Critical Theory and the Arts - One Year MA Program

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I. What's happening at Critical Theory and the Arts

2013-2014

Irene Lehmann discusses Luigi Nono, Italian avant-grade composer

March 27th, 2014

IRENE LEHMANN (Performance Studies, Comparative Literature and Philosophy/Berlin) will discuss the work of the Italian avant-garde composer LUIGI NONO at Critical Theory and the Arts this week in the Social Theory Seminar.

JEANNE SILVERTHORNE: Sculpture, Studio and Extinction

March 25th, 2014

Critical Theory and the Arts is fortunate to have with us in 2014-2015, as our first artist-in-residence, Jeanne Silverthorne whose own work as a sculptor has long and centrally been concerned with the possibility of several extinctions: “post-studio” production and social media challenge many of the fundamental assumptions of a private practice including notions of
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ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE — New to the Curriculum in 2014-2015

March 25th, 2014

Critical Theory and the Arts each year selects a distinguished artist as artist-in-residence who convenes a seminar in which students are invited to engage an artist’s practice from within. The seminar necessarily takes an individual shape each year and this is its most productive aspect. Because what is an artist if not a focal point
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Aaron Likness on Twentieth-Century Music

March 24th, 2014

As the second part of a two-part class on 20th-century musical composition, AARON LIKNESS, the department’s resident pianist, will perform work by JOHN CAGE, MORTON FELDMAN, EARLE BROWN, ERIC SATIE, WEBERN, and SCHOENBERG. Feldman, Palais de Mari Feldman, Piano Piece for Philip Guston Cage, Etude Australis No. 10 Schoenberg, Six Little Pieces, Op. 19 Webern,
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Rachel Price on Lygia Clark

March 20th, 2014

RACHEL PRICE (Princeton University, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese) will join students and faculty at Critical Theory and the Arts to discuss the work of Brazilian artist LYGIA CLARK. LYGIA CLARK will be the subject of a major retrospective at MoMA beginning in May. Ahead of this important exhibition, Professor Price will situate Clark’s work
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AK Thompson, “When Shock is No Longer Shocking: Walter Benjamin and the Dialectical Image Today”

March 20th, 2014

AK THOMPSON joins Critical Theory and the Arts to discuss Walter Benjamin’s theory of dialectical images. When Shock Is No Longer Shocking: Walter Benjamin and the Dialectical Image Today In Convolute N of the Arcades Project and in his “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” Walter Benjamin elaborated a brief but systematic account of what he
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“The New York School in Music and the Visual Arts” Performer-in-residence, Aaron Likness

March 14th, 2014

Next week, AARON LIKNESS, the department’s resident pianist, will discuss the emancipation of dissonance in early 20th-century music to provide an introduction to the music and ideas of the New York School of composers, including the work of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, and Christian Wolff. Aaron’s discussion will also develop the relation between
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Second of two seminars in Spring 2014 with architectural critic Georg Windeck

March 14th, 2014

Architectural critic and Cooper Union faculty member, GEORG WINDECK, joined faculty and students for a second week to continue his discussion of New York City architecture, this time using the history of Rockefeller Center as the focal point to consider the aesthetics and technologies that emerged in the first half of the 20th century in
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Barry C. Lynn returns to Serious Times at Critical Theory and the Arts

March 14th, 2014

BARRY C. LYNN recently returned to the Critical Theory and the Arts department and the Serious Times Lecture Series to discuss with students and faculty his recent work on the development of contemporary monopoly corporations. His books, END OF THE LINE and CORNERED investigate the destruction of markets that fulfill human needs and their replacement
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First visit of the year with architect Georg Windeck at Critical Theory and the Arts

February 20th, 2014

GEORG WINDECK, an architect and faculty member at The Cooper Union, visited the CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS program this past Tuesday and talked on “”Junk and the Ground it is Built On: What’s Wrong with New York City Architecture?” This question can be more directly answered than one might guess. As Professor Windeck explained,
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2012-2013

