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Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10 am to 3 pm
Hosted by the French Program and the Urban Education Program, CUNY Graduate Center
Room 4202, The French Lounge, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)

New York Freud Lacan Analytic Group presents:
Culture & Psychoanalysis
Flat Surface Painting and the Plane of Alterity
A lecture in two parts by Adrian Price in celebration of the painting “Squint (19)” by Michael Simpson

The first lecture, “Figure, ground, and screen”, will draw on Frank Stella’s Aluminum series and Bernd & Hilla Becher’s photographic project to suggest that the shaped frame and the blank ground constitute different ways of problematizing the edge in such a way as to subvert visual cognition.(Oct 19th 7.30 pm Room 5409).
The second lecture, “An oblique heresy”, will examine the dialectic between pictorial space and the screen of the Other that facilitates the return movement of the gaze-object as conceptualized by Jacques Lacan. Further to performing within this pictorial discipline, Michael Simpson's recent “Squint” paintings offer a wry and scintillating acknowledgment of its parameters, together with a critique of normalizing conventions. 

Psychoanalyst Adrian Price studied painting under Michael Simpson in the early 1990s at Bath College of Art. After moving to Paris in 2000, he trained at the École de la Cause freudienne and was editor-in-chief of the journal of the New Lacanian School, Hurly-Burly. He has translated Lacan’s Seminars X and XXIII into English (Polity 2014; 2016).
Michael Simpson was born 1940 in Dorset, UK, and lives in Wiltshire UK. He studied at Bournemouth College of Art (1960) and Royal College of Art, London (1963). Recent solo exhibitions include: David Risley Gallery; Flat Surface Painting, Spike Island, Bristol, UK; and Study #6. Michael Simpson, David Roberts Arts Foundation, London. Simpson’s first solo show was at Piccadilly Gallery in 1964. He has since exhibited continuously, including solo shows at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Serpentine Gallery, London. In 2016, he won the John Moores painting prize.

Free. All are welcome

Abbas Fahdel in Conversation

Wednesday October 5th. 5:00 PM
Skylight Room 
Professor Giancarlo Lombardi introduces Abbas Fahdel for a conversation about the making of the film Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) and the boom of independent documentaries, but also hear his views on the US presence and the current state of Irak, and his vision of today’s France. 

Shortly before the US toppled Saddam Hussein, Irak-born director Abbas Fahdel left France to film his family and friends in Babylon and Bagdad, Irak. He feared everything – and everyone would be wiped out. His world-acclaimed dcumentary: "Homeland: Irak Year Zero" is the moving and intimate result of this adventure, before and during the war.
 A screening of Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) part 2 will precede the conference earlier on Wednesday 5th October, from 1 pm until 4pm.

The Center for the Study of Women & Society presents:
“Offstage Direction: French Women and the Reshaping of the Renaissance Theater”
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:00-7:30pm., Room 9207
fol 23v of Bodleian MS Douce 91, La Coche of Marguerite de Navarre
fol 23v of Bodleian MS Douce 91, La Coche of Marguerite de Navarre
 This event is cosponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance, SSWR