SVA’s “Art in the First Person” lecture series hits the ground running again in 2012 with a talk by photographer Steve Winter on January 16 at 7pm at 136 West 21 Street, room 418F. On assignments for National Geographic, Winter has traveled all over the world, including Brazil, where he was stalked by jaguars; Myanmar, where he was trapped in quicksand in the world’s largest tiger reserve; and the Himalayas, where he was camped for six weeks at 30 degrees below photographing snow leopards. For AIFP, he will discuss the strategies, skills and technology required to photograph the most elusive subjects in the toughest environments.
On February 16 at 7pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, curator Christopher Phillips, art historian and attorney Virginia Rutledge, critic and curator Robert Storr, and artist Oliver Wasow will gather for “The Case for Appropriation: A Panel Moderated by Joy Garnett.” Artist and NEWSgrist blogger Garnett will lead a conversation about the creative methods and ideas associated with appropriation art today, why appropriation and other forms of visual referencing are important elements in art making, and how to defend these practices in and beyond the courtroom.
Photographer, educator, blogger and SVA faculty member Amy Stein turns the focus on her work on February 27 at 7pm at 136 West 21 Street, room 418F. She will present an overview of her critically acclaimed monograph, Domesticated (Photolucida, 2008), and discuss her most recent work in progress, Stranded.
Coinciding with the exhibition “The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde” on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, historian and SVA faculty member Michele C. Cone presents “The Gertrude Stein Paradox” on April 2 at 7pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street. For this roundtable discussion on the sometimes problematic and mercurial figure of Gertrude Stein as a writer, thinker and patron of the arts, Dr. Cone will be joined by Mary Ann Caws, distinguished professor of English, French and comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Catharine Stimpson, university professor and Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University; and Barbara Will, professor of English at Dartmouth College.
On April 3 at 7pm at 209 East 23 Street, 3rd-floor Ampitheater, painter and writer Carrie Moyer offers insight into her life as both an artist and activist. With photographer Sue Schaffner, she co-founded one of the first queer interventionist projects, Dyke Action Machine!, a public art project which ran from 1991-2008. In addition, Moyer’s paintings have been exhibited extensively both in the US and Europe in such venues as MoMA PS1; the Tang Museum, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the American University Museum, and her first solo museum show, “Carrie Moyer: Interstellar,” opens at the Worcester Museum in February.
Most “Art in the First Person” events are free and open to the public. For more information on all 23 events, visit sva.edu/artinthefirstperson.
Images: (from top) Susan Bee, Recalculating, 2010, oil on linen, 16 x 20 inches, from the collection of Richard Deming and Nancy Ku; Amy Stein, Peri, Route 64, Kentucky, 2005, digital C-print, courtesy of ClampArt, New York City.