Visiting Artist-Faculty 2011-12

Studio Art (MFA) - Department of Art and Design

Schedules: Fall 2011  l  Spring 2012


Fall 2011 Schedule

Sarah Schmerler

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.

James Siena

James Siena was born in California and received his BFA from Cornell University. Siena creates paintings, drawings, and prints in which hand-rendered procedural abstractions, methodically executed, cover a wide range of modalities and produce multiple visual and psychological effects. As Roberta Smith wrote in an early review of his paintings: "Mr. Siena is unusually adept at translating the mental into the visual. His paintings think as good as they look." Siena was included in the highly regarded Greater New York show, 2000, at PS1-MoMA in Long Island City. A ten-year survey of his work, originating at The San Francisco Art Institute, traveled to The University of Akron, in Ohio in 2003. In 2000, he received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition. In 2004, he was selected for the Whitney Biennial. Recent exhibitions include: James Siena: From the Studio, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, James Siena, Pace Prints, New York, and James Siena: Paintings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, all in 2010. Siena's works are in many public institutions and collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He was a recipient of the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award. He has taught at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the San Francisco Art Institute and the School of Visual Arts, New York. The Pace Gallery in New York and Daniel Weinberg in Los Angeles represent James Siena. He currently lives and works in New York City.

Marina Zurkow

Marina Zurkow makes psychological, animated works about humans and their relationship to animals, plants and the weather. These have taken the form of multi-channel videos, customized multi-screen computer pieces, cartoons, and participatory temporary public art works. Since 2000, Zurkow has exhibited at The Sundance Film Festival, The Rotterdam Film Festival, The Seoul Media City Biennial, Ars Electronica, Creative Time, The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and Eyebeam, and other venues. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and has been a NYFA Fellow, a Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a Creative Capital grantee. Zurkow is on faculty at NYU’s Interactive Technology Program (ITP), and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Alexandra Schwartz

Alexandra Schwartz was recently appointed Curator of Contemporary Art at the Montclair Art Museum. There she is planning a series of solo exhibitions of contemporary artists, beginning with an exhibition of the new media artist and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Marina Zurkow (Marina Zurkow: Friends, Enemies, and Others, September 17, 2011-Janaury 8, 2012), as well as a major traveling exhibition, New Order: Art and Politics in the 1990s, opening in Fall 2013. She was previously the coordinator of The Museum of Modern Art’s Modern Women’s Project, a curatorial initiative to increase scholarship on women artists; in this role she was the co-editor of Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art (2010; recently awarded the Association of Art Museum Curators’ Outstanding Permanent Collection Catalogue), and co-curator of Mind and Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940 to Now. Her exhibition Modern Women: Single Channel is currently on view at MoMA PS1. She is the author of Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles (MIT Press, 2010), the first book-length scholarly consideration of the artist’s work, and the editor of a collection of Ruscha’s writings, Leave Any Information at the Signal: Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages (MIT Press, 2002). A contributor to various journals, anthologies, and exhibition catalogs, she has taught at Columbia University and the University of Michigan, and in the Education Departments at MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Harvard University. At MSU, she will discuss “What MFAs Should Know about Museums and Curators,” a window onto how emerging artists should approach and work with museums.

Jacqueline Humphries

Jacqueline Humphries has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, including solo shows at Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Stuart Shave Modern Art, London and the Greene Naftali Gallery in New York. Her group exhibitions include the Dallas Museum of Art, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, Germany, London and Milan. She has received numerous awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. The artist lives and works in New York City.

Spring 2012 Schedule

Nancy Bowen

Nancy Bowen is a mixed media artist known for her eclectic mixtures of imagery and materials in both two and three dimensions. Her sculpture and drawing exists in an in -between zone of form and idea, of abstraction and representation. Her work offers a poetic commentary on our quickly changing material culture. Like an artistic archeologist in this age of globalization and post-industrialization, she salvages (often disappearing) ornament and craft traditions and incorporates them into sculpture and drawings. Bowen has had over a dozen solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe including the Lesley Heller Gallery in NYC, Annina Nosei Gallery in NYC, Galerie Farideh Cadot in Paris, the Betsy Rosenfield gallery in Chicago, and the James Gallery in Houston. She has been included in-group shows in various museums around the country. Her work has been reviewed widely in such journals as Art in America, Artforum, Glass Magazine, Sculpture Magazine and a host of newspapers. She has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Jentel Foundation and the European Ceramic Work Center among others. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Hunter College (CUNY). She has taught at Columbia University, Bard College and R.I.S.D. She is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture, and the Coordinator of the Sculpture area at Purchase College, S.U.N.Y. She maintains a studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


[dNASAb] is known for creating new media video work, utilizing consumer electronics and complex sculptural systems. Humans have incorporated these bourgeoning technologies, such as LCD screens, in all aspects of our daily existence. They are embedded in our homes, automobiles, and public spaces. [dNASAb] sees these technologies as raw materials for the creation of cutting edge artworks. Passionate about the space between the information displayed on the screen and the ideas spawned in the mind of the viewer, [dNASAb] creates work in this underutilized site for contemporary sculpture. His works have a distinct aesthetic, capturing velocity, direction, and evolutionary motion. Recent exhibitions include [dNASAb]: Dataklysmos at Irvine Contemporary and a solo exhibition at the Frederieke Taylor Gallery, which featured a project entitled “dataclysmic”. In addition to being included in numerous private and corporate collections including, but not limited to, the Microsoft permanent collection. He exhibits frequently in the United States, and his work has been exhibited internationally in various locations including galleries in Paris, Basel Switzerland, South Korea, and Istanbul.

