Category Archives: Academia

Scene in New York

Transparent Studio at Bose Pacia presents work from their current artists in residence, Faranú & Mike Redman, on Thursday night

Transparent Studio at Bose Pacia presents work from their current artists in residence, Faranú & Mike Redman, on Thursday night

This week’s collection of openings, performances, and happenings. (All locations in Manhattan unless otherwise noted.) Continue reading

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Arts Education: Worth it or Worthless?

SNAAP-Report

Certainly the value of an arts education must be measured as more than the average earning potential of its graduates. Even so, the SNAAP report findings are inconsistent with data reported in the Kiplinger article, which states that there are higher unemployment rates for arts graduates. Why might this be?

I have a piece on Createquity that analyzes the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)’s recent findings about arts alumni.

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The Art School as Artwork

The University of Trash: at the Sculpture Center Photo by Graham Coreil-Allen

Read my post on Createquity about art schools as art projects.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Arts

A painting made by Harold Cohen’s computer program, AARON. Photo by Conall O’Brien

Createquity has published an updated version of my piece on computational creativity.

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Capitalism Can Save Art! Down With Capitalism!

It’s difficult to craft a logical response to something as inconsistent and unreasonable as Camille Paglia’s recent Wall Street Journal essay “How Capitalism Can Save Art.” But, when links to the piece ended up in my Facebook feed this week, I knew I had to give it a shot. Paglia concludes that “our fine arts have become a wasteland”due to our country’s shrunken industrial base and the “routine defamation of capitalism by armchair leftists.” Continue reading

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Will Computational Creativity Lead to the End of Art?

A Disklavier is a mechanized piano that interprets computer input.

If a computer composes a symphony, should the resulting musical piece be considered a work of art? And how does a computer-generated work affect our perception of human-made works? These are not theoretical questions. A recent article in Pacific Standard highlights Simon Fraser University’s Metacreation project, which aims to investigate computational creativity, in part through the development of “artificially creative musical systems.” Continue reading

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Best Value MFAs

Last week, ARTINFO’s Alanna Martinez compiled a list of “The 10 MFA Programs That Give You the Most Bang For Your Buck.” My graduate alma mater, Tyler School of Art, made the list along with Hunter, MIT, and Cal Arts, among others.

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