The faculty and alumni of the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department are best known for their skills as scribes, but are also often in the public eye for their talents as visual artists. Faculty member Susan Bee currently has an exhibition of her paintings on view at Brooklyn’s A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front Street. “Eye of the Storm: New Paintings” collects Bee’s expressive canvases, several of which will appear in the forthcoming book The Belladonna Elders Series #4 (Belladonna, 2009). The exhibition is on view through Sunday, March 1, when the gallery will also present a book release event and a tribute to Bee’s late daughter, Emma Bee Bernstein, whose writing and photography is also featured in the book.
In addition, two March events will show off the department’s critical firepower: the department is presenting a lecture event at SVA with educator and author Michael Taussig. The talk, I Swear I Saw That: Drawings in Anthropological Fieldwork Notebooks will take place on Thursday, March 5, 7pm, at the Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street; admission is free and open to the public. And alumnus Kara Rooney (MFA 2008 Art Criticism and Writing) will be giving a talk entitled Yielding Narrativity at Stony Brook Manhattan’s Philosophy and Art Graduate Conference on Friday, March 27, at Stony Brook’s 401 Park Avenue South location. Rooney’s presentation will be part of a panel called Recording and Performance.
Image: Susan Bee, The Joker, 2006.