Contemporary Art Seminar with Tom Csaszar (ONLINE)

Contemporary Art Seminar with Tom Csaszar (ONLINE)


Engaging Contemporary Art: Speaking with the Stances of Contemporary Art and Its Influences in Order to See Your Own

Join artist, writer and educator Tom Csaszar for this live Zoom seminar on contemporary art and our relationship to it as viewers and artists.

The dialogues we have with works of art reveal and define our own stances in relation to seeing the world, in relation to seeing works of art made by others, and in relation to seeing works of art made by ourselves. Our dialogues may expand into larger themes, or stay rooted in one or two specific, concrete narratives, themes, or memories of ourselves in the world. The expanded view of art of the last twenty-five or thirty years also engages the cultural contexts of these works, as well as the various traditions that remain active in them.

Together we will consider a range of works from different places and times periods.  A list of contemporary artists for consideration include John Walker, Wangechi Mutu, Julie Mehretu, Jaume Plensa, Anselm Kiefer, Salmon Toor, Cecily Brown, Rose B. Simpson, Kerry James Marshall, Dyani White Hawk, Eamon Ore-Giron, El Anatsui, Beatriz Gonzales, Nari Ward, and Derek Fordjour.  You are also welcome to share and discuss works of art you have seen or work that you are making yourself.

Notes, short readings and a reading list will be provided for those interested in pursuing the topic further on their own. 

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3 weeks, Sundays, April 16 - 30, 2023
11 - 1 p.m. 

An artist, writer, and lecturer based in Philadelphia, Tom Csaszar has been on the graduate faculties of the University of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for over fifteen years. He has written numerous pieces over the last twenty-six years for The Journal of Art, Artnews, Art in America, American Crafts, The New Art Examiner, Sculpture, Title, and various gallery catalogues. His paintings have been shown regionally and locally for over thirty-five years. A Contributing Editor of The New Art Examiner from 1993 - 2001, he is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, and the College Art Association. He has developed and taught seminars in graduate programs at the University of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts since 2000.