Department News

Jeremy Cohan interview with Moishe Postone published in The Point

Moishe Postone (1942-2018) interviewed by Jeremy Cohan and Benjamin Y. Fong. Conducted in spring of 2015, published in fall of 2018 in The Point Magazine. The dialogue is organized in two parts: Part I, “Critical Attempts: Moishe Postone on general education” Part […]

April 4, 2018

PROFESSOR KRISTA JOHANSSON to join Critical Theory and the Arts

​Critical Theory and the Arts is pleased to welcome Professor Johansson to our faculty.​ ​Professor Johansson​ ​holds a PhD in philosophy and has​ written and lectured extensively on Nietzsche. She is the recipient of many awards for her teaching and research work.​ […]

March 26, 2018

CTA / Dartmouth Summer Conference joined by Marion M. Oliner

MARION M. OLINER CTA/Dartmouth Summer Conference at Critical Theory and the Arts, 2018 MARION M. OLINER is a practicing psychoanalyst, author, teacher, and PhD in clinical psychology. Her first book, “Cultivating Freud’s Garden in France” is a major account of the French […]

February 27, 2018

CTA at The Frick

RIKA BURNHAM—Head of Education for The Frick Collection—hosts CTA students at the museum for an after-hours evening discussion of selections from the collection and questions of the interpretation of art. RIKA BURNHAM has been recognized by the National Art Education Association for […]

February 26, 2018

JANE McALEVEY and FRANCES FOX PIVEN at Critical Theory and the Arts

Resisting Tump, Year II Jane McAlevey is a labor organizer, author and scholar. Her first book, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), published by Verso Press, was named the “most valuable book of 2012” by The Nation Magazine. Her second book, No Shortcuts: […]

February 19, 2018

C. Spencer Yeh at Critical Theory and the Arts, Spring 2018

Musician and artist, C. Spencer Yeh will discuss his own work in contemporary experimental electronic music and improvisation in the context of avant-garde music, tracing this movement back to the 1950s and reaching ahead to developments in the international underground noise music […]

CTA Students at Miguel Abreu Gallery

CTA students visit Miguel Abreu Gallery for Jean-Luc Godard exhibition and video screening, gallery talk, and class discussion with gallerist and filmmaker Miguel Abreu.…/memories-of-utopia/

February 6, 2018

Christina Condak on Architectural Memory, Spring 2018

Architect Christina Condak will speak with students at CTA about her film “POINT Zero: Architects in the Making,” an oral history/documentary work with a twist: architects reflect on their initial experiences in architecture education through a ritual performance. Christina Condak holds degrees […]

January 31, 2018

Meleko Mokgosi at CTA, Spring 2018

CTA students will speak with artist and teacher Meleko Mokgosi about his figurative and text-based painting practice and his new research-based writing projects. Mokgosi’s work engages history painting and cinematic tropes to uncover notions of colonialism, democracy, and liberation across African history. […]

Yve Laris Cohen at CTA in January

Yve Laris Cohen speaks with CTA students about “a recent body of work that interrogates value, technique, and artistic legacy under late capitalism…Set against and bounded by their architectural contexts, labor histories, financial constraints, and emotional scaffolding, the objects I build and […]

Upcoming in The Catastrophic Times Seminar

The CATASTROPHIC TIMES SEMINAR at Critical Theory and the Arts will visit NAOMI KLEIN and MICHELLE ALEXANDER in Conversation — Riverside Church, Union Theological Seminary, February 2018.

Frances Fox Piven at CTA in February — Resisting Trump

FRANCES FOX PIVEN, Sociologist, activist, distinguished professor Resisting Trump, Year II Frances Fox Piven is the post-election curricular advisor to the Serious Times Lecture Series at Critical Theory and the Arts. She joins us yearly.

Michael Geyer at CTA / Dartmouth Summer Conference 2018

MICHAEL GEYER is the Samuel N. Harper Professor Emeritus of German and European History at The University of Chicago. He is the cofounder of the university’s Human Rights Program, now the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. He is the co-editor of […]

January 9, 2018


FRANCES FOX PIVEN, sociologist and activist, on contemporary questions of political organizing YVE LARIS COHEN, visual artist, dancer, choreographer GINI ALHADEFF, writer and translator, on Fleur Jaeggy, “I Am the Brother of XX” AMANDA SCHMITT, curator CASEY NELSON BLAKE, Columbia University historian […]

PIETER SCHOOLWERTH to join Critical Theory and the Arts

Pieter Schoolwerth is an artist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Since receiving his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1994, he has exhibited internationally, with notable solo shows at Thread Waxing Space, Greene Naftali, American Fine Arts Co., […]

December 18, 2017

JAMES ATLAS visits CTA, Spring 2018

JAMES ATLAS at Critical Theory and the Arts Spring Semester 2018 Publisher, editor, and writer James Atlas will discuss his new book, “The Shadow in the Garden,” in which he chronicles his own lifelong labor studying the lives of American writers. He […]

GINI ALHADEFF visits CTA, Spring 2018

GINI ALHADEFF visits Critical Theory and the Arts Spring Semester, 2018 Gini Alhadeff, writer, translator, and editor, joins Critical Theory and the Arts for a discussion of her translation from Italian to English of Fleur Jaeggy’s new collection of stories, “I Am […]

November 17, 2017

Apollinaire Scherr — Dance Criticism on a Stop Watch

CTA students attend the Liz Gerring Dance Company performance at the Joyce Theater. The performance is a topic of their review writing workshop with Financial Times dance critic Apollinaire Scherr, “Dance Criticism on a Stop Watch.”

November 6, 2017

***Important Announcement About the Open House at CTA***

Important Announcement about the OPEN HOUSE AT CTA: We are dividing up the November 11th Open House at Critical Theory and the Arts into smaller groups, to make it easier for interested students to visit and learn about the program. Those who […]

October 6, 2017

Situation of the Arts, Concert at CTA

Pianist Melody Fader (CTA Musician-in-Residence, 2017-2018) is a soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, and freelance artist in New York City. Miss Fader has performed in such New York venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and the Joyce. Her musical […]

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 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

“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:…/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:

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 […]

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 […]

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