2013–2014 Art History & Criticism Lecture Series

2013–2014 Art History & Criticism Lecture Series

Stony Brook University, SUNY

Dancers Patricia Hoffbauer, Emmanuélle Phuon, Yvonne Rainer, Pat Catterson, Keith Sabado, and Emily Coates. Photographer: Ian Douglas.

October 16, 2013
2013–2014 Art History & Criticism Lecture Series

Stony Brook Manhattan
101 East 27th Street, 3rd Floor,
New York, NY 10016


The graduate students of the Department of Art History & Criticism at Stony Brook University are pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Art History & Criticism Lecture Series. The series is intended to foster dialogue and develop camaraderie across institutions, and to provide insight into critical works and practices.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Friday, October 25, 6:30pm
Mary Kelly: Projects: 1973-2010.

Mary Kelly will explore the questions of sexuality, identity and historical memory that have prompted her project-based work for over four decades. She will consider how these questions are shaped by a debate-specific site and why her narrative installations rely not only on the story unfolding between words and objects, but also on the viewer’s experience of space.

Friday, March 28, 6:30pm
Yvonne Rainer: The Aging Dancer and Her Dis/contents.

The lecture will include autobiographical accounts and excerpts from a documentation of Rainer’s most recent choreography Assisted Living: Do You Have Any Money? (2013), an amalgam of movement and speech derived from a number of different sources, including Rainer’s own choreographic imagination and her collaborative process with her dancers. The piece presents new challenges for the group in that they are required to deliver long monologues while performing intricate steps. Following her customary penchant for radical juxtaposition, Rainer has taken the risky route of pairing vaudevillian pratfalls with solemn socio-economic analyses. The dire times in which we live seem to demand such an approach.

Friday, April 18, 6:30pm
Jens Hoffmann: Curatorial Déjà vu.

In his lecture, Jens Hoffmann will explore the recent trend in exhibition-making to revisit, recurate or otherwise reanimate historically important exhibitions. Hoffmann will discuss the thoughts and ideas that culminated in his recent revival of two legendary shows from the 1960s: Primary Structures (The Jewish Museum, New York, 1966) and Live in your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (Kunsthalle Bern,1969), resulting in Other Primary Structures (The Jewish Museum, New York, 2014) and When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes (CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, 2012).

Jens Hoffmann is an exhibition-maker and writer, and is currently Deputy Director of The Jewish Museum, New York.

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About the Department of Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University:
The Department of Art History at Stony Brook University offers a dynamic and interdisciplinary program of art history, criticism and theory at M.A. and Ph.D. levels. The goals of the program include: the development of the critic-historian, who can combine the various fields of traditional art historical study with a critical consciousness and awareness of broad intellectual issues involved in such study; the development of alternative perspectives on art, popular culture and visual culture; the development of practicing art critics; the interdisciplinary study of 19th- and 20th-century art; and the study of the history of art criticism. In addition, students may choose to pursue one of a number of graduate certificate programs including those in Art and Philosophy, Cultural Studies, and Women’s Studies. For more information, visit art.stonybrook.edu

The 2013–2014 Art History & Criticism Lecture Series is generously funded by the Stony Brook Graduate Students Organization, the Building Graduate Communities Initiative of the Graduate School, and the Department of Art at Stony Brook University.

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