Newsletter Spring 2015

Stay up to date with out newsletter! In the Spring 2015 newsletter we discuss the following; An Interview with Dr. Ted Coons, Alfredo Jaar speaks at the IDSVA Commencement, The First Annual IDSVA Student Exhibition and much more!

Interview with Dr. Ted Coons, February 15, 2015

Interview Conducted by Taliesin Thomas, Cohort ’13, IDSVA Newsletter Editor

Dr. Ted (officially Edgar Elliott) Coons is a Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University (NYU), arriving there in 1965.  As an undergraduate, he studied music composition and theory at Colorado College (B.A., 1951) and then—after a stint in the Air Force—again at Yale University (toward an M.A.).  

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Alfredo Jaar speaks at the IDSVA Commencement, January 2015

By Kate Farrington, Cohort ’11

Alfredo Jaar, one of the foremost international artists of our times, delivered this year’s honorary degree recipient address at a warm and celebratory graduation ceremony at the Eventi Hotel in New York during the winter residency. Jaar ended his talk with a curious slide – an image of himself wandering about on a New York street corner wearing a billboard emblazoned with the words “Teach us to Outgrow Our Madness.” 

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Visit to Dia Beacon, NY

By Gabriel Reed, Cohort ’13

As a newbie Septemberist, I couldn’t think of a more perfect re-introduction to NYC than the IDSVA New York Residency 2015. I felt blessed to finally meet the faculty, staff, cohorts ’14 and ’13 while co-creating a continuous conversation of heartfelt inquiry throughout morning coffee and paper presentations (shout-out to the endless supply of lifesaver mints). 

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Visit to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC

By Jeff Siemers, Cohort 13

Gallery visits are one of the great components of IDSVA’s residencies. During the New York City residency, students spend the mornings presenting their research and their understanding of the role of the artist-philosopher, and in the afternoons they are able to visit some of the best museums in the world. 

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