Fall 2017 Schedule
THURSDAYS 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
In collaboration with Residency Unlimited
Andrew Nicholls is an Australian/British artist, writer, and curator whose practice engages with the sentimental, camp, and other historically-marginalized aesthetics, and traces the historical recurrence of particular aesthetic motifs. He is especially concerned with periods of cultural transition during which Western civilization’s stoic aspirations were undone by base desires, fears or compulsions. While primarily drawing-based, his practice also incorporates ceramics, photography, installation, performance, and filmmaking. He particularly draws inspiration from heritage sites and museum collections, and his curatorial practice largely focuses on artists’ residencies in such locations, in addition to the very remote regional Western Australian landscape. Nicholls will discuss his ongoing interest in marginalization and imperialism, and how these have been reflected through the decorative and literary arts, historically. This will include an introduction to his recent residency projects in China, England, Italy, and remote regional Australia.
Public Science Agency (PSA) is a research lab and creative consultancy co-founded by Fei Liu and Francis Tseng. Together, they explore the possibilities of games and simulations as tools for illustrating how society uses technology, and how technology informs social behavior. In their presentation, Public Science Agency will talk about the work they do with computer simulations and expand upon the learning affordances of speculative and embodied gameplay. They will present Humans of Simulated New York, a participative & speculative economic simulation and game based on 10 years worth of New York Census data, as well as other digital and physical experiences designed in tandem with computer simulations.
Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist, creative director, and organizer who develops cultural communities at the intersection of art, technology, and advocacy. She is currently the director of IDEA New Rochelle, Interactive Digital Environments Alliance (IDEA), dedicated to promoting, developing, and maintaining a vibrant new Arts and Technology District in the City of New Rochelle’s Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). She directs VR and immersive experiences which have been exhibited at festivals and museums since 2006. Amelia was a professor of time-based media art and performance art at Vanderbilt University for five years before returning to her roots in NYC creative technology, graduating from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in 2015. In 2016 she went on to found and direct the DBRS Innovation Labs, an applied ai research lab that specialized in developing creative uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. Amelia is the founder of the Stupid Hackathon, which now holds events around the world. She is a fellow of the Sundance New Frontiers Lab 2017 , a 2017 Sundance Institute Time Warner Fellow, a 2016 Oculus Launch Pad Fellow, an Artist in Residence at Pioneer Works 2016 and has her video artworks as part of the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum and the McCord Museum.
Kickie is an Industrial Designer born in Bratislava, currently living and creating in New York City. Alongside her work as Senior Industrial Designer for Karim Rashid, she has developed her own line of products, Kickie Design. Fascinated by new technology and influenced by the arts, Kickie is in constant search for unique balance. Passionate when making and producing with her own hands as she does in 3D software. A color believer striving for perfection & simplicity with big attention to detail. Kickie learned from the best in the field. At University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Prof. Hartmut Esslinger taught her to rethink paradigms in order to create innovative solutions. Karim Rashid in NY, strengthened her ability to quickly generate beautiful objects and understand production methods and costs. She believes advanced technology, environmental caution and attractive shape is the winning combination for designing objects that can significantly improve our world.
In collaboration with More Art
Italian-American artist and animator Andrea Mastrovito will be presenting his most recent project NYsferatu, an ambitious public art project that combines film, music, and community engagement to create a powerful and poignant statement about immigrant rights in today’s world. Taking the first step in this lengthy process, Mastrovito and a team of artists, hand animated Friedrich W. Murnau’s seminal 1922 film Nosferatu, itself an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s story, Dracula. Using the technique of rotoscoping, each character, gesture, and expression has been redrawn in the original film’s classic style while the background of contemporary New York City brings the film to the current moment. Each recreated background has been drawn 3 times in order to replicate the beautifully eerie flickering shutter effect of early cinema. In all, the artist has made over 35,000 original drawings to create this feature length hand-animated film.
In collaboration with Residency Unlimited
Chen An-An is a sculptor and installation artist based in Taiwan. Her recent works revolve around the loss of LGBTQ individuals – to mourn their loss and how they become forgotten by society. Through making art, she explores ways of expressing loss and reconsiders how gender/sexual discrimination in Taiwanese society is rendered invisible.
In collaboration with the Montclair Art Museum
As the earth heats up and more and more people inhabit it, consuming precious resources and exploiting the landscape, we humans find ourselves confronting a need for significant change in the way we respond to our world. Environmental artists Adriane Colburn, Ellen Driscoll and Marina Zurkow have made this question central to their art making practices. On this panel they will discuss their work and address issues of resource consumption and its material lineage, as well as romanticized notions of wilderness, the alteration of nature by industry and climate change and the relationships between scientific exploration and exploitation. Moderated by Montclair State University professor Julie Heffernan.
Adriane Colburn is an artist based in San Francisco, CA and New Jersey. Her recent work, large-scale installations that investigate the complex relationships between human infrastructure, earth systems, technology and the natural world, have been exhibited throughout the US and internationally at venues such as Smack Mellon and Parsons/New School in New York, The Luggage Store Gallery and The Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, Artsterium in the Republic of Georgia and at the Royal Academy of Art in London. A penchant for research and direct experience has led her to participate in scientific expeditions in the Arctic, the Amazon and at sea. She has been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Macdowell Colony, the Kala Institute and The Blue Mountain Center. Adriane is currently on the faculty at Bard College.
Ellen Driscoll’s work encompasses sculpture, drawing, and public art installation. Recent large-scale installations include “CartOURgraphy” for Middle College High School and the International High School in Queens, “Night to Day, Here and Away” for the Sarasota National Cemetery, “Distant Mirrors” for the Providence River, “FastForwardFossil #2” at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, and “Revenant” and “Phantom Limb” for Nippon Ginko, Hiroshima, Japan. Earlier works include “The Loophole of Retreat” at the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, “As Above, So Below” for Grand Central Terminal (a suite of 20 mosaic and glass images for the tunnels at 45th, 47th, and 48th Streets), “Catching the Drift”, a restroom for the Smith College Museum of Art, and “Wingspun” for the International Arrivals corridor at Raleigh Durham airport. Ms. Driscoll has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, the LEF Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman, a 2014 Fine Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 2015 Siena Arts Institute Fellowship. Her work is included in major public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art. She is Program Director of Studio Arts and Visiting Professor of Sculpture at Bard College.
Julie Heffernan‘s work explores mind’s eye imagery to create complex environments. She is represented by P.P.O.W. in NY and Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. Heffernan is a member of the National Academy. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the world, including Hauser and Wirth in London and New York. Heffernan has received numerous grants including an NEA, NYFA and Fullbright Fellowship and is in the collection of major museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of FineArts. Heffernan is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University.
Marina Zurkow is a media artist focused on near-impossible nature and culture intersections, researching “wicked problems” like invasive species, superfund sites, and petroleum interdependence. She has used life science, bio materials, animation, dinners and software technologies to foster intimate connections between people and non-human agents. Her work spans gallery installations and unconventional public participatory projects. Currently, she is working on connecting toxic urban waterways to oceans, and researching the tensions between maritime ecology and the ocean’s primary human use as a capitalist Pangea.
In collaboration with Residency Unlimited
Born in Tehran, Iran (1985) Brooklyn-based artist Farideh Sakhaeifar received her BFA from Azad Art and Architecture University, Tehran, Iran; and MFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. In her practice, Sakhaeifar aims to make social and political struggles visible. Her work functions as a memorial to collective memory and denounces the problematics of consuming mediated images and narratives. She invites the audience to question the imposing limitation that any discourse of power including hierarchies, terror and surveillance, religion, and state enforce upon nations. As an artist, she feels challenged by these concepts and assumes this opportunity to look past such forms of ethnic, political, and cultural control in order to reflect upon new forms of expression that highlight our struggle to establish an autonomous form of self-expression. Sakhaeifar aims to produce a translational understanding of social and political struggles that she has been involved in directly or indirectly.
Manal Abu-Shaheen (b. 1982) is a Queens-based artist born in Beirut, Lebanon. She received a MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT in 2011; a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY in 2003; and attended Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon in 1999. Abu-Shaheen will talk about the progression of her work in photography, leading up to her current series of black and white landscape and street photographs from her ongoing series Beirut. Shot in the city where she was born, this series considers connections between the imagery we see in contemporary Beirut and the city’s colonial past. The congestion of billboards reveals the city’s occupation by images of a different place and people, a euro-centric cultural dominance that asserts the necessity of its presence for the achievement of progress. In an arena outside of its origin, the dialogue around representation in western media takes on layers of new meaning, which become inextricably linked to the social history of a distant place.
In collaboration with Residency Unlimited
Tessa Mars is a Haitian visual artist living and working in Port-au-Prince. She completed a bachelor in Visual Arts in France, at Rennes 2 University in 2006. Upon her return to Haiti the same year she started working as a Cultural projects coordinator at the AfricAméricA Foundation. She had her first exhibit in 2009 at the Georges Liautaud Museum in Port-au-Prince and since then her work has been shown in Canada, France, Italy and the United-States. Her recent work questions the role of history, customs and beliefs in the construction of the individual’s identity. Tessa Mars will present her current research project related to the construction of the Haitian immigrant identity. She will touch on previous work that explore notions of patriotism, national sovereignty and confronts them to the reality of an ever growing pessimistic view of the country’s future, a dependence on foreign funds and the idealization of a Western/American lifestyle.
November 23 – Thanksgiving
VIbha Galhotra is a recipient of prestigious Rockefeller Grant at their Bellagio Center, 2016. At present, she is an Asian Cultural Council fellow in the US, pursuing continual research on belief and reality to intervene on the subject of Anthropocene. Galhotra’s practice ranges across photography, film, video, found objects, performative objects, sculpture, installation, text, sound, drawing, and public interventions. Vibha shares, that her art practice crosses the dimensions of art, ecology, economy, science, spirituality, and activism and constantly trying to create a parallel between belief and reality, absence and presence, construction or [De] construction within the social, political and economical domain of our constructed structures. The constant negotiation of human with ecosystem and win the mystery within that ecosystem, interest her to continue her practice based on research and intuitive imagination to understand and question the alienation of human in the atmosphere or the atmosphere in the human dominated world. Through her massive but aesthetic work (both philosophically and structurally) she tries to redefine her own existence and ownership in this commerce driven world.
Spring 2017 Schedule
Jan 19 – Introduction to course and syllabus
Qian Qian is a creative director and designer based in New York City. Born and raised in China, educated in the UK, Qian currently works at R/GA, leading and making advertising campaign work for Samsung as an Executive Creative Director. Prior to R/GA, he’s worked at Deutsch, CP+B, AKQA and McCann. While doing advertising, he keeps practicing graphic design and illustration for lesser-known clients and personal projects. His work has been recognized by Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Art Directors Club, and Webby among others, and exhibited internationally.
Completing creative marathons requires limber, buoyant legs and excessive stamina. At a solid 5 foot 7 inches tall Chris has the creative legs of a pigmy elephant combined with the speed of a full-sized adult cheetah (without the balance). Chris’s design career began at the ripe old age of 5 when his mother provided him with a budget to decorate his bedroom to his liking. He has since maintained the philosophy that what he sees in his head he should attempt to manifest, no matter how hard, and always on a budget (for the most part).
IMPORTANT FACT Feels that watching Nicolas Cage movies purifies the soul while connecting one’s subconscious with the cultural zeitgeist. Especially Bangkok Dangerous.
Diogo Pimentão was born in Lisbon, Portugal. After living in France for 9 years, Diogo Pimentão moved to London in 2012 where he has lived since. Pimentão is particularly interested in drawing as a genre that he activates through performative gestures and abstract protocols. Therefore, he does not view himself as a draughtsman in the classical meaning of the term. Rather he develops experiments of inscription, layering and surface more than he draws, using iconic materials like graphite, graphite deposit, adhesive tape and paper. Even though his works are often monochromatic, the surface of the paper or of the wall becomes a delicate, albeit metallic, texture. The artist thus allows the drawing techniques to go beyond its traditional confines and expand in multiple shapes, often tri-dimensional and sculptural. Drawing, his studio practice notwithstanding, is thus used on a real scale, to probe, explore and alter the exhibition space. The process at the heart of his creation abolishes the boundary between drawing, sculpture and performance.
Pimentao’s work has been featured extensively and internationally. 2016 shows include: Solo show, Grão Vasco Museum, Viseu, PT ; Summer Guests Callouts Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon PT; CAAA, for the triennial of Architecture, Guimarães, PT; 3/1/1, Zak Branicka gallery, Berlin, DEU; Baixo as fronteiras, (part 2) MACE Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Colecção António Cachola, Elvas, PT ; Abaixo as fronteiras, MUDE Museu de Design e de Moda, Colecção Francisco Capelo, Lisboa, PT; “Formal Meeting”, (Carte blanche Diogo Pimentão) Until Then gallery; Paris, FR; Group Show, Galeria Cristina Guerra, Lisbon, PT; Parmi les floraisons du ciel incertain, FRAC Alsace, Sélestat, FR
Peter Saul (American, b.1934), is a painter and printmaker celebrated for his satirical commentaries on political, social, and historical events in American history. Born in San Francisco, Saul attended the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Saul began his career during the height of the Abstract Expressionist movement. While he appreciated the aesthetic of this painterly style, he did not share a belief in the existentialist themes that supported the work. Instead, the artist created his own unique rhetoric, painting humorous figures using bright colors, controversial subject matter, and animated, often grotesque forms that grabbed the viewer’s attention. His commentaries on American culture contributed to the formation of proto-Pop, a predecessor to the Pop movement that would later dominate the art scene in the 1950s and 1960s. From 1956 to 1964, Saul lived throughout Europe, an experience that influenced his development as an artist. In Paris, Saul met the Surrealist painter Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002), who would influence his own Surrealist aesthetic. He was also introduced to the American art dealer Allan Frumkin, who would go on to represent the artist for more than 30 years. The breadth of subject matter in Saul’s work has ranged from scenes of World War II and the Vietnam War to commentaries on the Civil Rights and Feminist movements, to depictions of the artist himself attacked by the forces of the world around him. One of his most famous series, Vietnam (1966), embodies the chaos and deformities that typify his Figurative scenes, giving the viewer a sense of the disdain he felt for the war in Southeast Asia. Throughout his long career, Saul has been most admired for his ability to adapt to the ever-changing tastes of the art world, without losing sight of his fearlessly unique aesthetic. He has exhibited internationally and throughout the United States. A retrospective of his work in 2008 traveled to the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans.
Alejandro Campins graduated from the Academia Profesional de Artes Plásticas “El Alba” Holguín, Cuba in 2000 and from the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba in 2009. Since then he has multiple solo exhibitions at galleries in Spain and Cuba and has been featured in numerous international group exhibitions, including Q & A the IDB Cultural Center Gallery in Washington, DC (2015); Cuba Contemporaine. Arte de la grande ile des Caraibes, Le Centre culturel du Manoir, Cologny, Geneva, Switzerland (2013); MEETING Havana Cultura: CHAPTER I // GULLIVER, at the Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany (2012); Inside confluences, the second edition of Contemporary Cuban Art at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, New Mexico (2009); and Far Far Away, Co-Lab, Copenhagen, Denmark (2008). Campins work was featured at the 11th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (2012), the 12th Cairo Biennale, Egypt (2010), and Portugal Arte 10 EDP biennial, Lisbon, Portugal (2010). Campins was a finalist for the Farber Foundation’s inaugural Young Cuban Artist of the Year award in 2015.
Judy Pfaff is an American artist, known mainly for installation art. Pfaff has received numerous awards for her work, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her work is included in MAM’s current exhibition, Matisse and American Art. Program followed by Q&A and reception.
Commissioned by Peak Performances as part of its new extended residency program, From Scratch, QUIXOTE is a bold re-imagining of the Cervantes classic. With new music by Amy Beth Kirsten and direction by Mark DeChiazza, the team that created Columbine’s Paradise Theater, QUIXOTE lets us experience the mad knight’s hallucinations first hand. A soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto and four singing percussionists provide the voices inside the old man’s head. This simple and gorgeous production is equal parts storefront theatre and expressionistic opera.
