Museum, College of Visual and Performing Arts will host symposium on ‘New Art Examiner’

Cover of "The Essential New | Art Examiner"“Re-Examining the New Art Examiner” is a symposium exploring the controversial history and unsettled significance of the most widely read art magazine ever published in Chicago.

Born out of seismic cultural shifts in the early 1970s, coming of age in the hyper-inflated art world of the 1980s, and embracing its role as part of the global re-theorization of art practices in the 1990s, the New Art Examiner was an independent magazine of art and cultural criticism that focused relentlessly on enlarging the debate and raising the stakes for art and artists in the Midwest.

The NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts will present this symposium Saturday, Jan. 28, featuring several of the New Art Examiner’s leading editors and writers, and in particular featuring its founder, Derek Guthrie.

On the program:

  • 10 to 10:15 a.m. Welcome: “Redefining Regionalism,” Barbara Jaffee
  • 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. The Essential New Art Examiner, Kathryn Born
  • 10:45 to noon. Derek Guthrie and Joshua Kind, in conversation with Buzz Spector
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Janet Koplos, Paul Krainak, Alice Thorson; Richard Siegesmund, moderator
  • 3 to 4:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Michael Bulka, Jennie Klein, Susan Snodgrass, Lynne Warren; Richard Siegesmund, moderator
  • 4:30 to 5 p.m. Visit NIU Art Museum Exhibition, The New Art Examiner: Chicago’s “Independent Voice of the Visual Arts,” 1973-2002

The symposium is free and open to the public.

The program will take place in NIU’s Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, located inside the Music Building. Free parking is available on both the south and north sides of the Music Building as well as on Gilbert Drive just to the west.

Call (815) 753-1936 for more information.

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