CVPA to Host New Art Examiner Symposium

"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 is proud to present this symposium on Saturday, January 28, featuring several of the New Art Examiner's leading editors and writers, and in particular featuring its founder, Derek Guthrie.


10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Welcome: “Redefining Regionalism,” Barbara Jaffee
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. The Essential New Art Examiner, Kathryn Born
10:45 – 12:00 noon Derek Guthrie and Joshua Kind, in conversation with Buzz Spector

12 noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Janet Koplos, Paul Krainak, Alice Thorson; Richard Siegesmund, moderator

3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Michael Bulka, Jennie Klein, Susan Snodgrass, Lynne Warren; Richard Siegesmund, moderator

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Visit NIU Art Museum Exhibition, The New Art Examiner: Chicago’s “Independent Voice of the Visual Arts,” 1973-2002

The program will take place in NIU's Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, located inside the Music Building on the eastern edge of the DeKalb Campus.

For directions and maps, click here. On the "printable campus maps" the Music Building is number 53. The pdf version, in particular, provides an excellent view. 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.

We look forward to seeing many of you on January 28!

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