Although many now predict the demise of the magazine as a printed object, in the twentieth century it was a premiere forum to showcase now-canonical artists ranging from Salvador Dalí to Sol LeWitt. This course examines the magazine as an ephemeral, portable medium emerging out of modernity that functioned as a collaborative space for artists and writers internationally, leading the way to a global, networked cultural sphere. We will consider magazines as both commercial and artist-driven enterprises and as material objects to be studied through the lens of the history of photography, journalism, and design. We will analyze print culture from the avant-garde through conceptual art magazines, and conclude by considering zines, blogs, and the status of the art magazine in the digital age.
Students will be asked to submit response papers, prepare an archival report on an individual magazine and produce a final research project. The class will include site visits to area archives, but students are also encouraged to seek out original magazines housed in libraries and archives and to consult digitized publications.
LORI COLE is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for Experimental Humanities at New York University. Lori has also taught at Brandeis University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. She has written criticism for Artforum since 2004 and has published extensively on the intersection of visual and literary modernisms, Latin America, and print culture in Cabinet, The Journal of Art Historiography, The Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, The Global South, and The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Her book, Surveying the Avant-Garde: Questions on Modernism, Art, and the Americas in Transatlantic Magazines, is forthcoming from Penn State University Press.
In addition to her research, writing, and teaching, Lori has experience working in the arts. She was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2002 to 2003 and a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2010 to 2012. In 2012 she was also a Junior Fellow at the Frick, where she researched the history of collecting photography. Prior to starting graduate school she held positions at the Dia Art Foundation, Paula Cooper Gallery, and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Lori is committed to public programming around her research interests and has organized the day-long symposium ‘Print Culture: Past, Present, Future’ at Brandeis in 2013 and a three-part series ‘The Magazine as Medium’ at Cabinet in 2015. She currently co-runs the Global Modernisms Group at the NYU Center for the Humanities.