Lectures and Workshops

Graduate Art Seminar: Tobi Haslett presents Margo Jefferson

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

4:30 pm Add to Calendar

Margo Jefferson is a Pulitzer Prize winning critic and the author of Negroland (2015) and On Michael Jackson (2005). Negroland won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, The Bridge Prize, the Heartland Prize, and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize. Jefferson has been a staff writer for The New York Times and her essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The GuardianNew York MagazineThe Washington PostBookforumVOGUEThe Best American Essays of 2015We Wear The MaskThe Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront DeathThe Best African-American Essays: 2010The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, and The Jazz Cadence of American Culture. She lives in New York and teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University.

Tobi Haslett has written about art, film, and literature for publications including n+1, The New Yorker, and Artforum. He penned the introduction to Horse Crazy (1989), a novel by Gary Indiana that was reissued in 2018 by Seven Stories Press, and also contributed essays to the exhibition catalogues for Radical Visions: Reza Abdoh (MoMa PS1, 2018), a retrospective devoted to the art of the Iranian-American theater director, and Martin Puryear's U.S. Pavilion exhibition at the 58th Venice Biennale. Haslett currently lives and works in New York.

Photo credit: Tobi Haslett, Mike McGregor, Guardian News Media.

The Graduate Art Seminar is a forum for graduate students and members of the ArtCenter community to enter into dialog with internationally recognized artists, critics, and art historians. The Seminar is a core component of ArtCenter's Graduate Art program. The Seminar is also free and open to the public.

ArtCenter's Graduate Art program is based on intensive studio practice and rigorous academic coursework. The program is distinguished by its low faculty-to-student ratio that provides students with the attention and feedback they need to refine and achieve their artistic goals. Faculty and students are artists working in all genres—film, video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance and installation. A significant number of alumni have achieved national and international acclaim and often return to share their insights and expertise as visiting faculty and guest lecturers.