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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 January 31st, 2012
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Lynne Tillman on Gertrude Stein in the New York Times Book Review

Tuesday January 10th, 2012
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David Levi Strauss will be speaking at USC on February 22nd

Rodney McMillian, “untitled,” 2010.
Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer.
Roski School of Fine Arts
University of Southern California

Graduate Lecture Series

The USC Roski School of Fine Arts is pleased to announce its Spring 2012 Graduate Lecture Series, featuring weekly, in-depth presentations by internationally recognized artists, curators, and writers in an intimate setting that fosters critical conversation.

Thursday April 12, 2012
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Joan Richardson: “Into the Cosmic Weather” Lecture at the SVA Theater, April 12

Please join us Thursday April 12, 2012 at 7 pm for Joan Richards’s talk in the SVA theater (located at 333 West 23rd street between 8th and 9th avenues).

Darwin and the Darwinian information changed everything, as Emerson and those following him into newly imagined territories of becoming realized. “Imagination as Value” is the title of a lecture Wallace Stevens delivered at Columbia University in 1948, just as recovery from the devastation of the Second World War was beginning. He called mind, “the most terrible force in the world,” “a violence from within that protects us from a violence without,” and the value of imagination “the way of thinking by which we project the idea of God into the idea of man.” “It creates images that are independent of their originals,” he added, gnomically. Considering these aspects by following Stevens back to James and back to Emerson, as we try to keep our balance amidst the hissing and spinning of our own “environment of fact meeting fact,” will constitute the subject of this talk.

Joan Richardson is Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and American Studies at The Graduate Center. Author of a two-volume biography of the poet Wallace Stevens, she co-edited, with Frank Kermode, Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose (Library of America, 1997). Her essays on Stevens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Jonathan Edwards have been published in the Wallace Stevens Journal, in Raritan, and elsewhere, and essays on Alfred North Whitehead, William James, and pragmatism have appeared in the journals Configurations and The Hopkins Review. Review essays have appeared in Bookforum and other journals. Her study A Natural History of Pragmatism: The Fact of Feeling from Jonathan Edwards to Gertrude Stein was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007, and was nominated for the 2011 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. She is currently at work on another volume for Cambridge, Pragmatism and American Culture as well as a book-length study, The Return of the Repressed: Stanley Cavell and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Joan Richardson has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a Senior Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her work reflects an abiding interest in the way that philosophy, natural history, and science intersect with literature.

This event is free and open to the public

Tuesday February 14, 2012
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Anne Wagner, Time Lines: On the Drawings of Anthony McCall at the SVA Theater, February 14

Please join us Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 7 pm for Anne Wagner’s talk in the SVA theater (located at 333 West 23rd street between 8th and 9th avenues).

For artist Anthony McCall, time is of the essence. The question is how to represent it, now that the age-old tropes of skull, scythe, and hourglass have had their day. In considering the artist’s expansion of the means of time’s depiction—an expansion that rested on his development of a new graphic language—this lecture aims to bring into view McCall’s engagement with memory and loss.

Anne M. Wagner is Class of 1936 Chair Emerita in the Department of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has appeared in such journals as Artforum, Representations, October, and The Threepenny Review.  Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux:  Sculptor of the Second Empire, was published in 1986, and Three Artists (Three Women) in 1996. In 2005, her third book, Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture, came out from Yale University Press. A book of her essays, A House Divided: On Recent American Art, has just appeared from the University of California Press. In progress is Behaving Globally, which has been commissioned by Princeton University Press for a new series called Essays on the Arts. Anne Wagner is also Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of York.

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday January 19, 2012
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DAVID GRAEBER, On Bureaucratic Technologies & the Future as Dream-Time

Please join us Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7 pm for David Graeber’s talk in the SVA theater (located at 333 West 23rd street between 8th and 9th avenues). This event is free and open to the public.

The twentieth century produced a very clear sense of what the future was to be, but we now seem unable to imagine any sort of redemptive future. How did this happen? One reason is the replacement of what might be called poetic technologies with bureaucratic technologies. Another is the terminal perturbations of capitalism, which is increasingly unable to envision any future at all.
David Graeber likes to say that he had three goals for 2011: to promote his new book, Debt: The First 5000 Years (Melville House), learn to drive, and launch a worldwide revolution. He’s done well on the first, failed the second, and the third may be on the way, in the form of the Occupy Wall Street movement that Graeber helped initiate. He teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is also the author of Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, and Direct Action: An Ethnography, among other books.

Tuesday December 13th, 2011
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Jessica Holmes class of ’13 authors catalogue essay for ‘Calder 1941′ show

Read the press release of this exhibition and The New York Times review.

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.

Thursday January 1, 1970
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Critical Information: Mapping the Intersection of Art and Technology, a Graduate Student Conference


Conference Panels: 10:00am – 3:30pm
132 West 21 Street, 7th floor, New York City

Keynote Address: 4:00 – 5:30pm, followed by reception
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York City
All events are free and open to the public

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School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents Critical Information: Mapping the Intersection of Art and Technology, an interdisciplinary graduate student conference examining the contemporary dialogue between art, media and technology. Sponsored by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department at SVA, the Critical Information graduate conference provides a critical forum for current scholarship exploring the juncture of media, theory, criticism, and the visual arts. McKenzie Wark, Associate Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts, will deliver the keynote address entitled Spectacles of Disintegration.

Wark has written extensively on media theory, critical theory and new media. His books include Virtual Geography: Living With Global Media Events (Indiana University Press, 1994), The Hacker Manifesto (Harvard University Press, 2004), Gamer Theory (Harvard University Press, 2007), and The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International (Verso, 2011).

The conference’s international roster of participants represents a wide cross-section of disciplines, ranging from visual and cultural studies to interactive media arts; criticism to curatorial practice; and performance art to art history. More information on the panels and papers, as well as the full schedule of events can be found at

The MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department at SVA offers a two-year course of study leading to an MFA degree. For students who want to improve their writing and advance their knowledge of contemporary art, theory, literature, and history, this concentrated program offers seminars by practicing critics, editors, philosophers, poets, and artists. The focus in writing is on the essay as form, as well as on shorter forms of review, through intensive writing practicums.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

Tuesday November 22nd, 2011
Filed under Alumni, News, Events and Alumni, Spring 2012

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

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