From the Chair

The Culture Wars again?? Really? There has been a lot of shaming, push-back, reframing, and appropriation lately in all areas of public discourse. In similar historical moments of the modern era, such uprisings have been framed as war-like; hence “Culture...

From the Chair

I am conscious these days, as both a teacher and as an artist, of the increasing presence in our dialogs around the study of art, of language related to the notions of career or professionalism. I suppose that it is a logical extension of working in a university...

From the Chair

We are formed by what we have experienced; what we witness shapes us as artists, thinkers, and citizens. I keep a mental index of those creative and inspirational individuals whose paths I have crossed at one time or another, and often muse on how each interaction...

From the Chair

Events signify nothing, they signify only in us. We create the meaning of events. The meaning is and always was artificial. We make it. Because of this we seek in ourselves the meaning of events, so that the way of what is to come becomes apparent and our life can...

From the Chair

Estragon: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist? Vladimir: Yes, yes, we’re magicians. Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot We are being asked to hold much these days; in our hearts and in our heads. It’s a lot to ask, to hold so much...

From the Chair

I teach a very large lecture class on the Foundations of Contemporary Art. We have a total of 187 students registered at the moment, creating a significant presence in the room. This is not a course I would have imagined myself teaching a decade ago. However, as we...