Krauss, Foster, Bois Talk ‘Perpetual Inventory’ at 192 Books on Friday

(MIT Press)

(MIT Press)

Big event news that we somehow missed while compiling this week’s list of things to do around town: tough-talking, trailblazing art historian Rosalind Krauss, whom we profiled in the run up to the release of her 2011 book Under Blue Cup, will have a conversation with fellow academics Yve-Alain Bois and Hal Foster at 192 Books in Chelsea on Friday at 7 p.m.

The occasion for this convening of editors of October, the journal of art history that Ms. Krauss cofounded, is the publication of her recent book of collected writings, Perpetual Inventory, in paperback. The book focuses on her thinking about the “post-medium condition,” “the abandonment by contemporary art of the modernist emphasis on the medium as the source of artistic significance, in which she sees a farewell to coherence,” as 192 succinctly puts it in their event listing.

Along with historians David Joselit and Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, those three are also coauthors of the textbook Art Since 1900, which came out in its second edition not too long ago, so they should have plenty to talk about.

The event is free and open to the public, but given the star power here, it’s probably wise to reserve a spot by ringing the shop at 212-255-4022.

Krauss, Foster, Bois Talk ‘Perpetual Inventory’ at 192 Books on Friday