Symposia, Special Lectures and Studio Visits

Elina Staikou

June 2017

Associate Lecturer in Modern Liberal Arts at Winchester University, Elina Staikou is the author of Deconstruction at Home: Metaphors of Travel and Writing and of articles on contemporary philosophy, literature and biomedicine. She participated in the IDSVA Athens symposium with a talk on migration and hospitality.

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Giovanni Tusa

June 2017

Philosopher, documentary filmmaker and video artist, Giovanni Tusa has had his works screened in Cuba, London documentary film festival, Biennale della Danza of Venice, Coimbra and Paris, and he is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Theory in institutions in Europe and the US. His latest work, De la Fin, co-authored with Alain Badiou, has been published in France in June 2017. In the IDSVA Athens symposium he discussed the political-philosophical implications of borders and mapping.

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Deb Willis

January 2017

Contemporary African-American artist, photographer, curator, photographic historian, author of many books, including Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty, Willis is the Chair of Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, and a Recipient of Guggenheim, Fletcher and MacArthur Fellowships. Deborah Willis received an IDSVA PhD honorary degree in 2016.

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Hank Willis Thomas

January 2017

A photo conceptual artist who has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad. His work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Hank Willis Thomas received an IDSVA Honorary PhD Degree in 2017. 

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Nancy Princenthal

July 2016

Writer for Art in America, Art Forum, and the New York Times, and author of the acclaimed Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art, major American critic Nancy Princenthal has taught as Princeton, Yale, and Bard College.

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William D. Adams

June 2016

A leading American educator and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bro Adams wrote his dissertation on Merleau-Ponty at UC Santa Cruz. After teaching posts at Chapel Hill and Stanford he served as president of Bucknell University and at Colby College. He is currently writing a book-length study of Cezanne and Merleau-Ponty.

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Alison Hildreth

June 2016

Leading Maine painter, print maker, and installation artist Alison Hildreth shows at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, Maine. Her works are collected in the the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Wellesley College, Smith College, and the Boston Public Library.  

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Ted Coons

January 2015

Ted Coons is Professor of Psychology, Cognition & Perception at the Center for Neural Science NYU. He is a pioneer in the field of neuroscience and a major contributor to early studies in neuroaesthetics.

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Alfredo Jaar

January 2015

World-renowned artist, architect and filmmaker.  His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York, the MCA in Chicago, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, the Tate in London, the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris and dozens of other institutions and private collections worldwide. Alfredo Jaar received an IDSVA Honorary PhD Degree in 2015.  

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Robert Whitman

January 2015

An American artist best known for his seminal theater pieces of the early 1960s combining visual and sound images, actors, film, slides, and evocative props in environments of his own making. He became an active figure in the New York art world where he created and staged many of the first “Happenings,” along with artists Allan Kaprow, Lucas Samaras, Red Grooms, Jim Dine, and Claes Oldenburg.

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Julie Martin

January 2015

Julie Martin has been an active figure in the New York art community since the 1960s. After graduations from Radcliffe and gaining a Masters in Russian Studies from Columbia University she joined the staff of E.A.T., founded by Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Whitman, Billy Klüver and fellow Bell Labs engineer Fred Waldhauer, as editor of the newsletter and continued to work closely with Klüver on the great variety of projects that E.A.T. carried out from 1966 to the present.

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Mari Spirito

June 2015

Founding Director of Protocinema, mission driven art organization realizing site-aware exhibitions around the world; based in New York and Istanbul.

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Susan Stewart

January 2013

Susan Stewart is Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and  director of the Society of Fellows, Princeton University. A leading American poet and philosopher, her recent books include The Poet’s Freedom and The Open Studio.

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Eric Kandel

January 2013

Eric Kandel won the Nobel Prize in physiology in 2003. He is a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His most recent book is The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain.  

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Mildred Glimcher

January 2014

Mildred Glimcher has long been associated with Pace Galleries, New York.  An art historian, her most recent publication is Happenings: New York 1958-1963.

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Stephen Greenblatt

June 2010

Probably best known for his contribution to the development of New Historicism, Stephen Greenblatt is John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University. A world leading Renaissance scholar, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his recently published, The Swerve: How the World Become Modern.

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Julie Mehretu

January 2011

Julie Mehretu is one of the world’s preeminent contemporary artists. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005.

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Hal Foster

June 2013

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. Books include Compulsive Beauty; Prosthetic Gods; and The Art-Architecture Complex.

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Vadim Zakharov

June 2014

Vadim Zakharov is a Russian artist, editor, archivist of Moscow Conceptual art scene, and collector, living and working in Berlin and Moscow. Since 1992 he has been the publisher of Pastor magazine and founder of Pastor Zond Edition, and editor of the book of Moscow Conceptual School. He represented Russia at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

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