September 26, 2014

2014–2015 Art History & Criticism Lecture Series

Stony Brook University, SUNY

Paul Chan, Sade for Sade’s Sake, 2009. Three-channel animation projection, 5 hours 45 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and © Paul Chan.

The graduate students of the Art History & Criticism program at Stony Brook University are pleased to announce the 2014–2015 Art History & Criticism Lecture Series. The series is intended to foster dialogue and develop camaraderie across institutions, and to provide insight into works and practices that have especially influenced recent scholarship. All lectures are free and open to the public.


Friday, October 17, 7pm
Paul Chan
“Odysseus as Artist”
Paul Chan is an artist and founder of the publisher Badlands Unlimited. Working in drawing, video, installation, and collaborative performance (such as his 2007 staging of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in post-Katrina New Orleans), Chan targets sites of societal conflict such as war, religion, and pornography. His book, Paul Chan: Selected Writings 2000–2014, was recently published in conjunction with his exhibition Selected Works at Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland (April 11–October 19). His work is held in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), among others.


Monday, November 10, 7pm
Candice Breitz
“From A to B and Back Again”
Candice Breitz is a Berlin-based artist whose moving-image installations have been shown internationally. She has been a tenured professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig since 2007. Breitz has spent long stretches of time producing works in Jamaica, Italy, Germany, Austria, Japan, Sweden, Great Britain, Ukraine, South Africa, the United States, India, and Nigeria. Her immersive practice seeks to capture and observe the nuanced ways in which individuals relate to and are determined by the dense social constellations in which they exist. She will talk about and screen footage from several works that she has made on the road over the last decade, discussing the ways in which her creative practice has been shaped by the myriad of people and places that each work must negotiate as it comes into being.


Friday, February 20, 7pm
Robert Storr
“On Louise Bourgeois and the Privilege of Sublimation”
Renowned art critic and curator Robert Storr derives his lecture from his forthcoming book, Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois (2014). Storr was curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1990 to 2002, where he organized exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman. In addition to writing for numerous art publications, he has taught at the Institute of Fine Arts, CUNY Graduate Center, and the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, as well as the Rhode Island School of Design, New York Studio School, and Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Painting/Printmaking and Dean of the School of Art at Yale University.

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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 MA and PhD 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 Art and Philosophy, Cultural Studies, and Women’s Studies. For more information, visit


The 2014–15 Art History and Criticism Lecture Series is generously supported 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.


2014–2015 Art History & Criticism lecture series at Stony Brook University, Manhattan

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