Lecturers visiting the program in the next few years include:
Based in New York and London, Gilligan works in a variety of media, including video, performance, text, installation, and music. Recent exhibitions include Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; Franco Soffiantino Gallery, Turin; and Interaccess, Toronto. Popular Unrest was co-commissioned and presented by Chisenhale Gallery, London; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver; and Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre. Gilligan is the recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists and the Illy Present Future Prize at the Artissima Art Fair.
Sam Lewitt’s work has been presented at the Swiss Institute, Miguel Abreu Gallery, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Galerie Christian Nagel, and the Whitney Biennial. Lewitt received his BFA from the School of the Visual Arts and later participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program.
Dr. James Hansen heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, a part of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has held this position since 1981. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Professor Hansen is best known for his research in the field of climatology, his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in 1988 that helped raise broad awareness of global warming, and his advocacy of action to avoid dangerous climate change. In 2009 his first book, Storms of My Grandchildren, was published.
Joshua Freeman is a professor of history at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966, Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II, and American Empire, 1945-2000: The Rise of a Global Power, The Democratic Revolution at Home.
Massachusetts-born bassist, composer, arranger, and teacher Michael Morse studied with Gary Peacock, Warren Grim and Rudolf Watzel. Among the jazz greats with whom he has performed and recorded are Brian Barley, Bob Mover, Lee Konitz, Roswell Rudd, Charles Ellison, Claude Ranger, John Vidacovich, Jane Fair, Terry King, Steve Hall, and Kirk MacDonald. He is a practitioner of the dark art of music sociology, and teaches at Trent University, as well as writing books and articles in the field.
Sebastian Ziedler is a faculty member of the department of the history of art at Yale University. Before joining the faculty at Yale he was a predoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute and taught classes at Barnard College and at the University of California, Berkeley, on modern sculpture, Cubism, Surrealism, Picasso, Georges Bataille and on theories and methods of art history, among other subjects. He is writing an intellectual biography of the art critic Carl Einstein, on whom he edited a special issue of October magazine.
David Salle is a painter. Major exhibitions of his work have taken place at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Castello di Rivoli (Torino, Italy), and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
Jodi Dean is Professor of Political Science and Hobarth and William Smith Colleges. She is the author of several books, including Blog Theory, The Communist Horizon, Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies, Zizek’s Politics, and Solidarity of Strangers.
Jasper Bernes is a poet and writer. He has published a poetry collection, Starsdown, and has written articles for numerous journals, including Reclamations, Aufgabe, Xantippe, Jacket, The New Inquiry, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Literature Program at Duke University.
Claire Bishop is a frequent contributor to Artforum and the author of Installation Art: A Critical History, and Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship. She is the editor of Participation, and teaches Art History at CUNY Graduate Center.
Georg Windeck (Cooper Union) is a registered architect (Berlin, New York) and a LEED-accredited professional for sustainable design. In his independent practice he works on architectural propositions that experiment with typological modes of form-finding based on historical and artistic precedents. His academic research focuses on the exploration of spatial possibilities afforded by innovations in construction technology.
Tan Lin is the author of Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe, BlipSoak01, Ambience is a Novel with a Logo, Heath (Plagiarism/ Outsource) and Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking. His work has appeared in journals including Conjunctions, Artforum, Cabinet, New York Times Book Review, Art in America, and Purple. His video, theatrical, and LCD works have been shown at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, Yale Art Museum, Sophienholm Museum (Copenhagen), Ontological Hysterical Theatre, and as part of the Whitney Museum’s Soundcheck Series.
Jefferson Cowie teaches labor and working-class history, with research spanning a number of areas including politics, social history, and popular culture. His books include Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor, which received a Philip Taft Prize for Best Book in Labor History; as co-editor, Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization; and, most recently, Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class, which received a number of awards, including the Francis Parkman Prize for the Best Book in American history from the Society of American Historians, the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the best book award from Labor History. He is the co-author with Nick Salvatore of a forthcoming book on the New Deal, The Long Exception.
Michael Smith is an influential figure in performance art, video art, and installation art. He has an extensive exhibition history that includes works shown in venues as varied as Franklin Furnace, The Kitchen, Caroline’s Comedy Club, CBGBs, Dance Theatre Workshop, Cinemax, the Whitney, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the New Museum, the Pompidou Center, and, in recent years, sites in São Paolo, Copenhagen, Milan, and London, among others.
