Tag Archives: Plato

On discovering, almost too late, that Jacques Rancière will be speaking at Ohio State today, I reread the first published version of his essay “The Emancipated Spectator”. Rancière delivered the lecture, in English, on August 20th, 2004 at SommerAkademie in Frankfurt and it would later be published in Artforum in 2007 and then in the […]

On arriving in Bilbao last night I was excited to discover the collection of books that I left in Rebeka’s mother’s apartment, bought during our year sabbatical in Madrid (2014-15). Knowing that I would buy more books than I could fit in my suitcase, I not only left these books here on our way back […]

Yesterday, after a picnic in Parque El Retiro, we visited the Franz Erhard Walther exhibition Un lugar para el cuerpo (“A Place for the Body”) at the Palacio de Velázquez and the Rosa Barba installation Solar Flux Recordings at the Palacio de Cristal. Both of these sites in the park are extensions of the Museo […]

Dear Senator, As your constituent, I respectfully request that you work to increase State Share of Instruction (SSI) funding and remove the unwarranted, anti-faculty provisions that were added by the House to Am. Sub. HB 49. Below are my general concerns which I have framed by offering a pertinent example from my professional experience in […]

Last Fall, when I was teaching the class for the OSU Art department (with artist Suzanne Silver) called Drawing Ideas, we explored how Plato’s philosophy, and the Republic in particular, offered ways of thinking about key themes in drawing (e.g. form, idea, mimesis, dialogue and myth). One of the topics was on ‘Formlessness and Nothing’ […]

I am writing today in solidarity with everyone marching and fighting for bread and roses on this May Day. As a minor, Minus Plato protest, this post will highlight how recourse to a non-Christian mythic world aligns with feminist collective action. Floating golden triangles, bird-headed creatures and the sun landing on earth – these are just some […]

After reading How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness last year, I was excited to read Darby English’s new book 1971: A Year in the Life of Color. (Prof. English also happens to be delivering the Ludden Lecture at Ohio State this afternoon). Following the introduction, the first chapter of this study of […]

I’m still dwelling on names and naming today and this leads me, inevitably, to the work of Josh Smith and his signature “name” paintings. Bob Nickas, in his book Painting Abstraction, describes these works as follows: The “name” paintings, composed with the letters that spell his first and last names, at first seem to identity their […]

I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT LEE LOZANO (HENCE THE CAPS) SPECIFICALLY HER DIALOGUE PIECE (STARTED APRIL 21, 1969) WRITE-UP, JUNE 12, 1969 HERE IT IS: (NOTE THE PLACE OF DIALOGUE; IT MAY BECOME SIGNIFICANT LATER) DIALOGUE PIECE HAS ALTERNATIVE TITLE: VERBALL AS LOZANO WROTE IN A NOTE IN VERSION IN HER NOTEBOOK “DEFINITION OF “DIALOGUE” REMAINS […]