For the last few years Kitnick has been interested in Marshall McLuhan’s writing on art and the ways it incorporates examples from contemporary art practice. McLuhan often turned to artworks when he was trying to give an idea of how new media and technologies affect the social body; he found new bodies in works of art. This talk will try to examine what the viability of such an approach might be today by looking back at a variety of recent projects.
Alex Kitnick is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art History Program at Bard College. He also teaches at The Artist’s Institute, a project of Hunter College. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 2010. From 2011 to 2012 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. He is the editor of Dan Graham (2011) and The Expendable Reader (2011). His writing has appeared in publications including Art Journal, Artforum, May, October, and Texte zur Kunst.
This talk is given as part of the lecture series The Visitor Talks : Pre-ambulation and Retrospection.