This Tueday: Ellen Levy on T.J. Clark

This Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., VCS will present its final entry in the Spring 2011 Art in the First Person Lecture Series. Writer Ellen Levy will give a talk titled “’The deep ludicrousness of lyric’: The Poet in T. J. Clark.” Here’s a brief description taken from SVA’s event announcement:

Writer Ellen Levy will discuss the strange, fugitive role that poetry plays in the modern visual imaginary through a consideration of the place of lyric in the recent writings of art historian T.J. Clark. Poetry features only rarely in the history of modernism as retold by art historians-but as Clark writes, “lyric cannot be expunged from modernism, only repressed.” What happens when the repressed returns?

Early last month, T.J. Clark spoke to a packed house in the SVA Theatre about Picasso’s Guernica, in a lecture sponsored by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing program. (One student’s report on the talk can be found at this post on SVA’s Visual Arts Briefs.) It will be interesting to see how Levy’s lecture resonates with Clark’s.

Levy is a visiting associate professor at Pratt Institute whose articles and poems have appeared in Dissent, Literary Imagination, Modernism/Modernity, The New York Review of Books and Raritan. Her book, Criminal Ingenuity: Moore, Cornell, Ashbery and the Struggle Between the Arts, will be published in May 2011 by Oxford University Press.

The lecture will be held in room 101C at 133/141 West 21st Street in New York City. As with all Art in the First person events, it is free and open to the public.

Visual & Critical Studies