Navigating the social and economic structures of the contemporary art world, critic and activist Ben Davis–the Miami Rail’s Visiting Writer for our upcoming Summer 2015 issue–will speak about his acclaimed book, 9.5 Theses on Art and Class, and other recent work.

Ben Davis is an art critic living and working in New York City. He is currently National Art Critic for artnet News, and critic-in-residence at Montclair State University. He was formerly executive editor of and one of the editors of The Elements of Architecture, the catalogue for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. His writings have appeared in Adbusters, The Brooklyn Rail, Frieze, New York,, The Village Voice and many other venues. He is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Haymarket, 2013), which was nominated for Best Work of Criticism by the International Association of Art Critics, and was mentioned as one of the art books of 2013 by Verso Books,, The Progressive, The Village Voice, and several other publications. Reviewing the book, The Stranger wrote, “We should hold town halls on this book.”

The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space is privately funded by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz with the primary purpose of providing education and awareness in the visual arts. Educational programming includes lectures, artist-led workshops, docent-led tours, scholarship opportunities and student travel initiatives.

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7PM / Free Entry
de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space
23 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 33137

The Visiting Writers Program, hosted by the Miami Rail, is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.