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
Dr. Aissa Deebi
Rotem Rozental: Site-Responsive formats: collectives, archives and areas of conflict.
Rothem Rozenthal is a Photo-historian, curator and writer residing in Beacon, NY, Rotem Rozental explores the intersections of cultural technologies, institutional archives and civic identity. She pursues her dissertation research, titled Photographic Archives, Nationalism and the Foundation of the Jewish State, 1903-1948 under the guidance of Prof. John Tagg in the Art History Department of Binghamton University. In 2015-2016, Rotem will be the Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Research Fellow in Jewish Culture in the Center for Jewish History. Her project, Dead Lands: Karkaot Mawat, won the NurtureART curatorial call and will be exhibited in April 2016. Her essay, “Under Dor Guez’s Bed: Scenes from the Christian Palestinian Archive,” will be published in Photographies in 2016.
Traversing the domains of technology, media and art, Rotem has been working as a consultant, editor, writer and organizer for international publications, as well as cultural non-profits and organizations. Rotem currently serves as the Online Editorial Director of The Shpilman Institute for Photography and the startup Splacer.co.
Her writings and scholarly texts appeared in publications such as Artforum.com, Philosophy of Photography and Uncertain States. International curatorial projects include We – Festi-Conference for Creative Collectives (2012-2013, Jerusalem), Three Cities Against the Wall (New York, Ramallah and Tel Aviv, 2005), and most recently, the collaborative archival project Outlet: The Archive of the Israeli Trade Center (Israel/Upstate NY).
The Art of Refusal: Boycotts in the age of participation.
Noah Simblist is Chair and Associate Professor of Art at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. He works as an artist, curator and writer with a focus on art and politics in Israel-Palestine and has contributed to Art Journal, Modern Painters, Art Papers, Art Lies, Art21 and other publications. Curatorial projects include Yuri’s Office by Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation at Ft Worth Contemporary Arts, Out of Place at Lora Reynolds Gallery, Tamy Ben Tor at Testsite, and Queer State(s) at the Visual Arts Center in Austin. He was also on the curatorial team for the 2013 Texas Biennial. Writing projects include interviews with Kader Attia, Khaled Hourani, AL Steiner and AK Burns, Omer Fast, Jill Magid, Walead Beshty, Yoshua Okon, and Nicholas Schaffhausen.
Rachel Lears: The Hand That Feeds: Documentary screening and filmmaker Q&A
Rachel's most recent feature documentary, The Hand That Feeds, won awards and recognition at Full Frame, DOC NYC, AFI Docs, Chicago Latino, and numerous other festivals on the 2014-25 circuit. It was supported by Sundance Documentary Film Program, the Ford Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, Chicken & Egg Pictures, New York State Council on the Arts (NYCSA), Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund, and the Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute, and was featured at Good Pitch NY, Sundance Creative Producing Lab & Summit, and IFP's Spotlight on Documentaries.
Rachel's first film Birds of Passage (2010) was supported by Fulbright and the National Film Institute of Uruguay sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture, and was broadcast nationally throughout Latin America. Her ongoing video art collaborations with artist Saya Woolfalk have screened at numerous galleries and museums worldwide since 2008. Rachel was a 2013 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow, is bilingual in Spanish, and holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and a graduate certificate in Culture and Media from NYU.
Saul Ostrow: Modeling a Critical Practice: Rehearsing Self-reflexivity, Knowledge, and Research
Saul Ostrow is an independent critic, and curator, the Art Editor at Large for Bomb Magazine. He has also served as Co-Editor of Lusitania Press (1996-2004) and as the Editor of the book series Critical Voices in Art, Theory and Culture (1996- 2006) published by Routledge, London.
As a curator he has organized over 70 exhibition in the US and abroad. Most recently he has curated Heres Looking Back at You: Images of Woman from the ESKFF Collection, Mana Contemporary Arts, Jersey City, NJ. His writings have appeared in art magazines, journals, catalogs, and books in the USA and Europe.
In 2010, he founded the not-for-profit Critical Practices Inc. (criticalpractices.org) to promote critical discourse and practices. Its core programs are: 21StPROJECTS, which sponsors viewings of artists’ works, and La Table Ronde (initiated in 2012,) which organizes roundtable discussions on critical, theoretical, and cultural issues, and LEF(t) a broadsheet publication consisting of text and visual projects.
He is also engaged in two collaborative projects. Since 2008, he has worked with the artist, Charles Tucker on a project in which they seek to construct a quantifiable “systems-network” by which to analyze the subject and conceptual orientation of art-works. In 2012, he began working with the artist Lidija Slavkovic on a series of projects under the title “An Ambition”. These focus on the question of “what do images signify?” They have produced an incomplete text curated two exhibitions.