NIKO MIHALJEVI? is an artist and a graphic designer (Werkplaats Typografie, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, NL) from Zagreb, Croatia. His artistic practice explores the metaphysical aspects of the everyday, cultural artifacts and language in a variety of media with an emphasis on conceptual sound composition, performance, text, and artist books. In 2016 he received the Radoslav Putar Award (Young Visual Artists Awards) for the best young Croatian artist. He is the founder of the recorded sound initiative “Alluvial Gold”. He works as a freelance graphic designer and an assistant professor at Media Design department of University North in Croatia.
Benjamin Brett’s paintings explore the ambiguity of visual information and the inherent weaknesses of abstraction. Each work depicts a unique environment with its own subset of archetypal objects and motifs. Rather than inviting us into a story or context, these devices function as signs without the signified. Brett disappoints our expectations as meaning-makers. One can almost see the wink hiding within the works–they play at the reactionary impulse to seek, find, and resolve. Displacing notions of frame and boundary and disengaging from narrative, each painting reveals a setting where expectation, interpretation, and translation collide. His work has been exhibited in New York at Ana Cristea Gallery, and in London at BEERS Contemporary, Westminster Waste, Departure Foundation, Blyth Gallery at Imperial College, and the Royal College of Arts, among other venues.
New York based artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel. Thomas introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. Her work stems from her long study of art history and the classical genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life. Inspired by various sources that range from the 19th century Hudson River School to Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, and Romare Bearden, she continues to explore notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective infused with the more recent influences of popular culture and pop art. She is represented by Lehmann Maupin in New York, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris.
Fall 2016 Schedule
Sept 8 – Introduction to course and syllabus
Liliya Lifanova‘s (American, born in Kyrgyzstan) paintings, sculptural installations and wearables for collaborative participatory videos and performances position her practice at the intersection of fine arts and experimental theater. Lifanova’s projects depend on preliminary research and collaboration, over an extended time, fused with her deep and personal engagement with physical creation and manufacture. The resulting large-scale productions communicate a sense of displacement and migration, while grappling with the sense of self. Lifanova uses stories, objects, and systems of defense and resistance as vehicles to explore the shifting, precarious, and fragile balance of dual structures: past and future, black and white, joined and divided. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently at Rooster Gallery Contemporary Art, New York, NY, World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis, MO, Gridchinhall, Moscow, Russia and at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY. Lifanova received her Master of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been awarded the Fulbright Fellowship for Installation Art. The artist lives and works in New York.
Renate Ferro is a trans-media, cross-disciplinary, conceptual artist who toggles between the creative skins of old and new technologies. Her hybrid artistic projects embrace physical, social and theoretical paradigms of the body. Her digital work has received fellowships and awards from New York State Council for the Arts, Women Direct, the Experimental Television Center, and the Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor. Most recently her work has been featured at The Freud Museum (London), Brief Histories (the United Arab Emirates), The Dorksy Gallery (NY), The Hemispheric Institute and FOMMA (Mexico), and The Janus Pannonius Museum (Hungary), Hemispheric Institute and FOMMA (San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico). Free University of Berlin (Berlin), Chicago City Arts (Chicago), Tsing Hua University (Beijing China), Hang Zhou Museum of Fine Arts (China), LACDA (Los Angeles), AWOL Gallery (Toronto), and numerous galleries and museums across North America. Ferro has taught at Cornell University since 2004 in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning in the Department of Art. She is the founding director of The Tinker Factory Lab.
Timothy Murray is Professor of Comparative Literature and English and Director of the Society for the Humanities and The Rose Goldsen Archive. The archive is located in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University Library and is named in honor of Professor Goldsen, an avant-garde critic of pop culture, mass media and communication. The collection consists of various material about audio/ sound art, eco/ bio art, exhibitions and artist compilations, installations, performance, video art and cinema. A few artists whose work can be found in the general collection are: Gary Hill, Michael Snow, Janet Cardiff, and Jennifer and Kevin McCoy. Murray and Ferro have been involved in numerous collaborations throughout the years.
Ana Peñalba holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Polytechnic School of Madrid (ETSAM). In 2005 she co-founded the Architecture Collective Leon11, from where she cultivated her interests in collective learning methodologies and collaborative practices. Since 2012 she works mostly in research projects and self-initiated proposals exploring concerns about socio-cultural displacements, ordinary de-constructions and the relationship between spatial experiences and crowd identity. She builds open-source networks of Architectures by the re-appropriation of sounds, meanings, images, objects, and forms that imply an incessant spatial navigation within the meanderings of cultural history and behavioral social patterns. She has collaborated as an Architect Designer with Architects such as Thomas Leeser, Dominique Perrault, Andres Perea, Andres Jaque and Michael Sorkin. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art and Design at NJIT and has been invited as a guest critic to a wide number of Art and Architecture Schools. She was recently invited to be part of the “AIM Program 2016” at the Bronx Museum for the Arts and, at the Program “Open Sessions 2016-17” at the Drawing Center in NYC. You can check out her work at www.anapenalba.com.
More fall 2016 events coming soon.
Beginning Fall semester 2016, Residency Unlimited (RU) and the Art Forum Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Art and Design will forge an exciting collaborative initiative. Our new partnership is designed to feature notable artists, designers, art historians and art critics from around the world who come to the Montclair State campus to present their work and ideas in an open forum. The RU, located in Brooklyn, distinguishes itself from traditional residency programs by moving beyond the studio practice model to provide highly customized support and work collaboratively.
RU artists will give specialized lectures as part of the Art Forum speaker series led by professors Andrew Atkinson and Cathy Bebout. The course introduces students to the creative process, philosophies of art, and the role of art in life. Admission is free and open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as the general public. Past Art Forum lecturers have included notables such as Susan Sontag, Janine Antoni, Chakaia Booker, Jane Hammond, Will Cotton, Aziz + Cucher, Inka Essenhigh, Judy Fox, Roxy Paine, Ursala Von Rydingsvard, and Seymour Chwast. Other Montclair State University invited MAM speakers include: Kiki Smith, Jeff Koons, James Rosenquist, Vik Muniz, and many others. The roster of artists for Fall 2016 combines professionals from the US and abroad who are dedicated to utilizing art as a social practice. A partial list of invited speakers includes: Architectural and environmental artist from Madrid Ana Penalba, Jamaican mural painter Leasho Johnson, Liliya Lifanova from Kyrgyzstan who creates sculptural installations and wearables and French photographer Thibault Brunet to mention only a few.
Residency Unlimited was founded in 2009 and is located in a former church in Brooklyn at 360 Court Street. This is the base for many of its public programs to promote the exchange of ideas and critical dialogue. At its core, RU explores new and alternative residency formats that are tailored to meet the individual needs of local and international artists and curators with networking, production and exposure opportunities. In 2015 RU hosted residencies for 71 artists and curators including from New York. Contact Nathalie Angles at Directornathalie@residencyunlimited.org for more details about RU residencies.
Thibault Bruent is a virtual photographer represented by the Heinzer Reszler in Lausanne and the Binome Galery in Paris. His work plays with the codified genres in photography to question our relationship to virtuality in a society where reality as a whole is being digitalized. Shortly after graduating from the Ecole superieure des Beaux Arts in Nimes, he distinguished himself from 2008 with outstanding series based on video games. For several years, Thibault has traveled through virtual worlds with his camera. In 2012 the artist was selected for the Photo Month in Paris, Berlin, and Vienna. His work is also present in prestigious collections such as the French National Library, and the Elysee museum. In 2014 Thibault took part in a collective project, France(s) Territoires Liquides. With his Typologie du virtuel, he selected in Google Earth buildings that were co-produced by anonymous individuals, hence shedding a light on the desire to leave a trace in the digital world. The images were exhibited at the Tri Postal museum in June 2015 and the Biennale de Lyon in September 2015. Thibault embraced a new approach and worked on the digitalization of the real world using a 3D scan. Since then, this project has been ongoing with the technological partnership of Leica for the series Territoires circonscrits, and exhibited for the first time in November 2015 at the Binome Gallery.
Andreas Savva (b.1970, Cyprus) graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he also received his MA in Digital Forms of Art. He has been included in a number of international exhibitions including 2016 Summer Exhibition, The Fields Sculpture Park, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, New York, Action Field Kodra, Artist in Residency programme of Forum European Cultural Exchanges, Thessalonica, 2008, Seducidos polo Accidente, Luis Seoane Foundation, Corunna, Spain, 2005, BIACS 1st international Biennale of Contemporary Art of Seville, Spain, 2004, Instant Europe, Villa Manin, Centre for Contemporary art, Passariano, Italy, 2004, EUROPE EXISTS, Macedonian museum of Contemporary art, Thessalonica, 2003, DESTE Prize 2001, Deste Foundation -Center for Contemporary Art, Athens, Artists of the Spyropoulos Museum, The Foundation of the Hellenic World, Athens, Biennial of Young Artists, Rome, 1999. Selected solo shows include “Sleep Sliding Away”, EDW, ReMap4, Athens, “Martyrium”, gallery Françoise Heitsch, Munich, Germany “Kapsel” at Françoise Heitsch gallery (Munich), “Kosmos” at Cork Vision Centre (Cork/Ireland), ¥€$ at a.antonopoulou gallery, (Athens) and “Space-Eater” at Diaspro Art Centre, 1999 (Nicosia). He has received several awards, scholarships and distinctions in Greece (Spyropoulos Museum Award 1998, Heineken Art Award 1998, nominated for DESTE Prize 2001, Propontis Foundation Grant 2008-10 and others). He lives and works in Nicosia Cyprus.
Leasho Johnson is interested in Dancehall culture in Jamaica as a space exempt from many of the colonial and religious strictures that are considered important in mainstream Jamaican society. Through frequent visits into this urban space, Dancehall revealed itself as a space that defies gender, religious and sexual norms…a place of contradictions where queerness and homophobia can coexist, and where women empower themselves through sex. Though Dancehall and its attitudes largely define Jamaican identity in the world at large, there is still mystery and a lack of understanding of Dancehall even within local mainstream society. Johnson’s current body of work elucidates the hidden wildness behind this aspect of Jamaican culture, while attempting to process these contradictions and his own place in Jamaican society as a gay man from rural Jamaica. Johnson’s current body of work utilizes characters created (Pum-Pum), used as a parody that imitates and exaggerates the male and female gender roles found in the Jamaican Dancehall. Using imagery that is grounded in traditional realism juxtaposed with stylistic cartoons, he plays on the differences between the two styles. Johnson uses various media and formats such as Ceramics, mixed media, murals, street art, graphic design and found objects. Johnson’s work is heavily influenced by street art, toons and pop culture. He obtained a BFA at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2009 in Visual Communication. He uses graphics to influence studio practice and development.
Eleanor Heartney is an art critic and author and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for many publications. Her books include Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads, Postmodernism, Defending Complexity: Art Politics and the New World Order, Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art, and Art and Today. She is a co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art, and The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium. She is past President of AICA USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association. Her awards include the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award and the French government’s Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Matt Kenyon’s work focuses on critical themes addressing the effects of global corporate operations, mass media and communication, military-industrial complexes and general meditations on the liminal area between life and artificial life. He has been making work in this vein since 1999 using a wide range of media, including custom software, electronics and mechanical devices, often working with living organisms. Kenyon is co-founder of the artist collective SWAMP (Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production). He has participated in numerous collaborations with artists, architects and technologists, including McLain Clutter, Adam Fure, Tiago Rorke and Wafaa Bilal. Kenyon’s work has been exhibited internationally and collected by such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has received a number of awards including the distinguished FILE Prix Lux Art prize and first prize for the VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Award. Reproductions of SWAMP’s work have been featured in mainstream publications such as Coolhunting, Wired Quartz, The Huffington Post, and Gizmodo, and also appear in edited volumes such as A Touch of Code and Adversarial Design. Kenyon is a 2015 TED fellow and a MacDowell fellow. He was recently selected for Coolhunting’s CH25, a showcase of creators and innovators from a broad range of disciplines who are currently working to drive the world forward.
David Keefe is an artist, educator, activist, and administrator. David regularly practices and exhibits his paintings, papermaking, prints, and art throughout the country. For the last 4 years, he has co-developed and built Combat Paper NJ (CPNJ) into a nationally recognized and awarded program. CPNJ is a community and social practice art project that brings veterans and non-veterans together to make paper and art out of military uniforms. Ultimately, the goal is for veterans to publicly share the veteran experience, make witnesses of bystanders, and change the culture of the “silent veteran.” He currently holds the position of Senior Assistant Dean for Veteran Initiatives at Columbia University’s School of General Studies. At Columbia University, Dave is in the process of developing a hub of veteran activity that will strengthen the veteran community, centralize resources, and bring in new resources, such as the arts. David is also the co-founder of a non-profit called Frontline Arts, which supports socially engaging art projects (including Combat Paper NJ) through tailored strategies and resources to connect artists with communities—mobilizing on the frontlines of contemporary social issues. For the last 7 years, David has also been an Adjunct Professor of Art at Montclair State University where he has developed the “Combat Paper for Veterans” class. The course is a veteran-only class that uses the CPNJ model of storytelling and community building – the only class of it’s kind in the country. Dave has also taught painting and various levels of independent study at the University. Because of his own art and his work with Combat Paper NJ, he has been a visiting artist and lecturer at various Universities and Museums, a keynote speaker, featured in numerous TV shows and articles, published, featured speaker and panelist at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, and awarded the Krider Prize for Creativity in 2013. He is also a curator and works on art projects and pedagogical art practices as a consultant. From 2001-2009, he served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and from 2006-2007 he completed a tour of combat duty in Iraq as a riverine infantry scout. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Montclair State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware. David works out of his studio in Montclair, NJ, alongside his artist wife, and their 4 wild and artistic kids.
Tuo Wang currently lives and works in New York. Through his performative manipulation on individuals’ lived experiences and intervention in intellectual legacies, Wang’s practice attempts to examine the unreliable relationship between the contemporary human status, myth and cultural archive. In the self-referential environments that he constructs, dramatic, often humorous as well as absurd aspects of the concept of society are exposed. Wang has recently shown at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, TEN Multimedia Center, Tirana, Albania, Gezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt, IMA Film Society, India, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, HVCCA, NY, Residency Unlimited, NY and NARS Foundation, NY. Tuo Wang is currently an artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum.
Spring 2016 Schedule
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 University, 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 States 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 of the 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 major 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 an 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.
Fall 2015 Schedule
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 exhibitions 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 history in the context of post-revolutionary Cairo.
Among other places his artworks 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 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.
Spring 2015 Schedule
Canceled due to the weather
Bruce W. Ferguson
Steven Haller (pending)
Eric Fishel (pending)
Shitin Neshat (pending)
Fall 2014 Schedule
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 in 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 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 York 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.
Spring 2014 Schedule
David Humphrey: Painting and Drawing
David Humphrey lives and works in New York. Humphery has been awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award (2011), Rome Prize (2008), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2002), National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1995 & 1987), New York Council for the Arts Grant (1985 & 1979-80). He has had solo shows at Fredericks & Freiser – NY (2012), American University Museum – Washington DC, Brent Sikkema Gallery – NY, Littlejohn Contemporary – NY (2002), Mckee Gallery – NY (2000). Humphrey’s work has been exhibited in group shows at David Nolan Gallery – NY, (2010), Apex Art – NY (2008). Humphery is the author of the book “Blind Handshake,” (2010). Humphrey’s work can be found in many public collections including Museum of Art – Carnegie Institute, Cleveland Center of Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Art – Boston and Walker Art Center.
Nicole Cherubin: Mixed Media Artis
Nicole Cherubini is a mixed media artist who lives and works in New York City. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (BFA), New York University (MFA) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her works have been exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at Spence Projects (NY, 2014), Tracey Williams Ltd (NY, 2013-2012), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and Project Room – Santa Monica Museum of Art. Groups show include at Larissa Goldstone Gallery, NY, Hionas Gallery, NY, The New York Horticultural society, The RISD Museum of Art, RI, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, Museum 52, PS 1/MOMA, NY, Momenta Art, NY, Cherubini has been awarded the Art Matter Grant, the Louise Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and Emerge 2002 Artist Development Program by Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, NJ. She has been artist in residence at Henry Street Settlement, NY. Cherubini’s work has been featured in numerous art magazines including, ARTnews, Art in America and ArtForum.
