New York-based painter and author Mira Schor is giving a lecture at the RISD Museum in Providence, RI October 16 as part of their fall “IT, ME, YOU, US” LECTURE/WORKSHOP SERIES which explores the interacting between language and art. Other speakers in this series include the Pulitzer Prize winning art critic for the New York Times, Holland Cotter, and choreographer and author Liz Lerman.
In Schor’s influential book Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture, she explores why visual artists write: “artists are moved to make the case for the movement they feel they belong to, or because no one else will or can make the case for their own aesthetic any better. Rather than being detrimental to the development of their own art, writing has often proved itself a very useful element in the process of staking out aesthetic positions, clarifying ideas, and tempering creative impulses. Writing is a space in which to work out ideas about one’s own work.”
Schor will discuss the interest visual artists have in contributing to the critical discourse of their time, and will explore some of the changing conditions and values of writing in the blog age. She currently has a blog A Year of Positive Thinking where she writes about art and politics. Schor’s paintings often represent language, which doubles the double identification she will speak about.
The artist’s blog A year of Positive Thinking. She is represented by CBI Gallery.
Mira Schor, Visual Pleasure, 2013. Ink, oil and gesso on linen, 18”x30”
Mira Schor, Opening of her 2013 show, “Chthonic Garden,” at CB1 Gallery in LA, photo Marlene Picard ©Picard’s Picks