Past School of Art Lecture Series visiting speakers.
Fall 2014 Lecture Series
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.
LAUREN 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.
JEN 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.
DEVAN 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.
NIKKI 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.>
DUKE 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 - 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.
ROBERT 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.
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
LUNCHTIME ARTIST LECTURE: UNDERVOLT & CO. JOHNNY WOODS, BRENNA MURPHY, BIRCH COOPER, JJ STRATFORD
Oct 2 / 12-130pm / CFA 303
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.
VIA MUSIC CONFERENCE: RICHARD DEVINE, DIODE MILLIAMPERE, ELLIE HERRIN, CHASE SMITH, ABLETON
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.
DEEP LAB LECTURE SERIES
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!
Spring 2014 Lecture Series
Fall 2013 Lecture Series
TANIA BRUGUERA - Tues. Sept 03 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
TANIA BRUGUERA is a leading political and performance artist researching ways in which art applies to everyday political life by transforming social affect into political effectiveness. Her long‐term projects have been intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education and politics. To define her practice she uses the terms arte de conducta (Conduct/Behavior Art), arte útil (Useful Art) and politicaltiming specific. Called a catalyst, Bruguera is highly regarded by artists, academics and political activists. Her art project of
an art school for performance and political art in Havana inspired other similar institutions in Latin America. Bruguera was invited as an expert for a preliminary document on cultural rights to be presented by UNSR to the HRC in 2013; she participated in the initial meetings for Occupy Wall Street. She is currently working on the political representation of migrants through her project Immigrant Movement International.
RICHARD PELL - Tues. Sept 10 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
RICHARD PELL works at the intersection of art, technology and society. His works have playfully used the form and language of institutions in order to both critique and explore the possibilities inherent in emerging technologies. For ten years, his work as a co-founder of the collective The Institute for Applied Autonomy utilized robotics and communications tools to bring new tactics to political activism while critiquing the politics that are built into technologies from the beginning. More recently, his work as founder and director of the Center for PostNatural History has resulted in the world’s first museum dedicated to the human-altered living world. This museum attracts visitors from well beyond the borders of Pittsburgh and is regularly featured in international media. In his presentation Pell will discuss the strategy of using institutional forms, normally found well outside the art world, in order to create potentially transformative experiences.
PEDRO REYES - Tues. Oct 1 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
Co-presented with the 2013 Carnegie International and Masters of Arts Management Program, Heinz School
PEDRO REYES was trained as an architect and is now a Mexico City-based artist using the physical nature and symbolic meaning of environments to facilitate thoughtful, social experiences—often with self-sustaining outcomes. He is perhaps best known for his project Palas por Pistolas (Shovels for Guns), in which donated guns were crushed, melted and made into shovels that were then used by art institutions, schools and urban organizations to plant trees. This work is characteristic of Reyes’s interest in finding alternative methods to restore a peaceful society through pedagogy and participation. Reyes will discuss his recent work, including Palas por Pistolas and his installation for the 2013 Carnegie International, featuring musical instruments made from decommissioned guns.
YASUMASA MORIMURA - Thurs. Oct 3 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium
Jeff Pan Lecturer | Co-presented by the Andy Warhol Museum with support from the Japan Foundation
YASUMASA MORIMURA’s fascination with the self-portrait, gay and transgendered life, art history and popular culture aligns him closely with the work of Andy Warhol. Renowned for his reprisals of iconic images drawn from art history and the mass media, Morimura literally assumes his own place in the historical narrative. In the process, he conflates issues of originality and reproduction, gender and race to create what he calls a “beautiful commotion.” Like Warhol and many artists today, Morimura explores the fluidity of sexuality and gender, and the meaning of difference in highly structured societies. His lecture coincides with a retrospective exhibition, Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self, at The Andy Warhol Museum from October 14, 2013 to January 14, 2014.
PETER SCHJELDAL - Tues. Oct 22 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
Orville M. Winsand Lecturer
PETER SCHJELDAL is the art critic of The New Yorker. Born in Fargo, North Dakota, he attended Carleton College and the New School and worked as a newspaper reporter in Minnesota, Iowa and New Jersey. In 1965, after a year in Paris, he settled in New York and began writing art criticism for ArtNews, the Sunday New York Times, The Village Voice and 7 Days. He joined The New Yorker in 1998. His four books of criticism include The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings (1991) and Let’s See: Writings on Art from The New Yorker (2008). For four years, until 2001, he taught a seminar for studio seniors in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. He has received the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing from the Clark Art Institute, the Frank Jewett Mather Award for excellence in art criticism from the College Art Association and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also published five books of poetry.