Student Colloquium at Critical Theory and the Arts this June

June 14th, 2013

–“The First Annual I.I. Rubin Conference on Ideology Critique, Critical Theory and the Arts, Class of 2k13”– MA students in Critical Theory and the Arts, in the summer months primarily engaged in preparing their Comprehensive Thesis, have organized a conference with several members of the department faculty, including Jeremy Cohan, Jay B. Frankel, Devi Dumbadze
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Francis Cape’s “Utopian Benches” at Murray Guy / “WHAT TALK WILL BEAR”

June 14th, 2013

Francis Cape has an installation of his “Utopian Benches” coming up this summer at Murray Guy in Chelsea, from June 27th to August 2nd. The benches are meant to present a situation of potential discussion. Robert Hullot-Kentor will join Francis in initiating these discussions, this one on the topic of “What Talk Will Bear.” Graduate
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Dr. James Hansen visits the Serious Times Lecture Series on Earth Day, 2013

June 13th, 2013

Before MA students began writing their Comprehensive Thesis Projects this summer, we had one last visitor to the Serious Times Lecture Series, DR. JAMES HANSEN, the world-renowned climatologist and former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Below is a description of the discussion that took place between Dr. Hansen and the students
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David Salle at Critical Theory and the Arts in April, 2013

June 13th, 2013

At the end of the spring semester in April, 2013, David Salle visited with the MA students to discuss several of his recent works.

Sam Lewitt and Melanie Gilligan visit the Proseminar on “The Situation of the Arts” in March, 2013

June 13th, 2013

In March, 2013 of the Proseminar on “The Situation of the Arts” with Jay Sanders and Bettina Funcke, the MA students met with artists Sam Lewitt and Melanie Gilligan to discuss their practices and concerns.

Late Mention – Jay Sanders and the MA students at Artists Space

June 13th, 2013

At the end of February, Jay Sanders and the MA students visited Artists Space for a closed discussion and tour of the exhibition, “Frozen Lakes,” with Artists Space curator, Richard Birkett.

“What is Cubism?” – Sebastian Zeidler (Yale University) presents at the MA program

June 12th, 2013

“In the fall of 2013 a seminar on the Cubism of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso will be convened at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington. In preparation for it, the participants have been asked to produce a reply to the question, ‘What Is Cubism?’ The fact the question should
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“The Prearchitectonic Condition: Modern Architecture and Prehistory” – Spyridon Papapetros (Princeton University) presents at the MA program

June 12th, 2013

“Can there be a world without architecture? Is there an “arche” that precedes the appearance of tectonics? Such prearchitectonic condition was envisioned by a number of architectural writers during the late 1940s, when, confronted with the ravages of World-War-II as well as specters of modern architecture’s ending, modernist architectural historians tried to answer these fundamental questions
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“American Empire and the Contemporary Political Situation” – Joshua B. Freeman

June 12th, 2013

In March, 2013, the MA students met with Joshua Freeman (CUNY Graduate Center/History), author of American Empire, 1945-2000: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home and Working-Class New York: Life and Labor since World War II. How did the United States shape a global empire; how did its imperial role reshape
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“Post Sandy – Too Late?” James E. Hansen at Critical Theory and the Arts

June 12th, 2013

Not long ago, social critics on the left were easily able to drive a critical wedge into capitalism’s dynamic of transmuting every surplus into scarcity by insisting on the utter, even ineluctable abundance of capitalist manufacture. A title from 1970, such as Murray Bookchin’s “Post-Scarcity Anarchism”, characterized this critical approach–capitalism’s own success was fated to
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“In September 2012, a small master’s program at the School of Visual Arts, an art school in New York City, opened its doors: Critical Theory and the Arts. Adorno scholar and translator Robert Hullot-Kentor dreamt it up and put into action a school for artists and graduate students of various fields of inquiry for a collaborative intensive study over one year.”
-Bettina Funcke, Mousse Magazine, No 37

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-Sam Lewitt, artist 

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Robert Hullot-Kentor

Robert Hullot-Kentor is the chair of the graduate program in Critical Theory and the Arts at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

Adorno Without Quotation By Robert Hullot-Kentor - Read by Paul Chan -(8.7 MB .mp3)

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