Department News

September 21, 2017

Department Announcement: Melody Fader, CTA Musician-in-Residence, 2017-2018

We are pleased to announce that Melody Fader has joined the department as CTA Musician-in-Residence for the academic year, 2017-2018. Melody Fader is a soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, and freelance artist in New York City. Miss Fader has performed in such New York […]

March 6, 2017

Elle Magazine Interview with CTA Artist-in-Residence, Nicole Wittenberg

Painter Nicole Wittenberg interviewed by John. H. Richardson for Elle Magazine: “Junk Art,” March 2017 http://www.elle.com/culture/art-design/a42837/women-painting-male-anatomy/ Nicole Wittenberg is artist-in-residence at Critical Theory and the Arts, 2016-2017. (Photo by Ellinor Stigle; retouched by Retouched Studios)

February 8, 2017

Professor Barbara Will, Summer Symposium at Critical Theory and the Arts

​A recently established tradition at CTA is our Summer Symposium with Barbara Will, Associate Dean of the Arts and Humanities at Dartmouth College, A. and R. Newbury Professor of English. Barbara Will is the author of several important studies on Gertrude Stein […]

“Let’s Talk: Visual Arts and Activism” at SVA

Upcoming panel discussion at the School of Visual Arts moderated by Jamie Keesling (MA Program in Critical Theory and the Arts, 2013). For details and to RSVP: http://www.sva.edu/…/eve…/lets-talk-visual-arts-and-activism

Dance critic, Apollinaire Scherr on her work with students at CTA

“Graduate programs do not usually have students write briefly and fast. So Robert Hullot-Kentor, wise chair of the School of Visual Arts’ Critical Theory and the Arts department, suggested I take those CTA members stuck in New York over winter break to […]

January 18, 2017

Apollinaire Scherr and CTA student writings, 2016-2017

How the previously announced three-day marathon seminar at Critical Theory and the Arts on contemporary performance and review writing led by Financial Times dance critic extraordinaire, Apollinaire Scherr, ended: The Department is pleased to announce that CTA student reviews of Vicky Shick’s “Another Spell” have been accepted for publication by the online journal of Danspance […]

December 21, 2016

The Weekly Pseudo-Graphia, explained

Pseudepigrapha are writings that mask their true identities, if not their truths. Pseudepigrapha interpreted by Critical Theory and the Arts are Pseudo-Graphia. The Weekly Pseudo-Graphia dispensed by Critical Theory and the Arts are necessarily, occasionally, weekly at: http://cta.sva.edu/ https://twitter.com/CTAatSVA http://cta.sva.edu/pseudographia-archive/

December 6, 2016

“What Just Happened?” Discussions at Critical Theory and the Arts

The historian, Gary Gerstle, will join Frances Fox Piven and the Serious Times Lecture Series to discuss: “What Just Happened?” Gerstle’s new book, “Liberty and Coercion,” a study of the way in which American democracy is impeded by an 18th-century constitution that […]

November 16, 2016

The Election Aftermath

A series of post-election discussions at Critical Theory and the Arts Frances Fox Piven, the day after the election. Gary Gerstle, the last days of the Fall semester. On November 9th, the day after what can only be described as an earth-shattering […]

October 31, 2016

E Pluribus Several: Important Announcement about the Open House

We are dividing up the November 4th Open House at Critical Theory and the Arts into several groups to make it easier for interested students to visit and learn about the program. Those enrolled for the Open House this Friday, are being […]

October 11, 2016

IMPORTANT UPDATE about the Critical Theory and the Arts Open House

E Pluribus Several: Important Announcement about the Open House We are dividing up the November 4th Open House at Critical Theory and the Arts into several groups to make it easier for interested students to visit and learn about the program. Those […]

September 28, 2016

Measuring Inequality — Branko Milanovic at Critical Theory and the Arts

Branko Milanovic is an important figure in a group of economists who have been making serious empirical advances in the measurement of economic inequality. These new techniques have been developed in the name of more accurately diagnosing income and wealth inequality, to better […]

September 21, 2016

Dance Video: What are the Moves and What do they Want?

In Taylor Swift’s music video mega-hit “Shake It Off,” what is she shaking off, what is she glomming onto, and what does dance have to do with it? Dance critic Apollinaire Scherr will join the Chair Seminar and graduate students at Critical Theory […]

September 13, 2016

Douglas Crimp, “Before Pictures” at Critical Theory and the Arts

Douglas Crimp, the distinguished art historian and critic, to visit “The Situation of the Arts at Critical Theory and the Arts this fall. Crimp will discuss Before Pictures, his memoir of the early years of his life as a gay rights activist and critic […]

September 8, 2016

Human Rights Watch at Critical Theory and the Arts

Tom Porteous of Human Rights Watch will join the Serious Times Lecture Series at Critical Theory and the Arts this fall to discuss the situation of the world’s refugees and the global politics of fear. Human Rights Watch is an independent human rights organization that conducts […]

September 6, 2016

Post-Election Discussion with Frances Fox Piven

The day after this year’s presidential election, the distinguished sociologist and activist, Frances Fox Piven will once again join the Serious Times Lecture Series at Critical Theory and the Arts, to discuss the election. Professor Fox Piven has been among the most incisive, […]

Critical Theory and the Arts, Faculty Announcements

Prof. Christoph Hesse will be joining the faculty at Critical Theory and the Arts. Prof. Hesse is a Research Associate at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies of the Free University of Berlin. His dissertation work at Ruhr University (Bochum, Germany) was […]

August 17, 2016

Post-Election Discussion with Gary Gerstle

Historian Gary Gerstle to join Critical Theory and the Arts for a Post-election discussion of his new book, Liberty and Coercion. “A deep commitment to allowing individuals to live freely cohabits in one system of governance with a profound determination to police the population.” -Gary Gerstle, […]

