Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies



Image: Bonnier de la Mosson’s Second Cabinet of Natural History as it stands today. Courtesy Bibliothèque centrale du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris. Issue 20, Cabinet

The MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Ford Institute for Visual Education


“Curiosity and Culture”
Monday; October 8, 2012
PNCA Main Building, room 204
7:30 p.m.

Sina Najafi is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the New York-based Cabinet, an award-winning quarterly of art and culture, and Editorial Director of Cabinet Books. Known for its inimitable sensibility, arresting combinations of words and images, diverse audience, quirky humor, and insistent linkage of curiosity and ethics, Cabinet “merges the popular appeal of an arts periodical, the visually engaging style of a design magazine, and the in-depth exploration of a scholarly journal to create a sourcebook of ideas for an eclectic international audience of readers, from artists and designers to scientists, philosophers, and historians.” Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine, dubbed it “the secret best art magazine.” Slavoj Žižek called it “ferociously intelligent, ridiculously funny, absurdly innovative, rapaciously curious,” while the New York Times deemed it “voracious, omnivorous, and playful.” Najafi has curated the exhibitions “Philosophical Toys” at Apex Art, 2005; “The Museum of Projective Personality Testing” at Manifesta 7, Trento, 2008; “Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates” at White Columns and Queens Museum of Art, 2005; and the traveling exhibition The Paper Sculpture Show, 2003-2007. He has taught at Cooper Union, Yale, and RISD, and has degrees in Comparative Literature from Princeton, Columbia, and NYU. This lecture is free and open to the public.

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