LAETITIA SONAMI - Tues. Nov 5 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
LAETITIA SONAMI is a sound artist and performer. Her sound performances, live-film collaborations and sound installations focus on issues of presence and participation. She has devised gestural controllers for performance and applies new technologies and appropriated media to achieve an expression of immediacy through sound, place and objects. She has performed for 20 years with her “lady’s glove,” and is now developing a new series of work, Magnetic Memories in the age of the Oracle, which explores magnetic forces, memory and archeological deposits of sound layers. Recent projects include Sound Gates, a public sound installation on a 2.5km pier in Rijeka, Croatia and Sheepwoman, a live film in collaboration with Sue-C, based on Murakami novels. Awards include the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Awards. She is visiting professor at the San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College and Bard MFA program.
SUZANNE WRIGHT - Tues. Nov 12 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
2014 Kraus Visiting Professor of Art
SUZANNE WRIGHT is an artist and educator with a deep historical investment in feminist and queer liberation projects. Within her work, the bodies of women are used to pose complicated questions about the history and nature of power within western culture. In her wall-sized drawings and collages, engineered and architectural structures simulate and fuse with the body. There is a strategy that shows both the visual pleasure of objectification, space exploration, mobility and sexual ecstasy while also attempting to critique it. The images contain the contradictions of visual pleasure and activism. Wright has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is a member of ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), Fierce Pussy and D.I.V.A. TV (Damned Interfering Video Activists)—intimately intertwining her aesthetics and activism. Wright will be the Kraus Visiting Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon in the spring semester of 2014.
JUAN FERNANDEZ TORRES: Director, Hanana Biennial
Tues. Sept 17 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
Co-presented by CMU School of Art, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and The Center for Latin American Studies at University of Pittsburgh
Jorge A. Fernández Torres, curator and Director of the Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art and the Havana Biennial, is a former member of the Commission for Cuban Cultural Development of UNESCO, Vice Rector of the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana and served on the Advisory Council for the Arts on the National Library of Cuba. He has curated and authored catalogue essays for numerous exhibitions, including: “Art Practices and Social Imageries” for the 2012 Havana Biennial, “Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba” (Havana), and “El Lugar Construido” (Spain). Of great interest to artists, Latin American scholars, educators, and general audiences, Jorge will be speaking about the experiences of the 2012 XI Havana Biennial, the work of the Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art, the Cuban participation in the 2013 Venice Biennale and about contemporary Cuban art in general.
HEATHER KELLEY: Sensory/Interaction Design and Games
Tues. Sept 18 / 5pm, CFA 111, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Co-presented by the Frank-Raytche STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, and CMU Entertainment Technology Center
Heather Kelley (@PerfectPlum) is an award-winning media artist, curator, and game designer. Ms. Kelley heads her sensory and interaction design studio Perfect Plum, and is co-founder of the renowned experimental game collective Kokoromi. She will present and discuss works from Joue le jeu, her 2012 co-curated Paris exhibition of playful experiences and games-as-art, and introduce her newest research in olfactory play experiences. Ms. Kelley’s extensive career in game development has included design and production of AAA next-gen console games, interactive smart toys, mobile and handheld games, research games, installation games, and web communities for girls. She holds an MA in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. Long bio: http://www.perfectplum.com/about/
Thurs. Sept 19 / 4:30pm, Porter Hall 100
Jack Halberstam is a popular speaker who gives lectures around the world every year. His topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film and animation. Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California and the author of five books including Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995), Female Masculinity (1998), In A Queer Time and Place (2005), The Queer Art of Failure (2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (2012). He has also written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book on fascism and (homo)sexuality.
MARK ALLEN / MACHINE PROJECT
Wed. Oct 02 / 5pm, CFA 111 STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Mark Allen is an artist, educator and curator based in Los Angeles. He is the founder and executive director of Machine Project, a non-profit performance and installation space investigating art, technology, natural history, science, music, literature, and food in an informal storefront in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Machine Project also operates as a loose confederacy of artists producing shows at locations ranging from beaches to museums to parking lots. Under his direction Machine has produced shows with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, and the Walker Museum in Minneapolis. He has produced over 500 events in Los Angeles at the Machine Project storefront space, and recently concluded a year long artist residency addressing topics of public engagement at the Hammer Museum.
