Is There Still Alternative Culture in New York?

SEP 19, 2013 | 6:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


September 19, 2013: 6:30 PM


Free, Reservations Required


Public Programs


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From hotels to pickles, contemporary New York is the land of boutique consumption. Does the consumer’s taste for artisanal idiosyncrasy threaten to price out the cultural producers? Guests will include musician Claudia Gonson, of acclaimed band The Magnetic Fields; filmmaker Astra Taylor, director of Zizek!; photographer and filmmaker Jessica Dimmock, creator of The Ninth Floor; and writer Alissa Quart, author of Republic of Outsiders. Moderated by Carl Swanson, editor at large, New York magazine.
Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and activist whose documentary films include Zizek! and Examined Life. Her writing has been published in n+1, the Nation, the Baffler, and the London Review of Books. She also co-edits Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America and is one of the instigators of the Occupy Wall Street offshoot Strike Debt, which buys and abolishes debt for pennies on the dollar. Jessica Dimmock, a photographer and filmmaker, was awarded the Best Cinematography Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival in for the movie Without, which she also produced. Alissa Quart is the author of Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels and Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers, and Hothouse Kids. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Quart has written for the New York Times Magazine, O Magazine, the Nation, Marie Claire, the Atlantic, and the Columbia Journalism Review. Her poetry has appeared in the London Review of Books and in many other publications. Carl Swanson is editor at large for New York magazine, where he writes news and culture stories, as well as “The Approval Matrix.”

This program is part of the yearlong initiative Cultural Capital: The Promise and Price of New York’s Creative Economy, produced by GC Public Programs in collaboration with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC). For more information and the full schedule, CLICK HERE.