27th Annual Literary Festival

Creative Migrations

27th Annual Literary Festival
Old Dominion University
4-8 October 2004


Dave Hickey is the Distinguished Guest Professor in Residence at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. He is a free-lance writer and cultural critic whose subject has been the critical response to the paradigm shift in the art world since the 1970's. Hickey maintains the need for the art world to talk about authenticity again, about what artists feel, and their identity. "Rather than dealing with cultural identity, I am interested in the interface of cultures -- the impurity and reconciliation of various cultures, about how one culture impacts another." Hickey writes about works of art that can change meaning as you look at them, either through simplicity or complexity. "Good art, to survive, must change its meaning." Hickey has written numerous exhibition catalogue monographs on a diverse range of contemporary artists including Ann Hamilton, Richard Serra, Robert Gober, Edward Ruscha, Terry Allen, Andy Warhol, Luis Jimenez and Michaelangelo Pisteletto. His work has appeared in most major American cultural publications including The Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Harper's Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. His critical essays have been collected in two volumes, The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty and Air Guitar, Essays on Art and Democracy. His most recent book, Stardumb, is a collection of stories with drawings by artist John DeFazio. [extracted from 2004 brochure]

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