This intensive, two-week seminar is open to artists, writers and other arts professionals who seek to expand their art writing and critical thinking skills. Part creative writing, part scholarly investigation, art writing is an ever-evolving field in which philosophy, poetry, art history and, at times, fiction, coalesce into a lively and lucid form of writing. Participants will engage with works of art not only as isolated phenomena, but as occasions for prying open and delving into visual culture at large. Art writing is a way in which critical thinkers from a variety of backgrounds can broaden the purview of their writing practice.
Participants will work within the rich cultural life of New York City to develop and explore art writing and criticism as an art form in itself. Visits to artist studios, museums, galleries and other institutions will enliven participants’ writing and workshop sessions. Our exceptional faculty, comprised of critics, poets and interdisciplinary writers, will foster an environment in which participants can explore new lines of thought and critical inquiry. In this intensive, participants will refine their writing skills through exercises and assignments that foreground the short-form review, essay and interview formats. Participants’ acuity of vision and linguistic precision will be challenged and developed through intensive group and one-on-one workshops.
The Art Writing Summer Intensive is housed within the MFA Art Writing Department, located steps away from the Chelsea Gallery District. Participants will have access to the Art Writing Research Library, computer workstations, printing station, reading room and a seminar room in which group workshops and writing sessions will take place.
The practice of criticism involves making finer and finer distinctions among like things, but it is also a way to ask fundamental questions about art and life.
—David Levi Strauss, Chair, MFA Art Writing