Posted by: Jeff Edwards | September 10, 2012

Announcing this semester’s Art in the First Person lecture series

Last week, SVA sent out an announcement of this semester’s entries in Art in the First Person, an ongoing series of talks in which notable artists, critics and writers examine a wide range of topics including their own work, art history, philosophy, and the current state of the art world. This semester’s calendar includes lectures, panel discussions, and other events sponsored by several SVA programs, including the BFA Fine Arts Department, the BFA Photography Department, the BFA Film and Video Department, the MPS Digital Photography Department, the MA Critical Theory & the Arts Department, the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department, the MFA Art Practice Department, the MFA Photography, Video & Related Media Department.

As part of this semester’s schedule, our own BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department will present four lectures and panel discussions in November and December, dealing with artmaking, art history, media and technology, and art criticism. Here are descriptions of all of the events that VCS is sponsoring or co-sponsoring, taken from SVA’s online event announcements.


Thursday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.
Richard Shiff: Modes of Distraction
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street

Drawing examples from 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century art, noted art historian Richard Shiff investigates a number of cases in which the capacity of a particular medium to resolve an image seems to be tested. Shiff examines experimental landscape photography from the middle of the 19th-century as well as the work of Cézanne, Seurat and van Gogh which resulted in debates over the proper relationship of a representational image to the abstract marks that constitute it. If the marks became a distraction, Shiff proposes, the image might be lost. He also looks at the work of Cy Twombly, Frank Stella, Sol LeWitt, Chuck Close, Vija Celmins, Christopher Wool, Jim Campbell and Ewan Gibbs. Richard Shiff is the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at The University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Center for the Study of Modernism.


Thursday, November 1, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
We’re All Videofreex
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street

David A. Ross, chair of the MFA Art Practice Department at SVA, and Ron Simon, curator of television and video at the Paley Center for Media, reunite members of the pioneering video collective Videofreex for a one-day symposium. Between 1969 and 1978 the group produced hundreds of hours of real-time video documents shot with newly-invented portable cameras and founded Lanesville TV, the first pirate TV station. Simon leads a discussion about “Subject to Change,” the Videofreex production commissioned—and subsequently dropped—by CBS in the context of the challenges to traditional journalism spurred by the introduction of video and the impact of the emerging counterculture. Following a screening of the group’s work, Ross moderates a panel on the Videofreex’s contribution to the history of video art and their renewed significance at a moment in which unprecedented proliferation of personal recording devices and decentralized broadcasting platforms fuel uprisings worldwide. Presented by the MFA Art Practice Department with support from the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media, BFA Fine Arts and BFA Visual & Critical Studies Departments.


Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.
Nadja Aksamija: The Art of the Facsimile
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street

Advances in digital technology have had a great impact on the quality of facsimiles of historic works of art and architecture that can be produced for purposes of virtual conservation, digital restoration and museum display. When the technology is combined with traditional artistic skills, the results virtually erase the line between the original and its facsimile, creating a completely new paradigm regarding the authenticity of the viewing experience. This talk considers two case studies involving Renaissance originals and their facsimiles: the reconstruction of the Loggetta in Venice’s Piazza San Marco after the collapse of the bell tower in 1902, and the facsimile reproduction of the monumental fresco map of the city of Bologna, located at the Vatican’s inaccessible Sala Bologna. Aksamija is associate professor of art history at Wesleyan University and a principal researcher on the Sala Bologna project.


Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.
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 can be overwhelming. Whatever etymology, the discussion is usually based upon “THE TOPIC.” The Talkers is an evening that ventures from this format, in which there are five topics, one proposed by each of the participants. Each “Talker” presents his or her thoughts, generating a “megalopolis” of ideas. The 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 of Yale University.


As the semester progresses, I will post additional updates and announcements for each of the events listed above.

To see a calendar of all of the entries in the Fall 2012 Art in the First Person Lecture series, visit the event listings page on the SVA website. The page includes a full schedule of all of the talks in the series, with links to more detailed descriptions and information on locations, dates, and times.

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