Although puckering out may seem imminent, Armory Week signals the beginning of the spring art season and a wake-up call for all before summer. This second helping of lectures spotlights the critic in all of us.
“This conversation at the New Museum between the editors [Alexander Dumbadze and Suzanne Hudson] and several of the volume’s authors will further pursue the book’s spirit of inquiry. Building upon the investigatory nature of “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star,” as well as the New Museum’s own institutional history, this program asks what is at stake in historicizing the art and theory of the recent past; what can be gained from this endeavor; what are the potential pitfalls and complications of this activity; and, most importantly, how it is possible to put forward a working definition of contemporary art?”
“As a writer, you may meet a subject that challenges preconceptions you didn’t know you had, and raises emotions you didn’t expect to feel. Confusion. Paralysis. How do you start? Where do you go? Is where you go ‘art criticism’? Is ‘art criticism’ a bigger thing than what you thought?”
Levin is a crucial staple of the New York art scene after cementing her spot on the Village Voice writing staff for two decades and serving as the AICA president between 1996 and 2002. The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art orchestrated an installation of her notes, transcriptions of her gallery pit-stops, between 1975 and 2004 that only further supports her standing as an archivist of contemporary art passing through our grand city. She currently contributes to Art News and, in addition to sharing whatever morsel of knowledge she feels, will expand upon “effective ways for exhibiting artists to communicate with art critics.”