Kaya Behkalam: Present Tenses / Art and the Gaze of the Historical
Kaya Behkalam is a German-Iranian visual artist and filmmaker, living in Berlin and Cairo, Egypt. He obtained an MFA in Media Art and a BA in Visual Communications at the University of Arts Berlin; currently he is a PhD Candidate in Artistic Research at the Bauhaus University Weimar/Germany. From 2012-2015 he served as an Assistant Professor of Time-based Media at the Art Department of the American University in Cairo and the director of the Sharjah Art Gallery. For his work and research he has been awarded various stipends and awards, such as the Dialogue Award of the European Media Art Festival 2012.
His video-, installation- and text-based works explore the entanglements of historiography, image and media politics, as in his current long term research project SEEING HISTORY, which explores archival practices and changing medialities of the historical in the context of post-revolutionary Cairo.
Among other places his art works have been shown at the HKW and Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Berlinische Galerie, Queens Museum, Eye Beam, and Sheila C. Johnson Design Center New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, Reina Sofia Museum Madrid, Azad Gallery Tehran, Kunstverein Heidelberg, the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, IDFA Amsterdam and the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. He is the co-editor of a series of books on contemporary Egyptian artists (2015, Revolver Publishing, together with Anneka Lenssen), as well as the Prince Claus publication “Damascus: Tourists, Artists, Secret Agents” (2010). He is the co-founder of the artist group RELOADING IMAGES, an initiative that works on collective projects of artistic research. Past projects were set in Berlin and Tehran (2007), Damascus (2008), Bangalore (2011), Izmir and Cairo (2012).
Mohamed Adelkarim: Possibilities of Telling a Story
His practice engages various subjects within the frameworks of normalcy and compliance, questioning the everyday, relations to authorship, representation, economic capital and difference social currencies, including tourism and religion. In his works, he tests different strategies of exchange, play, camouflage and concealment, often furthering the experience of the various audiences both present and imagined, of his work. The questions he poses through his work are inspired by urgency within a world enmeshed between power, politics and crisis. His work processes engage artists and cultural activities, the language of art and culture and its relationship to financial crisis. As such, his contribution through thought and artistic practice are key at this particular moment of political insurgence and reconfiguration of what art will become in the future. As an artist Abdekarim’s work contributes greatly to the variety of artistic languages emerging from Egypt. He works have been included in the framework of 98Weeks Bazaar at the Thessaloniki Biennial in 2011, the artist-organized Cairo-Documenta show at the Viennoise Hotel in Cairo in 2010 amongst others, He partook in the inaugural interdisciplinary art study program at Home Workspace, Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, Lebanon, recently participant at Sharjah Biennial 2013, and Jogja Biennale XII Indonesia, and part from “In Search of Europe” project in Berlin art space Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien.
Danny Aldred: Paper, Ink, Pixel, and Screen
Danny Aldred is an English visual artist and designer. He worked as a graphic designer for over ten years within publishing, editorial design and user-interface design. Recently he completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and an MA in Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts.
His recent work explores the perception of the book and its transformation in the 21st century. Projects include; The Backs of Books as part of the ACE exhibition at the Freies Museum in Berlin 2012; Fantasies of Escapism and Containment solo exhibition and book 2012; Rosebud no.7 Very Funny, edited by Ralf Hermes, published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nurnberg 2010; group exhibition and publication, Art of the Book, Gallery 210, University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA 2010.
Caroline Woolard: Supply Chain Art Manifesto
Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, and political economy. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop from 2008-2014, Woolard is now focused on her work with BFAMFAPhD.com to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture and on the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative to create and support truly affordable commercial space for cultural resilience and economic justice in New York City.
Recent group exhibitions include; Crossing Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Maker Biennial, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and Artist as Social Agent, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Woolard’s work will be featured in Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series.
John Bownan: "Anabasis: Travels in Liminal Space"
John Bowman works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, and sculpture. The Winston Wachter Gallery, in New York City, represents him. Beginning in the 1980’s, he exhibited at various venues in New York City, including the Holly Solomon Gallery, the Lang O’Hara Gallery, and the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. He has shown internationally and is represented in many private and museum collections. He taught at the New York Academy of Art, and has lectured widely. Bowman is now a Professor of Art at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a founder of “First Street Green,” a collaborative community group in the East Village of New York City. This group has transformed a vacant lot into an urban cultural space, a forum for the arts, film, dance, sustainable practices, and community action.
Bowman recently participated in “Service to Public Areas” a collaborative public art project in Shkodra, Albania. In this project, Albanian and American artists created sculpture for a public park, using decommissioned weapons as raw material.
Wafaa Bilal: Making the Invisible Visible
Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal is renowned for provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics through high profile, technologically driven art projects that employ the use of robotics, the internet, and photographic mobile mapping.
For his 2007 installation, Domestic Tension, Bilal spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun that people could shoot at him over the internet. Bilal’s work is constantly informed by the experience of fleeing his homeland and existing simultaneously in two worlds – his home in the “comfort zone” of the U.S. and his consciousness of the “conflict zone” in Iraq. Using his own body as a medium, Bilal continues to challenge our comfort zone with projects like 3rdi and and Counting.... In 2008 City Lights published “Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun,” about Bilal’s life and the Domestic Tension project. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; amongst others. He holds a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently an Associate Arts Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.