SVA’s “Art in the First Person” lecture series hit the ground running again on September 10 with a talk by photographer Andrew Hetherington, presented by the MPS Digital Photography Department. Known for his ironic eye and photographic wit, Hetherington has shot for such publications as Esquire, Fortune, GQ, New York, and Wired. His self-published book, A Room With a View, won a PDN Self-Promo Award and his blog, What’s the Story Jackanory?, was chosen in 2011 as one of LIFE.com’s best photo blogs.
On Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00pm at 133/141 West 21st Street, room 101C, artist Stanley Whitney discusses his career and the evolution of his work from the 1970s through the present. Professor emeritus of painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Whitney holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Yale University. The talk is presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.
Hosted by the BFA Fine Arts Department, the Bruce High Quality Foundation gathers on Thursday, October 3 at 7:00pm at the SVA Amphitheater, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd floor, for a roundtable chat about their work. The collective creates installations, videos, paintings, sculptures, performances and institutions that reveal their creative agency within the seemingly monolithic forces of art and social history.
Jackson Lears, cultural and intellectual historian and distinguished professor of history at Rutgers University, discusses the evolution of “the American sublime” on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street. Originally arising from a Romantic, Protestant faith in the divinity of wild nature, the notion was transformed and fragmented
in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Lears asks: Has any coherent idea of sublimity survived? The talk is presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.
On Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00pm at 136 West 21st Street, room 418F, photographer and educator Mary Beth Mehhan offers insights into her latest project, City of Champions: Portrait of Brockton, which examines her hometown, a post-industrial Massachusetts city. Meehan’s work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The Washington Post; her photographs have been exhibited internationally and she has lectured widely on the topic of community photojournalism. Mehan’s talk is presented by the MPS Digital Photography Department.
Most “Art in the First Person” events are free and open to the public. For more information on all 13 events, click here.
Images from top down: The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Teaching Jim; Frederic Edwin Church, Twilight in the Wilderness, 1860, oil on canvas; Mary Beth Meehan, from City of Champions: Portrait of Brockton.