- Susan Buck-Morss: Visual Empire: Writer and educator Susan Buck-Morss will discuss how ideas of empire and sovereignty are reflected in visual imagery. She is a professor at Cornell University and her most recent book is Hegel, Haiti and Universal History (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008). Presented by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department. Thursday, January 29, 7pm, Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street. Free and open to the public.
- Artists Talk on Art Presents: Clay Made: New York ceramics artists Ann Agee, Arlene Shechet and Beverly Semmes will discuss their work; organizer Michael Klein, co-founder of Talking Point Films, will moderate. Friday, January 30, 7pm, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater. Admission is free for SVA students, faculty, staff and ATOA members; $7 regular admission; $3 for SVA alumni, non-SVA students and seniors.
- Mark Dery: In his lecture The Pathological Sublime: Beauty and Horror in the Age of Terror, cultural critic Mark Dery explains how artists like Gregory Crewdson, Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman link beauty and horror in their work. Presented by the BFA Fine Arts and BFA Visual and Critical Studies Departments. Tuesday, February 3, 6:30pm, 133/141 West 21st Street, room 101C. Free and open to the public.
- Charlotta Westergren: Painter Charlotta Westergren will discuss her work, which is inspired by her native Sweden and often draws on fairy tales and other fantasies. Presented by the BFA Fine Arts Department. Thursday, February 5, 7pm, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater. Free and open to the public.
- Paul Graham: The BFA Photography Department and Dear Dave, magazine present photographer Paul Graham in conversation with The New York Times writer Philip Gefter. Graham is the subject of the exhibition “a shimmer of possibility,” which will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art February 4 – May 18. Monday, February 9, 7pm, Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street. Free and open to the public.
- The Modularists: In anticipation of its fall 2009 opening, the MFA Interaction Design Department at SVA presents Dot Dot Dot, a monthly public lecture series exploring interaction design, business and aesthetic inspiration. This month’s speakers are Brendan Dawes, creative director at Magnetic North, UK and Jeff Hoefs, interaction designer for littleBits at Smart Design. Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 – 8:30pm, White Rabbit, 145 Houston Street. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to [email protected].
- Sanctuary in the Studio: Montague: A 21-year Review: Eileen McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a senior art therapist with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, where she has worked for over 20 years with children, adolescents and their families. She is a member of the editorial board of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and is a faculty member at NYU, Molloy College and in the MPS Art Therapy Department at SVA. Presented by the MPS Art Therapy Department. Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 – 8pm, 133/141 West 21st Street, Room 101C. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to 212.592.2610 or [email protected].
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