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ARTSpeak Panel Discussion: The Presence of Art History in the Artist’s Mind

April 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

ARTSpeak 2016-17 is an interdisciplinary program presented by the departments of Fine Arts and History of Art that consists of lectures and a panel discussion on the theme of The Presence of Art History in the Artist’s Mind.  The theme explores the impact of art history on the contemporary artist’s studio practice.

On Wednesday, April 19, ARTSpeak presents a panel discussion with three artists—Derek Fordjour, Sharon Horvath, and Kyle Staver—discussing this year’s art historical theme. The panel will be moderated by art historian Jennifer Samet.
  • Derek Fordjour was born in Memphis, TN, to parents of Ghanaian heritage, and he received his MFA from Hunter College. He has exhibited his work in the U.S. and Europe, and is currently artist-in-residence at Sugar Hill Museum in New York.
  • Sharon Horvath received her BFA from Cooper Union and her MFA from Tyler School of Art. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rome Prize. She is professor of art at Purchase College, SUNY.
  • Kyle Staver received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her MFA from Yale University. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize, Staver recently exhibited her work at Kent Fine Art in New York.
  • Jennifer Samet teaches art history at the New York Studio School and at the New School. She writes the column Beer With a Painter for Hyperallergic, and is co-director of Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York.

The ARTSpeak program has been made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts. For more information, visit blog.fitnyc.edu/artspeak.

This event is free and open to the public.


April 19, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY United States


John Allen
(212) 217-5862