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Aaron Betsky, "Architecture Beyond Building"

MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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SVA MFA Design Criticism
Aaron Betsky, "Architecture Beyond Building"

In a culture in which buildings are more and more restricted by building, life safety, and financial codes, the best architecture often appears in other media—in fiction, film, and the visual arts.  Aaron Betsky will show how we can find and present this architecture, and speculate on how such a re-presentation can itself be architecture.

Betsky is an architect, critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design, and is currently director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. He has served as curator of Architecture, Design, and Digital Projects at San Francisco MoMA, and the director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute. Betsky was named the director of the 11th Exhibition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008. He is also the author of False Flat and Architecture Must Burn.

Each lecture is followed by a Q&A session and refreshments in the D-Crit Reading Room. All lectures are free and open to the public but you do need to register to reserve your space.

Have questions about Aaron Betsky, "Architecture Beyond Building"? Contact MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

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SVA MFA Design Criticism
136 West 21 Street
Second Floor
New York, NY 10010

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)


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MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

SVA MFA Design Criticism Department

136 West 21 Street, Second Floor (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)
Subway: F, V at 23rd Street; 1 at 23rd Street

The SVA MFA in Design Criticism is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Students study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, Design Observer blogger Alexandra Lange, and New York Times critic Phil Patton. They learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference. 

The 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.

On Tuesday evenings at D-Crit we present lectures by the most thoughtful and provocative writers, editors, designers, and curators practicing today in the interrelated fields of design, architecture and urban planning. Selected to supplement our curriculum with their original methods and alternative viewpoints, these speakers inspire and challenge our students. Our students, in turn, through the discussion they lead, help illuminate the concerns and priorities of design criticism today. 

Please contact us for a tour and more information at dcrit@sva.edu. 

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