• Welcome!

    Hello everyone! Welcome to the brand new website for the IFA’s Contemporary Art Consortium. We are so excited about this new publication, and we invite you to peruse, comment on, and contribute to the site. We’d like to send a huge thank you to the student writers who’ve contributed to the inaugural edition of the IFA-CAC blog. Please check out…

  • Esteban Vicente’s Collages: On Display and In Discussion

    The collage works of Esteban Vicente, the only Spanish-born member of New York’s Abstract Expressionists, take center stage at a current exhibition at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery and were the focus of an accompanying talk by Daniel Haxall held last week at the Institute of Fine Arts. Teaching at NYU and the New York Studio School, among other colleges and…

  • Christian Marclay’s The Clock

    “Somehow this suggests that the cinema offers an illusive or temporary escape from physical dissolution. The false immortality of the film gives the viewer an illusion of control over eternity – but ‘the superstars’ are fading.” – Robert Smithson After having debuted last fall at White Cube in London to a torrent of critical acclaim and popular fanfare, Christian Marclay’s…

  • Comment: Learning from Las Vegas

    The following is adapted from a longer presentation by Brett Lazer at the IFA In-House Symposium on January 22, 2010. Learning from Las Vegas and the Antinomy of the Postmodern Manifesto Along with Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), Learning from Las Vegas (1972) forms Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s classic articulation of a new path for architecture in…

  • Found: Textile and Tradition

    For Sergej Jensen’s “first American museum survey,” MoMA PS1 has put on an exhibition of over twenty recent works that Jensen constructed with many types of fabric and colorants, from burlap to cashmere and chlorine bleach to acrylic paint. Most of Jensen’s textiles are found, and his use of them is analogous to his use of found conventions, as he…