Matthew Northridge: Multimedia Artist
Matthew Northridge lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He studied at Boston College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving an MFA in painting and drawing in 1999. His work has been included in group exhibitions including “Out of Site: Fictional Architectural Spaces” at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, “Open House: Working in Brooklyn” at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, “Material Matters” at the Johnson Museum (Cornell University), “The 183rd Annual” at the National Academy Museum, and “United States” at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. His solo efforts include shows at KANSAS (NYC), Western Exhibitions (Chicago), and Gorney Bravin + Lee (NYC). Northridge’s honors include a 2011 fellowship in sculpture from the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He has also been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Emily Noelle Lambert: Painter, Sculptor and Installation Artist
Emily Noelle Lambert lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Lambert earned her BFA from Antioch College and her MFA in painting from Hunter College, NY. Her sculptural works tend to take form of stacked, totemic constructions, largely composed of found objects. Lambert has had solo shows titled “Curio Logic: Works on paper” (2013) and “Heart Heat” at Lu Mgnus – NY (2012), “Little Deaths” at Priska Juschka Fine Art – NY (2009). She was also part of group exhibitions titled “Totem” at Asya Geisburg Gallery – NY (2013). Lambert has been a part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design, NY since 2008 and also at Fordham University for Drawing and Painting (2009-2013). Lambert’s work has been published in numerous publications including Art in America (2012)and The New York Times (2012).
Lucky DeBellevue: Multimedia Artist
New York-based artist Lucky DeBellevue will discuss his work and his approach to his art practice. Critic Holland Cotter has said, in the New York Times, DeBellevue is a “master of overlooked and underloved materials.” His extensive solo and group exhibition history at museums, galleries, and non- profits includes Museum Ludwig (Cologne), Roger Björkholmen Gallery (Stockholm), Emmanuel Perrotin (Paris), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), The Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio). Among his exhibitions in New York are PS 1 Institute for Contemporary Art, Feature Inc., The Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris and White Columns. Reviews of his work have appeared in Artforum, Flash Art, Art in America and the New York Times. Awards and honors he has received include The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, The Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, and the Versailles Foundation Munn Artist Program (Giverny, France).
Joan Logue: Video Artist
Joan Logue lived and worked in Los Angeles until 1977 and currently resides in New York. In LA in 1969 Joan became a photographic portrait artist and pioneered the first video program at the American Film Institute. Logue has been the recipient of a number of grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1998), grants from The French Ministry of Culture (1983, 1985, 1991, 1992) and The National Endowment for the Arts (1976, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1989) and Massachusetts Council on the Arts (1985 1988), She has taught at numerous universities including California Institute of the Arts (1971-74), University of California, Los Angeles (1975), Otis Art Institute (1976) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996). Logue’s work has been exhibited at various galleries and festivals including Avant Garde Film Festival; NY, Holly Soloman Gallery; NY, Whitney Museum of Art; NY, Walker Art Center; MN, Venice Biennale (1984), and Documenta 8; Kassel, Germany.
Lucas Thorpe: Photographer
Lucas Thorpe is a New York based artist. His photographic work traverses the public space depicting a personal narrative of loss and regeneration. His work has been shown in both national and international exhibitions, in print and online media. He completed his MFA from School of Visual Arts, and BFA from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. His selected exhibitions include “Phantom city” at Fashion District Arts Festival, NY, Camera Club of New York 2013, “Dear Dave” curated by Stephen Frailey at Photoville NY. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Neon Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Visual Arts Journal “Surrounded by America” and Dear Dave Magazine. He has been awarded the Aaron Siskind Fellowship and Review Santa Fe.
Norma Markley: Multimedia Artis
New York-based artist Norma Markley is represented by Y Gallery in NY Lower Eastside. Her most recent solo Installations at Y (2012) Yes : No and (2009) Day n Nite(2009) follow exhibitions throughout the US and internationally. She received a NYFA award in Drawing in 2003. Markley earned an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and a BA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. In felicitously chosen media, she recombines various apple pie images of Americana.
In ‘Highway X’ Markley will present the approaches (collage, silk screen, sewing, neon) and the routes (images of roadside motels and drive-ins), through which she arrives at subtle messages of popular culture.
1. Route X. 2. …to get onto Highway Y. 3. …leave paved X… 4. Reaches paved Y… 5. …follow X… 6. …use leisurely looping Z 7. …to get to Y… 8. Back to Highway X.
Dave Mckenzie: Sculptor, Video and Performance Artist
Dave McKenzie is a New York based artist who works with video, performance, and sculpture. In 2000, he received a BFA in printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. His most recent exhibitions include Where the Good Lord Split You, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles (2013); The Ungovernables: New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); Citizen, Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin (2011); Dave McKenzie, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2010); 30 Seconds Off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2009); Black is, Black Ain’t, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago (2008), and Museum as Hub: Six Degrees, New Museum, New York (2008).
Tara Sabharwal: Painting and Printmaking
Tara Sabharwal born in Delhi, studied painting at MS University in Baroda, India and completed her Masters from Royal College of Art in London. Sabharwal explores themes of lost, remembered and revisited personal narratives. Sabharwal is inspired by multiple realities and the overlapping of time produces paintings and prints that are mostly inspired by natural and architectural imagery. She has had solo shows in London, Germany, New York, Japan, Italy, France, and Portugal. She has taught at the Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Union, City University (CUNY) and the Rubin Museum of Art. Her work is in collections of British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Peabody Essex Museum in Boston. Tara lives and works between India, UK and NY.
Anne Katrine Senstad: Multimedia and Installation Artist
Anne Katrine Senstad is a multidisciplinary Norwegian artist who lives and works in New York City. She works at the intersection of installation art, photography, video, land art, architecture and sculpture. She has exhibited widely internationally at Zendai Moma in Shanghai, ThisIsNotAgallery in Buenos Aires, Gallery Nine5 and Elga Wimmer Gallery in NY, Pink Gallery in Seoul and KK Projects in New Orleans amongst others. Her work has been part of numerous public art commission in collaboration with the internationally renowned architecture firm Snøhetta and Ohio State Arts Council Percent for Art Program, at The Wolfe Center for the Arts, BGSU, Ohio. In 2013 she was part of the 55th Venice Biennial as part of exhibition “Metamorphoses of the Virtual”. She has also been part of Art fairs including Scope Miami, Scope New York, DIVA Paris, London book Art Fair/Serpentine Gallery, and a numerous in Paris, Miami, Sao Paolo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Korea.
Ruby Chishti: Installation Artist
Ruby Chishti was born in Jhang Pakistan. Over the last 13 years, she has produced a series of lyrical sculptures and installations that touch on such issues as gender politics, universal theme of love, loss and of being human. Her work has been exhibited at various international venues including Art HongKong, Arco Madrid, India Art Fair, the Queens Museum NY; the Harris Museum, Preston UK; Taubman Museum of Art, Virginia; Icon Gallery in NY, and Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delhi. Graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore Pakistan, Ruby Chishti now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. “Art comes from life” is a lecture focused on Ruby Chishti’s unique Art practice.
Peter Dudek: Multimedia Artist
Peter Dudek is a sculptor, teacher, independent curator. He teaches sculpture at Hunter College and the School of Visual Arts in NYC and was recently commissioned to create a series of murals for downtown North Adams, Massachusetts. In addition he is the Director of Cultural Programming at Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock in Adams, Massachusetts (www.bascomlodge.net) and has curated several exhibitions in NYC including Dead-Fit Beauty; Architecture, Architecture, Architecture; and Photasm. He received his Masters Degree in sculpture from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Primarily a sculptor, his work has been recently exhibited at the Herter Gallery (UMass, Amherst) and Ventana 244 in Brooklyn.
Fall 2013 Schedule
No Artist Lectures / Class will meet
Shane Hope : Multimedia
Shane Hope’s research-based practice is foremost a form of Future Studies. It’s from contemporary technoprogressive, technoanarchist, transhumanist, H+, hard sci-fi and singularitarian ideas that he filters-out fodder for more forward-looking visual responses. He describes his painterly depictions, which are built by way of modding molecular modeling research software, crafting code to perform generative crystallography, and hand-hobbling together DIY 3D-printers, as “plans for playborground ball pits of pure operationality all about an atomic admin access-privs picturesque”. Hope studied New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute, Information Arts at San Francisco State University, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Shane’s work has been shown at Susanne Vielmetter Projects and Carmichael Gallery in LA; Winkleman Gallery, Bushwick Storefront and Thatcher Projects in NY; and will be featured this Fall in SF’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts “Dissident Futures” exhibition.
Gregory Coats: Painting and installation
Gregory Coates is a master of minor artistic intervention that triggers major effects: “The less I do, the more honest I am”. Coates earned his formal training from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture – Maine and Kunst Akademie Duesseldorf – Germany. Coates has been awarded numerous awards including the Edward Mitchell Bannister Award, Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant, New York Artist Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and was also Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem NY. He has recently exhibited at Soft Machine Gallery – Allentown PA, Shin-Puh-Kan – Kyoto, Japan. He has had solo exhibitions at N’Namdi Contemporary, Miami, along with solos shows in Japan, Philadelphia, Chicago, Austria, Germany and many more. He has been a visiting artist for summer session at School of the Visual Art New York, NY since 2000. Coates work can be found in many public and private collections including Smithsonian Institute of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem NY, and in Japan, Florida, Canada and Germany. He is represented by Magnan Metz Gallery in Chelsea, New York.
Jade Townsend: Painting/Drawing
Jade Townsend lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, VOLTA New York, Leslie Heller Workspace New York, Chattanooga TN, and Minneapolis. He has had group exhibitions in Columbus OH, Hamburg DE, Santonio TX, Seattle WA, Queens Museum of Art NY, Havana Cuba, Socrates Sculpture Park NY, and also in Germany and Switzerland. Jade Townsend’s highly theatrical sculptures and installations use familiar imagery to explore themes of displacement, allegory, and alchemy, with subjects drawn from history, literature, popular culture, and everyday life. Townsend’s works integrate many types of materials in a diverse range of forms.
George Gittoes: Painter/film
George Gittoes is an Australian Artist and filmmaker. With global vision, George Gittoes has set up mobile studios for three decades, creating works in regions of conflict and upheaval around the world. He has worked in North America, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, the Sub Continent, Far East, Asia Pacific and Africa, creating works in both traditional and digital mediums, still and moving images, within a matrix of cultural interfaces. In 2011 a retrospective exhibition of his work, curated by James Harithas was presented at Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston. He produced three Pashtun dramas in Jalalabad, Afghanistan “Love city”, “Talk Show” and “The Tailor’s Story” 2011-2012. He has participated in Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany for Film and performance. He recently completed a feature documentary “Love City Jalalabad”, produced by Piraya Films, Stavanger, Norway. Gittoes is currently making films in Afghanistan, painting and drawing and creating his opus multi media work, Night Vision, while continuing to move around the globe.
Doug Bucci: Jewelry design and Educator
Doug Bucci is a jewelry designer and educator. Bucci earned his MFA (1998) from The Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. His work utilizes digital processes to explore and display biological systems and the effect of disease on the body. Bucci’s work has appeared in multiple periodicals and texts including Metalsmith magazine, American Craft magazine, and Lark Book’s, 500 series & Darling Publication’s, The Jewelry Compendium. His work is in the collections of the Windsor Castle, Berkshire, London; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Newark Museum, NJ; Deutsche Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Germany; and Design Museo, Helsinki, Finland.
David Henderson: Sculpture
David Henderson lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Atlanta, GA, he received his BA at Bard College, and his MFA at Columbia University. He has shown at Knoedler Gallery, Michael Steinberg Fine Arts, Kristen Frederickson Contemporary, Exit Art, and other locations in and around New York City, and across the country. He is currently represented by William Siegal Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. His modular, reconfigurable installation, “A Brief History of Aviation”, has travelled to 6 locations, currently Auburn University in Alabama, and is the subject of a feature article in Sculpture Magazine (January/February2013).
Karina Skvirsky: Photography/ Video/ Performance
Karina Aguilera Skvirsky is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video and performance. In 2010, she participated in There is always a cup of sea for man to sail, the 29th Sao Paolo Biennial, where she exhibited work from her project, Memories of Development, a multi-part project that investigates the psychological and cultural legacy of Latin America’s “third world” status through performance, video, and photography. Skvirsky’s work has been exhibited internationally in group and solo shows including: DPM Gallery, Guayaquil, Ecuador (2012), La Ex-Culpable, Lima, Peru (2010), Scaramouche Art, NY (2010), Galeria Proceso (a parallel exhibition with the Cuenca Biennial 2009), The Grossman Gallery, PA,(2008), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT (2007), Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY (2006), Smack Mellon, NY (2007), Momenta Art, NY (2006) and others.
Dawn Clements: Painting / Works on paper
Dawn Clements lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work was included in Paper (Saatchi Gallery, London); 2010 Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, 2010); Edward Hopper and Contemporary Art (Kunsthalle Vienna, 2008); Aperto at the Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy, 1993). She exhibited her collaborative work with sculptor Marc Leuthold at Pierogi (Brooklyn, NY, 2012) and has had solo exhibitions at Pierogi, Hales Gallery (London), Acme Los Angeles, and Middlebury College Museum of Art. She has received fellowships from Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Ms. Clements’ work can be found in many public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art (NY); Whitney Museum of American Art (NY); and Saatchi Collection (London). Ms. Clements is represented by Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
Kara Rooney: Artist/ Critic/ Curator
Kara Rooney is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer and critic. She is the Associate Art Editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and faculty member at School of Visual Arts where she teaches art history and aesthetics. Her visual work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including The Trinity Museum, NY; Queens College Art Center, NY; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, CA; Gallery Aferro, NJ; the Chelsea Art Museum, NY; the International Women’s Museum, CA; the Jersey City Museum, NJ; the Montclair Art Museum, NJ; and the Pera Museum, Istanbul. Her critical writings have been published in Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic and Performa Live as well as in conjunction with the collaborative writing group, Open Dialogues. Kara earned her M.F.A in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts in 2009.
Nina Chanel Abney: Painting
New York-based artist Nina Chanel Abney is known for placing figures based on real people into imaginative worlds to create large genre paintings that deal with controversial issues regarding race and gender. She is interested in revealing racism that is hidden in the everyday, and loosens the dialogue around race and sexuality. Nina is represented by Kravets|Wehby Gallery in New York and has been included in The Incomplete Paris exhibition curated by Hubert Neumann, The Glamour Project at Lehman Maupin Gallery, and the next generation of exciting artists by Paper Magazine. Nina was featured in W Magazine’s Art Issue and currently has a painting on view at the Brooklyn Museum as part of an exhibition of recent acquisitions. She is featured in the publication Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting, as well as the Rubell Family Collection’s 30 American’s exhibition which traveled from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and is currently at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.
David Opdyke: Multimedia/Installation artist
David Opdyke lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens. Growing up in Schenectady, NY in the 1970’s and 80’s, Opdyke witnessed the collapse of manufacturing in the city and the sprawl of suburban developments bulldozing over surrounding woods and farmland. Those images of transformation and decay permeate his work today. After his BFA in Painting from the University of Cincinnati, he moved to New York, working as a scenic painter and architectural model maker during the day to support his art habit. Roebling Hall, an upstart gallery a block away from his loft in Williamsburg, gave him his first big break in 1999. He quit his day job in 2004. Opdyke has also worked with Ronald Feldman Gallery in Soho, and is now represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in Chelsea. He works in a wide range of media and scales, from hyper-realistic models and complex sculptures to intricate ink drawings and large-scale installations.
J.J Sedelmaier: Animation
J.J. Sedelmaier has inhabited the industry of animation for over 30 years. He cut his teeth as an entry level “inbetweener” on half hour TV specials like “The Berenstain Bears” and “Strawberry Shortcake”. By 1990, he opened J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. in White Plains, NY and proceeded to revolutionize how people perceive the use and craft of animation. JJSP is responsible for launching: MTV’s “Beavis and Butt-Head”, Saturday Night Live “Saturday TV Funhouse” cartoons, Tek Jansen for The Colbert Report, and over 500 other animation and design projects.
Kyle Coniglio: Painting / Printmaking
Sitting in a space between anecdote and allegory, Coniglio’s campy, often tragic self-portraits explore the artist’s personal relationship to the male body and gender. He received his BFA in studio art from Montclair State University and a MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University. Over the past couple of years his work has been included in shows at the International Print Center New York (NY, NY), the University of Connecticut (Stamford, CT), Annie Wharton Gallery in Los Angeles (LA, California), and Anna Kustera Gallery (NY, NY), as well as throughout his native state of New Jersey. Coniglio was a 2012-13 fellow of the Queer/Art/Mentorship program and an affiliated fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 2012. He has taught at Caldwell College and currently teaches at William Paterson University and Montclair State University.
