SVA’s ‘Art in the First Person’ Fall 2012 Lecture Series

September 5, 2012

Running from September 11 through December 13, SVA’s Fall 2012 “Art in the First Person” lecture series brings together dozens of notable artists, critics, curators and historians for a total of 22 in-depth discussions on issues related to contemporary art.

On September 12 at 6pm at 133/141 West 21 Street, 6th floor, avant-garde playwright and director Richard Foreman will join 2012 Whitney Biennial curator and MA Critical Theory and the Arts faculty member Jay Sanders, philosopher and MA Critical Theory and the Arts Department Chair Robert Hullot-Kentor and artist Paul Chan to discuss the preparations for Foreman’s upcoming play Old Time Prostitutes.

Artist Christian Patterson, known for his monograph Redheaded Peckerwood, will lead a discussion with by writer Luc Sante and publisher Michael Mack to discuss photography, narrative and the book. Redheaded Peckerwood was published by MACK, sold out its first print run and was named one of the best books of the year by Art in America, The New York Times, TIME and The Guardian. This talk takes place on September 26 at 7pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street.

As part of the i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series, Rachelle Mozman will present on October 23 at 7pm at 136 West 21 Street, Room 418F. Mozman is fascinated with ideas of ethnography and her work engages themes around family, class and gender divides. Her lecture will emphasize the ways her artistic practice in photography and video intersects documentary and narrative fiction.

On November 1 from 4 – 9pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, members of the pioneering video collective Videofreex will reunite for a one-day symposium. Ron Simon, curator of television and video at the Paley Center for Media, will lead a discussion on “Subject to Change,” the Videofreex production commissioned—and subsequently dropped—by CBS in the context of the challenges to traditional journalism spurred by the introduction of video and the impact of the emerging counterculture. Following a screening of the group’s work, David A. Ross, chair of the MFA Art Practice Department, will moderate a panel on the Videofreex’s contribution to the history of video art and their renewed significance at a moment in which unprecedented proliferation of personal recording devices and decentralized broadcasting platforms fuel uprisings worldwide.

Writer and critic Luc Sante will examine the ways photography is unlike other arts, as it is seldom entirely within the control of the artist and almost always represents a collaboration with chance. Sante sees photography as a broad continuum of which self-consciously artistic expression occupies only a small portion, but across which artistic realization can potentially be found at any point at any time. His talk entitled “The Genius of the System” will take place on November 15 at 7pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street.

Arthur I. Miller, emeritus professor of history and philosophy of science at University College London, will present on creativity in science and its occult sources, dreams and states of fantasy with emphasis from his latest book Deciphering the Cosmic Number: The Strange Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung (W.W. Norton, 2009). He currently working on a new book, The Creative Revolution, and co-curating the exhibition “Art & Science: Merging Art & Science to Make a Revolutionary New Art Movement” at GV Art Gallery in London. Miller’s lecture “Jungian Archetypes and Creativity” will take place on November 29 at 6:30pm at 133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C.

Most “Art in the First Person” events are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of lectures, exhibitions and other public programs organized by the College, please visit

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