Art in the First Person for Fall 2011

Earlier this week, SVA sent out an announcement of the Fall 2011 schedule for Art in the First Person, an ongoing series of talks in which notable artists, critics and writers will examine a variety of topics, including their own works and the current state of the art world. This semester’s calendar includes a wide range of lectures, panel discussions, performances, and film screenings sponsored by several SVA programs, including the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department, the BFA Fine Arts Department, the BFA Photography Department, the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department, and the MA Critical Theory and the Arts Department, which will open in the fall of 2012.

As part of this semester’s schedule, our own BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department will be sponsoring five lectures dealing with artmaking, art history, and art criticism, beginning early next month. Here are descriptions of our events, taken from the SVA announcement:

Tuesday, October 11, 7pm
David Cohen: Artists Rights and Wrongs, with Karen Gover and Walter Robinson
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street

David Cohen, publisher and editor of, explores the philosophical and historical implications of several events that have gripped the attention of the art world. They include the dispute between Swiss installation artist Christophe Büchel and MASS MoCA, the lawsuit brought against Richard Prince by photographer Patrick Cariou, John Baldessari’s altercations with the Giacometti Foundation, and the case of the Warhol Foundation vs. Simon-Whelan. In response to his remarks, Cohen will be joined in conversation by Karen Gover, professor of philosophy at Bennington College, and artist and artnet magazine editor Walter Robinson.

Tuesday, October 18, 7pm
The Nelson Manobar
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street

Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw, editors of The Chadwick Family Papers, discuss the Nelson Manobar, an occupiable scale model of Admiral Nelson’s HMS Victory that was long a fixture at Chadwick Manor. At once a theatrical stage set for recitations of Nelson’s death speech, and a nautically-themed pub, the Manobar was thought lost until its recent rediscovery in a remote storage unit belonging to the Victoria and Albert Museum in Mumbai. The discussion includes the circumstances of the Manobar’s rediscovery, the saga of its passage back to the United States, and its singular place within the Chadwicks’ larger nautical collections. Gloria Kury, whose Periscope Publishing brought out The Chadwick Family Papers: A Brief Public Glimpse, moderates the lecture; artist Steve Dibenedetto is a respondent.

Tuesday, November 8, 7pm
SOSW Ballet
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street

SOSW Ballet is an experimental film that revolves around the creation of discourse through movement. Created by Anna Gaskell, the short film is choreographed and performed by the children of the Special School of Podgorki (SOSW) in Poland, a 40-year-old academy and boarding school for children ages eight to 18, some with mild to severe learning disorders. In SOSW Ballet, dance becomes a means of challenging barriers to communication. A conversation with director Anna Gaskell and choreographer Jessica Sand moderated by faculty member Micaela Martegani follows the screening.

Sunday, November 13, 4 – 9pm and Monday, November 14, 4 – 9pm
Liz Magic Laser
I Feel Your Pain
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street

As part of Performa 11, New York-based artist Liz Magic Laser presents a new multimedia performance drawing on the Russian Constructivist idea of a “living newspaper” to restage America’s recent political contestations as a romantic drama. The artist’s Performa commission remixes agitprop theater tactics, examining how emotion is used to establish credibility and authenticity on America’s political stage. Laser received an MFA from Columbia University and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. She is currently on faculty at SVA and a resident artist at Smack Mellon. Co-presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department, BFA Fine Arts Department and Performa.

Tuesday, December 6, 7pm
The Talkers: A Panel Moderated by Rochelle Feinstein
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street

The number of symposia, panels, and lectures offered in New York in any one week is overwhelming. Whatever etymology, the discussion is usually based upon “THE TOPIC.” The Talkers is an evening that ventures from this format, in which there will be five topics, one proposed by the each of the participants. Each “Talker” presents his or her thoughts, generating a megalopolis of ideas. Their responses and conversations unfold in this public forum. Panelists enact the role of talk, talking and talkers as an enterprise of currency in contemporary art and culture. “The Talkers” include visual artists, writers, educators and curators. Rochelle Feinstein is a New York-based painter and printmaker on the faculty at Yale. Presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.

As the semester progresses, I will post additional updates and announcements on each of the events listed above. I will also attend some of the lectures and write blog posts about them, and ask some of our students for their responses.

For more information on the events above and the other entries in the Spring 2011 Art in the First Person Lecture series, please visit its SVA website. The page includes a full schedule of all of the talks in the series, including locations, dates and times, and information on how to sign up to receive SVA’s weekly e-newsletter and monthly calendar.

(Top image: Marilyn Minter, Green Pink Caviar, 2009, high-definition video, 7:45 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94 New York; on view in “The Influentials,” at SVA’s Visual Arts Gallery through September, 21, 2011.)

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