The starting point for creative independence involves a passionate interest in existence, recognizing the unavoidable discrepancy between appearance and actuality. In this quest, imagination is the psychological vulnerability by which metaphysical reason translates distinct perceptions and impressions into cohesive entities.Read More
Join our newsletter and stay up to date! In our Fall 2014 newsletter we discuss the following; Return to Where You've Never Even Been: Potsdamer Platz, Interview with Mildred (Milly) Glimcher, IDSVA Board Member, New Residency: Istanbul and much more!
In June of 2014, our Berlin Residency had the pleasure of hosting renowned British philosopher, Howard Caygill, and his son, Piero. We had met Howard the previous June for a truly illuminating series of lectures on Henri Bergson, while cohort ’13 was at Spannocchia in Tuscany.Read More
Mildred (Milly) Glimcher, with her husband, Arne Glimcher, founded the Pace Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston in 1960. They were both still in college. Since then, Ms. Glimcher has curated exhibitions and written books and articles about “Happenings,” Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Lucas Samaras, and art in post-war Paris, among other subjects.Read More
The idea of the artist philosopher is not unusual, but rather, has existed throughout the history of art. Artist such as Eduard Manet, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Breton, Joseph Kosuth and many others created works that raised critical questions about aesthetics, morality, social justice, and the role of art in the greater society.Read More
Does a city actually generate ideas? Or is the melting pot […] just a place where those with ideas congregate? Which is to say, is a city merely a place where ideas come to fruition, brought in by outsiders—nomads—who are looking for a place to express themselves? (Mike Adams, 2nd Year IDSVA student)Read More
Would you tell us about your current role at the San Francisco Art Institute?
I’ve been at SFAI for 17 years, because it is such a good fit for me professionally and artistically. It’s a unique school, founded in 1871, and has been a magnet for creative thinkers since it was founded.Read More
The second Topological Studies in Paris for Cohort ’13 included a master class with feminist, literature and psychology scholar Dr. Jacqueline Rose, who will be the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Professor of Gender Studies at Cambridge this fall.Read More
Beautiful, bucolic Spannocchia—even its spoken tempo has a lyrical quality that inspires wonder. To all of us who have resided there, if only for a brief moment in time, Spannocchia signifies camaraderie, nurture and rigorous academic curiosity ... with, perhaps, a bit of mental stress mixed in for flavor.Read More
Florence historically was one of the wealthiest and most powerful cities in Europe. The patronage of the Medici created an ideological society promoting great civic pride in the city. One of the most important pieces of sculpture ever commissioned was Michelangelo’s David.Read More
Brown University in Providence is one of the eight eastern seaboard schools that might be called a “hederi-topia” (an ivy-space), which—please forgive me—I intentionally contrive as a pun on “heterotopia,” a word I first learned reading Foucault’s essay “Of Other Spaces” in our first-year seminar A Quick History of Philosophy.Read More