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.

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. 

See past semester programs in the lecture series Archive
View full schedule of events on the School of Art Calendar.

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: DIS Magazine

Fall 2015 Lectures Series

parker.jpgCORNELIA PARKER - Tues. Sept 08 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

Lepper Lecturer

Fascinated with processes in the world that mimic cartoon ‘deaths’ – steamrollering, shooting full of holes, falling from cliffs and explosions, London-based artist Cornelia Parker is concerned with formalizing things beyond our control, containing the volatile and making it into something that is quiet and contemplative like the ‘eye of the storm’. Through a combination of visual and verbal allusions her work triggers cultural metaphors and personal associations, her work allow the viewer to witness the transformation of the most ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary. In her 35-year career, Parker has exhibited extensively at major galleries and museums around the world, has been collected by numerous private, corporate, and public organizations including Deutsche Bank, Unilever, The Arts Council of Great Britain, The British Council, the British Museum, The Tate Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Museum of Modern Art New York and The Yale Center for British Art, USA. The Turner Prize nominee is also a frequent and popular guest on BBC radio and television. 

matar.jpgRANIA MATAR - Tues. Sept 15 / 6:00-7:30pm, Carnegie Lecture Hall, Carnegie Museum of Art

co-presented by Carnegie Museum of Art

This project is about teenage girls and young women at a transitional time of their lives, alone in the privacy of their own personal space and surroundings.” –Rania Matar

Rania Matar discusses the images from her series A Girl In Her Room, which are currently on view in the exhibition She Who Tells a Story. These captivating photographs reveal coming-of-age experiences that not only reflect a particular cultural time and place, but speak to the universality of identity as well. Focusing on girls and women, Matar documents her life through the lives of those around her, emphasizing the personal and the mundane in an attempt to portray the universal within the personal. Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the United States in 1984. Originally trained as an architect at the American University of Beirut and at Cornell University, she studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar started teaching photography in 2009 and offered summer photography workshops to teenage girls in Lebanon's refugee camps with the assistance of non-governmental organizations. She teaches Personal Documentary Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is currently a visiting artist and critic at the University of South Florida. 


MARINA ROSENFELD - Tues. Sept 29 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

Known equally as a composer of large-scale performances and an experimental turntablist working with hand-crafted dub plates, New York-based Marina Rosenfeld has been a leading voice in the increasing hybridization between the domains of visual art and music. She has created chamber and choral works, including the performances Teenage Lontano, Cannons and roygbiv; a series of acclaimed "orchestras" for floor-bound electric guitars and other quasi-sculptural scenarios; works notated in video, including WHITE LINES and My red, red blood; and since 2008, a series of installation/performance works, often mounted in monumental spaces, such as the Park Avenue Armory in New York and Western Australia's Midland Railway Workshops, deploying complexes of unamplified live performers and custom loudspeaker installations. Rosenfeld's work has been widely presented throughout Europe, North America and Australia, including recent solo projects for the Museum of Modern Art in New York; SPOR, Ultima, Wien Modern and Holland Festivals; the Whitney, Liverpool and PERFORMA Biennials; and many others.

washko.jpgANGELA WASHKO - Tues. Oct 06 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

Angela Washko is an artist, writer and facilitator devoted to creating new forums for discussions of feminism in the spaces most hostile toward it. In 2012, Washko founded The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft as an ongoing intervention on communal language formation inside the most popular massively multi-player online role playing game of all time. In her recent project BANGED, Washko interviewed a pickup artist dubbed the web's most infamous misogynist. A recent recipient of The Franklin Furnace Performance Fund Grant, a Creative Time Report commission, a Rhizome Internet Art Microgrant, a Danish International Visiting Artist Grant and the Terminal Award, Washko's practice has been highlighted in Frieze Magazine, Time Magazine, The Guardian (UK), ArtForum, VICE, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, the New York Times, The Creator’s Project, Dazed and Confused Magazine, The Hairpin and more. Her projects have been presented nationally and internationally at venues including Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki, Finland), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Moving Image Art Fair (London and NYC), the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Bitforms Gallery and Institute for Contemporary Art Boston.

discoteca.jpg*CANCELLED /  Reschedule TBA* DISCOTECA FLAMING STAR - Tues. Oct 13 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

Inspired by Anita Berber, Warhol's wig, ghosts with no home, Rita McBride's "Arena", Greg Bordowitz, Mary Shelley, Karl Valentin & Lisl Karlstadt, the Vienna Group, and more DISCOTECA FLAMING STAR is an interdisciplinary collaborative art group begun in 1998. The group is Lead by artists Cristina Gómez Barrio and Wolfgang Mayer, who are based in Madrid, Spain. Through conceptual, visual and musical transfers, DSF create performances, sculptures,  drawings, stages and situations whose foremost intention is to question and challenge the memory of the public, transforming old desires and finding invented pasts, or pasts which never occurred. They exploit their knowledge and lack of knowledge, working slowly. They act directly in the gap between action and documentation, generating and finding documents that can be used to articulate strange tongues and languages that incite action and argument. Their work has been shown at numerous venues including Artists Space, Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, NYC; MUMOK, Vienna; HKW, n.b.k., Basso, KW in Berlin, Ojo Atomico, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid, WHW, Zagreb, Tate Modern, London, De Appel, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam.


