Announcing the VCS entries in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Art in the First Person lecture series

This semester, the Visual & Critical Studies Program will present four events as part of SVA’s ongoing Art in the First Person lecture series. Here’s a brief description of each, followed by some information about what we’ve got lined up for next semester.

 


 

José Parlá

Location: 101C, 133 W 21st Street

Monday, September 28, 6:30 PM

BFA Visual & Critical Studies is pleased to present a talk with artist José Parlá. Parlá will speak about his personal history and education, his influences, and how these have led to his more recent projects, including a mural at One World Trade Center, his participation at the Havana Biennial in Cuba, and his current shows opening in September at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery and Mary Boone Gallery. The evening will end with a brief Q&A.

Image credit: Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

Image credit: Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

 


 

Mohamed Gohar and The Night of Counting the Years: Film Screening and Conversation About Egypt Today

Location: 101C, 133 W 21st Street

Monday, October 19, 6:30 PM

Mohamed Gohar is a graduate of the Applied Arts College of Cairo, where he studied photography and cinematography. Over the years he has produced news and entertainment programs throughout the world and created public, private and satellite TV channels. Gohar will present the classic Egyptian movie The Night of Counting the Years (1969) and discuss issues of social and media responsibility, and how to use art to promote stability. The screening will be followed by a Q&A moderated by BFA Visual & Critical Studies faculty Peter Hristoff.

Image credit: Public domain

Image credit: Public domain

 


 

Nancy Princenthal: Agnes Martin, Her Life and Art

Location: 132 W 21st Street, 6th Floor

Thursday, October 22, 6:30 PM
Nancy Princenthal is a New York-based critic and former Senior Editor of Art in America, for which she continues to write regularly, as well as a contributor to Artforum, The Village Voice, and The New York Times, and a core faculty member in the MFA Art Writing Program. Princenthal first saw one of Martin’s paintings when she was a teenager, and she first wrote about her when she was in college, leading to a brief, personal correspondence with Martin. With her new book, Agnes Martin, Her Life and Art, she tells Agnes Martin’s extraordinary life story for the first time, presenting at the same time a long-awaited critical discussion of her work. Her talk will include a reading and signing.

Co-sponsored by BFA Visual & Critical Studies and MFA Art Writing

Image credit: Courtesy Thames & Hudson

Image credit: Courtesy Thames & Hudson

 


 

The Pregnant Body Through the Looking Glass of Psychoanalysis or, What’s Motherhood Got to Do With It?: A Talk by Rosemary Balsam

Location: 101C, 133 W 21st Street

Monday, November 9, 6:30 PM

From the time of Greek medicine, to the birth of psychoanalysis, the female-sexed body has carried with it some demonstrable interesting distortions. The impact of an originally manifest phallic view shifts in time toward one of pluripotential aspiration into contemporary times. Yale University psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Rosemary Balsam joins BFA Visual & Critical Studies to discuss what this means psychically for traditional biological female roles like motherhood.

Image credit: Corbis

Image credit: Corbis

 


 

We’re also organizing the following events for the Spring 2016 AIFP lecture series:

 

Liz Magic Laser

Location: 101C, 133 W 21st Street

Monday, January 25, 6:30 PM

Liz Magic Laser’s performances and videos intervene in semi-public spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms, and have involved collaborations with actors, surgeons, political strategists and motorcycle gang members. This lecture will focus on her recent work examining the techniques of news production and the studied gestures of world leaders. Presented by BFA Visual & Critical Studies.

Image credit: Liz Magic Laser

Image credit: Liz Magic Laser

 


 

The Great Age of the Seljuqs: A Conversation with Deniz Beyazit, Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Location: 101C, 133 West 21st Street

Monday, March 14, 6:30 PM

BFA Visual & Critical Studies presents a conversation with Deniz Beyazit, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the upcoming exhibition on The Great Age of the Seljuqs. This exhibition highlights one of the most productive periods in the history of medieval art in Anatolia and Iran (11ththrough 13th century) that is reflected through the expansion of glazed ceramics, fine metalwork, wood, and glass and the rise to a market for luxury goods, as attested by the textiles and manuscripts that remain from this period. Moderated by BFA Visual & Critical Studies faculty Peter Hristoff, the evening will conclude with a brief Q&A.

Image credit: Peter Hristoff

Image credit: Peter Hristoff

 


 

SHEROES

SHE HERO EROS

Henrietta Mantooth, Joan Snyder, Betty Tompkins

Location: Beatrice Theater, 333 West 23rd Street

Monday, April 11 or Monday, April 4, 6:30 PM

BFA Visual & Critical Studies is pleased to present a panel discussion on the works and careers of artists Henrietta Mantooth, Joan Snyder and Betty Tompkins. Perseverance, sexism, censorship, career and how the position of women has–and has not–changed in the art world over the course of the last 50+ years will be discussed. Each panelist will present an overview of their careers, to be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Image credit: Allen Bianchi

Image credit: Allen Bianchi

 


 

All of the information above is also available on our events page, along with announcements of other VCS-sponsored events and exhibitions. I will post updates about each event here as it approaches. The Art in the First Person lecture series is free and open to the public.

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