School of Visual Arts (SVA) announces the Fall 2010 Art in the First Person lecture series, 12 free talks that bring together notable artists, critics and writers for in-depth discussions on issues in contemporary art.

All Art in the First Person events are free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Please visit www.sva.edu/events or call 212.592.2010 for more information.

Event Details

Alexi Worth
Tuesday, September 14, 6:30pm
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Alexi Worth is a painter whose work combines formal simplicity and humor, often relying on interrupted, cropped or overshadowed views. Writing in The New York Times, critic Roberta Smith described Worth’s paintings as marked by “quirky realism and deliberate surfaces.” A senior critic at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Fine Art, Worth has curated exhibitions in Boston and New York; and has written about art for Art in America, Artforum, The New Yorker and other publications. Presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.

Not Nature Poems: A Discussion of Current Trends in Ecopoetics
Thursday, September 16, 6:30pm
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
The first in the Quips and Cranks series of panel discussions on poetics in the arts, this event examines how artists are reconceiving their work in respect to nature. Poets Brenda Ijima and Jonathan Skinner join painter Rackstraw Downes and author Joan Richardson to discuss recent developments in their work regarding how to make art in relation to devastating human-engendered changes in the natural environment. Moderated by poets Vincent Katz and Tim Peterson. Presented by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department.

Indecent Exposure: A Discussion and Screening of Films You are Unlikely to See Elsewhere
Monday, September 27, 6:30pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Congressional decision to require the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to consider “general standards of decency and respect” in awarding grants, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department at SVA present a double-feature screening of Destricted(2006) — a collection of short films by visual artists Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Cecily Brown, Larry Clark, Marilyn Minter and Richard Prince, among others, all exploring the boundaries between pornography and art — and Larry Clark’s Ken Park (2002), which has had limited distribution due to its controversial sexual content. The evening includes a discussion with some of the filmmakers.

Ammiel Alcalay
“To Write a Republic”: Experience, Heroism and Poetics in the National Security State
Wednesday, September 29, 7pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street
Poet, novelist, critic, scholar and activist Ammiel Alcalay will discuss the role of poetry and poetics as active thought and resistance to the restructuring of North American society during the Cold War. Alcalay’s work has ranged from scholarship, translation and activist writings on the Middle East and the Balkans, to recontextualizing the “New American Poetry” in political terms. His books include: the cairo notebooks (Singing Horse Press, 1993); from the warring factions (Beyond Baroque, 2002); Scrapmetal (Factory School, 2007); After Jews & Arabs (University of Minnesota Press, 1993); Memories of Our Future(City Lights, 1999); and translations from Bosnian, Hebrew and Arabic, including Semezdin Mehmedinovic’s Sarajevo Blues (City Lights, 1998). His latest book, Islanders, was recently published by City Lights and a new book of essays, A Little History, will be published later this year by Fred Dewey Books. Presented by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department.

Robert Feintuch
Thursday, October 7, 7pm
209 East 23 Street, 3rd-floor Amphitheater
Robert Feintuch is an American painter who has a history of using himself as a model, though the results are not traditional self-portraits. He exhibits in the United States and Europe and is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Bellagio, Italy, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors. Feintuch is represented by the Sonnabend Gallery in New York City. Presented by the BFA Fine Arts Department.

Lynne Tillman
Words Are Images, Too

Thursday, October 14, 7pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street
Lynne Tillman will talk about her fiction, especially those works that address art and visual culture using stories and characters. In writing alongside art, Tillman engages a perpetual problem: How to discuss, describe, and comment upon one medium through another. Tillman has crossed and recrossed the lines between fiction and criticism often, especially in This Is Not It: Stories by Lynne Tillman (D.A.P., 2002). She is the author of the novels Haunted Houses (Serpent’s Tail, 1987); Motion Sickness (Serpent’s Tail, 1991); Cast in Doubt (Serpent’s Tail, 1992); No Lease on Life (Mariner Books, 1998); and the story collections Absence Makes the Heart (Serpent’s Tail, 1990) and The Madame Realism Complex(Semiotext(e), 1992). Her non-fiction books include The Velvet Years: Warhol’s Factory 1965 – 1967 (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1995);The Broad Picture (Serpent’s Tail, 1997); and Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999). She writes regularly on art, books, and culture and contributes frequently to artists’ books and museum catalogues. Presented by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department.

