Interdisciplinary Seminar: David Deitcher

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 7 - 9pm

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The art historian, independent curator and critic David Deitcher will discuss "Once More, with Feeling," a forthcoming book of essays focusing on the resurgance of emotive art in the 1980s.  Examining the relationship between memory, emotion and forgetting by weaving childhood memories with personal accounts of New York in the 1980s, particularly the AIDS crisis, which decimated the generation of gay men to which Deitcher belongs.  Back when testing positive for HIV was still a death sentence, artists responded to the epidemic with works that evoke emotion rather than masking it. Surveying works by artists—some well known and many unknown for having died so young—that range across every medium, Deitcher’s project considers what was at stake in the return of affect and emotion to contemporary works of art at that time.

The Interdisciplinary Seminar was designed twenty years ago to contribute to a regular and sustainable discussion on artistic practice for the students of the Cooper Union School of Art and the creative community that surrounds them. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.