Department of Art and Design
Art Forum is a speakers' series featuring notable artists, designers, art historians and art critics from around the world who come to campus to present their work and ideas in an open forum. Admission is free and open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as the general public.
Past Art Forum speakers have included notables such as Chakaia Booker, Will Cotton, Aziz + Cucher, Inka Essenhigh, Judy Fox, Roxy Paine, Ursala Von Rydingsvard, and Seymour Chwast.
For further information and/or to confirm a scheduled date, call 973-655-4074.
TUESDAYS 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.
Location: Montclair State University; Calcia Hall, CA135
Open to the Public; Admission is free
Riad Miah is an artist, curator, and educator who lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Contemporary Art, White Box Gallery, deluxe projects, Rooster Contemporary Art, Life on Mars Gallery, Mayson Gallery, and Simon Gallery. Riad’s work has been shown nationally and internationally including Budapest, Belgium, New Jersey, Ohio, Chicago, and New York. He has participated in several artist residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine, Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) and is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the NY Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in painting and Germination Europe (Germany). He has also been nominated/semi-finalist for the following: Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, Rema Hort-Mann Award, and the Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting. He has been a professor of art at various colleges and universities including School of Visual Arts, New York Arts Program, Parsons The New School for Design, and The Ohio State University. Miah has presented artist talks on his work at Sarah Lawrence College, Dartmouth College, Virginia Commonwealth Uiversity, National Arts Club, and Princeton University. Riad Miah holds an M.F.A from Ohio State University and a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts. Miah’s works are included in private, university, and corporate collections, nationally and internationally. In 2016 he will hold a solo exhibition at Simon Gallery, a two-person show at Anderson Contemporary, and will be in a group exhibition at Lesley Heller Workspace that will feature works by Sol LeWitt and other artist titled Splotch. Riad Miah’s work is represented by Simon Gallery.
The Global Contemporary Art World: Postcolonial Co-temporaneities
Dr. Jonathan Harris is Head of the School of Art at Birmingham City University and Professor in Global Art and Design Studies. He has published twenty books and over 100 essays in edited collections and journals. His interests have moved from US-European modernism to global contemporary art, partly as a result of working with Tate Liverpool on its exhibition program since 1999 when he began teaching at the University of Liverpool. Harris is due to publish his third book on globalization and contemporary art in 2016: The Global Contemporary Art World (Wiley-Blackwell). This features case studies on contemporary postcolonial art political-economies in Hong Kong, South Korea, India, PRC and Palestine. Harris is editor of a new I.B. Tauris book series on 'Global Asia' and seeks high quality manuscripts on contemporary art and visual culture. Harris's next book is a study of the art market as a facet of global capitalism (I.B. Tauris).
On Art and Beauty
Sama Alshaibi (Palestine/Iraq) multi-media artworks disinters negotiations in spaces of conflict: the causation and aftermath of war and exile, the clashes between nation and citizenry, the vexatious dynamics of humans competing for land, resources and power, and finally, one’s own internal battle for control through fear and fearlessness. Although she frequently uses her own body, Alshaibi is rarely representing herself directly. The body situates itself in allegorical contexts, trapped in time and space. The body juxtaposed with symbol, backdrop and gesture, constructs contexts of her physicality. The body as evolving metaphor. The body as site. The absence of her body in her artwork is still the context of the body absent. Alshaibi has had over ten international solo exhibitions and her artworks are widely exhibited in prominent international biennials, film festivals, museums/institutions, galleries and fairs, including the 55th Venice Biennial, 2014 FotoFest International Biennial (Houston), Honolulu Biennial 2014 (Hawaii), MoMA (NYC), Edge of Arabia (London), Arab World Institute (Paris), Headlands Center for the Arts (San Francisco), The Bronx Museum (NYC), Paris Photo (Paris) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver). Aperture Foundation will publish her first monograph, Sama Alshaibi: Sand Rushes In; it will be released in March of 2015 in conjunction with her first solo exhibition with Ayyam Gallery in London. Her art residencies include Darat al Funun (Amman), A.M. Qattan Foundation (Ramallah) and Lightwork (NY). Alshaibi was awarded two national teaching awards and granted the title of ‘University of Arizona’s 1885 Distinguished Scholar’. She has been awarded the 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholars Fellowship to the West Bank, Palestine. She is currently Chair and Associate Professor of Photography and Video Art, University of Arizona, where she has taught since 2006. Alshaibi is exclusively represented by Ayyam Gallery.
