Hal Foster presents a free public talk at the Ontario College of Art & Design

The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) welcomes internationally acclaimed author Hal Foster as the next resident of its Nomadic Residents program, generously supported by the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation. Foster will be in residence at OCAD from November 2 to 6, 2009, and will deliver a free public talk on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:30pm entitled “How to Survive Civilization, or What Dada Can Still Teach Us.”


Widely considered one of postmodernism’s founding theorists, Foster has participated urgently in the critical and historical investigation of avant-garde art for almost 30 years, producing a body of writing that has informed the practices of many contemporary artists. He draws from a wide range of intellectual traditions to illuminate the continuities and ruptures in the avant-garde’s critiques of art and society, exposing its underlying historical and institutional frameworks while assessing its continuing relevance.


Foster is the Townsend Martin 1917 Professor and Chair, Art & Archaeology, at Princeton University, where he teaches modernist and contemporary art and theory and the graduate proseminar in methodology. In addition, he works with the programs of Media and Modernity and European Cultural Studies as well as with the School of Architecture. His publications include The Anti-Aesthetic (1983), Pop Art (2005), Art Since 1900 (2005), Prosthetic Gods (2004) and Design and Crime (2002). A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Foster is an editor of October, and continues to write regularly for Artforum, London Review of Books, The Nation, and The New Left Review.


The lecture takes place in the auditorium of the Ontario College of Art & Design located at 100 McCaul Street in Toronto. All are welcome, and admission is free. Limited seating is available, so guests are advised to arrive early.


For more information, please visit www.ocad.ca