No lectures – Finals week
Spring 2013 Schedule
Cyrilla Mozenter:Multimedia Artist.
Cyrilla Mozenter’s installations, sculptures and drawings are constructed from felt, handmade paper and found objects. Select solo exhibitions include the Adam Baumgold Gallery (NY, 2010), the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (CT, 2005-06), the Dieu Donné Papermill (NY, 2002), and the Drawing Center (NY, 2000). Mozenter has been awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and an Artist Grant from Artists Space. She has taught at The Cooper Union School of Art, Parson’s School of Design, and is currently teaching at Pratt Institute. cyrillamozenter.com
Win Knowlton: Sculptor.
Win Knowlton is a sculptor who lives and works in New York City. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design and a degree in ornamental horticulture (from SUNY Farmingdale). He received the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 1999, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1991. Knowlton’s work has been shown in PS1 and recent exhibitions include solo shows in Paris, France and Vienna, Austria. Sculptures of Win Knowlton’s can be found in several public collections including Brooklyn Museum, MoMA (NY), National Gallery, Fogg Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, and the Whitney Museum. In his lecture he will present work done over the past 10-20 years with anecdotal information related to methods and thoughts. www.winknowlton.com
Jimmy Margulies: Cartoonist.
Jimmy Margulies is currently the nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist for The Record (NJ), and has worked for The Houston Post and Journal Newspapers of Maryland and Virginia prior. He has a BFA in graphic design from Carnegie Mellon University. Margulies’ cartoons appear in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Time, Time.com, Newsweek, Business Week, among many others. He won the 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 Clarion Award for editorial cartoons from The Association for Women in Communications, as well as the 2005 Berryman Award for editorial cartoons from The National Press Foundation of Washington, DC. In the 2010 Berryman Award, he won Honorable Mention, and in 1993 won Second Prize in the Berryman. In 2003 and 2004, he placed third in the National Headliner Award. He received third place in the 2001 Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Contest sponsored by the United Nations Foreign Correspondents Association. In 1996 he won both the National Headliner Award for editorial cartoons and The Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition.
Marc Leuthold: Clay Sculptor.
Marc Leuthold creates objects and mixed media installations that create a dialogue between cultures, history, and the senses. Leuthold has work in major museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Houston. Leuthold has been invited to create art in numerous locations throughout the world. Leuthold has taught art at Princeton University, Parsons School of Design in New York City and is currently Professor of Art at the State University of New York. Leuthold is an elected lifetime member of the International Academy of Ceramics since 1999, Geneva, Switzerland. marcleuthold.com/
Jane Kent: Printmaker.
Jane Kent makes prints, paintings, drawings and artists’ books. She is known most for her printmaking and collaborations at some of the nations leading fine art presses. Her work has most recently been shown at CG Boerner Gallery, NY, the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS., the International Print Center of New York and in the exhibition “Lyrical Color”, Pocket Utopia Gallery, NY. She has also had solo exhibitions including Montclair Art Museum and Princeton University Graphic Arts Collection, as well as group shows at National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC) and the Brooklyn Museum.
Carol Salmanson: Light Sculpture / Installations.
Carol Salmanson creates large installations and unique objects with light as both medium and subject. Originally from Rhode Island, Salmanson is based in Brooklyn. She received a BS from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She subsequently attended the Arts Students League, the School of Visual Arts as a Public Art Resident, and the National Academy of Fine Arts as an Abbey Mural Workshop Fellow. Her work has been seen nationally and internationally; her most recent solo exhibition was held in 2012 at StorefrontBushwick, and her window installation Park Lights was seen in Manhattan in 2011. “Hercules Lite” is on view through January in Space Invaders, an exhibition of site-specific installations curated by Karin Bravin at Lehman College. Her next solo exhibition will be at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in 2013. Carol Salmanson will speak about her work with light and reflective materials. www.carolsalmanson.com
Pedro Barbeito:Painter / Digital Artist.
Pedro Barbeito lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Painting and Sculpture in 1996. Barbeito has exhibited his work internationally for the past fourteen years. Solo exhibition venues include Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Basilico Fine Arts and Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York, Parra-Romero Gallery in Madrid, Charest-Weinberg Gallery in Miami, and Galerie Richard in Paris. He has participated in museum exhibits at the Rose Art Museum in Massachusetts; the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, The Netherlands; The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Florida; and the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, among others. In his presentation Barbeito will discuss the various series of paintings he has been working on since 1996. www.pedrobarbeito.com
Rachel Youens: Painter / Critic.
Painter Rachel Youens’ will speak on the unabashedly naturalistic method of observation that undergirds her current series of panoramic paintings. Working with casually disordered yet carefully considered table-scapes overflowing with flowers and cloth, wood and metal fragments, breads and ceramics. Rachel Youens was a Guggenheim Fellow in painting (2008 –09), recipient of a Pollack Krasner grant (2005), and has exhibited at Sideshow Gallery and elsewhere. She also wrote for The Brooklyn Rail’s artscene section for several years. She currently teaches at the Parsons School of Design and at LaGuardia Community College. Youens also has exhibited in Holland, Turkey, and Spain. www.ryouens.com
Carlos Estevez: Multimedia Artist.
Carlos Estevez was born in Havana, Cuba and currently lives and works in Miami, FL. Over the past twenty years, Estevez has explored the relationship between man and the universe in his artwork. Through a wide range of mediums, he has set out to give a visual representation of many philosophical concepts. His work has been exhibited worldwide including Fine Art Museum, Havana, Cuba; Los Angeles; Center of Contemporary Art in New Orleans; Switzerland; Paris; Japan; Spain; and VI and VII Havana Biennale, Cuba. In 2009 he had his first mid-career retrospective at UB Galleries, Buffalo University, NY. Public and private collections consist of National Museum of Fine Arts in Cuba, The Bronx Museum, Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and Miami Art Museum. His presentation will deal with his latest project titled Memorabilia. “the pieces in the show reflect a certain shift in his work – including materials and techniques, such as drawing and painting with smoke. … these paintings are inspired by the medieval tapestries at the Musée de Cluny in Paris.” (source: cubanartnews.org)
Artist Website: www.carlosestevez.net
Anthony Giocolea: Photographer.
Anthony Goicolea obtained a BA in Art History and a BFA in Painting from the University of Georgia and received my MFA from Pratt. He was accepted into the “AIM” program at the Bronx Museum of Art and has been awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, the 2005 BMW Photo Paris Award and the 2006 CINTAS Fellowship. Anthony Goicolea lives and works in New York and exhibits in the US and overseas. Goicolea’s work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, MOMA, The Guggenheim, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Hirshhorn Museum, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The ASU Museum of Art, The Miami Art Museum, The Helmond and the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, The Herbert Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, El Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla in Leon, Spain, The Yale University Collection and 21C Museum in Kentucky. Twin Palms press has published three books of Goicolea’s work & a collection of videos. www.anthonygoicolea.com
Todd Bartel: Collage Artist & Curator.
Todd Bartel: The Histories of Landscape and Collage Are the Same Story
Todd Bartel is a painter, curator and gallery director at the Cambridge School of Weston. He received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School Design and MFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. Bartel was awarded a Connecticut Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant in 2000. Bartel has taught at Brown University, Manhattanville College and Carnegie Mellon University. Todd Bartel’s work and presentation investigates the interconnected histories of collage and landscape. His work has been exhibited nationally in venues that include Palo Alto Art Center (CA), Katonah Museum (NY), Brockton Art Museum (MA), Zieher Smith (New York), Mills Gallery (Boston, MA), Iona College (New Rochelle, NY). toddbartel.tumblr.com
Geoffrey Chadsey: Figurative Drawing.
Geoffrey Chadsey is a figure drawer who lives and works in New York City. Chadsey received his BA from Harvard University in Visual and Environmental Studies, and MFA in photography and drawing at California College of the Arts. He has had many shows around the country including solo shows at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, James Harris Gallery in Seattle, Electric Works Gallery in San Francisco, and the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu. Twice he has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as recent NYFA and NEFA fellow. “Resolutely unglamorous, Chadsey’s young men, no hunks, preen and pose, sometimes grotesquely transformed by superimpositions that seem to be materialized projections of their fantasies…. These drawings in water-soluble colored pencil on mylar are skillfully delineated, visually powerful, and, even these days, disturbing and provocative.” (DeWitt Chang of Huffington Post) geoffreychadsey.com
Angela Dufresne: Painter.
Angela Dufresne received a MFA from Tyler School of Art, PA and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, KS. She is a painter who does both landscapes and portraiture, as well as collages and video. Dufresne’s work has recently been exhibited at American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY; Ogunquit Museum of American Art, ME; Macalester College Art Gallery, MN; Wayne State University, MI; Sarah Lawrence College, NY; CRG Gallery, NY; and Monya Rowe Gallery, NY. Her work has also been the subject of a solo exhibition at The Hammer Museum, CA, and included in group exhibitions at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, NY, and The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, MA. In 2010 Dufresne curated the group exhibition titled “FuckHeads: Portraiture for the Silicone Enlightenment” which was exhibited at Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA and traveled to SCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque. In 2012, she was a Core Critic at Yale University, New Haven, CT. Dufresne is currently an Assistant Professor at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Fall 2012 Schedule
Zeke Berman: Photographer.
Zeke Berman has been making singular, studio-based photographs since the late 1970’s. The formal range of his work, and his sculptural use of materials is varied, original and idiosyncratic. His photos reflect a long standing interest in visual cognition, optics and the intersection between sculpture, photography and drawing. Berman’s work has been collected, exhibited and published nationally at museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. His awards include Guggenheim, NEA and NYFA Fellowships. www.zekeb.com
Susan Ewing: Sculptor. Miniature to Monumental
Susan Ewing has headed the undergraduate and graduate Jewelry/Metals program at Miami University since 1981 and is currently Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts. From 1997-99, Ewing was a Senior Fulbright Lecturing Scholar at the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague, Czech Republic; in 1999, she taught at the Royal College of Art, London, England. In 1996, Ewing was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ohio Designer Craftsmen. In 1993, President Clinton honored Ewing as one of eighty artists selected for the White House Collection of American Craft. She has received five Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships since 1987. Ewing’s collaborations with Czech sculptor Vratislav K. Novák resulted in two major public art commissions, including Konvergence (2003) and Crystalline Tower (2001/2005), both in Cincinnati. Ewing was commissioned to create StarLine for the Veterans Memorial in West Chester, Ohio (2005) and most recently, StarSphere 2010, for Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Communication.
Denise Green: Painter and Writer.
Building an International Career: A New Pathway for Navigating the Art World In her lecture and in her book, Denise Green: An Artist’s Odyssey, Green charts the shifting landscape of the New York art scene from 1970 to 2010, mapping out her challenges as an international artist in a gallery and museum culture experiencing constant transformation. This new book provides instruction for any artist imagining a career in the art world as well as a personal account of a life and career lived inside the global art scene. Green is a NYC based artist and writer. She is the author of Metonymy in Contemporary Art: A New Paradigm. Since 1972 she has had over 115 solo exhibitions. She has collaborated as an editor of Semiotext(e) and is an MFA critic at PAFA. Her writings have appeared in Art Press, Art Monthly Australia and Art and Australia. Retrospectives have taken place at P.S. 1/MoMA, The Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney) and the Museum Kurhaus Kleve (Germany). In 2007 she was awarded the Order of Australia. www.denisegreen.net
Amer Kobaslija: Painter.
One Hundred Views of Kesennuma: Paintings of Japan’s Altered Landscape Originally from Bosnia, Amer Kobaslija fled the war-ravaged country and moved to Germany in the early nineties. He studied art at the Kunst Akademie in Düsseldorf before immigrating to the United States where at Montclair State he earned an MFA in painting in 2005. Kobaslija lives in New York City. He is represented by the George Adams Gallery in New York. His work has been exhibited internationally and reviewed by various publications including The New York Times, Art in America and ArtNews. Kobaslija has been recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant and the Joan Mitchel Foundation Award. He is currently an assistant professor of art at Gettysburg College. The focus of the talk will be on Kobaslija’s recent series of paintings One Hundred Views of Kesennuma, an ongoing project made in response to the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed much of the east coast of Japan in March 2011. Kobaslija will show the slides of the paintings made after taking numerous trips to the devastated areas with his Japanese father-in-law.
John Ensor Parker: Multimedia Artist.
John Ensor Parker is a painter, video and new media artist whose work draws upon both analytical and primitive processes. The language of mathematics, Newtonian and modern physics inform his philosophies, as does the human condition. Much of his work includes scientific principles, “but that’s not the basis – it’s really to look at our world from multiperspectives. In order to develop further inquiry into ourselves, we must have an understanding of our environment, as its laws dictate our possibilities”. In addition to gallery exhibitions, his works include large-scale public art works including “To the People of Orlando” in Orlando, Florida, projections on the façade of The New Museum and a 30,000 square foot video mapping installation on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage.
Sarah Walker: Painter. Eyefinger
Sarah Walker layers complex systems that overlay, intersect, see through, and seemingly engage each other. Her lattice-like structures suggest blood vessels or crystals, also microchips with nodal connection points or perhaps the neurons of the brain. Constellations of objects are moving through and encountering these networks, like objects in a futuristic structure floating in dark space. Recent solo exhibitions include Edge of Everywhere at Pierogi, Eyefinger at Gregory Lind Gallery as well as the following group exhibitions: Art on Paper: the 41st Exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Midnight Full of Stars at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape at the Neuberger Museum, Purchase College. Collections include: Museum of Modern Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Neuberger Museum, Weatherspoon Museum and the DeCordova Museum. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. www.sarahwalker.org
Gianni Sirch: Art Historian, Critic and Filmmaker.
Documenta 13: A Critical Balance Gianni Sirch is an art historian, critic and filmmaker who combines interests in contemporary art and visual anthropology. Since 2000 he has taught Art Theory and Criticism at New York University, Master Program in Studio Art, based in Venice and Berlin. He has been a lecturer at La Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo’ NYU, Columbia University Teacher’s College, Syracuse University and Udine University, Italy. His last documentary project, shot in South Africa, will premiere at the next Florence “Festival dei Popoli”.
Cyrilla Mozenter: Multimedia Artist.
Cyrilla Mozenter’s installations, sculptures and drawings are constructed from felt, handmade paper and found objects. Select solo exhibitions include the Adam Baumgold Gallery (NY, 2010), the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (CT, 2005-06), the Dieu Donné Papermill (NY, 2002), and the Drawing Center (NY, 2000). Mozenter has been awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and an Artist Grant from Artists Space. She has taught at The Cooper Union School of Art, Parson’s School of Design, and is currently teaching at Pratt Institute. cyrillamozenter.com
Franklin Einspruch: Painter and Critic.
Franklin Einspruch’s work spans a wide range of traditional and digital media. While maintaining a studio practice as a painter, he is active in art criticism and comics, and has long experience in Web-based publishing. His art has appeared in fifteen solo exhibitions and over two dozen group exhibitions. He has received several notable grants, and completed artist residencies at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts (Paros, GR), Stock 20 (Taichung, TW), the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation (Cranberry Isles, ME), and the Morris Graves Foundation (Loleta, CA). Einspruch is a member of AICA-USA, and has authored over a hundred published essays and art reviews. He contributes regularly to Art in America and the New Criterion. He produces one of the longest-running blogs about visual art, Artblog.net, and a webcomic, The Moon Fell On Me. www.einspruch.com
Paul Coldwell: Printmaking, Sculpture and Drawing. Objects and Journeys
Paul Coldwell’s work focuses on themes of journey, absence and loss, explored through sculptures, prints, artist’s books and installations and is held in numerous public collections both in UK and abroad. He is Professor of Fine Art at the University of the Arts London, a position he has held since 2001. His practice extends to curatorial projects; he has curated a number of exhibitions including Morandi’s Legacy; Influences on British Art in 2006 and published writings on amongst others Michael Craig-Martin, Christiane Baumgartner and Paula Rego. His current book Printmaking; A Contemporary Perspective was published by Black Dog Publishing in 2010. His talk entitled Objects and Journeys will focus on the relationship between printmaking and sculpture and his use of objects to construct images of vulnerability and uncertainty. www.paulcoldwell.org
Charlotte Hodes: Multimedia Artist. Silhouettes and Filigree
Charlotte Hodes’ practice as an artist takes the form of painting, collage, ceramics and glass. She has exhibited widely including a recent solo exhibition at Marlborough Gallery London, ‘Glasstress’ at the 54th Venice Biennial 2007 and Millesgården Stockholm, Sweden 2011, the Design Museum London and Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2005-2007 she was appointed the first Associate Artist at the Wallace Collection London where she staged a solo show of ceramics vessels and intricate paper cuts which was the culmination of her research into the collection’s eighteenth century paintings and French porcelain. She was awarded the prestigious Jerwood Prize for Drawing in 2006. Charlotte is Professor in Fine Art at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Charlotte ‘s presentation entitled ‘Silhouettes and Filigree’ will explore the way in which her working methodology of collage is integral to her visual language. charlottehodes.com
Hiroyuki Hamada: Sculptor.
