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Interpret art, philosophy and visual thinking in this program for artists who do not want to be limited to one discipline.

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Interpret art, philosophy and visual thinking in this program for artists who do not want to be limited to one discipline.

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    A Theater and a Battleground: Professions of Childhood in the Arts and Public Policy of 1940s New York

    A Theater and a Battleground: Professions of Childhood in the Arts and Public Policy of 1940s New York

    BFA Visual & Critical Studies presents Sean McCann, author and professor of English at Wesleyan University, discussing urban childhood and adolescence in 1940s New York City, the political and historical issues behind urban policy of the time and why artists became fascinated with stories and images of children in the city.

    • 1 hr 11 min
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    The Great Age of the Seljuqs: A Conversation with Deniz Beyazit

    The Great Age of the Seljuqs: A Conversation with Deniz Beyazit

    BFA Visual & Critical Studies presents Deniz Beyazit, curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, discussing the museum's upcoming exhibition "The Great Age of the Seljuqs." The exhibition highlights the history of medieval art in Anatolia and Iran from the 11th through the 13th centuries, including glazed ceramics, fine metalwork, woodwork, glass and the rise of a market for luxury goods. Moderated by department faculty Peter Hristoff, with a Q&A to follow.

    • 1 hr 26 min
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    Sara Magenheimer

    Sara Magenheimer

    Spanning sculpture, collage, installation, video, sound, and performance, Sara Magenheimer’s practice engages the way language performs as physical material; vibrating the air as sound, moving on a screen as text or on a page as graphic image. Her works highlight the slippage between the cognitive content language carries (as a vessel) and its form (the shape and weight of the vessel itself). Magenheimer enacts how material performs as language; she arranges elements and manipulates objects in space syntactically and semantically, inviting her sculptures and installations to be read like expanded sentences.

    Whether working with text, an actor, a set, or a song, the artist treats symbolic elements as independent objects. Her work disrupts the coherence of narrative experience, opening up spaces of humor, absurdity, and poetry while destabilizing relationships between supposedly fixed forms. For example, Seven Signs that Mean Silence (2013) is a video work based on a script written by Magenheimer that employs modes of “voice” from found texts, spoken through a text–to–speech website, using intentionally “broken” language, and even total nonsense at times to re–infuse language with new meaning and a sense of play. Her work is in conversation the Situationists, punk, Dada, and other historic artistic contexts that employ absurdist detournement.

    She has had solo exhibitions at JOAN in Los Angeles, Recess in New York, Interstate Projects in Brooklyn, and DOCUMENT in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions or screened at institutions such as The New York Film Festival, The Kitchen in New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Cave in Detroit, SiteWork in Chapel Hill, Portland’s MOMA, The Living Art Museum in Reykjavik, and Meet Factory in Prague, Czech Republic. She has performed at MOMA P.S.1, Issue Project Room, Canada Gallery, and the Performa 13 Biennial. She is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant.

    • 1 hr 34 min
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    Liz Magic Laser

    Liz Magic Laser

    BFA Visual & Critical Studies presents faculty member Liz Magic Laser discussing her recent work that examines the techniques of news production and the gestures of world leaders. Her performances and videos intervene in semi-public spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms, and have involved collaborations with actors, surgeons, political strategists and motorcycle gang members.

    • 1 hr 15 min
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    Natasha Chuk and Dina Kantor in Conversation - The Vanishing Points of Treece

    Natasha Chuk and Dina Kantor in Conversation - The Vanishing Points of Treece

    MFA Photography, Video and Related Media and BFA Visual & Critical Studies present a conversation between art writer Natasha Chuk and photographer Dina Kantor. They will discuss the themes of Chuk's recently published book Vanishing Points (Intellect, 2015), which features images from Kantor's "Treece" series. A Q&A will follow.

    • 58 min
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    Rosemary Balsam

    Rosemary Balsam

    Yale University psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Rosemary Balsam discusses the history and impact of distorted views on the female-sexed body and traditionally female roles like motherhood. Balsam is the author of Women’s Bodies in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2012).

    • 1 hr 16 min

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