Calvin Tomkins is a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker. He has written more than a dozen books, including the bestseller Living Well is the Best Revenge (1971); Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1970); Off the Wall: Robert Rauschenberg and the Art World of Our Time (1980); the highly acclaimed biography Duchamp (1966); and most recently, The Lives of Artists, a six-volume collection of his profiles of artists over the last sixty years just out from Phaidon Press. Tomkins was awarded the first Clark Prize for distinguished writing on the arts in 2007. He lives in New York City with his wife, Dodie Kazanjian.
Dodie Kazanjian has written about artists and the art world for Vogue since 1989. She is the founding director of Gallery Met, the non-profit contemporary art space at the Metropolitan Opera. Her books include Icons: The Absolutes of Style, Dodie Goes Shopping, Vogue: The Covers, and Alex: The Life of Alexander Liberman, co-authored with her husband Calvin Tomkins. She lives in New York City.
The Graduate Art Seminar is a forum for graduate students and members of the ArtCenter community to enter into dialog with internationally recognized artists, critics, and art historians. The Seminar is a core component of ArtCenter's Graduate Art program. The Seminar is also free and open to the public.
ArtCenter's Graduate Art program is based on intensive studio practice and rigorous academic coursework. The program is distinguished by its low faculty-to-student ratio that provides students with the attention and feedback they need to refine and achieve their artistic goals. Faculty and students are artists working in all genres—film, video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance and installation. A significant number of alumni have achieved national and international acclaim and often return to share their insights and expertise as visiting faculty and guest lecturers.