Lecture Series-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

Internationally recognized artists, 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: Shahzia Sikander (Spring 2014 lecturer) Projection work at 
Shangri La, The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2011

Fall 2014 Lectures Series


CARRIE MOYER - Tues. Sept 09 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

Born in Detroit, Carrie Moyer is an American painter and writer living in Brooklyn whose work signifies an ongoing investigation of non-representational art and is a standard bearer of the new abstraction of the 21st century. Founder of the public art project Dyke Action Machine! (DAM!), between 1991-2004 DAM!'s culture-jamming campaigns dissected mainstream visual culture by inserting lesbian images into recognizably commercial contexts.  Over the past two decades Moyer has merged the languages of abstraction and political imagery in her art. “I continue my interrogation of Modernism with a significantly expanded visual lexicon. My recent paintings are inspired in part by the current critical reassessment of the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970s. Recalling my own first eye-opening encounter with feminist work as a young artist, the paintings are full of forms that resonate with the strangeness and preliterate opaqueness of archaic sculpture. Invented avatars — reminiscent of the Venus of Willendorf, ceremonial instruments, human beings and animals — are evoked through the interplay of abstract shapes, flows of pure color, glitter and transparent veils of poured acrylic.” Moyer received her BFA from Pratt Institute, MFA from Bard, and since the 1990s has exhibited at venues around the world including MOMA, PS1, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Shedhalle (Zurich), Le Magasin (Grenoble), and the Project Centre (Dublin), among others.  Her writings have appeared in Art in America, the Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Modern Painters and Art Journal. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and Anonymous Was a Woman as well as funding from Pennies From Heaven, Creative Capital, and New York Council on the Arts, Franklin Furnace, and the Peter Norton Family Foundation.  

mccarthymcdonald.jpgLAUREN McCARTHY + KYLE McDONALD - Tues. Sept 16 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

presented by the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

During August and September 2014, new-media artists Lauren McCarthy and Kyle McDonald will be Warhol Foundation Artists-in-Residence at the STUDIO. In this unique double-presentation, they will share their individual and shared projects that explore new forms of interactivity and identity.

Lauren McCarthy is an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is adjunct faculty at RISD and NYU ITP, a researcher in residence at ITP, and recently a resident at Eyebeam. Her work explores the structures and systems of social interactions, identity, and self-representation, and the potential for technology to mediate, manipulate, and evolve these interactions. She is fascinated by the slightly uncomfortable moments when patterns are shifted, expectations are broken, and participants become aware of the system. Her artwork has been shown in a variety of contexts, including the Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, the Japan Media Arts Festival, Share Festival, File Festival, the WIRED Store, and probably to you without you knowing it at some point while interacting with her. Kyle McDonald works with sounds and codes, exploring translation, contextualization, and similarity. With a background in philosophy and computer science, he strives to integrate intricate processes and structures with accessible, playful realizations that often have a do-it-yourself, open-source aesthetic. He enjoys creatively subverting networked communication and computation, exploring glitch and embedded biases, and extending these concepts to reversal of everything from personal identity to work habits. Kyle is a member of F.A.T. Lab, community manager for openFrameworks, and an adjunct professor at the NYU ITP.

reyes.jpgJEN DELOS REYES - Tues. Sept 23 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

Spring 2015 Kraus Visiting Professor of Art, director of Open Engagement 2015 in Pittsburgh

Jen Delos Reyes is an artist originally from Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Her research interests include the history of socially engaged art, artist-run culture, group work, band dynamics, folk music, and artists’ social roles. She has exhibited works across North America and Europe, and has contributed writing to various catalogues and institutional publications. She has received numerous grants and awards including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant. Jen is the founder and director of Open Engagement, a conference on socially engaged art practice and herself speaks widely on Art and Social Practice at conferences and institutions around the world. 

shimoyama.jpgDEVAN SHIMOYAMA - Tues. Oct 07 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

Devan Shimoyama is a 2014-2015 Visiting Assistant Professor in drawing and painting in the School of Art. His work reimagines black queer masculinity as both desirous and desirable through the use of narrative and self-portraiture. Figures find themselves echoed throughout the paintings, attempting to connect, but failing to join and fulfill their sensual desires within these dreamscapes. From the tactility of the thickly poured and splattered paint, to the effervescent and luminously sprayed stencils, silhouettes of figures are made bursting with divine ecstasy. His work raises questions about gay male sexuality, followed by an exploration of locating where the queer black male fits into contemporary society and within the microcosm of queer politics. His paintings create a dream-like space where touch and fervid temperature dictate the form and color of the body. Hybridized creatures, faintly reminiscent both Caribbean malevolent entities called Jumbee as well as childhood characters like Kermit the Frog, enter into a number of paintings as a nostalgic reference to the developmental stages of youth and upbringing as a queer individual. He received his MFA from Yale in 2014 and BFA from Penn State University in 2011.

lee.jpgNIKKI LEE - Tues. Oct 14 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

Nikki Lee is a Korean photographer and filmmaker formerly based in New York City, now living and working in Seoul.  She received a broad education at institutions including the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chung-Ang University, and New York University. Lee became known early for her “Projects” series, in which she insinuated herself into subcultural groups, working for two to three months to be accepted in each social group. The varied groups of people included seniors, Hispanics, swingers, yuppies, lesbians, and others. For each project, Lee changed what she wore, where she shopped, and how she presented herself. In her recent series “Parts,” Lee curates scenes of herself with a significant other showing intimate dynamics and details of a relationship, then physically cuts her partner out of each printed photograph. Lee has had solo exhibitions of her work at major institutions around the world including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City and The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Her work was also included in the Mattress Factory exhibition, “Likeness After Warhol,” curated by Elaine A King, professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon.  Lee’s works are in the collections of many major museums, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Fukuoka, Japan; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Two monographs on Lee's work have been published: Nikki S. Lee: Parts, Rose Lee Goldberg and Nikki S. Lee: Projects, essays by Russell Ferguson and Gilbert Vicario.>

riley.jpgDUKE RILEY - Tues. Oct 21 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

