Lecture feat. Hrag Vartanian

So today I made my way to the Nashville TN Public Library as I always tend to do during my lunch break. On the way to the elevators I saw a sign that read “Insight? Outta Site! With Hrag Vartanian @ 12 pm in the Auditorium” I being the less versed on the art scene decided to join in on this lecture.

Come to find out Hrag Vartanian is very well known when it comes to art and runs a very successful and award-winning Art Blogazine based in Brooklyn, NY. His bio reads:

 “Hrag Vartanian is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the award-winning art blogazine based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in countless publications, and he has been invited as a guest commentator on Al Jazeera, WNYC, KCRW, and other national and international media outlets. In addition to his writing and commentary, he has curated numerous exhibitions, including #TheSocialGraph, which was the first exploration of the evolving landscape of social media art back in 2010. He regularly writes and lectures about performance art, the online art world, street art, and multiculturalism.” http://hragvartanian.com/bio-press-image/

Overall it was a great lecture. One thing that really got me hooked was that Vartanian looks into street art from around the world. There was a lot of talk about art and the way it is critiqued in today’s society. And this was interesting because for me in reality I really don’t think there is a way to critique art or a creation that someone has poured out their heart and emotions into. But it was very interesting to hear how what Vartanian is doing in his blogazine “Hyperallergic” had brought forth not just awareness to art but also has in its own way projected change in the art world.

One example he gave was about an article that was written on his site concerning art internships and how some were being advertised as non-paying internships when in reality the intern would be working as a full time employee, but not getting paid. His article in turn brought change and that certain institution changed its ad the following day and allowed it to be a paid internship, Vartanian spoke that these little things have brought about change. Overall I really enjoyed the forum and look forward to becoming a regular reader on his blog.

You can check his blogazine out at www.hyperallergic.com


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