UNLV Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2015: Hrag Vartanian on Sept. 10

Hrag Vartanian. Photo by Veken Gueyikian
Hrag Vartanian. Photo by Veken Gueyikian

It is an interesting time for words on art. Critics and arts writers are seeing their voices dwindle in print and the convergence with online media is a collision of styles.  Yet new standards for online arts writing and reporting are coming from Hyperallergic, where ideas on art shift from objective reporting to impassioned essay, then circle around to subjective review, easing back and forth like frantic coffee house conversation.

Guiding Hyperallergic to support the tagline “Sensitive to Art & its Discontent” is co-founder and editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian, the next guest speaker for the UNLV Artists Lecture. Through his robust aesthetic thinking Vartanian will approach a topic from different angles and survey culture like a critic reading a painting. During a brief phone interview with Los Angeles radio station KCRW, Vartanian spoke on Banksy’s street art residency in Manhattan, and the interview became a verbal essay on the street artist, the way the works made the city change its 1980’s response to street art, and how New Yorkers are still territorial when their city’s architecture is criticized.

Vartanian’s talk may show UNLV students majoring in journalism, English, or art and design how visual and written ideas can not only be part of the conversation, but guide it.

He  will speak on Sept. 10, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Marjorie Barrick Museum.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Hrag Vartanian is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the award-winning art blogazine based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in countless publications, and he has been invited as a guest commentator on Al Jazeera, WNYC, KCRW, and other national and international media outlets. In addition to his writing and commentary, he has curated numerous exhibitions, including #TheSocialGraph, which was the first exploration of the evolving landscape of social media art back in 2010. He regularly writes and lectures about performance art, the online art world, street art, and multiculturalism.

ABOUT THE LECTURE SERIES: The UNLV Visiting Artists Lecture Series features a diverse array of some of the most compelling artists and thinkers working in the art world today. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our BFA and MFA students. This program has established itself as an invaluable resource for UNLV students and the public alike. The primary mission of the Visiting Artists Lecture Series is to educate, inspire and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through visual presentations and discourse.

This post was written by Ed Fuentes. He is a UNLV MFA Fine Art candidate and produces Paint This Desert, a regional arts blog.

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