Based in New York City, The Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program is designed to facilitate the
examination of both dominant and under-recognized epistemological frameworks that inform the system of art, including its production, consumption, distribution, and exhibition. Grounded in the global
tradition of critical theory, the Program is focused on questioning discursive frameworks through which notions of culture and politics are conceptualized. It is intended for practitioners across all
fields related to the Fine Arts, including artists, critics, curators, and others. The Program has been conceived to help recent graduates to deepen and develop their understanding of the art
institution, as well as its place in confronting the violences and inequalities of the present.
Every year, the program will be structured around a general theme or concept, which will be studied in more specific terms through readings and seminars hosted by seminar leaders and visiting faculty. Ten students will be selected to participate in the program each year.
For 2018-2019, the subject of the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program will be “Humanisms”. By considering various approaches aligned with humanism, anti-humanism, and post-humanism, this year’s theme will interrogate systems of thought that center and decenter the secular notion that history is something that is produced and can be rationally understood by the human subject. Equal emphasis will be placed on non-Eurocentric and Eurocentric (wherein humanism is one of the ideal democratic projects that aims at producing and promoting a critical and progressively freer mind) approaches to humanism.
For 2019-2020, the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program will take up: “Aesthetics and Pedagogy.”
The core of the Program is a weekly seminar (10 meetings per semester) based on readings in critical theory, as well as a selection of related images and videos. The seminars will alternate between a guided discussion by the core seminar leaders, and a presentation and discussion with an invited guest. Students will have the opportunity to help lead the core seminars, as well as act as a first respondent to the invited guests.