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
László Nagy: Graphic & Printmaking
Budapest-based artist László Nagy (b. 1975) holds a Master of Arts degree in Visual Communication Arts from the University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. At the onset of his artistic training, he studied illustration at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Nagy has worked as an art instructor at the University of Art and Design in Budapest and has served as an art director for the Budapest office of the marketing and communications company dubbed Young & Rubica.
Since 1995, Nagy has been concerned with The Modern American Rock Poster as a research topic. He is also interested in the history of American serigraphy. He will be discussing his work and findings on these topics in the first of a series of Art Forum lectures, this Tuesday, 16 September.
Basim Magdy: Video, Installation & Painting
Basim Magdy was born in Assiut, Egypt in 1977. He currently lives and works in Basel, Switzerland and Cairo. His work has recently appeared group and solo shows at SeMa -MediaCity Seoul Biennial, Seoul; Lothringer 13 Kunsthalle, Munich; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France; Trafo House for Contemporary Art, Budapest; Centre d’art Passerelle, Brest, France; State of Concept, Athens (2014); The High Line, New York; 13th
Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; Biennale Jogja XII, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Picha Recontre, Lubumbashi Biennial, DR Congo; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE (2013); La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2012); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt; 1st D-O ARK Underground Biennial, Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCa), North Adams (2011); 2nd Ateliers de Rennes Biennale d’art contemporain, Rennes (2010); MARCO - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Vigo, Spain (2008); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain; Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France (2007). Selected film screenings include Film Festival Rotterdam (2012); Tate Modern (2013); Whitechapel, London; CPH:DOX Film Festival, Copenhagen and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2014).
In 2012 he was shortlisted for the second edition of the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre and in 2014 he won the Abraaj Art Prize, Dubai. Selected upcoming shows in 2014 include La Biennale de Montreal and Art in General, New York.
William Powhida: Painting,
William Powhida (b. 1976) engages in satirical critique of the art world and its social and political dynamics. In 2004 Powhida introduced the concept of having fractured, contentious identities in his show Persona, which he developed into a fully-formed fictional character, also named William Powhida. The character became a conceptual framework for multiple shows and was the subject of a 2011 performance at Marlborough Chelsea. Powhida's critique of art world power structures also led him to draw parallels between the art market boom and the sub-prime mortgage crisis in his 2011 show, Derivatives, at Postmasters. His recent exhibitions include Bill by Bill at Charlie James Gallery, Overculture at Postmasters, Notes from Mexico at Casa Maauad in Mexico City, and The Avant Garde Collection at the Orange County Museum of Art.
William received his BFA with honors in painting from Syracuse University in 1998 and his MFA from Hunter College in 2001. His work has been reviewed and discussed in numerous publications including Art in America, Artforum, October, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.
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.
Priyanka Dasgupta: Art, Photography, Literature
Born in 1979, in Kolkata, India, Priyanka Dasgupta has a Masters in Studio Art from New York University & the International Center of Photography, and a Bachelors in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, India.
Priyanka is the recipient of an NEA grant (2004). She has participated in the Transparent Studio residency at Bose Pacia (2012), Aljira Emerge with Creative Capital (2007) and the AIM Program (2005), in New York. Priyanka's installations have been exhibited extensively in the US, Europe and Asia, including the Queens Museum, International Center of Photography, Jersey City Museum, Galleria di Piazza San Marco, the British Film Institute, Lalit Kala Akademi, and Seoul Art Space. Her work has been reviewed by publications including the New York Times, the Times of India, Art India and Take on Art.
Priyanka is currently represented by Shrine Empire Gallery in New Delhi. Her work belongs in prominent collections. She currently lives in New York, NY, where she also teaches contemporary art and media at New York University and City College.
New Yprk Foundation for the Arts
Blane De St. Croix: Sculpture
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Blane 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.
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; New York University Galleries, New York, NY; The Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; 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; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL; The Virginia Commonwealth University Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA; and The Sheila Johnson Design Center, Parsons the New School for Design, New York, NY.
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 West Collection Prize; The MassArt Alumni Award for Outstanding Creative Accomplishment; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture.
Murtaza Vali: Writer, Art Historian, Curator
Murtaza Vali is a Brooklyn-based writer, art historian, and curator. An independent critic since 2005, his reviews, essays, profiles, and interviews have appeared regularly in Artforum.com, ArtReview, Art India, Bidoun Magazine, and ArtAsiaPacific, where he is contributing editor and was co-editor of their 2007 and 2008 Almanac, a year-end review of contemporary art across Asia. He has written essays for nonprofits and galleries around the world, most notably for monographs on Emily Jacir, Reena Saini Kallat, and Laleh Khorramian. He has been a visiting critic at Yale’s School of Art and Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. As winner of the Winter 2010 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellowship, Vali curated Accented at Brooklyn’s BRIC Rotunda Gallery (2010) and recently edited Manual for Treason, a multilingual publication commissioned by Sharjah Biennial X (2011). He holds an MA in art history and archaeology from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. (Text: Independent Curators International)
Alyssa Fridgen: Art Curator and Writer
Alyssa Fridgen is a New York-based art curator and arts writer based. She studied art history at Columbia University, got her Certificate in Fine Art Appraisal Studies from New York University, and holds a B.S in Marketing and International Business from Arizona State University.
An exhibition examining the relationship between humanity and the environment titled "Immersive Space, which she curated while serving as curator of the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana, was awarded the "Commendation for an Outstanding Exhibition" prize at the Southeastern Museums Conference in 2013. She has curated many exhibitions featuring national and international artists, at art spaces and nonprofit organizations including New York Art Residency and Studio Foundation (NARS), Brooklyn; I Made an Art, Brooklyn; and St. Cecilia’s Gallery, Brooklyn. While acting as Programs Co-Chair of Art for Change in New York, she has worked with artists and volunteers to curate exhibitions and organize lectures and workshops that explore key issues such as art and social justice.
Annabel Daou: Artist
Annabel Daou’s work takes place at the intersection of writing, speech, and non-verbal modes of communication. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include: your secret is safe with me, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (2014); Fortune, MoMA PS1 (2013). Recent and upcoming group exhibitions include: Territoire d'Affects, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut (2015); Marking Language, The Drawing Room, London (2013); Discussing Metamodernism, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (2012); Political/Minimal, Kunst-Werke, Berlin/Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi, Lodz, Poland (2008/2009). She represented the U.S. at the 12th International Cairo Biennale.
Daou is co-founder of dBfoundation, dedicated to creating and fostering ephemeral edifices and intangible structures, and S2A, a platform for the arts based in New York.