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Subject: School of Visual Arts: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
From:    "Art&Education" <edu-news la mailer.e-flux.com>
Date:    Wed, November 18, 2009 04:09
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November 17, 2009
School of Visual Arts

MFA in Art Criticism & Writing

David Levi Strauss, Chair

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2010 incoming class.

Application deadline: January 15, 2010

At the School of Visual Arts in
New York City

Contact artcrit la sva.edu, (212) 592-2408, or go to http://artcriticism.sva.edu

The practice of criticism involves making finer and finer distinctions
among like things, but it is also a way of asking fundamental
questions about art and life. The Art Criticism & Writing graduate
program at the School of Visual Arts responds to both of these
imperatives, offering a two-year course of study leading to an MFA
degree. It is located in the heart of Manhattan, just blocks from the
Chelsea gallery district.

For students who want to improve their writing and advance their
knowledge of contemporary art, theory, and history, this program
offers specialized instruction from practitioner-teachers led by the
Chair of the program, writer David Levi Strauss. Current faculty
include philosophers Robert Hullot-Kentor and Tom Huhn, poet and
critic Raphael Rubinstein, New York Times critics Ken Johnson and
Claudia La Rocco, artist/writers Suzanne Anker, Susan Bee, and Bill
Beckley, and writer and theorist Thyrza Nichols Goodeve. The faculty
is joined by visiting critics and scholars who come into the program
in various capacities on a frequent basis. Recent guests have
included writers and theorists Susan Buck-Morss (on "Visual Empire"),
Avital Ronell (on Nietzsche's defense of art), W.J.T. Mitchell (on
"The Lives and Loves of Images"), Michael Taussig (on drawings in
anthropological fieldwork journals), and Sylvère Lotringer (on Paul
Virilio and "The Itinerary of Catastrophe"); poet/critics Ann
Lauterbach, Bill Berkson, and John Yau; and critics Arthur Danto,
Michael Brenson, Dave Hickey, Katy Siegel, Nancy Princenthal, and
Eleanor Heartney. Last year, legendary art historian Leo Steinberg
taught a special seminar for our students.

In addition to the required foundation courses in the historical and
philosophical bases of criticism, students participate in three
levels of writing practicums, leading to the completion of their
thesis in the final term. The small class size allows a great deal of
one-on-one time with the faculty and extensive dialogue with other
students. We concentrate on the essay as form, as well as on shorter
forms of review, and learn criticism by doing it. Students' writing
and reviews are published regularly on our online magazine Degree
Critical, and art magazine editors are involved in the program in
various capacities. The thesis that students write at the end of
their course of study is intended to be a substantial work of
criticism. We want students to come out of this program able to write
in the world.

>From its inception, this program has had a special emphasis on the
history and current transformations of the image. We live in an age
when images have an inordinate power over us—the power to create
and direct desire, to influence public opinion, to comfort and
inflame. The critics of tomorrow must study images, in all of their
manifestations, in order to better understand how we are subject to

To apply online, go to http://artcriticism.sva.edu/admissions.html.

Generous departmental scholarships are available on a competitive
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