December 1, 2012
Respondents 2013

Rabia Ashfaque (MFA Art Criticism & Writing Student)
Communication/Isolation/Retaliation: Our Responses to the Age of Information

Rabia was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, where she received her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture and then briefly worked in the field of journalism. She is a second-year graduate student at the MFA Art Criticism & Writing program at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is interested in exploring the relationship between information and its impact on culture through her writing.

Susan Bee (SVA Faculty)
Respondent for Indented Margins

Susan Bee is an editor, writer, and artist who lives in New York City. She is currently the coeditor of /M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online /and was the coeditor with Mira Schor of /M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues from 1986 to 1996. Bee is the coeditor of /M/E/A/Nll/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artist’s Writings, Theory, and Criticism, with writings by over 100 artists, critics, and poets, published by Duke University Press in 2000. She has a BA from Barnard College and a MA in Art from Hunter College. She shows her paintings at A.I.R. Gallery in NYC and Granary Books has published her artist’s books. Bee has had fellowships and grants from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council for the Arts.

Alan Gilbert (SVA Faculty)
Respondent for Of the Word

Alan Gilbert is a poet and art writer. He is the author of two books of poems, The Treatment of Monuments (2012) and Late in the Antenna Fields (2011), as well as a collection of essays, articles, and reviews entitled Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight (2006). His writings on art, literature, culture, and politics have appeared in a variety of publications, including Aperture, Artforum, The Believer, Bidoun, Bookforum, Cabinet, Modern Painters, Parkett, and The Village Voice. He has contributed art catalogue essays and entries for a number of biennials, group shows, and solo exhibitions.

Ann Lauterbach (SVA Faculty)
Respondent for Identity: Construction, Transmission, Rejection

Ann Lauterbach, poet and essayist, is author of nine books of poetry, several collaborations with visual artists (including Ann Hamilton, Joe Brainard and Lucio Pozzi) and an essay collection, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience. Her lecture/essay The Given and the Chosen was published as a chapbook from Omnidawn in 2011. In 2009, her book of poems Or to Begin Again was a finalist for a National Book Award. Her most recent poetry collection, Under the Sign, was published by Penguin in fall 2013. She is Ruth and David Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College, where she is also co-Director of Writing in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. She was a Visiting Core Critic at the Yale School of Art (Sculpture) from 2006-2011, and was named Sherry Distinguished Poet at the University of Chicago (2012). Among her awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Sabrina Mandanici (MFA Art Criticism & Writing Student)
Respondent for The Aesthetics of the Sentient Object

Sabrina Mandanici was born and raised in Germany, where she received her MA in Art History and Comparative Literature at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. After interning at the Fotomuseum Winterthur and working for Heiner Bastian Fine Arts (Berlin) and the Sprengel Museum Hannover, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the U.S. Sabrina is a second year MFA candidate in the SVA Art Criticism and Writing program. Publications include a book of poetry Penelope, Sette Versioni and an Italian translation of Franz Kafka’s Tagebücher 1920-1921.

Alexandra Nicolaides (MFA Art Criticism & Writing Student)
Respondent for Artwork/Network

Alexandra Nicolaides is based in New York, NY. She received her BA in Art History from Wellesley College and is now a second year MFA student in the Art Criticism and Writing program at the School of Visual Arts. Previously, she worked as an art consultant for international clients for over five years. Her interests include drawing, photography, and books.

Victoria Potucek (MFA Art Criticism & Writing Student)
Respondent for Identity: Construction, Transmission, Rejection

Victoria Potucek is a native of central New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Studio Art/Art History at McDaniel College in 2012 before pursuing an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing at SVA. Victoria was recently published in the department’s newspaper Zephyr.

Nancy Princenthal (SVA Faculty)
Respondent for The Aesthetics of the Sentient Object

Nancy Princenthal, formerly senior editor at Art in America, is a longtime contributor to the magazine. Her writing has also appeared in Artforum, Art News, Parkett, and The New York Times, among many other publications. A co-author of the recent books After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art and The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium, she has written a monograph on Hannah Wilke (Prestel, spring 2010) and is currently writing a biography on Agnes Martin. Princenthal taught at Princeton University for 12 years, and has also served on the faculties at Yale, RISD, New York University, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and elsewhere.

Kurt Ralske (School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Faculty)
Respondent for Artwork/Network

Video Artist, Composer, Programmer.
Education: BA, Hunter College; MFA, Art Criticism & Writing, School of Visual Arts.
Performances and exhibitions include: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Prague Biennale; Bronx Museum of the Arts; Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; De Singel, Antwerp; SelfWare, Graz; American Museum of the Moving Image.
Author, programmer: Auvi (
Awards and honors include: First prize, Transmediale International Media Art Festival, Berlin; National Science Foundation.

Lucy Raven (SVA Faculty)
Respondent for Communication/Isolation/Retaliation: Our Responses to the Age of Information

Lucy Raven is an artist, writer, and editor based in New York. She primarily works with animation and the moving image. Her recent photographic animation, China Town, has been screening at art, film, and industrial sites internationally, most recently at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Bradford International Film Festival, UK; the Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada, Overgaarden, Copenhagen and the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah. Raven worked as an editor at BOMB magazine for six years, where she remains an editor-at-large. She was co-founder and co-editor of an audio magazine called The Relay Project, and is currently managing editor of Bidoun, an art and culture quarterly with a focus on the Middle East. Her recent film project deals with motion capture and animation being produced between Los Angeles and India.

Egor Sofronov (MFA Art Criticism & Writing Student)
Respondent for Of the Word

Egor is a textual producer based in New York. Born in Russia, he received a degree in International Relations, Region Studies (US and Canada) from the State University for Humanities (Moscow) in 2011 before pursuing an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing at School of Visual Arts in New York. He is a co-editor of Baza Almanach, and writes for Theory & Practice and

Eric Sutphin (MFA Art Criticism & Writing Student)
Respondent for Indented Margins

Eric Sutphin is a painter and writer based in New York City. In 2007, Eric received a BFA from Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of the Arts. Eric has contributed to various magazines, online publications and artist’s books and since 2011 has been a visiting critic at the Delaware College of Art and Design. Recent curatorial projects include Rosemarie Beck: Paintings from the 60’s at the National Arts Club, which was on view in May 2013. Eric is a second year MFA candidate in the SVA Writing and Criticism program and currently writes for and Art in America.


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