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Jacqueline Lichtenstein: 'On Judging Works of Art I: Who are the Right Judges?'

Kirk Varnedoe Memorial Lecture

Jacqueline Lichtenstein: 'On Judging Works of Art I: Who are the Right Judges?' Kirk Varnedoe Memorial Lecture | Events Calendar
image credit: Jean Baptiste Martin l’Ancien, An ordinary session at the Royal Academy of Painting and sculpture, photo RMN


Upper E Side

The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU | 1 E 78th St.

Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Professor of Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Université Paris - Sorbonne

"The power of judging right and of distinguishing truth from error...is properly what is called good sense or reason" writes Descartes in his Discourse on Method. In this lecture I will examine how this rational definition of judgement—as an act of discernment—has been applied to the works of art in the "Conferences" of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. I will also focus on why only an artist can properly judge a work of art in the academicians eyes.

About the Series: The Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professorship brings a distinguished scholar to the Institute each year to teach a course and give a series of public lectures. The Professorship was endowed in 2006 by the late Professor Varnedoe's friends and colleagues to honor and perpetuate his legacy of innovative teaching and remarkable public presence. Past holders of this position include S. Hollis Clayson (2015), Briony Fer (2014), Thierry de Duve (2013), Okwui Enwezor (2012), Wu Hung (2011), David Joselit (2010), Alexander Potts (2009), Molly Nesbit (2008), and Jeffrey Weiss (2007).