Shift: Blood and Earth and Soil Symposium

This Thursday, March 28, join the editors of Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture and the Ph.D. Program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY for the launch symposium of Issue 11, “BLOOD AND EARTH AND SOIL.” Organized Art History PhD candidates Dana Liljegren and Chris Green, the publication and symposium explore how shifting conceptualizations of and claims to land, heritage, and state have been expressed in visual and material culture across time. Participants include Alison Boyd, Alyssa Bralower, Banu Cennetoglu, David Joselit, Seung-Min Lee, Jackson Polys, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Teresa Retzer, and Siona Wilson.

The event is open to the public, and seating is first-come, first-served. A live stream of the event will be available online at

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Tonight: David Joselit on Marcel Duchamp, “The Blind Man,” and New York Dada at the Graduate Center

Join Professor JoselitMary Ann Caws, Thierry de DuveSophie Seita, and Elizabeth Zuba for Marcel Duchamp, The Blind Man, and New York Dada: Institutional Critique and Editorial Practices, an evening of Dada-inspired conversation, with a special focus on New York Dada magazine “The Blind Man, ” edited by Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, and Beatrice Wood in 1917, recently republished in a facsimile edition by Ugly Duckling Presse. Continue reading “Tonight: David Joselit on Marcel Duchamp, “The Blind Man,” and New York Dada at the Graduate Center”

Thursday, May 19: Kobena Mercer in conversation with David Joselit

Please join Intellectual Publics for a conversation between David Joselit and Kobena Mercer on his new book, Travel and See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s. 

Over the years, Kobena Mercer’s art criticism has illuminated the aesthetic innovations of African American, Black British, and Caribbean artists. With the publication of his new book, Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s, he reflects on the transformative impact of artists such as Isaac Julien, Renée Green, Kerry James Marshall, and Yinka Shonibare and offers some thoughts on the future prospects of the critical discourse of hybridity and transculturation that diaspora artists have brought to critical debates on identity and diversity in our global contemporary moment.

 5/18 6:30 PM · Kelly Skylight Room, The Graduate Center, CUNY

This Evening: David Joselit with Aileen Agopian on Contemporary Middle Eastern Art

Middle-Eastern art expert Aileen Agopian joins in a conversation with GC distinguished professor David Joselit. Agopian, an expert purveyor of Middle-Eastern and North-African contemporary art, joined Sotheby’s in 2011.


The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
Proshansky Auditorium
March 08, 2016: 7:00 PM

Presented in partnership with New York Live Arts as part of
Live Ideas Festival: MENA/Future – Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region.

Co-sponsored by GC Public Programs and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center.