John Rajchman: Thinking in Contemporary Art


The FORART Lecture 2006 was given by John Rajchman,  Associate Professor and Director of Modern Art M.A. Programs in the Depart- ment of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

How to pose the problem of contemporary art – a manifesto? a lament? In these notes, I have a more modest intention. I’d like to look at what this art is and what ‘ideas of art’ it involves or invents. In this way, I’d like to better formulate for myself the questions with which it confronts us.

John Rajchman is a philosopher working in the areas of art history, architecture, and continental philosophy. He is Associate Professor and Director of the Modern Art M.A. Program in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. He has previously taught at Princeton University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Collège International de Philosophie in Paris; and The Cooper Union, among others. Rajchman is a contributing editor for Artforum and is on the board of Critical Space. He received his B.A. from Yale University and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Forart Lecture 2006, press release