This semester’s VCS-sponsored Art in the First Person talks

This semester, the Visual & Critical Studies Department is sponsoring four events as part of the SVA’s ongoing Art in the First Person lecture series. Here is a brief description of each.



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



Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs – A Conversation with Dr. Deniz Beyazit, assistant 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 Dr. Deniz Beyazit, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the upcoming exhibition on Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs. This exhibition highlights one of the most productive periods in the history of medieval art in the regions comprising Anatolia, Iran, as well as parts of Syria and Iraq (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.





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



The Vanishing Points of Treece

Location: 101C, 133 W 21st Street

Monday, February 15, 6:30 PM

This event will be a conversation between arts writer Natasha Chuk, as she discusses the themes of her recently published book Vanishing Points, and photographer Dina Kantor, whose images from the series ‘Treece’ are featured in the book. The evening will end with a brief Q&A.


Left: VANISHING POINTS by Natasha Chuk (Intellect, Ltd., 2015); Right: Dina Kantor, Treece Water Tower 2012



A full schedule of all of the AIFP events for Spring 2016 can be found on the SVA event calendar. The Art in the First Person lecture series is free and open to the public.

I will post additional details here about each talk as is approaches.

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