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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

October is a quarterly journal specializing in contemporary art, criticism, and theory, published by the MIT Press. Written and edited by some of the most significant critics in the English-speaking world, the journal is among the most influential academic publications in the fields of art and criticism.



October was founded in 1976 in New York by Rosalind Krauss and Annette Michelson, who left Artforum to do so. Its name is a reference to the Eisenstein film that set a tone of intellectual, politically-engaged writing that has been the hallmark of the journal. In the few years after its founding, Krauss and Michelson were joined by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Yve-Alain Bois, Hal Foster, and Benjamin H.D. Buchloh. This period coincided with the arrival of translations of French post-structural theory on the english speaking academic scene and saw the journal become a major voice interpreting postmodern art.


As well as in-depth articles and reviews of 20th century and contemporary art, the journal features critical interpretations of cinema and popular culture from a progressive viewpoint.


The success of the journal has led the publisher, MIT Press, to release two anthologies of articles, and a book series. It has also led the editors to academic positions at some of the most prestigious universities in the U.S., including Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia.

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