I Take On Issues
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking and personal projects, Kashi is an educator and mentor to students of photography and an active participant in forums and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography and multimedia. His early adoption of hybrid visual storytelling has produced a number of influential short films. In 2002, Kashi in partnership with his wife, writer + filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded TALKING EYES MEDIA. The non-profit company has produced numerous award-winning short films,exhibits, books & multimedia pieces exploring significant social issues. (Image to the left: a security guard from Blue Line Protection watches over production at The Shelter marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 24, 2014.)
Blane De St. Croix
The Geopolitical Landscape
Blane De St. Croix’s work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally, in solo and group shows at venues including: Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; The Land Art Biennial, The Mongolian National Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA; The Kathmandu International Triennial, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, Nepal; The Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Future Arts Research, (F.A.R.), Phoenix, AZ; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO; Gasworks Gallery, London, England; Europos Parkas Sculpture Park, Vilniaus, Lithuania; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Art In Embassies Program of the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C; and many more.
Additionally, his work is included in both institutional and private collections in the United Sates and abroad. De St. Croix has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Select awards include: The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors; The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant; The Smithsonian Artist Fellowship; The West Collection Prize; The MassArt Alumni Award for Outstanding Creative Accomplishment; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. De St. Croix was educated at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (M.F.A. Sculpture) and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts (B.F.A. Sculpture with distinction). He is currently an Associate Professor and the Head of Sculpture at Indiana University, Bloomington. De St. Croix lives and works in both Brooklyn, NY and Bloomington, IN. His work is represented by Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY. (image to the left: Dead Ice by Blane De St. Croix)
Finding Intimacy Between Abstraction and Figuration
Born in 1985 in Yokneam Moshava, Israel, Doron Langberg currently lives and works in Queens, NY. He received his MFA in 2012 from Yale University School of Art Painting Dept. and holds a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania (2010), a Certificate from PAFA (2010) and attended the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk (2009). Langberg’s work was exhibited at Horton Gallery, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, Ana Cristea Gallery, Driscoll Babcock Gallery, the PAFA Museum and the Detroit Museum of New Art. He is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and the Yale Schoelkopf Travel Prize. Langberg’s work was featured in New American Paintings and Q Magazine at Yale and reviewed in NY Arts Magazine, Artcritical, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, and The Huffington Post Detroit, and it is in the collection of the PAFA Museum. (image to the left: Gabi, oil on linen)
Ben Davis is an art critic living and working in New York City. He is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Haymarket, 2013). He is currently National Art Critic for artnet News, and was formerly executive editor of Artinfo.com and an editor of The Elements of Architecture, the catalogue ofthe 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. His writings have appeared in Adbusters, The Brooklyn Rail, Frieze, New York, Slate.com, The Village Voice, and many other venues.
Alicia Candiani was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1953 where she lives and works. Her international artistic practice consists of expanded print and digital media work, architectural interventions and collaborative art projects as well as curated exhibitions. She is the founder and current director of Proyecto’ace, a 10 years old artist in residence international program focused on expanded field contemporary printmaking practices and its interfaces with photography, design and digital media, which is located in her home city. She has been appointed Visitor Professor at the Art and Design Institute in Shanghai, China from 2015 to 2018. Candiani’s work has been shown in over 300 shows and one-person exhibitions since 1977 and has been the recipient of mayor international awards, being the Jesús Nuñez Award in Printmaking in Spain (2014), the 1st Prize in Prints without Borders in Oldenburg, Germany (2010) and the Excellence in Fine Arts Award, Turner Museum, USA (2009) the more recent of them. She has been selected by the Argentine National Academy of Fine Arts as one in ten best printmakers in her country in 1998, 2000 and 2004. In 2010 she was the artist who represented officially Argentina in the International Art Biennial in Beijing, China.
