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OCAD welcomes Hal Foster as fourth Nomadic Resident

(Toronto—August 7, 2009) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to welcome internationally acclaimed author Hal Foster as the next resident of its Nomadic Residents program, generously supported by the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Widely considered one of postmodernism’s founding theorists, Foster has participated urgently in the critical and historical investigation of avant-garde art for almost thirty 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’s residency is part of OCAD’s deepening engagement with the ideas that form contemporary culture’s framework. Foster’s visit as the next Nomadic Resident will provide students, faculty and the public with an important opportunity for a searching discussion of new ideas, and the chance to revisit and explore old ones.

Foster will visit OCAD from November 2 to November 6, and give a public lecture on Tuesday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. During his residency, Foster will conduct workshops and studio-critiques with OCAD’s students and meet with OCAD’s faculty to converse about contemporary issues pertinent to artist-educators.

Nomadic Residents presents: Hal Foster
“How To Survive Civilization, Or What Dada Can Still Teach Us"
Public Lecture: Tuesday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.

Ontario College of Art & Design
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca 
All are welcome; admission is free. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.


Hal 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 first major publication was The Anti-Aesthetic, a seminal edited collection of essays that appeared in 1983 and remains in print. Recent publications include Pop Art (2005), Art Since 1900 (2005), a textbook on 20th-century art; Prosthetic Gods (2004), concerning the relation between modernism and psychoanalysis; and Design and Crime (2002), on problems in contemporary art, architecture, and design. A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Foster is an editor for October, and continues to write regularly for Artforum, London Review of Books, The Nation, and The New Left Review.

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCAD
Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD community by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCAD, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.

Nomadic Residents was launched and generously supported by Partners in Art in 2006 with Rirkrit Tiravanija, and continued with residents Ann Hamilton (2007) and ORLAN (2008). Hal Foster's residency in 2009 would not be possible without the generosity of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

The Nomadic Residents program could not have been realized without the generous support of Partners in Art. OCAD is indebted to the vision and commitment of Partners in Art and would like to formally thank Carol Weinbaum for her tireless support of contemporary art practice and scholarship.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

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