“Japanese-born artist Hiroyuki Hamada creates highly individualized and powerfully elegant abstract forms. But his chosen medium is more complicated, and his fastidiously textured surfaces more intricate” (Marilyn Stokstad & Michael W. Cothren, Art: A Brief History, 4th edition). Hiroyuki’s initial interest was in drawings and paintings. Although his work has developed toward sculpture, his method still involves intensive surface treatment with paint as well as texture and three-dimensional elements. He has exhibited around the world including Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Coleman Burke Gallery, Scope Art Basel Miami, Scope Art Basel Switzerland, and O.K. Harris Works of Art. Hamada has received the New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ fellowship, a grant from Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and was awarded a fellowship from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. www.hiroyukihamada.com
Saya Woolfalk: Multimedia Artist.
The Empathics Saya Woolfalk is a New York artist who re-imagines the world in multiple dimensions (sculpture, installation, painting, performance and video). She has exhibited at MoMA PS1; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; Momenta Art; and Performa 09; and has been written about in Sculpture Magazine and on Art21’s blog. With funding from the NEA, her solo exhibition, The Institute of Empathy, ran at Real Art Ways from Fall 2010 to Spring 2011. While an artist-in-residence at the Newark Museum, Saya Woolfalk developed a solo project for the Montclair Art Museum to be presented fall 2012. Saya Woolfalk: The Empathics is MAM’s solo exhibition encompasses installation, sculpture, textiles, painting, video, and performance art. The performance element incorporated was developed and performed by the artist in collaboration with students from Montclair State University’s Department of Theater and Dance. Woolfalk’s vibrant, interactive work blends fantasy, humor, and play to address fundamental questions about how people define themselves and each other in today’s global culture. www.sayawoolfalk.com
Spring 2012 Schedule
ART FORUM LECTURE SERIES
AARON JOHNSON, Painter
Aaron Johnson is a painter based in Brooklyn. His reverse-painted acrylic-polymer-peel paintings inhabit the realms between the erotic-catastrophic/ecstatic-psychotic/comic-tragic, fusing diverse painting vocabularies into his own distinctive breed of Americana-grotesque, all rendered obsessively with tender brutality. Roberta Smith in The New York Times describes his works as “visceral, beautiful and flamboyantly timely, which is saying a lot.” Johnson received his MFA from Hunter College, N.Y. in 2005. His work has been exhibited internationally at such venues as Stux Gallery, New York; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, N.Y.; Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen; Gallery Brandstrup, Oslo; The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space, Beirut; and Kunsthalle Exnergrasse (Vienna). Johnson’s exhibitions have been reviewed in many publications including Modern Painters, Art News, Beautiful Decay, Kunst International, The Village Voice, and The New York Times. In 2007, he was awarded a Space Program grant from The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, and is MacDowell Colony Fellow for 2012. His work is in the permanent collections of The Weisman Foundation and The Museum of Modern Art. Visit his website at www.aaronjohnsonart.com
SIMON POPE, Artist
Simon Pope is an artist (1966, UK) who has exhibited widely, including the Venice Biennale of Art (2003), Documenta X (1997) and Ars Electronica (1998). He was formerly a member of the new media artists’ group, I/O/D with Matthew Fuller and Colin Green (1992-’99). Recent work includes the film Memory Marathon (2010) and A Common Third (2010). In 2011, Pope was artist in residence at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK, and a “virtual resident” at the Proboscis studio in London. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada and London, UK. Drawing on the concept of the “theoretical object,” Pope will present a survey of his recent work, (and a glimpse into forthcoming projects) to identify ways in which the relationships between artist, participant and wider audience can be described in participatory art practice. For more information, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/simonpope.
JUAN PUNTES, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of White Box Gallery (WBX)
What is White Box?
At the start of its 14th year, WBX’s mission continues to follow the core of its original mandate — to present broad-ranging contemporary art forms by innovative artists and curators whose efforts to exhibit thought-provoking, intellectually and visually challenging art is many times overlooked and, at times, question the more popular, media and market-oriented focus of other New York contemporary arts venues. WBX’s purpose sets it apart from other organizations by not exclusively focusing on artists nor is it strictly a curator-based exhibition space. In this capacity, WBX has developed a multipurpose direction allowing it to examine and present the contemporary arts from within their culturally specific contexts while providing a forum in which, aside from the general public, youth, students and seasoned arts professionals can explore, learn and engage with new ideas. The subsequent exhibitions and other programs arise from today’s complex issues and multilayered elements that influence and impact everyone culturally and that are associated with other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and the politics and transformations resulting from a global consumer marketplace. WBX has become known as a venue in which the general public, students and arts professionals can meet, dialogue and exchange ideas that are socially and culturally transformative. As such, White Box has gained peer recognition for being a welcome haven, one that sponsors and endorses open and flexible approaches while embracing a global focus in the selection of its collaborators, partners, curators and artists.
VERONICA ROBERTS, Curator/Writer
Veronica Roberts is a New York-based curator, writer, and Sol LeWitt scholar. She currently holds two positions — as adjunct associate curator of Contemporary Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and as director of research for the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Catalogue Raisonné, to be published digitally by Artifex Press. Roberts first met LeWitt when she worked closely with the artist to coordinate his 2000 retrospective for the Whitney Museum in New York. Most recently, in spring 2011, she guest curated the exhibition, Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt for the Craig F. Starr Gallery in New York – the first show to look closely at the ways their decade-long friendship had a crucial impact on their lives and artistic practices. Roberts previously worked in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she curated the 2010 exhibition, Lee Bontecou: All Freedom in Every Sense. She received her B.A. from Williams College and her M.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
DEANNA PETHERBRIDGE, Artist
Professor Emeritus Deanna Petherbridge is presently visiting professor of drawing at the University of the Arts, London, and supervises PhD students. She is an artist whose practice is entirely drawing based and she has exhibited internationally and curated exhibitions on various themes including the uses of anatomy in art and, currently, on female stereotypes in witchcraft imagery. She is the author of The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice (Yale University Press, 2010), and has written and lectured internationally on issues related to drawing, sculpture and architecture.
BERYL KOROT, Video Artist
Since the early 1970s, Beryl Korot has been a pioneer of video art and of multiple channel work, in particular. She was co-editor of Radical Software (1970), the first publication to discuss the possibilities of the new video medium. Her first multiple-channel works — Dachau, 1974 and Text and Commentary — were seen at such diverse venues as The Kitchen (1975), Leo Castelli Gallery (1977), Documenta 6 (1977), the Whitney Museum (1980, 2002), The Carnegie Museum (1990), and The Aldrich Museum (2010), among others. Her painted text-based hand-woven canvases in an original language were exhibited in 1986 at the John Weber Gallery and in 1990 at the Carnegie Museum (Points of Departure). Two video/music collaborations with Steve Reich — The Cave, 1993, and Three Tales, 2002 — brought video installation art into a theatrical context. Both works continue to be performed and have been installed, apart from live performances, at such venues as the Whitney Museum, the Carnegie Museum, the Reina Sofia, the Dusseldorf Kunstverein, and ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. Since 2003, she has been creating a new body of video and print work. These new works were exhibited most recently as part of a mini-retrospective at The Aldrich Museum (2010) and the Jaffe-Friede Gallery at Dartmouth College (2011).
MADELINE GINS, Artist/Architect
Madeline Gins is an American artist, architect, and poet. Madeline Gins met her partner, the artist Arakawa, in 1963. Together, they founded the Architectural Body Research Foundation. They have designed and built residences (Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka, Bioscleave House, Shidami Resource Recycling Model House) and parks (Site of Reversible Destiny-Yoro). They have developed an original theory and practice of the relation of the human being to the exterior world, elaborated most extensively in their book, Architectural Body. Arakawa and Gins are, together and separately, the authors of several books and exhibition volumes, most recently Making Dying Illegal.
WENDY WHITE, Artist
Wendy White has had solo exhibitions at Leo Koenig in New York, Galeria Moriarty in Madrid, Van Horn in Dusseldorf, and Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago. She has participated in group exhibitions at Harris Lieberman Gallery, Nicole Klagsbrun, Fredericks & Freiser, and John Connelly Presents, all in New York; Country Club Projects in Los Angeles; The Bemis Center in Omaha; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; CCA Andratx in Mallorca, Spain; Fred Gallery in Leipzig, Germany; Galerie Markus Winter in Berlin; Aschenbach & Hofland in Amsterdam; and Motus Fort in Tokyo. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, Artpapers, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail. White holds an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and a BFA from The Savannah College of Art & Design. She received a 2008 grant from The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. in New York, a 2005 George Segal Painting grant, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation studio grant in 2004. Her work is included in Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting, published by Phaidon Press Limited, London. White is represented by Leo Koenig and lives in New York City.
GRAHAM PARKER, Artist
Graham Parker is an artist and writer based in New York City. His multimedia artwork is influenced by moments of failure or stress in electronic communications and culture and, in turn, the historic failures they echo. In much of the work, there is a strong and recurring interest in the visual systems for depicting and distributing “text.” Parker is particularly interested in the contemporary “illegitimate language” of spam and its historical antecedents (from Medieval slang to 19th-century con artists). He is the author of a book on this subject – Fair Use (notes from spam), published by Book Works. Parker is currently working on a second book project – a cultural history of a 2004 message-board thread – as well as working on an ongoing film series based on the 1973 movie The Sting, and a series of works utilizing hacked ATMs. Major projects include commissions by the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Centre for the Understanding of the Built Environment, Sketch London, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Henry Moore Institute and Tate Gallery Liverpool, amongst others. Parker’s work has been shown throughout the UK, Europe and USA, in both solo and group shows, performances and talks, as well as featuring in public and private collections worldwide. He has written for several art publications as a reviewer and essayist and is also a sports correspondent for The Guardian newspaper. www.grahamparker.info
CHARLOTTE HODES, Painter
Charlotte Hodes is a painter whose current practice takes the form of large-scale intricate paper cuts and ceramics. Collage and drawing is central to her working methodology. Hodes is Reader in Fine Art at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London. In 2005, she was appointed the first Associate Artist at the Wallace Collection, London, where she held a major solo exhibition Fragmented Images. She was the winner of the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2006. Hodes is represented by Marlborough Fine Art London where she held a solo show Silhouettes and Filigree in 2009.
CARL SCHOONOVER, Author
Carl Schoonover is a neuroscience PhD candidate at Columbia University, and the author of Portraits of the Mind. He has written for The New York Times, Le Figaro, The Huffington Post, Science Magazine, Scientific American, Design Observer, LiveScience, Boing Boing, and Commentaire, and cofounded NeuWrite, a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between. He hosts a radio show on WKCR 89.9FM, which focuses on opera, classical music, and their relationship to the brain. He currently lives in New York City and works on microanatomy and electrophysiology of rodent somatosensory cortex in the Bruno laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center. He is represented by The Wylie Agency.
Fall 2011 Schedule
Dr. Miroslav Cogan was born in Czechoslovakia. Dr. Cogan is curator of the art and jewelry collection at the Museum of Bohemian Paradise Turnov. He is also curator of the International Jewelry Symposium in Turnov. Dr. Cogan has collaborated with both the East and South Bohemian Institutes for Monuments Preservation. He has participated in projects and exhibitions in Delft (Holland), Brussels, Prague, Vienna, Poland and Germany. He curated “Ten Days x Ten Years” which was an exhibition and symposia of jewelry from Turnov, which traveled to five university galleries in USA. He has had several books, exhibition catalogs and magazine articles published. His book “Turnov and Bohemian Paradise,” won an award at the Czech Regiontour fair.
Sarah Schmerler has worked as an art critic and journalist in New York City for 14 years. Schmerler’s writing has appeared in newspapers like The New York Post and The New York Times, weekly publications like TimeOut New York and The Village Voice, and monthly and bi-monthly publications like Art in America, ArtNews, Photograph, and Art & Auction. Schmerler has taught Writing for Artists at The New School, and art history at Pratt Institute’s School of Professional Studies and Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn. She is currently the Curator of a virtual exhibition space called 45Projects. She has also curated at a number of non-profit art sites around the City. Schmerler also does consulting.
Denyse Thomasos is an abstract painter who has shown her work both nationally and internationally and is represented by the Lennon, Weinberg Gallery in New York and the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto. She graduated from Yale School of Art in the MFA painting program in 1989 before moving to New York City where she currently lives and works. She has won many awards including a Guggenheim, Pew, Joan Mitchell Award, and several other national and international awards. Her shows have been reviewed by all the main art periodicals including Art News, Artforum, Art in America and Canadian Art. She has also attended a number of artist residencies including Bellagio and Bogliasco in Italy, Yaddo, McDowell and Ucross in the US. In 2008 she received a grant by MICA (Maryland Institute College Arts in Baltimore) to complete a comprehensive body of research on the global privatized prison crisis. Her recent exhibitions include Lennon, Weinberg Gallery in December 2009 and the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto in February 2010. She is an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Rutgers University. http://www.lennonweinberg.com
Vicki DaSilva has been making single frame time exposure light painting photographs at night since 1980. Her work is created in real time on location by drawing with lamps. DaSilva moved to NYC after receiving her BFA from Kutztown University of PA. While at KU she met Keith Haring, a Kutztown, PA native. She was heavily influenced by the convergence of street and graffiti art during the birth of Hip-Hop. Equally influential was the minimalist mega blue chip artist Richard Serra for whom she worked as a personal assistant for 10 years, as well as her internship and assistant years with internationally acclaimed video and performance artist Joan Jonas. Her exploration of light graffiti and light painting as a multi disciplinary, time-based art form anchored in the photographic process continues to push boundaries of intervention art. DaSilva’s recent exhibitions include, Architectural Digest Home Design Show, NYC, “Outsight Inn,” Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ, “The Takeover,” Art Whino, Art Basel Miami Beach and “Back to New York,” HP Garcia Gallery, NYC. http://www.vickidasilva.com
GREG LINDQUIST, Painter.
Greg Lindquist received an MFA in painting and an MS in art history from Pratt Institute in 2007. His work has been recently reviewed in Art in America, ARTnews, the New York Sun, the New York Observer, the Brooklyn Paper and NY Arts Magazine. Lindquist has had solo exhibitions at McCaig-Welles Gallery in Brooklyn, NY (2007); NCSU College of Design (2008); and Bethel University in St. Paul, MN (2008) and Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York, NY (2010). A solo exhibition, Brooklyn Industry, was held at Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2009. He has been in group exhibitions at Elizabeth Harris Gallery (2008), Brooklyn Arts Council (2007) and Sikkema Jenkins & Co. (2006). Lindquist is a contributing writer for The Brooklyn Rail and artcritical.com. http://www.greglindquist.com
Artist Dena Al-Adeeb was born in Baghdad, Iraq. Deported out of Iraq just before the Iraq/Iran War in 1980, she and her family escaped to Kuwait until the beginning of the 1991 Gulf War, when she was forced to relocate to San Francisco, California. Al-Adeeb left the United States in 2003 when she spent time in several places (Mexico, Cuba, Spain, U.A.E, Jordon, Iraq) before moving to Egypt for four years. She returned to the US in 2008. She received her M.A. in Anthropology-Sociology, Visual and Cultural Anthropology at the American University of Cairo. She received her B.A. in International Relations, Middle East and North Africa from San Francisco State University. Her work has been presented in New York, San Francisco, Oakland, Michigan, Sweden, Cairo and at the Orebro International Video Art Festival, the Falaki Gallery, Mashrabia Gallery, Karim Francis Gallery, National Arab American Museum, SomArts Gallery, and Pro-Arts Gallery, among other venues.
