Fall 2008 Schedule


Visiting Artist

Montclair State University, Department of Art and Design
Visiting Artists Coordinator: Professor Patricia Lay ext - 4074
TUESDAYS 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.
Location: Calcia Hall , Rm. 135, Open to All - Admission Free

Unless otherwise posted

SEPTEMBER 9 No Lecture

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 theSavannah 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 hasexhibited 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 Museumof 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’s 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, idiosyncracy, 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 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 theMontclair Art Museum. 

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 toconfront 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. Theshort 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 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 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.