Tony Conrad is an American avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician/composer, sound artist, teacher and writer. His work has been shown at numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is a distinguished professor in the department of Media Studies at SUNY Buffalo, where he has been a faculty member since 1976.
Mark Dudzic serves as National Coordinator of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer. A long-time union activist, he joined the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers (now part of the United Steelworkers) in 1979 when he helped to organize the precious metals refinery in Northvale, NJ where he worked as a melter/caster. In 1985, he was elected president of Rahway, NJ Local 8-149 OCAW. Throughout the 1990′s he served as president of the OCAW District 8 Council, the largest District in the OCAW. Dudzic was a founding member of Labor Party Advocates and, upon the death of his friend and union brother Tony Mazzocchi in 2002, he was appointed Labor Party National Organizer.
Steve Fraser is an associate adjunct professor at Columbia University and has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Nation, and American Prospect. His many publications include Labor will Rule: Sidney Hillman and the Rise of American Labor and Every Man a Speculator: A History of Wall Street in American Life. Most recently he is the author of Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace.
Doug Henwood is a New York based journalist who edits the Left Business Observer and hosts a radio show on contemporary political and economic issues, Behind the News. He is the author of The State of the USA Atlas, Wall Street and After the New Economy.
Richard Foreman is the founder and artistic director of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater. He has written, directed and designed over 50 of his own plays internationally and in New York City. He has received several “OBIE” awards for best play of the year, as well as several for directing and ‘sustained achievement.’ He has received the annual Literature award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a “Lifetime Achievement in the Theater” award from the NEA, the PEN Club Master American Dramatist Award, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and in 2004 was elected officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France. His archives and work materials were recently acquired by Bobst Library at NYU.
Paul Chan’s artwork has been exhibited internationally at the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Biennale of Sydney, International Istanbul Biennial, and Whitney Biennial, and most recently at Harvard University, Serpentine Gallery, New Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 2007, Chan collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Creative Time to produce a site-specific outdoor presentation in New Orleans of Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot.
Jessica Stockholder is a sculptor and installation artist. Her work has been exhibited at the Dia Center for the Arts, Centre Pompidou, Open Air Museum for Sculpture in Belgium, Power Plant in Toronto, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery. Her work is represented in various collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA, and the Stedelijk Museum.
McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, and The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International, published by Verso Books in 2011. He is a professor of liberal studies at The New School for Social Research.
Martin Jay is an intellectual historian and Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Among his many works are The Dialectical Imagination, Marxism and Totality, Adorno, Permanent Exiles, Fin de Siècle Socialism, Force Fields, Downcast Eyes, Songs of Experience, The Virtues of Mendacity, and Essays from the Edge.
Dani Leventhal employs a process of accumulation and excision to create videos and drawings that unearth a curious beauty in the minutiae of everyday life. Her work has been screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center, CineCycle and Anthology Film Archives. In 2010, her video 54 Days this Winter 36 Days this Spring for 18 Minutes was included in the Greater New York exhibition at MoMA PS1.
Eliot Weinberger is the author of numerous volumes of essays, translations, commentary and poetry; his own writings have been published in more than thirty languages. His literary publications include Works on Paper, Outside Stories, Written Reaction, Karmic Traces, The Stars, Muhammad, An Elemental Thing, and Oranges & Peanuts for Sale. His political articles are collected in 9/12, What I Heard About Iraq and What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles.
Mowry Baden is a sculptor and teacher. Articulating an internal awareness of movement and posture has always been the most important element in his work. Over the past forty-three years, he has developed various methods of decentering vision and interfering with habitual human gestures. He wants the viewer to enter the object, or the space, and have an experience that is visceral, internal, and sensorially cross-circuited.
Moishe Postone is a professor of history and a member of the Committee on Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching focus primarily on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European intellectual history and critical social theory. His work has also considered the problematic of modern anti-Semitism and questions of history, memory, and identity in postwar Germany. Postone is the author of Time, Labor and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory.
Adolph Reed Jr.
