperative to refrain from reading any press whatsoever, no press releases or artist statements, and where the title of the work is not written directly on the work, that’s to be avoided too. Zero Text is the way we try to achieve Zero Extraneous Info.

Here’s the key: choose shows from Andrew Ginzel’s list. Ginzel puts this list together for the School of Visual Art; it’s ideal for NAC because the only info Ginzel gives is the name of the artist and the gallery. That’s all you need.

visit Naked Art Criticism

Tuesday February 7th, 2012
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Sophie Landres (class of 2008), is the chair of the 2012 Art History and Criticism Lecture Series at Stony Brook University in NYC

2012 Art History and Criticism Lecture Series presents
Cinema, Architecture and Collectivity: Report on a Reversed Movie Production

This Friday, February 10, 2012

Stony Brook University Manhattan facility
101 East 27th Street,
Room 321 B
between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue

Imagine a reversed movie production process – one starting with the advertising campaign and – moving backwards through all the normal stages of postproduction and production, – ends where it all normally starts: with the writing of a screenplay. Imagine next the screening situation for the outcome of this production: an architectural environment built from the cinematic materials of this production – a veritable Cinecitta if there ever was one. No mere fantasy, such a project was in fact realized in 2007 under the direction of the German artist Tobias Rehberger and starring Hollywood luminaries such as Kim Basinger, Willem Dafoe and Danny de Vito, among many others.

In her lecture Blom will discuss the wider ramifications of an artistic project that is only one (if perhaps the most spectacular) among a series of recent artworks that stage encounters between architecture and moving image media such as cinema and television. The mediatic aspects of contemporary architecture are well known, as are the architectural qualities of various types of media spaces. However, by raising the very encounter between cinema and architecture to a principle, these works above all bring out the question of how collectivity is thought or figured within such an environment. The wider framework for the discussion is the question between art and social ontologies, brought on by the influx of so-called “social” or “relational” art productions.

Ina Blom is a professor at the Institute of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo. Recent publications include On the Style Site: Art, Sociality and Television Culture (Sternberg Press, 2007); The Postal Performance of Ray Johnson (Sittard, 2003); and Joseph Beuys (Gyldendal, 2001). 
A former music critic, she also works as an art critic, contributing to Artforum, Parkett, Afterall, frieze, and Texte zur Kunst. Ina Blom is currently heading the interdisciplinary research project named The Archive in Motion, which deals with changes in our understanding of social memory due to the impact of new media technologies.

Organized by the Art History and Criticism graduate students of Stony Brook University
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Tuesday December 13th, 2011
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Kurt Ralske, MFA Art Crit class of 2012, exhibits his work at Young Gallery, LA

His exhibition has just been reviewed by LA Weekly and the LA Times.

Tuesday November 22nd, 2011
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Alumnus Sarah Stephenson (class of 2011) hired as Copy Editor and Publications Coordinator at the New Museum.

Tuesday October 4, 2011
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Panel Discussion TOWARD AN ETHICS IN ART WRITING, moderated by Aimee Walleston

Tuesday October 4th, 2011 7pm
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C

Is it possible to define a cogent code of ethics in art writing? In this panel discussion, four young contemporary art writers, Adam Kleinman, Quinn Latimer, Patricia Milder and Matthew Schum will investigate the problem of ethics in relation to their own work and to criticism writ large.

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Wednesday July 20th, 2011
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The Total Styrene Experience, curated by Patricia Milder (class of 2010), July 20, 2011

Total Styrene Event

Wednesday July 20th, 2011
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The July/August issue of the Brooklyn Rail includes seven pieces by our current students, two pieces by alumni, and two by current faculty

July August 2011 Brooklyn Rail

Dorothea Rockburne with David Levi Strauss & Christopher Bamford

Matthew Day Jackson with Charles Schultz, “and ” John O’Conner: What Is Toronto? by Charles Schultz

Mark Di Suvero at Governor’s Island by Sara Christoph

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception,” and “Geometry: Selected Works from the Estate of Mary Ann Unger by Kara L. Rooney

Louis I. Kahn: Building a View, and Stephen Antonakos: Spaces, by Aldrin Valdez

George Gittoes: Witness to a War, by Noah Dillon

Editor’s Note (on Dance), by Claudia La Rocco

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