June 27, 2016

Douglas Crimp to visit Critical Theory and the Arts this Fall, 2016

DOUGLAS CRIMP, art historian and critic, joins BETTINA FUNCKE and the seminar on the Situation of the Arts at CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS this Fall, 2016. CRIMP will discuss his memoir, Before Pictures. The book, Crimp says, means to “unsettle” the […]

June 20, 2016

Adorno \\ Beckett >< Badiou // Stein

Adorno \ Beckett \ \ Badiou \ Stein Today at CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS, June 17th, 2016…. An examination of Adorno’s and Badiou’s writings on Beckett–and possible implications for the work of Gertrude Stein. Moderated by Robert Hullot-Kentor, Chair and faculty member, […]

May 17, 2016

Book collection donated to Critical Theory and the Arts

The Department of Critical Theory and the Arts is honored to receive as part of its library holdings the book collection of Elizabeth Gero-Heymann, psychoanalyst and Holocaust survivor. Generously donated by Laura Kleinerman (psychoanalyst, IPTAR), the collection includes the collected works of […]

December 1, 2015

“Charisma and Costumes of the Neoliberal Artist”

A continuation of the Serious Times discussion, “The Contemporary Artistry of the Oldest Profession: Labor in the Knowledge Economy and a Solidarity of Self-Infliction.” On the changing figure of the artist in the 21st century. A comparison of labor and art.

November 20, 2015

ADORNO contra BADIOU pro BECKETT pro STEIN

“Adorno contra Badiou — Pro Beckett Pro Stein” Summer, 2016 discussion and gathering at Critical Theory and the Arts An examination of Adorno’s and Badiou’s writings on Samuel Beckett–and the implications of their writings for the work of Gertrude Stein–as focal points […]

Adorno’s Philosophy of Language

Visiting scholar, SEBASTIAN TRAENKLE (Berlin) will present a discussion of T. W. Adorno’s “Theses on the Language of the Philosopher,” at CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS in November. This early, fragmentary and enigmatic statement of Adorno’s philosophy of language remained an orienting […]

October 16, 2015

MA Critical Theory and the Arts — Program Open House

OPEN HOUSE at CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM 2016-2017 and beyond Wednesday, November 4th, 5-6:30pm 133 West 21st Street, 6th floor, Rm 600 Open House for the curious, the enthused but no less for those bored at heart and […]

August 6, 2015

Artist SETH PRICE discusses his new book “FUCK SETH PRICE”

NYC-based artist SETH PRICE discusses his new book “FUCK SETH PRICE” in the SITUATION OF THE ARTS seminar this fall at CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS. ARTnews review: In a new book with an unprintable title, Seth Price considers the art world, aesthetics, […]

August 3, 2015

THE CONVERGENCE OF THE ARTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

The convergence of the arts may be the most striking aspect of art in the late 20th and early 21st century. Today, artists, almost as a rule, combine their many talents in hybridizing permutations: music is combined with sculpture, architecture with performance […]

July 31, 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal for Critical Social Theory and Philosophy

ISABELLE KLASSEN and CHRISTOPH HESSE, former lecturers at CTA, are editing Volume 3, Issue No.1 of the Journal for Critical Social Theory and Philosophy, which will concern questions of materialist aesthetics. The deadline for submitting abstracts is SEPTEMBER 1, 2015. Call for […]

July 13, 2015

Upcoming at Critical Theory and the Arts…

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 […]

McKENZIE WARK on “Third Nature”

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 […]

July 6, 2015

Summer semester Spinoza; Freud, Beckett, and other upcoming plans

“WHY SPINOZA” RAUL ESTABAN DE PABLOS ESCALANTE, (Professor of Philosophy, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus, College of Humanities, Philosophy Department). Professor Escalante is joining us this summer as a visiting research faculty at Critical Theory and the Arts. In the SERIOUS […]

April 16, 2015

Academy Award-winning filmmaker LAURA POITRAS in discussion

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 […]

April 3, 2015

CRITICAL THEORY / CRITICAL MUSIC? A discussion of Charles Ives

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 […]

March 17, 2015

Why America needs a new Left

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, […]

March 1, 2015

Visiting scholar Oliver Decker — on Capitalism and Authoritarianism

Professor OLIVER DECKER (Universities of Leipzig and Hanover, Center for the Study of Right Wing Extremism) CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS is pleased to have visiting with us Professor Oliver Decker, a social psychologist, trained both as a psychoanalyst and in the […]

February 24, 2015

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 […]

September 24, 2014

Adorno’s “Aesthetic Theory” and Elisabeth Lenk

IRIS DANKEMEYER (Philosophy/Literature: Berlin) joined department chair, Robert Hullot-Kentor to discuss Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory and the related reflections on this work by one of Adorno’s last doctoral students, whom Adorno considered especially brilliant, ELISABETH LENK. Central to the discussion was Adorno’s thesis […]

Political Radicalism, Dissent, and Law in the United States

Historian and constitutional law expert, Professor MILTON CANTOR, will be joining CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS this November to discuss how the American judiciary system increasingly came to function in the round up and quashing radical political protest and dissent beginning in […]

August 1, 2014

On the Possibility of Beauty and the “End of Art”

PROFESSOR ISABELLE KLASEN will be visiting from Bochum, Germany for the first several weeks of the Fall, 2014 semester at CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS. Professor Klasen is a philosopher, artist, and lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy (Bochum), and co-founder of […]

June 2, 2014

What is at stake in a metaphor?

SEBASTIAN TRAENKLE (philosophy, University of Leipzig) recently joined faculty and students at the CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS department to present, “WHAT IS AT STAKE IN A METAPHOR.” The paper drew on aspects of Sebastian’s dissertation, which is a comparative study of […]