Monday, November 13, 2006 at 3pm
University Student Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Ave.
Sina Najafi is editor-in-chief of Cabinet Magazine. As described on the publication’s own website (http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/), Cabinet is an award-winning quarterly magazine of art and culture that confounds expectations of what is typically meant by the words art,culture, and sometimes even magazine.Like the 17th-century cabinet of curiosities to which its name alludes, Cabinet is as interested in the margins of culture as its center. Presenting wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary content in each issue through the varied formats of regular columns, essays, interviews, and special artist projects, Cabinet’s hybrid sensibility merges the popular appeal of an arts periodical, the visually engaging style of a design magazine, and the in-depth exploration of a scholarly journal. Playful and serious, exuberant and committed, Cabinet’s omnivorous appetite for understanding the world makes each of its issues a valuable sourcebook of ideas for a wide range of readers, from artists and designers to scientists and historians. In an age of increasing specialization, Cabinet looks to previous models of the well-rounded thinker to forge a new type of magazine for the intellectually curious reader of the future. Najafi has taught at The Cooper Union School of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, and Stockholm University. He has also been a visiting lecturer at Columbia University, the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Tyler School of Art, Hampshire College, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Tate Modern in London.