Posted on In the “Situation of the Arts” seminar, so far this year…

Over the course of the year, nine artists will have joined writer and critic, BETTINA FUNCKE and Whitney Museum curator, JAY SANDERS—who together direct our Proseminar on THE SITUATION OF THE ARTS—for small-scale and serious discussions of their work along with occasional visits to their studios. This year opened with a triangle of the situation of the arts, a film, a dance, an exhibition: A double screening of Laura Poitras’s long-form documentary films My Country, My Country (2006) and The Oath (2010) launched the year, followed by choreographer Sarah Michelson leading a dance class with the students, and curator Scott Rothkopf touring us through his Jeff Koons exhibition at the Whitney Museum. We also invited students to attend the book launch of John Knight who then came to discuss his art in situ with us and we met Christopher Williams during an installation of his gallery show in Chelsea to discuss his exhibition at MoMA and the books he made along the survey show. Together these positions offered a deep insight in issues of the formation of American art in the 1980s and how these artists evolved over the next three decades in a changing cultural and political landscape of the U.S.

The Spring 2015 semester began with an intimate discussion with poet, performance artist, and translator Ariana Reines discussing poetry, how we gather, and the processes of writing. We will meet Paul Chan in his exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, curator Yasmil Raymond from the Dia Art Foundation will visit us to discuss her current projects and Dia’s Minimalist history. In addition we will meet playwright and director Richard Maxwell whose new theater piece we will go to see at The Kitchen.

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Paul Chan interviews Robert Hullot-Kentor
Breixo Viejo interviews Robert Hullot-Kentor about the One-Year MA Program