07 February 2017
Guest Critics in Conversation with AICA-USA Co-President Susan Harris
Portrait of Susan Harris. Pencil on paper by Phong Bui. From a photo by Zack Garlitos.
On Thursday, February 23, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, The Brooklyn Rail will host a conversation with AICA-USA Co-President Susan Harris and David Levi Strauss, author of Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow (Aperture, 2014) and Chair of the graduate program in Art Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
It will take place at The Landing, Industry City, 274 36th Street (Building 2), First Floor, in Brooklyn. Cocktails and light refreshments will be served. This is a private event, RSVP to email@example.com.
Susan Harris, as guest editor for the November 2016 Brooklyn Rail, wrote, "As serious, trained professionals who care deeply about art and artists, and place a high value on the disciplines of art history and art criticism, we regularly reflect on the role of the art writer/critic—what it is today and what it should be in a rapidly changing art world. The number of venues—art journals, publications, and the like—is increasingly small and the demand for penetrating, meaningful art criticism is at an all-time low. The economics, politics, and fashion of art are eclipsing its essential and timeless value as a reflection of the ideas and the soul of our culture. Many of the structures and institutions supporting art have come to regard it in terms of its market rather than aesthetic and intellectual value, with a diminishing concern for criticism, academic or journalistic.
"The AICA-USA board has been engaged in a period of self-examination. We have identified as a priority the reinvigoration of art criticism/writing and the redirection of attention to art and ideas. We are dedicated to highlighting and promoting the good work of our membership and wish to provide venues and platforms for mentoring writers, both young and emerging as well as mid-career and mature ones to encourage future meaningful writing about art."