Lecture Series-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

Internationally recognized artists, curators, critics, and arts professionals from around the world visit CMU each semester to lecture on their practice and state of the arts today. Sign up by January 1, 2017 to receive our 21x29" Visiting Artist Lecture Series poster featuring artwork by Wangechi Mutu.

Visiting artists play an important role in our undergraduate and graduate education and students are expected to attend these events, and get to occasionally meet speakers for one-on-one and class critiques. 


Spring 2017 Lectures Series

hilal.jpg SANDI HILAL - Tues. Jan 24 / 5pm, Kresge Theatre, CFA 

presented in collaboration with CMU School of Architecture

Sandi Hilal and collaborator Alessandro Petti have developed a research/project based artistic practice over the last ten years that is both theoretically ambitious and practically engaged in the struggle for justice and equality. Founders of Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, the project aims to overcome conventional educational structures by creating a space for critical and grounded knowledge production connected to greater transformations and the democratization of society.

steiner.jpgA.L. STEINER - Tues. Jan 31 / 5pm, Kresge Theatre, CFA  

A.L. Steiner utilizes the constructions of photography, video, installation, collage, collaboration, performance, writing and curatorial work as seductive tropes channeled through the sensibility of a skeptical queer ecofeminist androgyne. Steiner is co-curator of Ridykeulous, co-founder of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), a collective member of Chicks on Speed, and collaborates with numerous writers and artists.


PETRA CORTRIGHT - Tues. Feb 07 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium, UC 

Petra Cortright’s core practice is the creation and distribution of digital files, whether they be videos, GIFs, or JPEGs, using consumer or corporate software and platforms. She has become renowned for making self-portrait videos that use her computer’s webcam and default effects tools, which she then uploads to YouTube.


MARC HOROWITZ - Thurs. Feb 09 /  5pm, Kresge Theater, CFA

Combining traditional drawing, commercial photography, new media, and social practice, Mark Horowitz turns American culture on its head to explore the idiosyncrasies of entertainment, class, commerce, failure, success, and personal meaning.


FIRELEI BAEZ - Tues. Feb 21 /  5pm, Kresge Theater, CFA

Born in Santiago de los Caballeros, currently living and working in New York, Firelei Báez makes intricate works on paper and canvas that are intrinsically indebted to a rigorous studio practice as well as large scale sculpture.


NARCISSISTER - Tues. Feb 28 / 5pm, Kresge Theater, CFA

Wearing mask and merkin, Narcissister is a Brooklyn-based artist and performer who works at the intersection of performance, dance, art, and activism. She actively integrates her experience as a professional dancer and commercial artist with her art practice through a range of media including photography, video art, and experimental music.



WANGECHI MUTU & ADRIENNE EDWARDS - Tues. March 07 / 7pm, Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Artist and curator in conversation - Robert Lepper Ditinguished Lecture in Creativity

Wangechi Mutu’s work focuses on issues related to self-image, humanness, and representation. Her varied practice investigates notions of consciousness and questions self-determination, the recognition of others' humanity, and one’s awareness of the state of an ailing planet. 

edwards.jpgAdrienne Edwards is Curator at Large at the Walker Art Center. Her exhibitions have focused on artists of the African Diaspora and the Global South. Since 2010, she has spearheaded Performa’s year-round programming, contributed to the Performa biennial, and led its institutional collaborations with MoMA and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.


IMIN YEH - Tues. March 21 / 5pm, Kresge Theatre, CFA

Imin Yeh is an interdisciplinary and project-based artist who uses print media as a technical and conceptual tool for exploring free, exchange, and craft-based economies. Working in print media, sculpture, installation, and participatory events, her practice converges progressive social engagement with traditional forms and formats.

copeland.jpgHUEY COPELAND
 - Tues. March 28 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium, UC

Orville M. Winsand Lecture Lepper Ditinguished Lecture in Creativity

Huey Copeland is an art historian, administrator, teacher, critic, and curator based in Chicago. His writing focuses on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on articulations of blackness in the Western visual field.


The Carnegie Mellon School of Art Lecture Series is made possible by the Elizabeth (Thompson) and Thomas M. Cox, A’29,  Distinguished Artists Fund, Orville M. Winsand Lecture for Critical Studies in Art and Jeff Pan Visiting Artist Fund,  to enhance the international dimension of the School of Art Lecture Series.

image: Wangechi Mutu, Throw, 2016, Site-Specific Action Painting performed at Pace Gallery, New York, Dimensions Variable, Courtesy of the Artist.


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