Hal Foster, art critic and professor at Princeton University in the United States, has joined the undergraduate fine art department at Camberwell College of Arts as a practitioner in residence.  He will give a talk at Camberwell’s Wilson Road lecture theatre next Tuesday, 10 June at 6:30pm, on the subject of “How to survive civilization or what Dada can still teach us”.

One of the leading voices in post-modern art criticism and critical art history, Foster is the author of numerous acclaimed theory books, including Compulsive Beauty, Return of the Real, Prosthetic Gods, and The Art-Architecture Complex. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, his contributions to contemporary cultural debates span over 30 years of publishing. He is currently a regular contributor to London Review of Books and editor of MIT Press’s October journal.

Over the coming year, Foster will play a key role in Camberwell College’s curriculum, collaborating directly with students through lectures, seminars, workshops and studio critiques. Foster is one of 42 creative leaders who has joined University of the Arts London, to offer insight to students across all the University’s disciplines, from design, fashion and media to performance, fine art and conservation. They will  give students hands-on support and advice as they develop their practice and build their career skills.

Hal Foster, via Wikipedia.

Hal Foster, via Wikipedia.

Of Foster’s appointment, the painter and fine art programme director Daniel Sturgis, said, “Both students and staff are absolutely delighted to be working with Hal Foster over the coming year.  His knowledge and scholarship is exemplary and to have a leading American academic working with us for the year is a unique honour. Foster’s appointment will complement and enhance our contextual studies delivery, which focuses on the way that “ideas” are held in the making process and how both art historical reflection and the contemporary world inhabit today’s artworks.”

Foster’s talk is free and open to everyone, but booking is essential.

To secure your place, please email l.oyewo@camberwell.arts.ac.uk