TAN LIN / Environmental Reading with Perfume, Soundtrack, Tweet Mirror, and the Joy of Cooking
Wed. Nov 20 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
A reading by Museum of Modern Art Seminar Leader in Poetics, Award winning poet, Tan Lin, who will present his PowerPoint videos—Bibliographic Sound Track and The Ph.D Sounds—with the former accompanied by a live perfume sound track, the latter by a DJ set by Mösco. The videos explore communications platforms such as Twitter, SMS, status updates, IM chats, programming languages, video-game walk-throughs, the couplet, and the PowerPoint slide as they affect reading and genre, projected in an environment that has absorbed everything next to it in the room—from bibliographies to the smell of wet sphagnum peat moss, the perfume Wet Pavement London, Glade air freshener, and the music of New Order and Lucky Dragons. He will also read from his books, Isomnia and the Aunt (Kenning editions 2011) and Heath Course Pak (Counterpath Press, 2011) Both are ambient works composed of Google reverse searches, letters, appendices, an index to an imaginary novel, reruns, a brief history of recent performance art, a legal defense of plagiarism, an MP3 protest song, and an examination of SMS and GMS technologies as distribution networks for human sadness.
Spring 2013 Lecture Series
SHANA MOULTON - Tues. Feb 05 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
SHANA MOULTON creates evocatively oblique narratives in her video and performance works. Combining an unsettling, wry humor with a low-tech Pop sensibility, Moulton plays a character whose interactions with the everyday world are both mundane and surreal. As her protagonist navigates the enigmatic and possibly magical properties of her home decor, Moulton initiates relationships with objects and consumer products that are at once banal and uncanny. Growing up near Yosemite, California, she earned her BA from University of California, Berkeley in Art and Anthropology and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has exhibited or performed at The New Museum, SFMoMA, MoMA P.S.1, Performa 2009, The Kitchen, Electronic Arts Intermix, Art in General, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Palais De Tokyo in Paris, The Migros Museum in Zurich and the Times Museum in Guangzhou.
CHARLES ATLAS - Tues. Feb 12 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
CHARLES ATLAS has been active as a filmmaker and video artist since the 1970s. He has made pioneering media/dance works, multi-channel video installations, feature-length documentaries, video art works for television and live electronic performances. His recent projects include the solo shows: The Illusion of Democracy at Luhring Augustine Bushwick and Discount Body Parts at De Hallen Museum in Holland; live performance/installations: In Residence at the 2012 Whitney Biennial and The Pedestrians, in collaboration with Mika Tajima/New Humans at The South London Gallery; and Ocean, a film of Merce Cunningham’s epic dance at the Walker Art Center. Atlas has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, three “Bessie” (New York Dance and Performance) Awards and was the 2006 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Art’s biennial John Cage Award.
TEHCHING HSIEH - Tues. Feb 19 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
2013 Jeff Pan Lecturer
TEHCHING HSIEH was born in Taiwan in 1950. He did his first performance “Jump Piece” in 1973 and broke both ankles. Trained as a sailor, he arrived in Philadelphia in 1974, jumped ship, and stayed in the states as an illegal immigrant for fourteen years until granted amnesty in 1988. From 1978 to 1999, Hsieh did five One Year Performances and the Thirteen Year Plan in New York City. The first four One Year Performances made him a regular name in the art scene; the last two, in which he intentionally retreated from the art world, set a tone of sustained invisibility. Since 2000, Hsieh—released from the restriction of not showing work during the Thirteen Year Plan—has lectured and exhibited worldwide, including MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Liverpool Biennial, the Gwangju Biennial, and the Sao Paulo Biennial. He received the United States Artists award in 2008.
DIANA AL-HADID - Tues. Feb 26 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
DIANA AL-HADID was born in Syria in 1981 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her sculptures—made from crude materials such as plaster, Styrofoam, wax and cardboard—take “towers” as their central theme. Drawing together a variety of associations—power, wealth, technological and urban development, progress and globalism— they are also symbols of cultural difference and conflict. Al-Hadid received her BFA in sculpture and art history from Kent State University in 2003, MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. She has been the recipient of a USA Rockefeller Fellowship and several grantst. Her work is included in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Saatchi Collection, London. She has an upcoming two-person exhibition with Medardo Rosso during the 2013 Venice Biennale.
