Notable names and thought-provoking topics comprise the Spring 2012 MFA Design Criticism Lecture Series, which kicks off January 31 with Architecture Beyond Building (136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor, 6pm). In this talk by Aaron Betsky, the renowned critic, curator, architect, and director of the Cincinnati Art Museum will explore the idea that some of the best architecture is dreamed up in fiction, film and the visual arts.
Other highlights from the series include How to Capture the Culture Zeitgeist: What Phil Collins and Zombies Have in Common on February 21 with pop culture critic and This American Life contributor Starlee Kine. On February 28, artist, illustrator, and founder of the Chicago-based architecture firm Bureau Spectacular, Jimenez Lai, will discuss alternate realities in Cartoonish Architecture. And culture critic and fashion guru Cintra Wilson will lead a talk on April 3 about her new book, Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling America’s Fashion Destiny.
Now in its eighth season, the D-Crit Spring Lecture Series is curated and hosted by first-year MFA Design Criticism students. “[The lecture series] is one of my favorite aspects of the D-Crit program,” says Alice Twemlow, chair, MFA Design Criticism Department. “The students are exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking that supplement their core curriculum and, with every lecture attended by more than 60 members of the general public, we’ve fostered a vibrant community committed to the concerns of design criticism.”
All D-Crit lectures take place at 136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor, at 6pm and are free and open to the public; please RSVP at dcrit.eventbrite.com. To view the complete D-Crit 2012 Spring Lecture Series schedule, visit dcrit.sva.edu.
Image: Cintra Wilson.