Grad Recommended Reading

What follows is a personal, informal, opinionated, and noncanonical list of faculty reading recommendations. These readings will prepare you for the diverse and eclectic conversations you will be immersed in throughout your time at SFAI.

Sight Unseen: Whiteness and American Visual by Martin Berger
– Nicole Archer, History and Theory of Contemporary Art

Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship by Claire Bishop
– Whitney Lynn, New Genres

The Photograph as Contemporary Art by Charlotte Cotton
– Sean McFarland, Photography 

Words Without Pictures by Charlotte Cotton
– Meghann Riepenhoff, Photography

On Ugliness and History of Beauty by Umberto Ecco
– Taravat Talepasand, Painting

How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness by Darby English
– Claire Daigle, Faculty Director of MA Programs

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
– Whitney Lynn, New Genres

Love and Rockets by Los Bros. Hernandez 
– Thea Quiray-Tagle, Critical Studies

Air Guitar by Dave Hickey
– Sean McFarland, Photography

After Art by David Joselit
– Mark Van Proyen, Painting

Naked by the Window: The Fatal Marriage of Carl Andre and Ana Mendieta by Robert Katz
– Whitney Lynn, New Genres

What is the Social in Social Media? by Geert Lovink
– Paul Klein, Design and Technology

Reading Boyishly by Carol Mavor
– Nicole Archer, History and Theory of Contemporary Art faculty

Art Encounters: Deleuze and Guattari; Thought Beyond Representation by Simon O’Sullivan
– Claire Daigle, Faculty Director of MA Programs

In the Aftermath of Art by Donald Preziosi
– Mark Van Proyen, Painting

Reality Hunger by David Shields
– Claire Daigle, Faculty Director of MA Programs

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
– Meghann Riepenhoff, Photography

Infinite City by Rebecca Solnit
– Meghann Riepenhoff, Photography

On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection by Susan Stewart
– Whitney Lynn, New Genres

Exploring Affect: Selected Writings of Silvan Tomkins by Silvan Tomkins 
– Mark Van Proyen, Painting

Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by Lawrence Weschler
– Sean McFarland, Photography