OTTO PIENE - Tues. Mar 05 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
OTTO PIENE was born in Germany in 1928. His father was founding principal of a progressive Gymnasium/academic high school. At the age of 15, Piene was drafted in the heat of the intensifying air war. Discharged from British POW camps in 1946, he returned home to finish school and attend the art academies in Munich and Düsseldorf while also studying philosophy at the University of Cologne. In 1957, out of a ruinous studio in Düsseldorf, he founded the Night Exhibitions with friend Heinz Mack. The resulting international Group Zero spread throughout the world, including New York City, and advanced light art, kinetic art and notably “SKY ART.” He became a professor at MIT and Director of the MIT CAVS, where he co-founded the MSVisS graduate program and directed five International Sky Art Conferences. Piene continues painting with fire, as in the early Zero days.
CARRIE MAE WEEMS - Tues. Mar 26 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
During the past twenty-five years, CARRIE MAE WEEMS has worked toward developing a complex body of art that has employed photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation and video. Her work has led her to investigate family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class and various political systems. Currently, her work is the focus of a major retrospective, Carrie Mae Weems: 3 Decades of Photography and Video on view now at The Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville. It will travel to the Portland Art Museum in Oregon; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. A new video, Lincoln, Lonnie and Me-a Story in 5 Parts, is on view at the Mattress Factory. She is represented in collections around the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and The Williams College Museum of Art.
PYUUPIRU - Tues. Apr 02 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
2013 Jeff Pan Lecturer
PYRUUPIRU is an artist in Tokyo who works in a wide range of fields such as art direction, character and costume design, acting and writing. Her artwork is characterized by its process—absorbing opposing concepts such as “life and death,” “men and women,” “one and other,” and “hurt and damage” and assimilating these ideas through her own experiences. They are then sublimated into higher concepts and given concrete form as installations, movies, performances, portraits and sculptures. Her documentary film Pyuupiru 2001–2008 was shown at more than twenty international film festivals and received high praise. Pyuupiru has exhibited at the Yokohama Triennale, the Yokohama Museum of Art and the New Benaki Museum. Her performance and installation work has been commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum.
*CANCELED* ALLAN SEKULA - Tues. Apr 09 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
GOLAN LEVIN: Interactive Art, Computational Design, Critical Making
Thurs. Feb 7 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium
co-presented by CMU School of Design Lecture Series "Design the Future" and School of Architecture's "[En]Coding Architecture" Symposium
GOLAN LEVIN is Associate Professor of Computation Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. Through interventions, artifacts, and environments, often created with a variety of collaborators, Levin applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines and make visible our ways of interacting with each other. His work has spanned themes such as gestural robotics; the tactical uses of digital fabrication; novel aesthetics of non-verbal interactivity; and information visualization as a mode of arts practice. At CMU, Levin also directs the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, a laboratory for atypical, anti-disciplinary and inter-institutional research across the arts, science, technology, and culture.
GUERILLA GIRLS: What Are Museums For?
Wed. Mar 20 / 7pm, Carnegie Lecture Hall
presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art
A limited number of free tickets for CMU Students will be available at the School of Art Office. Tickets required. $10 students / $12 museum members / $15 non-menbers More information: 412.622.3288 or www.cmoa.org
GUERILLA GIRLS, an anonymous group of feminists fighting sexism in the art world, will stage a multimedia performance in full jungle drag. The artists will illustrate their history of creating posters, books and actions to expose discrimination in areas including art, film and politics. Carnegie Museum of Art Director, Lynn Zelevansky, will engage in a dynamic exchange of ideas with The Guerrilla Girls about the evolving role of women in the art world. The Empowering Women exhibition will be open from 5–9pm at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Fall 2012 Lecture Series
CAMILLE UTTERBACK - Tues. Sept 11 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
Fall 2012 Kraus Visiting Professor of ArtCAMILLE UTTERBACK is an internationally acclaimed artist whose interactive installations and reactive sculptures engage participants in a dynamic process of kinesthetic discovery and play. Utterback’s work explores the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement and gesture in layered and often humorous ways. Her work focuses attention on the continued relevance and richness of the body in our increasingly mediated world. Utterback’s extensive exhibit history includes more than fifty shows on four continents. Recent awards include the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Transmediale International Media Art Festival Award, Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowship and a Whitney Museum commission for their ArtPort website. Recently completed public commissions include works for the City of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, the City of San Jose, California and the City of Sacramento.
