Artist Stanley White discusses his career and the evolution of his work from the 1970s through the present. Professor emeritus of painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Whitney holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Yale University. Born in Philadelphia, he lives and works in New York City and Parma, Italy. He is represented by Team Gallery, New York; Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin; Galerie Albert Baronian, Brussels; and Christine Koenig Gallery, Vienna. Presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.
Writer David Matlin reads from his latest works: A HalfMan Dreaming (Red Hen Press, 2012), a novel, and the newly published Up Fish Creek Road and Other Stories (Spuyten Duyvil, 2013). In addition to his fiction, Matlin has written about the arts, politics and the environment, as well as about the U.S. prison system and how it undermines the quality of life for all Americans. He lived in New York City and the Catskill Mountains for nearly 30 years before moving back to his home state of California, where he teaches at San Diego State University and explores the Anza Borrego Desert. Presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.
On Saturday, October 19th, the Visual & Critical Studies program will hold an Open House for prospective students. The event will allow visitors to meet Department Chair Tom Huhn and some of our students, as well as the College president and members of the Admissions, Financial Aid, Residence Life and Student Affairs staffs.
The VCS Open House features artist & faculty Peter Hristoff's popular drawing workshop, from noon-1. Chair Tom Huhn will discuss the VCS liberal arts curriculum with parents (of course, if parents prefer to attend the drawing workshop, they are more than welcome to). In addition to learning more specifics about the past, present, and future of the Visual & Critical Studies program, the Open House is a great opportunity to see the unique technological and academic resources we offer our students.
To see a complete schedule of this semesters departmental Open Houses and register to attend, please visit this link on the SVA website.
Dr. Ivana Jevtic, faculty member of the archaeology and history of art department at Koc University, Istanbul, discusses how narrative imagery was developed in Byzantine painting, one of the less-explored facets of that era's visual culture. Her focus is on the late Byzantine period, when visual storytelling grew in popularity and the depicted figures evolved from static icons to become animated, expressive characters set in elaborate scenes. Presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.
Jackson Lears, cultural and intellectual historian and distinguished professor of history at Rutgers University, discusses the evolution of “the American sublime.” Originally arising from a Romantic, Protestant faith in the divinity of wild nature, the notion was transformed and fragmented in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Americans came to attach notions of sublimity to technology and celebrity but remained attracted to a more complex vision of nature, one that oscillated between ecological perceptions of dense biodiversity and minimalist conceptions of emptiness and openness—what Wallace Stevens called “the empty spirit / in vacant space.” By the early 21st century, postmodern theorists advanced the idea that nature was culturally constructed. Lears asks: Has any coherent idea of sublimity survived? Presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.
Mary Frank (b. 1933) has worked with sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography over the course of more than six decades, and has been described by Linda Nochlin as an artist who "confronts this darkness of the spirit and wrestles it into vivid pictorial expression." Documentary filmmaker John Cohen, who has known Frank for more than fifty years, charts her extradordinary career in this new film.