Some of what goes on at Critical Theory and the Arts

The Convergence of the Arts Seminar 2015-2016 at CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS

July 23rd, 2015

Details soon.

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Upcoming in the Fall at Critical Theory and the Arts…

July 13th, 2015

In Fall, 2015, ALHELI de MARIA ALVARADO-DIAZ (PhD, Columbia University) will join the department faculty of Critical Theory and the Arts in the Serious Times Lecture Series. She will be leading a discussion of Pierre Rosanvallon’s THE SOCIETY OF EQUALS.

We are pleased to announce that ROSINE KELZ (PhD, Oxford University) will be joining the department faculty this Fall, 2015. Her book, The Non-Sovereign Self, Responsibility and Otherness, is forthcoming from Palgrave Press, 2016.

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ASAF ANGERMANN, Adorno scholar, joining the Summer semester’s Comprehensive Thesis Colloquia

July 10th, 2015

ASAF ANGERMANN (PhD., Philosophy, Frankfurt) soon to be affiliated with Yale University, joins CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS this summer to participate in student conferences and the Summer Colloquia. Asaf is a contributing editor to the German edition of T. W. Adorno’s “Collected Writings,” and recently published the much awaited correspondence between Adorno and Gershom Scholem (Suhrkamp).

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McKENZIE WARK on “Third Nature” in the Fall semester

July 10th, 2015

McKENZIE WARK (Media Theory, New School) is a writer and public intellectual; his widely admired and impressive essays and books—most recently MOLECULAR RED (Verso)–address contemporary social and political issues in a way that is at once intellectually astute, highly informed and pragmatically engaged. CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS is pleased to announce that McKENZIE WARK will be joining the fall SERIOUS TIMES LECTURE SERIES to discuss “THIRD NATURE” (Fall, 2015).

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Summer semester Spinoza; Freud, Beckett, and other plans for next academic year, ’15-’16

July 6th, 2015

“WHY SPINOZA” (Summer Semester, 2015)
RAUL ESTABAN DE PABLOS ESCALANTE, (Professor of Philosophy, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus, College of Humanities, Philosophy Department). Professor Escalante is this summer a visiting research faculty at Critical Theory and the Arts

In the Serious Times Lecture Series… (Fall Semester, 2015)
“Freud on the Dialectic of Enlightenment: The Origins of the Civilizational Tendency toward Barbarism” BRIAN KLOPPENBERG (Psychoanalyst. International Psychoanalytic Institute for Training and Research, New York City)

Special Colloquium (Spring Semester, 2016)
Professors BARBARA A. WILL (Professor of English and Associate Dean, Dartmouth College); JEAN-MICHEL RABATE (Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania; a founder and curator of Slought Foundation in Philadelphia; president of the American Samuel Beckett Studies Association); JEREMY COHAN (Sociology, NYU); JAMIESON WEBSTER (New School for Social Research and Psychoanalyst); ROBERT HULLOT-KENTOR, (Chair, Critical Theory and the Arts).

In the Serious Times Lecture Series… (Spring Semester, 2016)
“A SOLIDARITY OF SELF-INFLICTION”: The Rise of Human Capital, Transformed Labor and New Impediments to Social Action.”
Professor RICHARD GREENWALD, (Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Professor of History with Jeremy Cohan (NYU) and Robert Hullot-Kentor (Chair, Critical Theory and the Arts)
Performance Discussion (2015-2016)

Talgam is the winner of the 11th Concours International de Piano d’Orléans, in which he received 1st prize, as well as the Denisov prize and the Claude Helffer prize.
Talgam’s performances of contemporary music with various ensembles, including Ensemble Modern, Axiom ensemble and the Israeli Contemporary players have brought him into close contact with figures such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann and N.A. Huber. Festival appearances include the Lucerne Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Mänttä music festival as well as Lincoln center’s annual FOCUS festival. A versatile performer of both contemporary as well as traditional repertoire, Imri Talgam has played throughout the world, including Finland, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Britain, Mexico and the U.S. Recent appearances include venues such as Theater des Bouffes du Nord, Salle Pleyel, KKL Lucerne, Alice Tully hall and Kiev’s Ukraine hall, both as soloist and in collaboration with ensembles and chamber groups. In Israel he has appeared as soloist with several major orchestras, such as the Haifa symphony orchestra and the ISO.

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker LAURA POITRAS in discussion

April 16th, 2015

Academy Award-winning filmmaker LAURA POITRAS joined students and faculty at CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS last week to discuss her films. JAY SANDERS (Whitney Museum) and art writer BETTINA FUNKE led the discussion in the SITUATION OF THE ARTS PROSEMINAR. POITRAS’ work includes the 2014 Academy Award winning Citizenfour, about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as well as films concerning the post-9/11 American ‘war on terror’: My Country, My Country (2006) and The Oath (2010). The discussion last week focused on the contemporary challenge presented by documentary film as a form.

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“Nonprojections for New Lovers” PAUL CHAN and students at the Guggenheim

April 6th, 2015

In March 2015, PAUL CHAN met with students of CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS at the Guggenheim Museum for a morning’s exploration and discussion of his current installation, “Nonprojections for New Lovers.” PAUL CHAN has just won the 2014 HUGO BOSS PRIZE awarded to artists who have made a visionary contribution to contemporary art. PAUL CHAN’S work stirs many issues close to the questions and investigations of Critical Theory and the Arts, most importantly, ‘What is art today?”

Paul Chan

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Playwright-director RICHARD MAXWELL on “The Evening” and “Theater for Beginners”

April 5th, 2015

In late March, as part of the SITUATION OF THE ARTS PROSEMINAR, CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS students went together to The Kitchen to see The Evening, Richard Maxwell’s first installment of a Divine Comedy-inspired triptych now in the works. The following week, Richard Maxwell joined the students here in the Department’s seminar room to discuss themes of the play – existence, isolation, death, and redemption. Richard also led the students through some theater exercises, and discussed the inspiration and methods of his work, partially outlined in his new book, Theater for Beginners.

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CRITICAL THEORY / CRITICAL MUSIC? A discussion of Charles Ives

April 3rd, 2015

Late March, professor STEPHEN BLUM joins CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS and ROBERT HULLOT-KENTOR, the program chair, to discuss the thesis that there is a form of critical theory implicit in the music of Charles Ives. The focus will be Ives’ “Concord Sonata,” (1915/1947), often referred to as “perhaps the most important composition of any American.” Can there in fact be a theory—a critical theory—of society implicit in music? Professor Blum has been teaching the work of Ives at different moments in his career over several decades and early in his career, performed both Ives’ first and second sonatas. Professor Blum’s contemporary specialization as an ethnomusicologist is Iranian music.

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Why America needs a new Left

March 17th, 2015

ELI ZARETSKY (New School), author of “Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis,” “Why America Needs a New Left: An Historical Argument,” and his broadly read, “Capitalism, the Family and Personal Life” joined Jeremy Cohan and program chair, Robert Hullot-Kentor at CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS mid-March for a wide ranging discussion of contemporary realities in the SERIOUS TIMES LECTURE SERIES.

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