Dancer/filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, cultural critics Chris Kraus and Eileen Myles, cultural historian Sarah Lewis and photographer Nikki S. Lee are among the guest artists scheduled to take part in this fall’s public events series hosted by the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Arts Professions.
The Department will reprise its series of visiting lecturers, which takes place weekly on Thursdays at 5 p.m. The popular series enables students and the public to hear a wide variety of artists discuss their work in an interactive setting. The full list of speakers and dates for fall are as follows:
9/25: Nicolas Guagnini
10/2: Peter Nadin
10/9: Cynthia Daignault
10/16: Josh Kline
10/23: Mika Rottenberg
11/6: Bruce Hainley
11/13: Rebecca Morris
11/20: Carissa Rodriguez
12/4: Kerstin Brätsch
12/11: Moyra Davey
12/18: Yvonne Rainer
This fall’s series will also feature three special events. The first, “Nikki S. Lee: New Art,” will be a screening and three-way conversation with the Korean photographer and NYU alumna Nikki S. Lee, Christopher Phillips, curator at the International Center of Photography in New York City and Jung Lee Sanders, gallerist at Arts Projects International. The event takes place on Friday, October 17 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Cantor Media Center, located at 36 East 8th Street between University Place and Greene Street.
The second special event, to be held Thursday, October 30 at 6 p.m., is “Chris Kraus and Eileen Myles in Conversation,” the first public conversation between two notable writers and art critics who have maintained a lively private dialogue about art and culture, life, politics and ideas. Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, most recently “Summer of Hate,” and two books of art and cultural criticism. She writes frequently for art and cultural magazines, including Artforum, Spex, n+1 and Tank. Eileen Myles is a poet and the author of eighteen collections of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, as well as libretti, performance pieces and plays. The intro to Kraus’s “I Love Dick” and her essay “Street Retreat” for the Whitney Biennial will be part of a longer collection of travel writings about Russia, India, Ireland and living homeless in New York City. Her new and selected poems “I Must Be Living Twice” will be published in 2015. The dialogue will be hosted by Lyle Ashton Harris, associate professor of Art at NYU Steinhardt.
On Friday, December 5, the department will host an interactive discussion with noted cultural historian Sarah Lewis. Lewis is the author of “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery,” which discusses how innovation, discovery, and the creative progress are all spurred on by advantages gleaned from improbable and unlikely events, including failure. Her essays on race, contemporary art and culture have been published in many journals as well as The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America and in publications for the Smithsonian, The Museum of Modern Art, and Rizzoli.
All events are free and open to the public, and (with the exception of Nikki S. Lee) will be held at the Einstein Auditorium, located at the Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, just off 9th Street, accessible by the 6 subway line (Astor Place). Visit here for more information.
About the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Arts Professions
The Department of Art and Arts Professions at the Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University is home to NYU’s BFA and MFA studio arts programs. The Department also offers MA degrees in Art + Education, Art Therapy, Costume Studies, and Visual Arts Administration. In addition to courses offered at the New York campus and around the world, including the new studio arts center at NYU Berlin, the Department generates arts programming for the downtown community through lectures and exhibitions at the Barney Building and at the 80WSE Gallery. Visit here for more information.