Announcing the fall 2013 Art in the First Person lecture series, and some videos of past lectures

Here’s a link to a page on the SVA website containing the fall 2013 entries for Art in the First Person, an ongoing program of events in which artists, historians, critics, writers, and curators come to SVA to speak on a wide range of topics, including studio practice, art history, art criticism, philosophy, and a […]

Presenting the VCS Chair Reading for September 2013

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, […]

Who’s in the VCS library?

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Art education, General VCS Info, Other | No Comments

In anticipation of the new academic year, here’s a visual breakdown of the VCS library that Systems Administrator Justin Elm created using the app Delicious Library 3. In this image, size reflects each writer’s presence in our collection (the larger the name, the more books we’ve got by that author/editor). It’s a top-level analysis that […]

The Left is Dead! — Long Live the Left! Introducing Platypus at SVA

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Events, General VCS Info, Other | No Comments

— Here’s an announcement and invitation from VCS Chair Assistant Bret Schneider about a recently launched Platypus Affiliated Society reading group at SVA: The Platypus Affiliated Society organizes reading groups, public fora, research and journalism focused on problems and tasks inherited from the “Old Left” (1920s-30s), “New Left” (1960s-70s) and post-political Left (1980s-90s) for the […]

This Tuesday: “The Appeal of Tragedy,” a lecture by Paul Schwaber

This Tuesday, March 12th, The Visual & Critical Studies program will present the “The Appeal of Tragedy,” a lecture by Paul Schwaber: Aristotle considered tragedy central to the engaging claim that great verbal art has on us. Nietzsche, Freud and many others have recognized tragedy as opening usefully—enjoyably, distressingly, puzzlingly and safely—to the mysteries and […]

This Tuesday: “Mark Lilla: The Artist, the Autist and the Fool”

This coming Tuesday, February 19th, The Visual & Critical Studies program will present “Mark Lilla: The Artist, the Autist and the Fool,” the latest entry in SVA’s Art in the First Person lecture series for the spring 2013 semester. Here is an overview of the lecture from SVA’s Events & Exhibitions page: Despite the irony, […]

The VCS Chair Reading for February 2013

This month sees the eighth entry in the VCS Chair Readings, an ongoing series of recommended readings selected by Department Chair Tom Huhn. The newest selection is the essay “Imagination: Powers & Perils” by Mark Edmundson, published in the Fall 2012 issue of Raritan: A Quarterly Review. Here’s are Tom’s comments: I’m very happy to […]

Announcing the spring 2013 Art in the First Person lecture series

The spring 2013 schedule of events in SVA’s Art in the First Person lecture series is now available on the SVA website. As many of you know, Art in the First Person is an ongoing program of events in which artists, historians, critics, writers, and curators come to SVA to speak on a wide range […]

An interview with Hal Foster by Bret Schneider and Omar Hussain

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Faculty Writings, Interviews | No Comments

Earlier this week, VCS Chair Assistant Bret Schneider sent me a link to an interview that he and a colleague did with art critic and historian Hal Foster in 2010. The piece was published in the online critical theory journal Platypus Review, for which Bret is also a contributing editor. In the interview, Bret and […]

Elektra KB in a new interview for Société Perrier

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 in Interviews, Press, VCS Alumni | No Comments

Late last month, the Société Perrier art section published an interview with recent VCS graduate Elektra KB. In the interview, Elektra talks about her life, the role that philosophy and politics have played in her art, and some of the projects she’s been involved with in recent months.There’s also a slideshow featuring several of her […]

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