Two graduate programs at SVA are hosting talks on Tuesday, December 11. The MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department is presenting author and educator Johanna Drucker, who will give a lecture entitled Art Theory Now: from Aesthetics to Aesthesis at 7pm in the Amphitheater, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd floor. If the job of art criticism is interpretation, the task of art theory is to offer foundational principles for understanding the identity and cultural function of works of art. In response to recent artworks, Drucker’s lecture outlines a shift from aesthetics as the study of objects to aesthesis as a mode of experience and knowledge. Admission is free and open to the public.
Also on campus Tuesday night, the MPS Art Therapy Department is offering the next installment of its ongoing lecture series. In a humorous, interactive discussion, art therapist Lisa Furman provides students and therapists with effective tools for dealing with what is known as “Holiday Syndrome” in their client relationships and in their personal lives. The event takes place 6:30 – 8pm at 133/141 West 21st Street, room 101c. Free admission; attendees must RSVP to 212.592.2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Johanna Drucker, Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity (University of Chicago, 2006).