Sholem Krishtalka

  • syllabi March 17, 2011

    So You Want to be an Artist?

    In an effort to rebrand themselves as pragmatic exemplars of capitalist utility, art schools have lately emphasized preparing students for the outside world: There are seminars on grant-writing, as well as classes on building and presenting a marketable portfolio. But what about courses on How to Cope With Neglect? Would it be too self-defeating to offer master classes called The Art World is Generally Speaking Not a Meritocracy, or We Can’t Teach You Charisma?

    When I give lectures in art school, I gaze from the podium before speaking and size up the room. And I always see myself at the