Now in its third year, the annual Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts offers York University graduate students and the wider community the opportunity to engage with prominent international theorists, artists, curators and critics through seminars, workshops, courses and public lectures.
The 2011 Goldfarb Summer Institute, Engaged Practices, examines how art fosters a network of social complexity. The guest presenters will consider the materiality and representation of social and political questions generated in the studio and on the street, and by the innumerable nodes between them.
The public components of the Summer Institute include a keynote address at MOCCA and a seminar at York by internationally renowned theorist and educator Manuel De Landa, and on-campus talks by art historian and cultural theorist Lee Rodney, film scholar and theorist Irmgard Emmelhainz, and art historian, critic and curator Jessica Wyman.
As part of their residency in the Goldfarb Summer Institute, De Landa, Rodney, Emmelhainz and Wyman will meet with PhD candidates in visual arts at York. Other featured guests participating in on-campus discussions with students, responding to doctoral presentations and conducting studio visits will be Emelie Chhangur, assistant director/curator at the Art Gallery of York University; video artist and theorist Richard Fung, associate professor of Integrated Media at OCADU; and Ivan Jurakic, director/curator of the University of Waterloo Art Gallery.
The Summer Institute is named in recognition of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, longstanding supporters of York's Faculty of Fine Arts, whose generous gift has made this annual residency program possible.