“Public Art: the Good, the Bad, and the Truly God-Awful”
Victoria Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. Each year, she structures her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. Her most recent project has been following the US/Mexican border photographing the intersection of geology, politics and culture along the volatile international boundary. She is a recipient of the 2010 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the 2010 Anonymous Was a Woman Award. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Lannan Foundation. http://www.yanceyrichardson.com
Ben Rubin is a media artist based in New York City. Rubin’s work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Science Museum, London, and has been shown at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, and the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. Rubin has created large-scale public artworks for the New York Times, the city of San José, and the Minneapolis Public Library. He is currently developing a site-specific sculpture called Shakespeare Machine for the Public Theater in New York, and just completed Beacon (2010), a luminous rooftop sculpture commissioned for National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. He frequently collaborates with UCLA statistician Mark Hansen, and their joint projects include Moveable Type (2007), and Listening Post (2002), which won the 2004 Golden Nica Prize from Ars Electronica as well as a Webby award in 2003. In 2011, Rubin and Mark Hansen will join forces with the Elevator Repair Service theater ensemble to present Shuffle, a new performance and installation that will re-mix text from three American novels of the 1920s. Mr. Rubin is on the faculty of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, and he has previously taught at the Bard MFA program and the Yale School of Art, where he was appointed critic in graphic design in 2004. During the fall of 2010, he taught a new graduate seminar, “An Anecdotal History of Sound,” at NYU/ITP.
Robin Williams was born in Columbus, Ohio. Her recent solo exhibitions include, “Rescue Party” at PPOW in New York City and “New Work” at Space 414 in Brooklyn. Williams has exhibited at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana CA, the Claire Oliver Gallery and Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn. She’s a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. http://www.robinwilliamsart.com
Jeanne Brasile will be discussing her curatorial practice, which is focused on working with emerging and mid-career artists in non-profit venues. She is particularly engaged in developing exhibitions outside the white cube. Her inter-disciplinary curatorial practice is uniquely informed by her roles as a professor, arts advocate and artist. She is interested in developing exhibitions that engage non-traditional audiences while concomitantly challenging viewers to re-think their perceptions about art, art-making and the role of the museum/gallery. Brasile is currently the Gallery Director at Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery where she curates two to three exhibitions yearly. She is also an independent curator, recently working at Cuchifritos, SITE Festival/Arts in Bushwick and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She earned her B.A. in art history/studio art from Ramapo College of New Jersey and her M.A. in Museum Studies at Seton Hall University. http://www.jeannebrasile.com
Mr. Markowitz received his BA and MFA from California State University, Los Angeles. Additionally, he has studied at the Art Students League, Nassau College and the School of Art and Design in New York. His awards and honors include a General Motors Grant, a Rockefeller Honorarium from UC San Diego and a Rockefeller Honorarium from Cal State Dominguez Hills, and a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust/California Community Foundation in painting. His exhibits have been seen at the Eagle Rock Cultural Arts Foundation, the Traction Gallery, the A&B Gallery, and the American Gallery in Los Angeles. His works can be seen in collections at the Balthazar and Rosetta Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and at Paramount Pictures Inc. in Los Angeles. http://bzmarkowitz.com
Alan Michelson was born in Buffalo, New York and now lives in New York City. He studied at Columbia College in New York and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and earned his BFA from Tufts University in 1981. A Mohawk member of Six Nations of the Grand River, Michelson addresses North American geography, history, and identity in his multi-layered, multimedia installations. His work has also been exhibited in several museums, including the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the Tang Museum, the New Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. He is the recipient of several grants and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship. Most recently, he was named the 2011 Invited Artist/Fellow of the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art. His work is in the permanent collections of several institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Smithsonian Institution. Michelson teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. http://alanmichelson.com
Nene Humphrey has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries since coming to New York in 1979. Recent venues include Lesley Heller Gallery, NYC, Mead Museum Amherst, Mass, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga. and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC. Awards include the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, Brown Foundation, and Anonymous was a Woman among others. Her work has been written about in numerous publications including the New York Times, Art in America and ArtNews and Sculpture Magazine. Since 2005 she has been artist in residence at the Joseph LeDoux neuroscience lab at NYU. Humphrey’s lecture will include a brief survey of her work over the past 30 years and highlight a recent collaborative project, Circling the Center, which explores the brain mechanisms underlying our most intense emotions, the craft of Victorian mourning braiding, and communal art making through sound, film, and live performance. http://www.nenehumphrey.com
Spring 2011 Schedule
Sarah Abramson attended the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and earned her master’s of fine art in metal at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Abramson was awarded a studio residency at the Museum of Arts and Design and has participated in jewelry exhibitions throughout the U S and Florence, Italy. Her work is currently represented by Gallery Loupe, in Montclair, Galerie Marzee in Nijmenland, the Netherlands, and Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montreal, Canada. Abramson’s work is included in the permanent collections of both the Museum of Arts and Design and Galerie Marzee, as well as private collections. Her work has been published in The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery 2008 as well as 500 Enameled Objects. She is a studio technician for the Jewelry Design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and lives and works in Brooklyn. www.sarahabramson.us/
Phil Patton is the author of many books on design and the culture of technology. Also a journalist, and independent curator, he writes on automobile design for The New York Times. He teaches in the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts. He has been a contributing editor of IDmagazine, Esquire, Wired, and Departures and served as consulting curator for museum exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art’s “Different Roads: Automobiles for a New Century,” “Curves of Steel” at Phoenix Art Museum (2007) and “Cars, Culture and the City,” at the Museum of the City of New York in 2010. He has appeared on many programs including CBS Sunday Morning, Today, Charlie Rose, Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation. His books include Open Road: a Celebration of the American Highway, Made in USA, and Bug, a cultural history of the Volkswagen Beetle. His book on auto design appeared in Europe, along with 20th Century Classic Cars (Taschen). He recently wrote the introduction to John Margolies: Roadside America.
Michael Eade received a BA from Oregon State University and did further studies at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenen Kunst, Stuttgart, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has received many honors including a current residency at the Hermitage Artists’ Retreat and fellowships from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, the National Academy Museum and School of the Fine Arts, Artists’ Fellowship Inc., and Aljira. Eade’s work appears in public and corporate collections including the Harvard Business School, HERMÈS, AT&T, the Library of Congress Permanent Collection and many private collections. Eade’s lecture will present the evolution of his landscapes in egg tempera and illustrate his ongoing explorations into the realm of contemporary landscape painting. Eade’s next solo exhibition will be in 2012 at Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, N.Y. Eade lives and works in New York City. www.michaeleade.com
Elvis Fuentes is an associate curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York. Before joining El Museo del Barrio, Fuentes served as curator at the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico and prepared a retrospective exhibition of the early works of Felix Gonzalez-Torres for the San Juan Polygraphic Triennial, 2004. Other projects, which he curated, are Print as Metaphor (Grand Prix, International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2005);, Rewind… Rewind… Three decades of video art in Puerto Rico (AICA Prize 2005);, and Homo humoris: Caricatures by Lorenzo Homar (Princeton University / Museum of Art, Cayey, Puerto Rico, 2005). Member of IKT, Fuentes graduated from the University of Havana (Art History, 1999), and completed studies at museums in Europe and the U.S. (Aachen, Amsterdam, Berlin, Columbus-Ohio, Madrid, New York, Paris, Cologne). He was curator at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (1999-2002), where he organized more than 20 exhibitions, workshops and lectures, including two video art festivals (2000, 2001) and a retrospective exhibition of Marcelo Pogolotti (1999, 2002).
Jessica Rankin was born in Sydney, Australia, and lives and works in New York. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Australia. Recent solo exhibitions include PS1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York (2006), Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis (2005), and White Cube, London (2007). Rankin is best known for her organdy “embroidered paintings,” as well as her drawings, watercolors, and editioned prints, sometimes linked to her larger- scale works. Rankin is represented by Christian Haye of The Project gallery in the United States and, in 2007, began to exhibit with Jay Jopling at the White Cube art gallery in the UK. www.whitecube.com/artists/jessica_rankin
RAY RAPP, Multimedia Artist.
Lisa Kereszi graduated from Bard College, and moved to NYC and worked as an assistant to Nan Goldin. In 2000, she received an MFA from the Yale School of Art, where she now is a lecturer and also serves as acting director of undergraduate studies in photography. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, the New Museum, The Brooklyn Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum. She was granted a commission to photograph Governors Island by the Public Art Fund in 2003, which culminated in shows and a book. Her book on striptease, Fantasies, was published by Damiani in 2008, and one on escapism, Fun and Games, was released by Nazraeli Press in 2009. She is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. www.lisakereszi.com
Until recently, Tim Goossens worked as a curatorial assistant at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, N.Y. Goossens is currently involved in the fordPROJECT that will launch in January of 2011 in NYC. He has curated exhibitions with David Altmejd, Robert de Saint Phalle, Heather Rowe, Marc Swanson and Chitra Ganesh.
Jeanne Jaffe is the recipient of fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid- Atlantic/NEA,. the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and New Forms Regional Grant from the Painted Bride Art Center. Ms Jaffe has had artist’s residencies fellowships at Yaddo Artists Colony, Rutgers Innovative Printmaking Workshop, New Jersey Printmaking Council, Yellow Springs Institute, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Works by Ms. Jaffe have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at such places as The Kitchen, Delaware Art Museum, Hillwood Art Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, Michener Art Museum, and in Edinburgh, Scotland, Holland, Hamburg, Germany, Quebec, and London. Her work is currently represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia and has been reviewed extensively, including in Art in America, The New York Times, and Sculpture Magazine. Ms. Jaffe’s works are included in many private and public collections in such places as Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, N.J., the Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, Pa., Abington Sculpture Garden, Abington, Pa., Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, New Brunswick, N.J., Mosby’s Publications, Philadelphia, Pa., and Museum of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y. Jeanne Jaffe holds a B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art and an M.F.A. from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. www.jeannejaffe.com
Robin Kahn is a visual artist, editor and curator. Kahn works in a variety of media that ranges from collage and ceramic sculpture to artist books and sound works. Recent exhibitions include “Telling Secrets” at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Women Artists (Washington, D.C.) and her solo exhibition, “Everybody Needs a Wife” at Mulry Fine Arts (Palm Beach, Fla.). She has authored numerous artists’ books including Reveries of a Spinster, Runaway Girls and The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Art (all distributed by DAP Books). Her newest publication, Dining in Refugee Camps: The Art of Sahrawi Cooking (Autonomedia, Fall 2010), documents her experiences cooking with Sahrawi women in refugee camps in Algeria and in the Free Territories of The Western Sahara. Kahn is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship Grant. Her works have been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (N.Y.), Museo Nacionales Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid), Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum and The New Museum of Contemporary Art (N.Y.). Her mixed-media collages, sculptures and artists books are a part of the permanent collections of The Smithsonian (D.C.), The Museum of Modern Art (N.Y.), The Whitney Museum of American Art (N.Y.), Brooklyn Museum of Art (N.Y.), and the J. Paul Getty Museum (Calif.), as well as in international corporate and private collections. For her presentation at Montclair State, she will talk about all the methods she has employed to interact with the public and bring her projects into a wide sphere of traditional and alternative art venues. www.robinkahn.blogspot.com
Leslie Alfin received a BFA from Hartford Art School, and an MFA from Montclair State University. Alfin has exhibited at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery, in Brooklyn, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, the Islip Art Museum, Axis Gallery, in Chelsea, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, City Without Walls, Newark, and the School of Visual Arts, in N.Y. She has received several honors, awards and residencies including “Working in Brooklyn” in 2009, honorable mention at the Metro Show, City Without Walls in 2004, and an artist’s residency at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. www.leslieaflin.com
Gary Petersen is a native New Yorker. He holds a B.S. degree from Penn State University and an M.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts. He lives in Hoboken, N.J., and was recently awarded a studio at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation in Brooklyn, N.Y. His work has been exhibited widely in New York City and throughout the United States. He has had solo exhibitions at Fusebox Gallery (Washington D.C.), Genovese/Sullivan Gallery (Boston) and at Michael Steinberg Gallery in N.Y. His work has been included in group exhibitions at McKenzie Fine Art, Janet Kurnatowski, Lohin-Geduld, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Triple Candie, Plus/Ultra (Winkleman) Gallery, Nicole Klagsbrun, Frederieke Taylor, Diverse Works (Tex), Newark Museum and The American Academy of Arts and Letters, N.Y. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Sun, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Partisan Review. www.garypetersenart.com
A leading proponent of painterly process abstraction, Carolanna Parlato has exhibited her work widely in New York and nationally. She was born in Brooklyn and received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Parlato has been written about in Art in America, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Brooklyn Rail and The New York Sun. Solo exhibitions of her paintings have been shown at the Islip Art Museum OH+T Gallery (Boston), the Phatory (N.Y.) and Elizabeth Harris Gallery in N.Y. Recently, her work was included in “Material Color” at the Hunterdon Art Museum, and in “Kuf-Mold,” an exhibition originating in Istanbul that travelled to Ghent, Belgium and Rotterdam. The exhibition will continue on to Istanbul, Memphis and New York. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including “Open House” at the Brooklyn Museum, “Splat” at the Sabina Lee Gallery (Los Angeles), Sandroni Rey (Los Angeles), Amy Simon Fine Art (Westport, Conn.), OH+T Gallery (Boston), White Box (N.Y.), Schroeder/Romero and Cristinerose galleries (N.Y.). Parlato’s paintings are represented in many private and public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Francis Greenberger Collection, Islip Art Museum, Reader’s Digest, and P?zer Inc. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn. www.carolannaparlato.com
Fall 2010 Schedule
2:30-4:20 Selenick and Kahn: Photography, sculpture and installation.
Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn have been collaborating as Kahn/Selesnick since 1988 on a series of complex narrative photo-novellas and sculptural installations. They met at Washington University in St Louis where they collaborated informally from 1982-86 as photography majors. After graduation and a couple of years of showing their art separately they migrated to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to work on an evolving series of projects, some painting based, some photo based, all involving fictional attributions, narratives and sculpture. Between 1988 and 1995 they worked on installations combining painted portraits on plaster panels, bread, honey and wax sculptures displayed in wooden ritual architecture. They have had residencies at Djerrasi Artist Program in Woodside, California, the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts and the Toni Morrison’s Atelier Program at Princeton University. They had a recent show at the Decordova Museum outside of Boston. Their work is in numerous collections, including the National Portrait Gallery Washington D.C., the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. www.kahnselesnick.com
2:30-4:20 Jenny Dubnau: Painter.
Jenny Dubnau is obsessed with the act of looking. Her imagery is derived from intimate photography sessions with people who are close to her. She believes “that the experience of being photographed places the subjects in the rather uncomfortable position of being gazed at through a camera, sitting under hot lights, and told to ‘pose’.” Jenny Dubnau lives in Queens and works in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Yale in 1996. She has shown at PPOW and Black & White gallery in NYC, Bucheon gallery in San Francisco, and Bernice Steinbaum gallery in Miami. www.jennydubnau.com
2:30-4:20 Trevor Paglen: Artist and writer.
Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer whose work deliberately blurs lines between social science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. Paglen’s visual work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the 2009 Istanbul Biennial, and has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Wired, Newsweek, Modern Painters, Aperture, and Art Forum. Paglen has received grants and commissions from Rhizome.org, Art Matters, Artadia, and the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. Paglen is the author of four books. His first book, Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights (co-authored with AC Thompson; Melville House, 2006) was the first book to systematically describe the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program. His second book, I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me (Melville House, 2007) an examination of the visual culture of “black” military programs, was published in Spring 2008. His third book, Blank Spots on a Map, was published by Dutton/Penguin in early 2009. In 2010, Aperture published his first photographic monograph entitled Invisible. Paglen holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley. Paglen lives and works in Oakland, CA and New York City. www.paglen.com
2:30-4:20 Kathy Butterly: Sculptor.