Mary Miss

Known for her environmentally based artwork, Mary Miss lives and works in New York City. She has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design and installation art by articulating a vision of the public sphere where it is possible for an artist to address the issues of our time. Social, cultural and environmental sustainability are the focus of installations that allow the visitor to become aware of local history, ecology or other aspects of the site that have gone unnoticed.

Miss is currently developing a project to transform Broadway into the new ‘green’ corridor of New York City and has recently completed a project for the Indianapolis Museum of Art focusing on a 6-mile stretch of the White River. She is one of four artists presenting concepts for envisioning the future of Long Island City as part of the exhibition, “Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City” at the Noguchi Museum. Miss has collaborated closely with architects, planners, engineers, ecologists and public administrators on projects as diverse as a proposal to create a temporary memorial around the perimeter of Ground Zero; marking the predicted flood level in Boulder, Colorado; revealing the history of the Union Square Subway station in New York City; or turning a sewage treatment plant into a public space. A recipient of multiple awards, Miss has participated in exhibitions at the Harvard University Art Museum, Brown University Gallery, The Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Architectural Association in London, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and the Des Moines Art Center.

Michael Taussig

Michael Taussig, Ph.D., is an anthropologist known for his provocative ethnographic studies and unconventional style as an academic. He was born in Australia in 1940 where he studied medicine at the University of Sydney. He earned a Ph.D. in anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is currently a professor of anthropology both at Columbia University in New York and at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Switzerland. In spite of his numerous publications in his field, especially in medical anthropology, he is most acclaimed for his commentaries on Karl Marx and Walter Benjamin, especially in relation to the idea of commodity fetishism. Michael Taussig is the author of the following books: What Color is the Sacred? (2009). Walter Benjamin’s Grave (2006). My Cocaine Museum (2004). Law in a Lawless Land: Diary of a Limpieza in a Colombian Town (2003). Defacement (1999). Magic of the State (1997). Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses (1993). The Nervous System (1992). Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing (1987). The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America (1980).

Deanna Petherbridge

'Artists today don’t necessarily specialise in one medium but operate a form of multi-practice, whereby they move easily between video, digital photography, performance, installation or conceptual art works. Deanna Petherbridge examines the rôle and function of contemporary International drawing in this context and charts how it differs from more traditional usages and values, especially in relation to looking, recording, making and process.'

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.

Charles Simonds

Since 1970 Charles Simonds has created Dwelling places for an imaginary civilization “Little People” who are migrating through the streets of neighborhoods in cities throughout the world; New York , Paris, Shanghai, Berlin , London, Dublin, among others Each Dwelling is a different time and place in the history of the lives of the Little People.

Simonds has had one person retospective exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Jeu de Paume in Paris, La Caixa, Barcelona, and IVAM, Valencia .His work is in the collections of many museums, including Moma, Whitney and Guggenheim Museums in New York ; Centre Pompidou, Paris , IVAM, Valencia , Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Kunsthaus Zurich.

Barry Schwabsky

Barry Schwabsky is art critic of The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. His recent publications include two collections of poetry, Book Left Open in the Rain (Black Square Editions/The Brooklyn Rail, 2009) and 12 Abandoned Poems (Kilmog Press, 2010) as well as Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting (Phaidon Press, 2011).


Jenny Dixon

Ms. Dixon began her arts career in 1977, when she joined the Public Art Fund, where she served as executive director from 1980 through 1986. Among her many accomplishments at the Fund was the initiation of the New York City “Percent for Art” program. It was during that period that she met Isamu Noguchi, working with him on a Public Art Fund project. In 1986, Ms. Dixon joined the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as executive director, and in 1999 was named director of The Bronx Museum on the Arts. On April 1, 2003 she began her tenure as Director of the Noguchi Museum. Ms. Dixon has taught at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Parsons School of Design, and New York University. She is on the boards of the Public Arts Fund, Inc., Parsons School of Design, and the New York City Arts Coalition among other organizations. Jenny Dixon received an MBA in business policy from Columbia University, New York, and a BFA in painting and a BA in art education from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Jesse Bransford

From Star Trek to the Kabbalah, since the early 90s Jesse Bransford has been gleaning archaic, peripheral, and esoteric cultures for their icons, symbols and signs. Exhibited internationally, he is represented by Feature, Inc. in New York. He is an assistant professor at NYU, where he has been teaching since 2001. His work is documented at, a website he has continuously maintained since 1997.