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GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE
Hosted by the MFA program in Art Criticism & Writing
at the School of Visual Arts, New York City, December 8, 2013
Conference Panels: 10:00am – 3:30pm
132 West 21 Street, 6th floor, New York City
Lawrence Weschler, Keynote Address: 4:00 – 5:30pm, followed by reception
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York City
All events are free and open to the public
School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents Critical Information, an interdisciplinary graduate student conference examining the contemporary dialogue between art, media, and society. Sponsored by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department at SVA, the Critical Information conference provides a critical forum for current scholarship exploring the juncture of media, theory, criticism, and the visual arts. Lawrence Weschler, Director Emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, will deliver the keynote address, “A Typology of Convergences: Towards a Unified Field Theory of Cultural Transmission.”
Weschler was for over twenty years (1981-2002) a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992) and was also a recipient of Lannan Literary Award (1998). Recent books include a considerably expanded edition of Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, comprising thirty years of conversations with Robert Irwin; and a companion volume, True to Life: Twenty Five Years of Conversation with David Hockney. His latest addition to “Passions and Wonders,” the collection Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative, came out from Counterpoint in October 2011.
Under the keynote address theme “A Typology of Convergences,” theconference’s international roster of participants from a wide cross-section of disciplines, will present papers and projects on the following six panels: Of the Word; Indented Margins; Artwork/Network; Art and Sensuality; Identity: Construction, Transmission, Rejection; Concerns in the Age of Media and Information: Its Effects on Culture and Communication.