AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture: Aruna D'Souza

Writing in the Reparative Mode

Aruna D'Souza photographed by Dana Hoey
Aruna D'Souza photographed by Dana Hoey

Monday, November 26, 2018
6:30-8:00 pm
The 8th Floor

7 West 17th st. New York City
**Please note the change of location**

Space is limited. RSVP to vlc@newschool.edu

Aruna D'Souza will deliver the twelfth annual AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture in partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

When she returned to art writing two years ago after a five-year absence, Aruna D'Souza decided she would like her approach to the task to atone for past failures—failures of politics, of style, of generosity. She had just read Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations" and began to wonder what, in the era of Black Lives Matter and #SayHerName, a reparative mode of criticism might look like. Her talk will explore some of her thinking—and lay out some further questions about what art criticism might offer in our urgent political moment.

The AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lectures at The New School, an annual event addressing current issues in the world of art criticism, are presented in partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Previous lecturers have been Michael Brenson, Linda Nochlin, Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter, Peter Schjeldahl, Michelle Kuo, Lucy Lippard, Carolyn Christoph-Bakargiev, Naomi Beckwith, Negar Azimi and, most recently, Paul Chaat Smith.

Thank you to The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation at The 8th Floor for hosting this program.

AICA supports art writers around the world through public programs and membership that includes free access to museums across the globe. Since its formation in 1950, AICA has been committed to elevating the values of art criticism as a discipline, and acting on behalf of the physical and moral defense of works of art.
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