New York Times performance critic Claudia La Rocco.

Speaker series on arts entrepreneurship hosts prominent critic

By

Deborah Sussman Susser

Prominent poet and arts critic Claudia La Rocco will be the first Pave Speaker of 2014. The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship sponsors a series of public talks on the topic; this year, the series focuses on the theme "Thriving as an Artist."

In her talk, La Rocco will reflect on notions of success in the arts. Titled, "What It Looks Like, What It Feels Like," the talk starts at 4 p.m., Feb. 21, in the Lyceum Theatre on ASU's Tempe campus and is free and open to the public.

La Rocco writes about performance for The New York Times, is an editor-at-large for the Brooklyn Rail and has written for many other outlets, including Artforum, Classical TV and Musical America. From 2008 to 2010, she served as a cultural critic for WNYC New York Public Radio, where she created the social and online Performance Club, which won a 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and focuses on criticism as a literary art form.

La Rocco is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts’ graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing, and has taught and lectured in a variety of settings, including Princeton University, ImpulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, Movement Research, the Springdance/festival in the Netherlands and the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Dance at the American Dance Festival. She is a member of the Off The Park poetry press, where she is currently editing an anthology of poems by painters, and reads regularly in New York.

Her recent and ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations include projects with the choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark, the visual artist Brett Goodroad and the composer Phillip Greenlief. She is a resident artist at the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre this semester. A book of her selected writings is scheduled to be published by Badlands Unlimited in fall 2014/winter 2015.

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