News & Events, Spring 2018

Thursday 03/22/2018


Quijote Talk: Kahlil Robert Irving & Amelia Rina

Thursday, March 22
132 West 21st Street, 6th floor
Free and open to the public

Artists and writers have a symbiotic relationship, yet their interactions are often fraught with miscommunication and uncertain expectations. Artists may worry about receiving a bad review or having their work misinterpreted, and writers may have to navigate the pressures to write positive criticism without betraying their personal standards. For the second Quijote Talk of the semester, MFA Art Writing alumna Amelia Rina (Class of 2015) will be joined by St. Louis-based artist Kahlil Robert Irving to discuss the relationship between artists and writers, including their recent interaction after Rina reviewed Irving's exhibition Streets:Chains:Cocktails at Callicoon Fine Arts in October, 2017. 

Amelia Rina is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She has a BFA in Photography from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Amelia writes about the intersection of art, technology, and culture, and has been featured in BOMB MagazineAperture MagazineHyperallergicElephant MagazineArt Practical, and more. She is the Managing Editor of Degree Critical, the online and print journal published by the MFA Art Writing program at SVA. 

Kahlil Robert Irving is a multimedia artist, currently living and working in Saint Louis, Missouri. Irving completed his BFA in art history and ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute. In May of 2017, Irving earned his Master of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. At Washington University in St. Louis Irving was a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. Recently, Irving was nominated and awarded the 2017 Alice C. Cole Fellowship from the studio art department at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. This spring, Irving is an artist in residence at Knox College where he is teaching a course in sculptural ceramics. His work is currently on view at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. His work is in the collections of the Riga Porcelain Museum, in Riga, Latvia; The international Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary; The Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri; The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Most recently, his practice has involved making objects that are to challenge constructs around identity and culture in western civilization. He wants to challenge realities of Racism, structural barriers that separate communities, and objects that exist within the history of decorative arts.

Quijote Talks take place in our library on 21st Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues in Chelsea, usually on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Named after our favorite after-lecture hangout, El Quijote in the Chelsea Hotel, and inspired by the knight errant himself, this new series consists of pointed talks and discussions about relevant pasts and possible futures. See our full lecture series archive here