Duke Riley explores the struggles of marginal peoples who exist, perhaps forgotten, within larger encompassing societies, looking at such issues such as the tension between individual and collective behavior, and conflict with institutional power. Riley is known for work that combines the seafarer’s craft with nautical history through drawing, printmaking, mosaic, sculpture, performative interventions, and video structured as complex multimedia installations. Solo exhibitions include Magnan Metz Gallery, New York City; the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; and the Havana Biennial, among other venues. He has received numerous awards and commissions, including a Percent for Art public art commission, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, and the MTA Arts For Transit commission for the Beach 98th Street Station renovation. Born in Boston, he received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, before moving to New York, settling in Brooklyn, and earning his MFA from Pratt Institute. >

jinshan.jpgJINSHAN - Tues. Nov 04 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

A leading voice in an emerging generation of socially engaged contemporary artists in China, Shanghai-based Jin Shan is an agent provocateur. Preferring wit and satire to aggression and conflict, his work uses humor and play to draw audiences into a confrontation with the social, cultural and political problems of the modern world.  While specifically describing elements of contemporary China, his investigation of human motivation extends beyond national boundaries to the seemingly insatiable desire for power programmed into humanity’s DNA.  Jin Shan’s work has been exhibited at the Singapore Biennale, The Venice Biennale, The Groninger Museum, Netherlands, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, among others. He is a professor of painting at Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. 

storr.jpgROBERT STORR - Wed. Nov 19 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium

Robert Storr received a BA from Swarthmore College in 1972 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978. He was curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1990 to 2002, where he organized exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman, in addition to coordinating the Projects series from 1990 to 2000. In 2002 he was named the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Mr. Storr has also taught at the CUNY graduate center and the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies as well as the Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, New York Studio School, and Harvard University, and has been a frequent lecturer in this country and abroad. He has been a contributing editor at Art in America since 1981 and writes frequently for Artforum, Parkett, Art Press (Paris), and Frieze (London). He has written numerous catalogs, articles, and books, including Philip Guston (Abbeville, 1986), Chuck Close (with Lisa Lyons, Rizzoli, 1987), and the forthcoming Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois. Among his many honors he has received a Penny McCall Foundation Grant for painting, a Norton Family Foundation Curator Grant, and honorary doctorates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maine College of Art, as well as awards from the American Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, a special AICA award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Art Criticism, an ICI Agnes Gund Curatorial Award, and the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History from the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. In 2000 the French Ministry of Culture presented him with the medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. He was the commissioner of the 2007 Venice Biennale, the first American invited to assume that position. Mr. Storr was appointed at Yale University a professor of painting/printmaking and has been the Dean of the School of Art since 2006 and continues in this role.

Related Programming:


Sept 4 / 6-830pm / Kresge Theater

5 minute speed presentations from all MFA student about their work. RSVP/artist info http://on.fb.me/1rh3UCJ


Oct 2 / 12-130pm / CFA 303

Part of the VIA Festival Oct 1-5. Co-presented by the School of Art & Masters of Arts Management Program

Undervolt & Co. is a label for experimental video artists. Co-founder and label artists discuss the ways a label can support digitally-based artistic practices that find their way into museums, galleries, festivals, corporate commissions and the Internet, as well as online platforms supporting the exhibition and distribution of digital artworks. Undervolt & Co.'s roster includes CMU alumni Jacob Ciocci and Peter Burr, and their roster is expanding. In collaboration with VIA, Undervolt will releasing a special title featuring Pittsburgh experimental video artists during the 2014 VIA Festival.Along with Sabrina Ratte and Yoshihide Sodeoka, they'll perform visuals with VIA Festival acts (Zebra Katz, Blue Hawaii, L-vis 1990, Traxman and more) October 4. Artist bios / festival passes at www.via2014.com. CMU students get 50% off festival passes.


Oct 3 / 12-8pm / Frank-Raytche STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA 111

Part of the VIA Festival Oct 1-5. Co-presented by CMU Computers Club/Demosplash Conference, Frank-Raytche STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, IDEATE, Center for Arts in Society, Humanities Center, School of Music, the Sprout Fund and Ableton

Internationally renowned musicians / sound designers discuss the various ways technology informs their music.

Get a look under the hood as to how they make cutting-edge sounds using everything from outdated computer equipment and an MS-DOS to modular synthesis or software like Reaktor and Ableton. Crash-course in Max for LIVE with Ableton. Closing a/v performance by Richard Devine and Chilean digital artist Hector Llanquin. Catch Holly, Mat, and Diode perform Oct 4 at the VIA Festival. Artist bios / festival passes at www.via2014.com. CMU students get 50% off festival passes.


Dec 7-14 / Frank-Raytche STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA 111

Presented by the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, in cooperation with the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory, with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. More info at www.studioforcreativeinquiry.org

Addie Wagenknecht directs CMU Deep Lab, a popup think-tank and weeklong lecture series dedicated to the consideration of privacy, security and surveillance in the arts. Featuring lecture presentations by Addie Wagenknecht, Allison Burtch, Claire Evans, Ingrid Burrington, Jen Lowe, Lorrie Faith Cranor... and more!