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D-Crit lecture with Virginia Postrel, "Meaning and Value in Commercial Culture"

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

New York, United States

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PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS IS ON TUESDAY MARCH 19

March 19: Virginia Postrel, "Meaning and Value in Commercial Culture"
 
Meaning is one of the greatest sources of economic value and one of the least respected. Explanations of why people buy things "they don't need" tend to fall back on stories of status signaling or simple delusion. But actual motives and meanings are much more complicated and interesting, and their results more dynamic and unpredictable. Drawing on her work in The Substance of Style and her forthcoming book The Power of Glamour, Virginia Postrel will look at what we can learn about our culture and ourselves by taking meaning seriously as a source of economic value.
 
Virginia Postrel is an author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion. She describes her work as "intellectual arbitrage"—synthesizing, analyzing, and communicating ideas from many different fields in an original and accessible way, usually with focus on culture and commerce. Postrel is the author ofThe Substance of Style (2003) and The Future and Its Enemies (1998). She is writing a book on glamour, to be published in Fall 2013 by Simon & Schuster, and is a regular columnist for the Bloomberg View division of Bloomberg.com.

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.

Have questions about D-Crit lecture with Virginia Postrel, "Meaning and Value in Commercial Culture"? Contact MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)


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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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