A Reading: David Deitcher--Stone’s Throw at NYU’s Fales Library, March 9, 2016 at 6:30pm


Stone’s Throw describes the social, political, and personal context that framed the emergence of critically acclaimed artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Deitcher recounts his friendships with Gonzalez-Torres and activist curator Bill Olander, attesting to the importance of relationships forged throughout the most challenging years of the North American AIDS crisis.

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Photo spread within the book of Roni Horn's work

Art historian, critic and curator to read from his latest book

New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections is pleased to present a reading by David Deitcher from his latest work, Stone’s Throw, to be published March 7, 2016, by Secretary Press. The reading takes place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6:30pm in Bobst Library, Third Floor, 70 Washington Square South, (at LaGuardia Place) NYC. [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.]

Stone’s Throw describes the social, political, and personal context that framed the emergence of critically acclaimed artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Deitcher recounts his friendships with Gonzalez-Torres and activist curator Bill Olander, attesting to the importance of relationships forged throughout the most challenging years of the North American AIDS crisis.

"David Deitcher is a master at the critical memoir,” said Marvin J. Taylor, director, Fales Library and Special Collections. “Stone's Throw is a sumptuously written elegy not only for Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Bill Olander, but also for all those artists we lost to AIDS."

Now, twenty years after Gonzalez-Torres’s death, Deitcher revisits many of the artist’s most celebrated works. Stone’s Throw balances personal remembrance and cultural analysis, richly illustrated with previously unpublished ephemera and full color reproductions of works by, among others, Nayland Blake, Tony Feher, Jim Hodges, and Roni Horn.

Deitcher is a New York–based art historian, critic, and independent curator whose essays have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, the Village Voice, Frieze, Parkett, and Canadian Art, among others. Since 2003, he has been core faculty at the International Center of Photography/Bard College Program in Advanced Photographic Studies.


About Fales Library and Special Collection
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The Fales Library, comprising nearly 358,000 volumes and over 11,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection, and the general special collections of the NYU Libraries. The Fales Collection was given to NYU in 1957 by DeCoursey Fales in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales. It is especially strong in English literature from the middle of the 18th century to the present, documenting developments in the novel. The Downtown Collection, founded in 1993, documents the downtown New York art, performance, and literary scenes from 1975 to the present and is extremely rich in archival holdings, including extensive film and video. The goal of the Downtown Collection is to comprehensively collect the full range of artistic practice and output of the Downtown scene, regardless of format. This research collection, built on a documentary strategy, supports the research of students and scholars interested in the intersection of the contemporary arts and other forms of cultural and artistic expression.

The NYU Division of Libraries is a global system comprising five libraries in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, receives 2.6 million visits annually. For more information about the NYU Libraries, please visit http://library.nyu.edu


Stone's Throw cover


Jim Hodges, what’s left (1992).

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