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D-Crit lecture with Kurt Andersen, "Why Spy"

MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts,

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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April 16: Kurt Andersen, "Why Spy"

Of the satirical 1980s magazine Spy, Dave Eggers has opined, "It might have remade New York's cultural landscape; it definitely changed the whole tone of magazine journalism. It was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed, and feared by all. There's no magazine I know of that's so continually referenced, held up as a benchmark, and whose demise is so lamented." The novelist and radio host (and D-Crit faculty member) Kurt Andersen, a co-founder of Spy and, until 1993, its editor-in-chief, will talk about the thrilling and terrifying creation, operation, evolution and impact of an extraordinary magazine.
Kurt Andersen is the co-creator and host of the Peabody Award-winning "Studio 360," the weekly public radio program about culture and the arts. His most recent book is the novelTrue Believers (Random House, 2012). He is also the author of the best-selling novelsHeyday (Random House, winner of the Langum Prize for the best historical fiction of 2007) and Turn of the Century (Random House, 1999). He co-founded SpyInside.comand Very Short List, and served as editor-in-chief of New York magazine and editorial director forColors. He has been a columnist for New York and The New Yorker, as well as Time’s architecture and design critic, and is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. Andersen has served as Visionary in Residence at the Art Center College of Design, holds an honorary doctorate from RISD, and is a faculty member of SVA MFA Design Criticism.

SVA MFA Design Criticism Lecture Series, Spring 2013

Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.  

SVA Design Criticism Department 

136 West 21st Street, 2nd Floor


We're pleased to announce details of the SVA MFA Design Criticism Spring 2013 Lecture Series, our ninth series to date. 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. Come for the lectures and stay for a chance to mingle with the speakers, D-Crit faculty members, and students.


The Spring series is specially curated and hosted by D-Crit first-year students and reflects their interests and obsessions, which include soft waterfront infrastructure, satire as a critical strategy, game design as a component of urban planning, fashion photography, and longform journalism, among other topics. Join us at D-Crit this semester for lectures by Narratively editor-in-chief Noah Rosenberg; inventor and product designer Markus Kayser; landscape architect Susannah Drake; IDEO’s education director Sandy Speicher; networked-device innovator Kati London; The New Yorker photography critic Vince Aletti; author and columnist Virginia Postrel; and WNYC's "Studio 360" host Kurt Andersen.


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

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136 West 21 Street
New York, NY

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts,

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. 

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