CSULB Art History Lecturer Julia Friedman will be taking part in UCLA Hammer Conversations: Art Critic Dave Hickey & Art Historian Julia Friedman at the Hammer Museum, on May 11, 2016. For the UCLA talk, Mr. Hickey and Dr. Friedman will present Hickey’s new books Wasted Words: The Essential Dave Hickey Online Compilation and Dustbunnies: Dave Hickey’s Online Aphorisms, which Dr. Friedman both compiled and edited. Between June 2014 and April 2015, Dave Hickey posted almost 3,000 digital comments on social media, prompting nearly 700,000 words in response from art lovers, acolytes, and skeptics. Wasted Words is an unedited comprehensive transcript of these exchanges. Its pendant publication, Dustbunnies, distills Hickey’s richly aphoristic comments, extracted from various discussion threads. Unlike Wasted Words, which is inherently contextual and discursive, Dustbunnies stresses the timeless character of Hickey’s unique authorial voice. Always provocative and often shocking, Hickey’s pronouncements are perfectly suited for the jab-like nature of the social media platform. In a delightfully ironic twist of fate, some two decades after the onset of the digital revolution, a critic known for his paragraph-long verbal riffs blasts away at digital natives in the under-140-character idiom they understand. Dr. Friedman will also be participating in another talk with the celebrated Art Critic on his book 25 Women: Essays on Their Art which “constitutes a body of work that reflects Hickey’s deep and prolonged engagement with influential contemporary artists.” The event will take place at the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel courtyard, in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 12.