CalArts is pleased to announce that historian and philosopher Thierry de Duve will be the 2015 Theorist in Residence for their MA Aesthetics and Politics Program.

Thierry de Duve is Professor emeritus from the University of Lille 3, and was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, for the fall semester of 2013. His English publications include Pictorial Nominalism (1991), Kant after Duchamp (1996), Clement Greenberg Between the Lines (1996, 2010), Look—100 Years of Contemporary Art (2001), and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp (2012). In 2013–14, he published six essays in Artforum, which he will gather in a book tentatively titled Duchamp’s Telegram. He is presently finishing a book of essays on aesthetics, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

The MA program’s Visiting Faculty for Fall 2015 will be Armen Avanessian.

Armen Avanessian studied philosophy and political science in Vienna and Paris. After completing his dissertation in literature, he worked at the Free University Berlin from 2007-2014 . He has previously been a Visiting Fellow in the German Department at Columbia University and in the German Department at Yale University and visiting professor at various art academies in Vienna, Nuremberg and Basel. He is editor in chief at Merve Verlag Berlin. In 2012 he founded a bilingual research platform on Speculative Poetics, including a series of events, translations, and publications:

For more information on CalArts’ MA Aesthetics and Politics Program, including how to apply for Fall 2015 admission, go to, or contact Seth Blake at

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