Today’s post features a message from VCS Department Chair Tom Huhn:
After what I hope was a pleasant and productive summer for all, I’m very happy to begin again with the distribution of “Chair Readings,” a once per month recommendation of an essay, book review, editorial, etc. that strikes me as of interest to students, friends, faculty, and alumni of the BFA program in Visual & Critical Studies at SVA. This month’s recommendation is from the London Review of Books. Here is Benjamin Kunkel’s review of Boris Groys’ new collection of essays titled “Introduction to Antiphilosophy.” Anyone against philosophy these days is certainly on the right side of history. Better said: anyone against professional, academic philosophy is rightly situated. Kunkel, who mostly admires the ways in which Groys takes contemporary philosophers of art to task, has a good deal to offer by situating Groys in relation to the aesthetics of Adorno. The result is that there’s much to be learned here about both Groys and Adorno.