Adolph Reed Jr. is a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written articles for The Nation and The Progressive, and is a founding delegate of the Labor Party in the United States. Reed is the author of such works as Class Notes: Posing as Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene, Stirrings In The Jug: Black Politics In The Post-Segregation Era, and, as co-author, Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of African American Thought.
Molly Nesbit is a professor of Art History at Vassar College and a contributing editor for Artforum. Her books include Atget’s Seven Albums and Their Common Sense. Midnight, the Tempest Essays, a collection of her writings on contemporary art, was published by Periscope Press in 2009. Since 2002, she has been a co-organizer of Utopia Station, an ongoing book, exhibition, seminar, website and street project.
Gedi Sibony is a sculptor. His recent exhibitions include “Culturgest” in Lisbon, the Hammer Museum invitational “All of this and nothing” in Los Angeles, “My Arms Are Tied Behind My Other Arms” at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, and “If Surrounded by Foxes” at Kunsthalle St. Gallen in Switzerland. Solo exhibitions include Greene Naftali Gallery and Gladstone Gallery (Brussels). Sibony’s work is in the collections of MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMoMA and the Walker Art Center.
Frances Fox Piven
Frances Fox Piven is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the co-founder of the National Welfare Rights Organization and the author of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America, The War at Home, and Labor Parties in Postindustrial Societies. Her many other books include Poor People’s Movements, Regulating the Poor, The Breaking of the American Social Compact, Why Americans Don’t Vote, and Why Americans Still Don’t Vote, co-authored with her late husband, Richard Cloward.
Stefan Litwin is a composer, pianist, and a George Kennedy Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina. He has worked with composers Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, Hans Zender, Herbert Brün, Frederic Rzewski, Johannes Kalitzke and Jörg Widmann; performed with renowned conductors Christoph von Dohnányi, Michael Gielen and Marek Janowski; and collaborated with musicians Aurèle Nicolet, Christian Tetzlaff, Irvine Arditti, Gustav Rivinius, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau and Ib Hausmann. He has a special interest in contemporary music.
Cory Arcangel is a computer programmer, composer and artist. Recent solo exhibitions include “Pro Tools” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, “Beat the Champ” at the Barbican, “Here Comes Everybody” at the Hamburger Bahnhof, “Creative Pursuits” at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and “The Sharper Image” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami.
Benj DeMott has written for the City Sun, Village Voice, and academic journals. In 1998, he helped start First of the Month—a “newspaper of the radical imagination” that is now an online journal. Since 2008, he has edited annual collections of writings titled First of the Year. First of the Year: 2010 was published by Transaction in the summer of 2011. DeMott is currently at work on this year’s edition.
Spyros Papapetros is a member of the history and theory faculty of the School of Architecture and the program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University. His work focuses on the relationship between architecture and the visual arts, and between architecture, psychoanalysis and the history of psychological aesthetics. His many writings include On the Animation of the Inorganic: Art, Architecture, and the Extension of Life (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press) and, as editor, Space as Membrane, by Siegfried Ebeling.
Robert Paul Wolff
Robert Paul Wolff is a philosopher and Emeritus Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts. Among his many works are Kant’s Theory of Mental Activity, The Poverty of Liberalism, Understanding Marx, Understanding Rawls, and Autobiography of an Ex-White Man: Learning a New Master Narrative for America.
Shierry Weber Nicholsen
Shierry Weber Nicholsen is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Seattle, Washington. In addition to her papers in the field of psychoanalysis, she is the author of Exact Imagination, Late Work: On Adorno’s Aesthetics, and is the translator of numerous works by Adorno and others.
Barry C. Lynn
Barry C. Lynn is the director of the Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency Initiative, and is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Lynn is the author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction and End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation. His articles have appeared in Harper’s, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and The National Interest.
Paul Mattick is professor of philosophy at Adelphi University. He is the author of Social Knowledge: An Essay on the Nature and Limits of Social Science, Art in Its Time: Theories and Practices of Modern Aesthetics, Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics and the Reconstruction of Art (as editor), and Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Failure of Capitalism.
Anke Finger is an associate professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of a book on the total artwork and modernism, Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, and is the co-editor of The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork: On Borders and Fragments. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Flusser Studies, an online journal for academic research about the work of Vilém Flusser. She is also the co-author of Introduction to Vilém Flusser, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2011.