Arthur I. Miller
Einstein and Picasso: Abstract Art, Abstract Science
Tuesday, October 19, 6:30pm
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Science historian Arthur I. Miller’s research focuses on the mind’s use of visual imagery in creative scientific and artistic thinking, as well as the concepts of intuition, symmetry and beauty. He is the author of Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty That Causes Havoc (Basic Books, 2001) and 137: Jung, Pauli and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession(W.W. Norton & Company, 2010). Miller founded the Department of Science & Technology at University College London; is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Corresponding Fellow of l’Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences; was awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; and has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Presented by the BFA Fine Arts Department.

Danielle Mysliwiec
Tuesday, November 2, 6:30pm
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Artist Danielle Mysliwiec creates abstract paintings of intricately woven surfaces that are at once coming together and coming undone. In 2005 she co-founded the feminist performance group Brainstormers, which challenges gender discrimination in the art world. In her talk, Mysliwiec will trace the development of her paintings and various experimental processes in acrylic, digital and oil mediums; shed light on studio practice and life as an emerging artist; and give a brief overview of her work as an activist in the art world. Mysliwiec has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and other galleries and museums, and is currently assistant professor of painting and drawing at American University. Presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.

Rona Pondick
Tuesday, November 16, 7pm
209 East 23 Street, 3rd-floor Amphitheater
Rona Pondick’s stainless-steel sculptures represent human-animal and human-tree hybrids. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in numerous public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Morgan Library & Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. She has received numerous awards and grants, including the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Pondick is represented by Sonnabend Gallery, New York, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg. Presented by the BFA Fine Arts Department.

Peter Schjeldahl
Of Ourselves and of Our Origins: Subjects of Art
Thursday, November 18, 7pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street
Critic Peter Schjeldahl will pose the question, “At a time when art is being publicly gamed to exhaustion, can we still, or again, speak sensibly of what we like about it, deep down?” Schjeldahl has been the art critic of The New Yorker since 1998. Prior to that he was a regular art critic for The New York Times, The Village Voice, ARTnews and 7 Days, and published five books of poetry between 1967and 1981. His collections of criticism include The Hydrogen Jukebox (1991) and Let’s See: Writings on Art from The New Yorker(2008). He won the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Excellence in Art Criticism in 1980 and the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing in 2008. Presented by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department.

Peter Hristoff
Tuesday, November 23, 6:30pm
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
SVA alumnus and faculty member Peter Hristoff (BFA 1981 Fine Arts) is a native of Turkey, a country that continues to inspire his work, from paintings and prints to patterned prayer rugs. He has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and Turkey, including the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul and the Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery in New York. Hristoff will discuss his work and a recent collaboration with a collective of rug weavers in Gullubahce, Turkey. Presented by the BFA Fine Arts and BFA Visual & Critical Studies Departments.

Between Picture and Viewer: The Image in Contemporary Painting
Thursday, December 9, 7pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street
A discussion moderated by Katy Siegel featuring a panel of three noteworthy contemporary painters: Josephine Halvorson, Jim Hyde and Dana Schutz. This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Between Picture and Viewer: The Image in Contemporary Painting,” on view at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, November 23 – December 22. Siegel is an author and professor of art history at Hunter College, a contributing editor at Artforum and co-author of Art Works: Money (Thames & Hudson, 2004). Presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.

About SVA

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

Image: Robert Feintuch, Looking Out, 2007, polymer emulsion and oil paint on honeycomb panel. Courtesy Sonnabend Gallery, New York

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