Beyond Kandinsky

February 28, 2011

In commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the publication of Wassily Kandinsky’s seminal text On the Spiritual in Art, the BFA Fine Arts Department has invited renowned artists and scholars to participate in Beyond Kandinsky: Revisiting the Spiritual in Art, a 10-day online symposium beginning Wednesday, March 30. The symposium will examine the book’s influence on artists and writers throughout its 100-year history, as well as its relevance and interpretation within a contemporary context.

Organized and moderated by artist, writer and faculty member Taney Roniger and writer and filmmaker Eric Zechman, the symposium will open a dialogue between participating art historians, media historians, critics, visual artists and filmmakers on how the questions raised by Kandinsky’s book can be explored within the current cultural landscape. Symposium participants include: artist, theoretician and BFA Fine Arts Department Chair Suzanne Anker; philosopher, curator and BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department and Art History Department Chair Tom Huhn; and scholar, critic and MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department Chair David Levi Strauss; among many others. Beyond Kandinsky symposium participants are currently posting their introductory statements online; to read these and to follow the full event, visit

In conjunction with the symposium, SVA will present a screening of four works by avant-garde filmmaker and symposium participant Nathaniel Dorsky at the SVA Theatre: Sarabande (2008), Winter (2008), Compline (2009) and Aubade (2010). The films will be shown on Tuesday, April 5, 7pm at 333 West 23rd Street. The screening is free and open to the public.

Image: Nathaniel Dorsky, still from Compline, 2009.

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