Arts and Culture

Criticism in the Expanded Field: Roberta Smith in Conversation with Isabelle Graw

Acclaimed art critics Roberta Smith (New York Times) and Isabelle Graw (Texte zur Kunst) have been writing about art for decades. During their discussion they will address the ways in which the rise of the internet and the subsequent expansion of online forms of art criticism, such as blogging and tweeting, have changed art criticism in recent years, their own experience writing “print criticism,” and the expansion of the world of contemporary art -- and its prices. more >>
Foreign Policy

Making Sense of Security in the Cyber Age

Jane Holl Lute, former deputy secretary for the US Department of Homeland Security, examines the social effects of global technological connectivity and ask what it means to speak today of personal privacy or personally identifiable information. This includes defining the political implications of the “cyber awakening” at the key intersection of technology, power, and wealth, and how nation-states, international institutions, and major multinational corporations are coping with these developments. Drawing on her experience in international, national, and homeland security, Lute offers a policy perspective on security in the cyber age. more >>
Arts and Culture

An Evening with Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, one of the most influential and innovative photographers working today, is known for creating images that are poised between documentary and theatrically staged photography. His practice takes everyday occurrences beyond the realm of banality, infusing what would otherwise appear to be insignificant gestures with psychology and emotion. DiCorcia employs photography as a fictive medium capable of creating uncanny, complex realities out of seemingly straightforward compositions. more >>
The Richard C. Holbrooke Forum
Hans Arnhold Center
Kissinger Prize


Published in Arts and Culture

Noir et Moi, or Finally Getting It Right

A cartoon legend on his humble Bronx beginnings and Manhattan-size aspirations

"I came from the Bronx during the 1930s, during the Great Depression," recounted the venable Jules Feiffer in front of packed house at his Academy lecture on Tuesday, April 15. "And I despised every second of it. I have no nostalgia for that period. For as long as I can remember being conscious, I remember thinking, I have to break out of this jail. I wanted out. I wanted to go to Manhattan, which I knew from the movies. It seemed a million miles away, even though it was only a half-hour subway ride—but who knew how to ride the subway? »

Published in Foreign Policy

The Arab Awakening in Its Fourth Year: Where is the Middle East Headed?

A veteran diplomat casts an analytical glance at the region's continuing turmoil

Frank G. Wisner, who has been the US ambassador to Egypt, Philippines, Zambia, and India, was a close friend of the late Richard Holbrooke. They met in 1964 and their families eventually became close. “That Holbrooke” is how Wisner’s mother referred to her son’s friend. Wisner visited Holbrooke when he was the US Ambassador to Germany, in 1993-1994, and heard then of Holbrooke’s idea to leave a presence in the Berlin as the US military was departing, after four decades of watching over the Western part of the divided city. »

Published in Foreign Policy

Russia and the West After Ukraine: A New Narrative?

Two longtime observers of Russian behavior discuss the nation's latest encroachments

Russian annexation of Crimea has dramatized the continuing tensions between President Putin and the West over the sovereignty of nations that emerged from the former Soviet Union. In their April 8 discussion, former US ambassador to Germany John Kornblum and the legendary Newsweek bureau chief and journalist Andrew Nagorski discussed Russia’s second occupation of the territory of a neighboring state in six years, which they argue has brought these differences to a full-fledged crisis -- and it could have a lasting effect on the future of Europe. »

Published in Arts and Culture

Audience, Technology, and the Power of Museums

The incredible story and enduring mission of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

"When the Metropolitan Museum was incorporated, in 1870," said Thomas Campbell, the current director of the storied American institution, "it did not own a single work of art." The Met was rather an inspired aspiration, Campbell said, based on European models. The story of the Met, in fact, is a story that begins in Paris almost 150 years ago, in 1866, the year after the end of the American Civil War. A group of Americans came together in Paris for a Fourth of July celebration. »

Published in Humanities

The Vibratory Cultures of Modern Art

Making the invisible visible at the tail end of Victorian physics

At her crowded April 1 lecture, “The Vibratory Cultures of Modern Art,” art historian Linda Henderson, an Ellen Maria Gorrissen fellow at the Academy this spring, proffered a novel history of modern art and its relation to early twentieth-century science. »