Dave Hickey, 27th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Dave Hickey

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts

Author/Artist Bio

Dave Hickey is the Distinguished Guest Professor in Residence at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. He is a free-lance writer and cultural critic who has been writing and responding to the paradigm shift in the art world since the 1970’s namely, “the destruction of sibling society—the society of contemporaries.” Hickey maintains the need for the art world to talk about authenticity again, about what artists feel and their identity. “Rather than dealing with cultural identity, I am interested in the interface of cultures—the impurity and reconciliation of various cultures, about how one culture impacts another.” Hickey writes about works of art that can change meaning as you look at them, either through simplicity or complexity. “Good art, to survive, must change its meaning.” Dave Hickey has written numerous exhibition catalogue monographs on a diverse range of contemporary artists including Ann Hamilton, Richard Serra, Robert Gober, Edward Ruscha, Terry Allen, Andy Warhol, Luis Jimenez and Michaelangelo Pistelet-to. He has written for most major American cultural publications including The Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Interview, Harper's Magazine, Vanity Fair, Nest, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. He has served as a contributing editor, a lecturer, a visiting professor, a gallery owner-director and a curator organizing such important shows as Beau Monde, the fourth international biennial exhibition of Site Santa Fe, which opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico July 2001. His critical essays on art have been collected in two volumes published by Art Issues Press, The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty (1993), which is in its sixth printing, and Air Guitar, Essays on Art and Democracy (1998), now in its third printing. His most recent book, Stardumb (Artspace Press, 1999), is a collection of stories with drawings by artist John DeFazio.


Hickey read on Thursday, October 7th, 2004 at 10:00 a.m.


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