Radhika Subramaniam is a curator and researcher interested in urban crises and surprises, particularly crowds, cultures of catastrophe and human-animal relationships. She is Director/Chief Curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at Parsons School for Design/The New School where she is assistant professor at the School of Art and Design History and Theory. Her curatorial practice is cross-disciplinary and dialogic, committed to public pedagogy, critical urbanism and political and social justice. Her curatorial projects include Art in Odd Places: Number (2013) and Sign (2009, with Erin Donnelly), Abecedarium for Our Times (Apexart, 2008), and Cities, Art and Recovery (LMCC, 2005–2006), a major two-year international initiative focused on art and culture in the aftermath of catastrophe. At the SJDC, she has developed dialogic curatorial platforms such as Living Concrete/Carrot City (2010, with Nevin Cohen), #searchunderoccupy (2012, collaboratively curated), Art Environment Action! (2012), an environmental “artshop,” Masterpieces of Everyday New York: Objects as Story (2013, with Margot Bouman) and Offense and Dissent: Image, Conflict, Belonging (2014, with Julia Foulkes and Mark Larrimore). Among her articles are Urban Physiognomies (Sarai Reader 02, 2002), Living Concrete/Carrot City: An exhibition platform as a growing medium (with Nevin Cohen, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, 2012), and In Search of the Indian Cow (in History According to Cattle, ed. Terike Haapoja and Laura Gustafsson, 2015). She was formerly the Director of Cultural Programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the founding executive editor of an interdisciplinary journal, Connect: Art. Politics.Theory.Practice. She has been a SEED Foundation teaching fellow in urban studies at the San Francisco Art Institute (2012) and an artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre (2014). She has a Masters in Anthropology and a PhD. in Performance Studies.
My Daily Life With Art
Ann Shostrom has shown internationally at galleries and museums. She is represented by Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York. Her most recent show, “Harvest,” at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, was reviewed in Art in America in May 2011. Other solo shows include Kunstraum Dadapost, Berlin, Germany, Stephanie Theodore, Gallery, New York, NY, Lindhart Foundation, Prague, CZ, Art Now, Goteborg, Sweden, and Rule Gallery, Denver, Colorado. Shostrom is included in “Selections by the International Collage Center,” an exhibition of collage and mixed-media touring museums and galleries. Shostrom’s paintings operate within the seams of fine art and craft traditions. Fabrics and household linens are dyed, painted, embroidered, and sewn together. Her wax resist methods include melting by blowtorch, burning votive candles, and drawing with traditional tools. She joins formalist abstraction to the history of domestic labor and craft. By sewing one tradition into another, weaving across formal boundaries, she makes art from remnants and ruins, repairing and reconstructing as she works.
Shostrom collaborated on a public art project in Shkodra, Albania, sponsored by the Albanian Ministry of Defense, and the Tirana Academy of Art. The sculptures and pavilion, made from decommissioned Cold War Era weapons, were installed in a public park across from the municipal offices. She founded First Street Green, transforming a derelict New York City lot into a Culture Park, with its first season of programming in 2012. First Street Green’s efforts led to hosting the first BMW Guggenheim Lab at the lot in 2011. Shostrom has won grants from BMW, the Citizen’s Committee for NYC, Partnership for Parks, and Penn State’s Institute for Arts and Humanities and College of Arts and Architecture. She received a Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for painting in 1989, and a New York State Foundation for the Arts Grant in 1978. (image to the left: Swell, 2014, fabric / mixed media)
"I don't know what I'm doing, but I know how to do it."
Ali Miller was raised in Long Island, NY and received her BFA from Alfred University in 2008 and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting in 2012. Ali has exhibited in New York, Baltimore, Washington DC, Toronto, and Florence, Italy. She has attended residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Golden Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Chautauqua Institution. She also received the Best in Show Prize at the Bethesda Painting Awards and is represented by Connersmith Gallery in Washington DC. Her work can also be found in private collections throughout the U.S. Ali is currently an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University.