Kathy Butterly makes works which speak equally about painting and sculpture. They are made from clay, average 4-10 inches tall and are fired on average 15-30 times. Her process is intuitive and her subject matter is self-referential, politically aware and environmentally concerned. Butterly is interested in riding the line between humor/horror, fragility/strength, beauty and ugliness. Kathy Butterly won the 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Sculptors and Painters. She is represented by the Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York.
2:30-4:20 Eve Ingalls: Sculptor, papermaker.
Eve Ingalls attended the Skowhegan School of Art and is a graduate of the Yale University School of Art. She was one of the two artists representing the United States at the Holland Paper Biennial 2006, held at the Coda Museum and the Museum Rijswijk in the Netherlands. Her sculpture was exhibited at the Art Forum in Kyoto, Japan 2007, and at the Schokland Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the Netherlands, in 2003. Her work has also been exhibited throughout the United States including exhibitions at The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, The New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, Connecticut, The New Jersey State Museum, The Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, New Jersey, and The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Arts Magazine, Art and Antiques, Art New England, De Volkskrant, Beeldende Kunst, De Courant Amsterdam, and la Nacion (San Jose, Costa Rica). Her work is in the collection of The Schokland Museum in the Netherlands and in the collections of The Noyes Museum, The Zimmerli Museum, The Hunterdon Museum, and The New Jersey State Museum in New Jersey, and the G.D. Searle Collection. She received a visiting artist grant to create work at the Awagami Papermaking Factory in Tokushima, Japan. She was also a New Jersey Printmaking Fellow at the Brodsky Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and a recipient of a Cultural Grant from the Netherlands-America Foundation. www.eveingallsartist.com
2:30-4:20 Jan Garden Castro: Historian and author.
Jan Garden Castro lives in the United States and has published sixteen cover stories and numerous essays and interviews in Sculpture Magazine, for which she is a Contributing Editor. She is also Contributing Editor for Art and Living, an L.A.-based art journal. Her books include The Art & Life of Georgia O’Keeffe and Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne. She was one of the founders of the literary journal River Styx. She has also curated an exhibit titled Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne. She and Kathryn Van Spanckeren are editors of Margaret Atwood: Vision and Forms, a collection of critical essays on Atwood’s work.
2:30-4:20 Ben Jones: Painter and writer.
Ben Jones received an MFA from Pratt University, an MA from New York University and a BFA from William Paterson. Jones has made over fifty cultural exchange visits to Cuba since the nineteen-seventies, and is noted by the Granma International of Havana as one of the most important African-American artists of his generation. For over four decades, Jones’ multimedia installations have reflected his travel and research in Africa, Europe, South America, United States and the Caribbean. In February 2009 Jones had a major solo exhibition at the Jersey City Museum. Jones’ work has been exhibited international and appears in numerous public and private collections across the United States, Cuba, Spain, Great Britain, Brazil and Japan to include the Museum of Modern Art, Studio Museum of Harlem and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana, Cuba), The Jersey City Museum, Espace Gaite (Paris, France), 198 Gallery (London, England) and Studio Aperto (Rome, Italy). He has received numerous grants and awards including two National Endowment for the Arts grants (2007 and 1974-75), The Puffin Foundation grant (2005), and The Joan Mitchell Foundation grant (2002) among many others. www.benfjones.net
2:30-4:20 JEAN SHIN: Installation artist.
Jean Shin is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object—prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters—which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos and site-specific installations. Her work has been widely exhibited in major national and international museums, including in solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC (2009), the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2006), and Projects at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2004). Other venues include the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Art and Design, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Asia Society and Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York City. Site-specific permanent installations have been commissioned by the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Award, New York City’s Percent for the Arts and MTA Art for Transit. She has received numerous awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Architecture/Environmental Structures (2008) and Sculpture (2003), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Art Award. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She lives and works in New York City. www.jeanshin.com
2:30-4:20 PHIL SANDERS: Artist, master printer.
Phil Sanders is an artist, collaborative master printer and educator. His interest in printmaking stems from his interest in both art and chemistry. He works in several media: painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, artist books, sculpture and installation. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art, London, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ, the Penland Gallery, NC, the Cofrin Arts Center, Gainesville, FL, Arizona State University, South Korea, and Albuquerque, NM. His work is in the collections of the University of New Mexico Fine Arts Museums, John Wayne Reitz Union, University of Florida, Arizona State University and the Canson Inc. Corporate Collection. He is currently the Director/Master Printer of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in NYC, resides in Brooklyn, and is married to artist Sara Sanders.
2:30-4:20 KAREN THOMAS: Conservator.
Originally trained as a painter, Karen E. Thomas discovered her true vocation as a paintings conservator after working for many years as a graphic designer. She has worked at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The National Academy of Design Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, and in private paintings conservation practices in NYC, treating Old Masters to contemporary paintings. Currently an Assistant Paintings Conservator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ms. Thomas primarily focuses on European and American paintings up until 1900. In addition to the care and treatment of paintings, her work at the MMA has included the technical examination of the complete early German paintings collection as well as contributions to catalogs for the European Paintings collection. Karen E. Thomas received a BFA in 1991 form the School of Visual Arts, an MA in 2004 from New York University Institute of Fine Arts, an Advanced Certificate in Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works in 2004, at the NYU IFA Conservation Center.
2:30-4:20 STEPHEN WESTFALL: Painter.
Stephen Westfall is a Co-chair, Painting at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Westfall received a B.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work has exhibited in the United States and Europe and has been widely reviewed, most recently in Time Out New York, New York Times, Art in America, New Criterion, Partisan Review, and L’Express. His writing has been published in Art in America, Arts Magazine, Flash Art, and other magazines. Westfall is represented by Lennon Weinberg Gallery, New York; Galerie Lock, St. Gallen (Switzerland); Galerie Paal, Munich; Galerie Zürcher, Paris. His work is held in collections of Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk (Denmark); Albertina Museum, Vienna; Baltimore Museum of Art; Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City. He is a recipient of Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2007), Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists (2006); two awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters; three fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts; and two fellowships from New York State Council on the Arts. Westfall was a Humanities Council Fellow at Princeton University (2005). www.lennonweinberg.com/artists/westfall/
2:30-4:20 CRAIG OLSON: Painter.
Craig Olson grew up in a small, industrial northern Wisconsin town on the shore of Lake Superior. Currently, he lives and works in Queens, New York. He is a painter and writes about art for The Brooklyn Rail. For Olson, painting is a dream floating outside reason and understanding; it’s a mysterious and paradoxical unknowing. His approach: painting on different supports, transgressing styles and media…once a painter gets out of the desire to use a reductive language, put the material first, lead with the material, so to speak, one stumbles into a state of creative PLAY. Beyond judgment. When he says it’s a ‘good’ painting, he thinks this is what he means, that it is a painting that points to the imagination, play, and being in the present moment with the object, rather than the good use of language with the goal of imparting a well thought-out (or not) argument. We must search for the emotional center of the work, pushing it beyond the limits of comfort and familiarity. By risking ruining the painting one pushes it to reveal itself. Olson has recently exhibited at, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Allegra La Viola Gallery, New York, HBJK, New York, and Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ. The Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Brooklyn, NY represents him. www.janetkurnatowski.com
Spring 2010 Schedule
Fall 2009 Schedule
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2:30-4:20 HILARY HARKNESS: Painter.
Hilary Harkness was born in Detroit, Michigan and currently lives in New York City. Harkness received a B.A. from University California, Berkeley and an MFA from Yale University. She has had solo exhibitions at the Mary Boone Gallery in 2005 and 2008. She has also exhibited at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Harkness has had articles in Esquire and Art in America. She is represented by Mary Boone Gallery in NYC.
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2:30-4:20 CREIGHTON MICHAEL: Drawing.
Creighton Michael’s work explores the various facets of drawing from its material composition, its physical articulation associated with process/creation and its involvement with emerging patterns to its relationships with other marking systems such as notation, choreography and calligraphy. The results of these investigations are manifested in both two and three-dimensional formats. Michael received a M.A. in art history from Vanderbilt University and a M.F.A. in painting and multimedia from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a recipient of a Pollack Krasner Foundation grant, a N.Y.F.A. (sculpture) and a Golden Foundation for the Arts award in painting. His works are in various public and private collections including of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Brooklyn Museum, High Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, the Mint Museums of Art, and The John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation, Kansas City. He has had solo exhibitions at the High Museum of Art; Katonah Museum of Art; Vanderbilt University; the Queens Museum of Art at Bulova Corporate Center; Neuberger Museum of Art; University of Richmond Museums, The Mint Museums, as well as numerous galleries in New York City and throughout the United States. Abroad solo exhibitions have been in Copenhagen, Montreal and Reykjavík. Since 2005, he has been a Visiting Professor of Art at Hunter College in NYC.
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2:30-4:20 JANE HAMMOND: Painter, printmaker, multi-media.
Jane R. Hammond lives and works in New York City. Hammond studied poetry and biology at Mount Holyoke College before earning her BA in art in 1972. After studying ceramics at Arizona State University, she received her MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1977, she moved to New York and began compiling images from instructional or scientific manuals, children’s books, books on puppetry and magic, as well as charts on alchemy, animals, religion, and phrenology. From this collection she culled 276 images that functioned as her image bank for subject matter. Hammond’s work “Fallen” was first displayed at the artist’s one-person exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York in March of 2005. The sculpture was accompanied by a wall text which read, “Each unique handmade leaf is inscribed by the artist with the name of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. The exhibition begins with 1511 leaves.” The work was acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2006 and on October 17, 2007 opened on display at the Whitney in a show of recent acquisitions entitled “Two Years.” The artist has continued to update the piece. This current exhibition opened with 3786 leaves. Hammond has received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, New York State Council on the Arts Visual Artists Sponsored Work Award, National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship in Painting and the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Painting.
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2:30-4:20 KAREN SHAW: Collage, sculpture.
Karen Shaw received a BFA from Hunter College. Shaw has had solo exhibitions in New York City, Paris, Austria,Belgium, Germany and Guatemala. Recently, she was part of “Daughters of the Revolution: Women and Collage” at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery. Her work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Israel Museum, Princeton University, Yale University Art Gallery and Herbert Johnson University. She has received grants from NYFA and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She has lectured and been a visiting artist at Princeton University.
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2:30-4:20 [dNASAb]: Sculptor, multi-media.
[dNASAb] Holds a BFA in Sculpture and Mixed Media (1994) from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and has attended an International Summer Residency at the Experimental Television Center (2006), Owego, NY, where he worked with the “Wobulator” Nam Jun Paik’s pioneering video synthesizer. Recent 2007-2008 exhibitions include “Infosphere Aesthetics” a solo show at the Cress Galleries University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, “Video Art in the Age of the Internet”, Chelsea Art Museum, NY, “10 plus 10”, Marc DePuercherdon Gallery, Basel, Switzerland; and “Particulate” at LumpWest Gallery, Eugene, OR; and a solo exhibition at the Galleries at Peeler, University of DePauw, IN. Past exhibition highlights include “All Systems Go” (2006) curated by Marisa Olsen for Rhizome at Scope New York (2006), “Obscure Sexual habits of Wireless Data” (2005) one-person exhibition at Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA; and “Unframed First Look” (2004) curated by Cindy Sherman, Jack Pierson, and Adam Fuss, Sean Kelly Gallery, NY. a juried salon for emerging artists “whose work will be galvanizing the art world in the months and years to come” [dNASAb] has maintained a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1997.
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2:30-4:20 PHILLIP PISCIOTTA: Photographer.
Phillip Pisciotta was born in 1970 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and currently lives and works in New York City. After studying at the Maine College of Art, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 2003. At present he teaches photography at the Yale School of Art. Pisciotta participated in MOMA’s “New Photography 05” exhibition and the Silverstein Photography Annual in 2007.
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2:30-4:20 WAFAA BILAL: Installation.
Iraqi born artist Wafaa Bilal has exhibited his art world wide, and traveled and lectured extensively to inform audiences of the situation of the Iraqi people, and the importance of peaceful conflict resolution. Bilal’s 2007 dynamic installation Domestic Tension placed him on the receiving end of a paintball gun that was accessible online to a worldwide audience, 24 hours a day. Newsweek called the project “breathtaking” and the Chicago Tribune called the month-long piece “one of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time,” and named Bilal its 2007 Artist of the Year. Bilal has exhibited worldwide including in Baghdad, the Netherlands, Thailand and Croatia; as well as at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum and various other US galleries. His residencies have included Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California; Catwalk in New York; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In fall 2008 City Lights published “Shoot an Iraqi: Life, Art and Resistance Under the Gun,” about Bilal’s life and the Domestic Tension project.
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2:30-4:20 JULIE EVANS: Painting and Drawing.
Julie Evans is a New York City based visual artist with a focus on Painting and Drawing. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College in 1992, and has since shown her work extensively both here and abroad. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholarship to India and has received residency fellowships to MacDowell, Yaddo, Tamarind Institute, and The Millay Colony. Recent solo and group exhibitions include those at Julie Saul Gallery, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Jeff Bailey, Daniel Weinberg, and McKenzie Fine Art. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, ArtForum, The New Yorker, Art on Paper, FlashArt, and elsewhere and is included in over two hundred private and public collections. Evans is a frequent Visiting Artist and Adjunct Lecturer at many Graduate and Undergraduate Programs in the US, France, and India. She is represented in New York by Julie Saul Gallery. Evans will be discussing her work, and how Indian Art and culture have been the underlying inspirational force behind it, since here first visit there 12 years ago.
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2:30-4:20 MARIETTA HOFERER: Drawing.
The German-born Marietta Hoferer received her MFA from the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, Germany. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, including most recently in “Apparently Invisible: Spring Selections 2009” at The Drawing Center in NYC and the 2009 Incheon International Women Artists’ Biennale in Seoul, Korea. Last year she had her first solo exhibition at Galerie Mourlot in Manhattan. This fall she will exhibit her work for the first time at KunstBüroBerlin in Berlin, Germany. Hoferer has received more than 12 grants and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Edward Albee Foundation and others. Hoferer’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany, among others. Hoferer will discuss the process of her white, transparent and reductive work. She will also talk about building an artist career and the steps she has taken in the highly competitive NYC art world.
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2:30-4:20 YORGO ALEXOPOULOS: Multi-media.
Yorgo Alexopoulos is a New York-based artist best known for his innovative use of new media and technology in the Contemporary art and film industries. He is a graduate of The School of the ArtInstitute of Chicago where he studied painting, film, and photography. His first solo exhibition was in 2001 at the Bronwyn Keenan Gallery in New York City. His artistic approach is visibly informed by techniques fine-tuned early in his career as a visual effects artist and animator in the New York City motion graphics industry. During this period he worked on several highly acclaimed films as a visual effects supervisor including The Kid Stays in the Picture, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, and The Devil Came on Horseback. All three films were official selections at the Sundance Film Festival. His computer-animated videos and digital artworks explore transcendental sensibilities and often blend Western and Eastern philosophical themes. Yorgo’s work proposes and constantly reinvents a visual vocabulary influenced by astronomical images, religious iconography, scientific diagrams, and mythological symbolism.
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2:30-4:20 ALLISON SMITH: Sculpture and Multi media.
Allison Smith received her BFA from Memphis College of Art and an MFA from University of Illnois. Smith has been the head of exhibitions for Gagosian Gallery (two Chelsea spaces) since 2000. She has exhibited at Crozier Fine Arts, the Sculpture Center in LIC, the Buia Gallery, Old Dominion University and The Phoenix Center for Contemporary Art. Her presentation will show samples of a range of installations and the behind-the scene work involved in large-scale art.
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2:30-4:20 MICHAEL MAZZEO: Dealer, gallery owner.
The Michael Mazzeo Gallery specializes in contemporary photography, works on paper and related media.
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2:30-4:20 MING FAY: Sculptor.
Ming Fay has exhibited internationally in numerous solo exhibitions, and his work has frequented important group shows throughout the world. Exhibitions have taken place at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, the National Academy Museum, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China), Ramapo Gallery and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Fay has also completed numerous public art commissions including a suspended glass and steel sculpture for a residential lobby in Philadelphia, a large scale tree sculpture in Puerto Rico, sculptural benches for the New York City Staten Island Ferry Terminal and glass mosaic murals for the Delancey St/Essex St (F line) New York City subway station. Ming Fay was born in Shanghai in 1943 and raised in Hong Kong. He came to the United States in 1961 to study at the Columbus College of Art and Design and later at the Kansas City Institute of Art. Subsequently, Fay earned a graduate degree in sculpture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He currently teaches sculpture at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Fay is renowned for his unique two- and three- dimensional works inspired from nature in mixed media, clay and bronze.