JILL MAGID - Tues. Nov 17 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

American artist Jill Magid’s work is deeply ingrained in her lived experience, exploring and blurring the boundaries between art and life. Through her performance-based practice, Magid has initiated intimate relations with a number of organizations and structures of authority. She explores the emotional, philosophical and legal tensions between the individual and ‘protective’ institutions, such as intelligence agencies or the police. To work alongside or within large organizations, Magid makes use of institutional quirks, systemic loopholes that allow her to make contact with people ‘on the inside’. Her work tends to be characterized by the dynamics of seduction, the resulting narratives often taking the form of a love story. It is typical of Magid’s practice that she follows the rules of engagement with an institution to the letter – sometimes to the point of absurdity.

dis.jpg*CANCELLED / Reschedule TBD* DIS with Marco Roso - Tues. Nov 17 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

An introduction to the New York based art and editorial collective with co-founder Marco Roso (founding members incl Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase and David Toro).

DIS is where ideas, value systems, and everything else is not overtly analyzed or critiqued, but is re-presented in its most heightened configuration. DIS explores the tension between popular culture and institutional critique, while facilitating projects for the most public and democratic of all forums—the Internet. Its cultural interventions manifest across a range of media and platforms, from site-specific museum and gallery exhibitions to ongoing online projects. Most notably these include, DIS Magazine, co-founded with Nick Scholl, Patrik Sandberg and S. Adrian Massey III in 2010 as a virtual platform that examines art, fashion, music and culture, constructing and supporting new creative practices. The magazine has expanded into an international community of writers, photographers, musicians and DJs. Other projects include: DISimages a fully operational stock photography agency that enlists artists to produce images for private and commercial use; and DISown an ongoing retail platform and laboratory to test the current status of the art object. In addition to many other commissions and collaborations, DIS is the curatorial team for the 2015 Berlin Biennale.

kolbowski.jpgSILVIA KOLBOWSKI - Tues. Dec 01 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium

Silvia Kolbowski is a New York-based artist working with time-based media, whose scope of address includes questions of historicization, political resistance, and the unconscious. The structures of spectatorship — psychical and political — are a central concern of all her projects. Her work has been exhibited in many international venues and contexts, including The Tapei Biennial, the Villa Arson, Nice, The Whitney Biennial, New York, and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, among others. She has had one-person exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, The Secession, Vienna, and LAX<>ART. Kolbowski is on the advisory board of October journal, where she was a co-editor from 1993-2000. She has taught at The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, the CCC program of the Ecole Superiéure d?Art Visuel, Geneva, the Architecture Department of Parsons The New School for Design, NY, and the School of Art at The Cooper Union and lectured widely. Her writings have been included in Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, Documents, Parachute, October and more. She currently writes a blog as an extension of her art practice to another platform silviakolbowskiblog.com.


Related Programming:

TRANS-Q LIVE! - Fri. Sept 18 / 8pm, Andy Warhol Museum

A queer evening of performance, dance, poetry, comedy, resplendent fantasies, music, and more. Hosted by Joseph Hall, with performances by Blakk Rapp Madusa, Cindy Crotchford, Jasmine Hearn/Alisha Wormsley, Moonbaby/Mario Ashkar, Bekezela Mguni, Slowdanger, and The Bang Gang followed by DJ dance party. Co-presented with Trans-Q Television, a project of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for the Arts in Society, produced by Scott Andrew, Adil Mansoor, and Suzie Silver.

VIA MUSIC & NEW MEDIA FESTIVAL - Sept 24 - Oct 03 / various locations, Pittsburgh

10+ events, program/tickets at www.via-2015.com 

Exploring the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology, VIA features local, national, and international musicians and artists pushing the boundaries of their disciplines.

THE 3D ADDIVIST MANIFESTO - Artists-in-Residence Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke

ARTIST LECTURE > Thursday, September 24, 5pm
WORKSHOP > Friday, September 25 & Saturday, September 25, tba
all events in the STUDIO, CFA 111, Carnegie Mellon University

Part of the 2015 VIA Festival, with support from the Frank-Raytche STUDIO for Creative Inquiry www.via-2015.comwww.studioforcreativeinquiry.org

The 3D Additivist Manifesto​ calls creators and thinkers to action around a technology filled with hope and promise: the 3D printer. By considering this technology as a potential force for good, bad, and ​otherwise​, 3DA aims to disrupt binary thinking entirely, drawing together makers and thinkers invested in the idea of real, radical, change. A workshop with the artists and special guests will explore his potential in depth, with the opportunity to design and submit your own proposals to the 3D Addivist Cookbook, to be published early 2016.  

AFTERSOUND: Frequency, Attack, Return - Sept 25 / 6-8pm reception, Miller Gallery

co-curated by Melissa Ragona & Margaret Cox, more info http://millergallery.cmu.edu

Sound has entered contemporary art in profound and unexpected ways. This exhibition explores sound’s infiltration into contemporary discussions of aural and visual culture, with a particular focus on sound visualization, the physics of sound, political uses of sound, i.e. sonic warfare and DIY, as well as the resurgence of neo-metaphysical experiments with sound as a portal to new sensory experiences.

LECTURE: JEANINE BARCHAS - Oct 01 / 4:30pm reception, Porter Hall 100

"Digital Heritage: Shakespeare, Austen and the Visualization of Museum Exhibitions, 1796 and 1813". Presented by CMU Center for Arts in Society.

Dr. Barchas is the creator of the digital gallery "What Jane Saw", a room-by-room reconstruction of an exhibition of paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds that novelist Jane Austen attended on 24 May 1813.  "What Jane Saw"'s open-access website, hailed as a Digital Humanities “first,” has already seen more than 140K unique visitors from around the world.  

LECTURE: BOB MOSES - Oct 15 / 4:30pm, location tba

Presented by CMU Center for Arts in Society

Civil rights legend and education activist Bob Moses will participate in a conversation about educational inequality. A central figure in SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), Moses spent years fighting racial inequality in Mississippi. In the early 1980s, he founded the Algebra Project, a nonprofit organization that uses uses mathematics as an organizing tool to ensure quality public school education for every child in America.