Spring 2009 Schedule
David Reed is a painter, born in 1946 in California. He moved to Lower Manhattan in 1971, where he continues to live and work. Since 1976, he has been represented by Max Protetch Gallery in New York. His work has been shown internationally in museums and galleries. www.davidreedstudio.com
Guy Goodwin was born in Birmingham, Alabama and has lived in New York City since 1965. He received a BFA from Auburn University and an MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois. He has received numerous prestigious awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, a Pollock/Krasner Grant, and two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Grants. Works by the artist are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, AT&T, Chicago, and the Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, in addition to other distinguished institutions and private collections. Jeannie Freilich Contemporary represents Mr. Goodwin in New York City.
Fall 2008 Schedule
SEPTEMBER 16 Anne K. Swartz: Critic, curator
Art and science have long served separate interests and been regarded as distinct disciplines. This lecture will examine how contemporary art has become intertwined with scientific concerns and developments, especially concerning the environment, biology, genetics, psychology, and biotechnology. Anne Swartz is professor of art history at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She was guest curator for the 2007-2008 exhibition “Pattern and Decoration: An Ideal Vision in American Art, 1975-1985” at the Hudson River Museum. She regularly writes on contemporary art, women artists, and critical theory and has published in NY Arts Magazine, symploke, Critical Matrix, n.paradoxa, Woman’s Art Journal, Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art Bulletin, and Mosaic Magazine.
SEPTEMBER 23 Matthew Owens: Graphic Designer
Matt Owens is the principle of Brooklyn based studio Volumeone. Established in 1997, Volumeone brings a multi-disciplinary approach to the creation of visual solutions for print, motion and digital media. Matt also develops personal design narratives in the form of printed materials and short motions pieces several times a year. Currently Matt is a founding member of Athletics, a multidisciplinary design collective based in New York City. With specializations ranging from art direction, motion graphics, commercial, music video and film directing, graphic design, photography, branding, web development, 3D visualization and sound design. Athletics members have come together to leverage their talents and energies for a wide range of clients such as Adidas, Zoo York, New York Magazine and MTV among others. Matt is also a partner in The Riviera, a small gallery in Brooklyn that focuses on up and coming artists, designers and photographers. Matt has spoken internationally and his work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, American Center for Design, the AIGA and multiple domestic and foreign design publications.
SEPTEMBER 30 Rune Olsen: Sculptor
Rune Olsen is a Norwegian artist living in New York. Since his first solo show in 1997 at UKS (Norway) he has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the USA and Europe, including the Bronx Museum (NY 2001), Islip Art Museum (NY 2002), Jones Center for Contemporary Art (TX 2004), Aljira Center for Contemporary Art (NJ 2004), Smack Mellon and Exit Art (NY 2005). His life-size figurative sculptures examine the interplay among desire, power structures and society, and were exhibited in 2005 at the Istanbul Biennial. His work has been reviewed in Art Forum, Sculpture Magazine, Boston Globe, Austin Chronicle, New York Times, and Star Ledger. Rune Olsen has won 11awards from The Norwegian Government, including a distinguished three-year work grant for young emerging artists. He has been awarded the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships, a studio residency with Artist Alliance in New York and a place at the renowned Art Omi International Artists Residency. Rune Olsen had a solo show with Samson Projects in 2007, in 2008 he is included in the Norwegian Drawing Biennial at Kunstnernes Hus and is exhibiting with the Museum of Sex in New York through spring 2009.
OCTOBER 7 Jill L. Conner: Critic, curator
M.A., Art History and Criticism, SUNY-Stony Brook. Member: American Society of Journalists and Authors, International Association of Art Critics, College Art Association. Contributing editor for Contemporary Magazine, London. Regular contributor to Afterimage, Sculpture, Brooklyn Rail, ArtUS, Whitewall, and other publications.
OCTOBER 14 Alyssa Monks: Figurative Painter
Monks’ paintings are of a representational narrative genre. She portrays a specific place and time with simultaneous empathy and detachment. Monks is part of the Continuing Education Faculty at the New York Academy of Art, where she teaches Flesh Painting and Working from photographic reference. She earned her BA from Boston College and an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art. She additionally studied at the New School, and Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence. She completed an artist in residency at Fullerton College. Monks has been awarded the Grant for Painting from the Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation three times and has had recent solo shows in New York and Anaheim, California. Alyssa is currently represented by Sarah Bain Gallery in Anaheim and DFN Gallery in New York.
OCTOBER 21 Ben La Rocco: Artist, editor and writer
Ben La Rocco is a painter living and working in New York. He also works as managing arts editor and a contributing writer at the Brooklyn Rail. Recently, he has been a visiting critic at Rutgers University, a lecturer at Karen Marston’s Muse Fuse and a curator of "A Roller Coaster in the Dark" at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery. La Rocco’s recent exhibitions include "Shape Shifters: New York Painters" at Sideshow Gallery and "The 183rd Invitational Exhibition of American Art" at the National Academy of Design Museum. His lecture will deal with his current paintings and thoughts on the contemporary art world.
OCTOBER 28 Janet Echelman: Sculptor, Pulic Art
As a sculptor, Echelman’s work infuses public spaces with humanity, history, shape, texture, color. She believes that infrastructure need not be nondescript. “If we can transform the anonymous spaces which bombard us on a daily basis, we can avoid the cumulative deadening effect and become more alive.” Echelman’s calling is the work of this transformation, taking the ordinary interstitial spaces of daily life and infusing them with specificity, idiosyncrasy and character. Whenever possible, she seeks to literally breathe life into a place, shaping materials in ways that respond to and act in unison with the physical environment.
OCTOBER 30 October 30 MSU/MAM Art Talks: Linda Nochlin
Montclair Art Museum – 7:00PM
Linda Nochlin, a preeminent scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and one of the most important and influential voices for feminist scholarship in the history of art will speak. The Art Talks series is a collaboration between the Master of Fine Arts degree program of Montclair State University and the Montclair Art Museum.
November 1 November 1 MSU/MAM Art Talks: 22nd Annual Julia Norton Babson Memorial Lecture
Montclair Art Museum – 7:00PM
Artists’ Perspectives on Philip Pearlstein Phong Bui, Co-founder and publisher of The Brooklyn Rail will moderate a discussion reflecting realism, Philip Pearlstein’s art, his relationship with peers,and the art world. Invited panelists are contemporary figurative painter Lisa Yuskavage, Dorothea Rockburne noted abstract painter, Brooklyn based novelist Siri Hustvedt, and realist painter and author Rackstraw Downes. The Art Talks series is a collaboration between the Master of Fine Arts degree program of Montclair State University and the Montclair Art Museum.
NOVEMBER 4 Charley Friedman: installation, sculpture, video
Friedman has pursued his distinctive aesthetic vision in drawing, sculpture, photography, performance, video and through installations. Friedman says art is the comic practice of hope, not a tragic enactment of despair, which is often the case in the contemporary art world. Friedman earned a Master’s in Fine Art from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston/Tufts University program in 1996. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Art and was a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the Cooper Union, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, PS1/Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. He has had solo exhibitions at White Columns, Barbara Mathes Gallery, and the Queens Museum in New York.
NOVEMBER 11 Linda Hattendorf: Film Director/Producer
Hattendorf was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and holds degrees in Literature, Art History, and Media Studies. She has worked in the documentary community in New York City for more than a decade. THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI is Linda Hattendorf’s directorial debut. It won the Audience Award at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and more than 25 awards at festivals in Norway, Japan, France, Korea, Bermuda, Ireland, and South Africa, and across the US. "Make art not war" is 80-year old Jimmy Mirikitani’s motto. This Japanese American artist survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. When 9/11 threatens his life on the streets of New York City, a local filmmaker brings him to her home, and the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy’s painful past.
NOVEMBER 18 Bill Plympton: Animator
Bill Plympton was born in Portland, Oregon. He went to Portland State University, where he edited the yearbook and was a member of the film society. It was here where he picked up his obsession for film. In 1968, he moved to New York City and began a year of study at the School of Visual Arts. Making the Big Apple his home, Plympton served 15 years as an illustrator and cartoonist. He designed the magazines: Cineaste, Filmmakers Newsletter, and Film Society Review. His illustrations have graced the pages of The New York Times, Vogue, House Beautiful, The Village Voice, Screw, and Vanity Fair. His cartoons appeared in such magazines as Viva, Penthouse, Rolling Stone, National Lampoon, and Glamour. In 1975, in The Soho Weekly News, he began "Plympton," a political cartoon strip. By 1981, it was syndicated in over twenty papers by Universal Press Syndicate. The film "Your Face" garnered a 1988 Oscar nomination for best animated short. Sections of the feature THE TUNE were released as short films to help generate funds for production. These include "The Wiseman" and "Push Comes to Shove," the latter of which won the 1991 Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Bill’s animated feature, MUTANT ALIENS, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It won the Grand Prix in Annecy 2001. His feature film, HAIR HIGH, stars the voice talents of Sarah Silverman, David & Keith Carradine, and Dermot Mulroney, and was co-produced by Martha Plimpton. Bill Plympton charted new territory in animation, this time by broadcasting all of his drawing for the film live on the web at www.hairhigh.com. The film was completed in January 2004, released in over 50 cinemas around the country. The short film GUARD DOG brought Bill his second Oscar nomination in January 2005. Two equally successful sequels soon followed, "Guide Dog" in 2006 and "Hot Dog" in 2008. His new feature film, IDIOTS AND ANGELS, will be released in 2008. Featuring the music of Tom Waits, Moby and Pink Martini, it’s a much darker and more mysterious film than his previous comedies.
NOVEMBER 25 Natasha & Valera Cherkashin: Filmmakers
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin are artists who have been exploring the cultures of the USSR, Russia, the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Japan and Mongolia for more than 15 years. They have held more than 80 individual exhibits and more than 40 performances. Their work has been the subject of 40 television programs and over 250 publications.
DECEMBER 2 Tobias Putrih: Sculptor
Slovenian artist Tobias Putrih makes sculptural objects and environments that draw on his interest in modernist sculpture, architecture and rigorous historical research. Often inspired by cultural institutions and public spaces such as cinemas and theatres, Putrih’s work is intricately and elegantly created from commonplace materials such as cardboard, tape and plywood. In addition to the large-scale constructions, the artist produces models that act as both sculpture and as proposals for structures that will never be built.
DECEMBER 4 December 4 MSU/MAM Art Talks: Shahzia Sikander, painter
Montclair Art Museum – 7:00PM
Shahzia Sikander is a Pakistan-born American artist who specializes in Indian and Persian miniature painting. She has also created murals, installations, mixed-media works and performance art. Shahzia Sikander completed her undergraduate studies at National College of Arts in Lahore and received her Master of Fine Arts in 1995 from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a 2006 recipient of the MacArthur Fellows Program “genius grant”.
DECEMBER 9 Josette Urso: Painter/collage artist
Josette Urso received her MFA/Painting from the University of South Florida and currently works in New York City. In her presentation at Montclair State University, she will discuss her current involvement with collage, oil painting and drawing while also commenting on the evolution her work has taken. Urso has had numerous grants and residencies, including, in 2008, a second Pollock-Krasner Foundation award and a residency at the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany. She traveled to Taiwan for a residency at STOCK20 in 2006 and to Cambodia with the AIEP American Artist’s Abroad program in 2004. Other awards include those from the NEA and Art Matters, and she was a participant in the Bronx Museum for the Arts AIM program. In New York City, she has shown at the Drawing Center, DFN Gallery, Julie Saul Gallery, lyonswier Gallery, Kerrigan Campbell art+projects, and Sears-Peyton Gallery and, in Chicago, at the Gescheidle Gallery.
JANUARY 28 January 28 MSU/MAM Art Talks: Kehinde Wiley, painter
Montclair Art Museum – 7:00PM
Kehinde Wiley makes figurative paintings that “quote historical sources and position young black men within that field of ‘power.'” Wiley received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2001 before becoming an artist in residence at the Studio Museum. His work is represented in the collections of several museums, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Brooklyn Museum; Denver Art Museum and Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Recently, his work has been featured in exhibitions in Belgium, Los Angeles, Chicago and a solo exhibition at the Studio Museum of Harlem that ran from July to October of 2008.
Spring 2008 Schedule
JANUARY 29 SYMPOSIUM: PHOTOGRAPHY AND CINEMA IN POST-WAR ITALY-NEO REALISM AND THE WORK OF GIUSEPPE MORANDI, MICIO AND ANGELO NOVI, University Hall Conference Center, part of the Italian Festival of the Arts and Humanities
FEBURARY 5 DULCE PINZON: Photographer
FEBURARY 12 AMER KOBASLUA: Painter
FEBURARY 19 JAMES ANDREW BROWN: Painter, sculptor, installation, performance and video artist. Professor at William Patterson University
FEBURARY 26 LUCILLE TENAZAS: Graphic Designer
MARCH 4 SYMPOSIUM: ITALIAN PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER NEO-REALISM, University Hall Conference Center, part of the Italian Festival of the Arts and Humanities
MARCH 11 SILVIO WOLF: THE REAL ILLUSION – SEEING PHOTOGRAPHY AS A THRESHOLD, professor at the European Design Institute of Milan and School of Visual Arts, New York, part of the Italian Festival of the Arts and Humanities
MARCH 25 CHRISTIAN SCHWARTZ: Graphic Designer, Typographer
April 1 CATHERINE HOWE: Figurative painter
APRIL 8 MARY PRESTON: Jeweler, Has work at Gallery Loupe in Montclair
APRIL 15 ANN AGEE: Ceramic sculptor
APRIL 22 KENNETH FEINGOLD: Sculptor
APRIL 29REBECCA DREYFUS: filmmaker
Fall 2007 Schedule
SEPTEMBER 18 RAINER GANAHL: Mixed Media Artist, Venice Biennale 2007
SEPTEMBER 25 JOHN GALL: Vice President/Art Director of Vintage Books
OCTOBER 9 BETH VENN: Curator of Contemporary Art at the Newark Museum
OCTOBER 16 SUZANNE ANKER
OCTOBER 30 ROBERT LAZZARINI
NOVEMBER 6 TOM NUSSBAUM
NOVEMBER 13 ELISE SIEGEL: Ceramic sculptor
NOVEMBER 27 DAVID D’ARCY: art critic, “The Corporatization of the Museum and It’s Effect on Artists”
DECEMBER 11 MARY LUCIER: Video artist
Spring 2007 Schedule
JANUARY 25 JUDITH PAGE: Career development for Artist
FEBRUARY 1 JAMES O. CLARK: Sculptor
FEBRUARY 8 ALEXI WORTH: Painter, art critic, “Manet’s Photography and Painting’s Future”
FEBRUARY 15 STEVE MONTGOMERY: Sculptor
FEBRUARY 22 BENJAMIN GENOCCHIO: Art Critic, New York Times
MARCH 1 TERU KUWAYAMA: Photographer
MARCH 8 JOSHUA DAVIS: Graphic Designer
MARCH 22 ZACH WOLLARD: Painter
MARCH 29 ERIKA HARRSCH: Photo/Objects
APRIL 5 ALEX LAMBERT: Filmmaker
APRIL 12 SUE DE BEER: Video/Photo installations artist
APRIL 19 MARIANNA ELLENBERG: Filmmaker
APRIL 26 STEPHEN TALASNIK: Painter
Fall 2006 Schedule
SEPTEMBER 14 PHONG BUI: ARTIST AND PUBLISHER OF THE BROOKLYN RAIL
SEPTEMBER 22 PHYLLIS KORNFIELD
SEPTEMBER 28 LINDA DARLING: PAINTER
OCTOBER 5 YOLANDA CUOMO: GRAPHIC DESIGNER
OCTOBER 12 BOB LINDER: SCULPTOR
OCTOBER 26 DENISE GREEN: PAINTER AND AUTHOR
NOVEMBER 2 ABBOTT MILLER: GRAPHIC DESIGNER
NOVEMBER 9 ANALIA SEGAL: SCULPTOR
NOVEMBER 16 SEBASTIAN PATANE MASUELLI: INSTALLATION ARTIST
NOVEMBER 30 REBECCA DREYFUS: FILMMAKER
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