NICHOLAS VAN WOERT - Tues. Sept 18 / 5pm, Kresge TheaterInterested in destruction as a form of alchemy and how it has been used throughout history as a means to regain a sense of identity, NICHOLAS VAN WOERT'S work makes reference to the iconoclasm during the 16th century Bildersturm in Europe, the breaking of stocking looms in England by the Luddites, burning billboards by Edward Abbey’s fictional characters in “The Monkey Wrench Gang” and the industrial sabotage of the underground radical environmentalists, EarthFirst. Each of these groups developed a relationship to ordinary objects and materials that drastically changed their original meaning. By slightly altering the context of a material they were able to turn something typically associated with convenience into a catastrophe. A darkness is revealed behind the familiar suggesting that the comfort a material provides may only be camouflage for the violence underneath. Van Woert has exhibited extensively, including solo shows in Paris, Amsterdam and New York.
JULIE HEFFERNAN - Tues. Sept 25 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
JULIE HEFFERNAN uses a process called image streaming to create open narrative paintings. Her work endeavors to see more deeply inside to those myriad selves that accumulate over time; hence the titles: Self-Portrait as Wreck and Self-Portrait as Random Perfect Being. She looks for forms and structures that contain complexity—in buildings with many cubicles, or trees with nesting boughs—to function as spaces of the psyche. Heffernan is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She received her MFA at Yale School of Art and Architecture and was inducted into the National Academy Museum in 2011. She has exhibited her paintings since 1988 and is represented by PPOW Gallery in New York City, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles and Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo. Heffernan is the recipient of numerous prizes including a NEA Grant and a NYFA Fellowship.
GRAHAM HARMAN - Tues. Oct 23 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
Co-Presented by Center for the Arts in Society
GRAHAM HARMAN is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Provost for Research Administration at the American University in Cairo. His work is engaged with the development of what he calls an object-oriented philosophy. Starting with the tool-analysis of Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time, Harman calls for a new metaphysics of things which emphasizes the autonomous existence of objects. He is the author of ten books including Tool-Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects, Guerrilla Metaphysics: Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things, Heidegger Explained: From Phenomenon to Thing, Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics, Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures, Circus Philosophicus, The Quadruple Object, Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making, The Prince and the Wolf: Latour and Harman at the LSE and Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy.
CHARLES ATLAS - *POSTPONED TIL SPRING 2013*
CHARLES ATLAS has been a filmmaker and video artist since the 1970s. He has made pioneering media/dance works, multi-channel video installations, feature-length documentaries, video art works for television and live electronic performances. His recent projects include solo shows: The Illusion of Democracy at Luhring Augustine Bushwick and Discount Body Parts at De Hallen Museum in Holland; live performance/installations In Residence at the 2012 Whitney Biennial and The Pedestrians, in collaboration with Mika Tajima/New Humans at The South London Gallery and “Ocean,” a film of Merce Cunningham’s epic dance which premiered at the Walker Art Center. Atlas has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, three “Bessie” (New York Dance and Performance) Awards and was the 2006 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Art’s biennial John Cage Award.
MOYRA DAVEY - Tues. Nov 6 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
MOYRA DAVEY is an artist and writer. She has been making photographs since the late 1970s, and more recently has produced three narrative videos. The most recent, Les Goddesses, began as an inquiry into the validity of story-telling—specifically telling one’s own story—and the ambivalence surrounding this drive. The “story,” or some part of it, is finally enabled by the discovery of a series of coincidences that connect the lives and writings of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughters, and Davey’s five sisters via a series of portraits she made of them in the early 1980s. Unexpectedly, the vicissitudes of photography, as practiced by the artist over the last thirty years, becomes a central theme of Les Goddesses.
KIMSOOJA - *CANCELLED* Tues. Nov 13 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
KIMSOOJA is an internationally acclaimed, Korean-born, multi-media artist who lives and works in New York City, Paris and Seoul. Her work combines performance, video, and installation, addressing issues of the displaced self. Kimsooja brings together a conceptual, logical and structural investigation of performance through immobility that inverts the notion of the artist as the predominant actor. Besides taking us on her journey, Kimsooja’s work is an invitation to question our existence, and the major challenges we are facing in this era. Kimsooja has exhibited internationally, and has been featured in many biennales, solo-site-specific projects and group shows, including major exhibitions at the Hirshhorn, LACMA, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, MIT and Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden.
ZACKARY DRUCKER & RHYS ERNST - Thurs. Oct 18 / 4:30p, Porter Hall 100
Presented by Center for the Arts in Society
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst are a Los Angeles-based couple whose individual and collaborative work addresses, respectively, trans-feminine and trans-masculine experience. Drucker and Ernst will present recent films and projects, including their new experimental film collaboration, SHE GONE ROGUE, which premiered at the Hammer Museum's first Los Angeles Biennial, Made in LA 2012.
Rhys Ernst is a writer/director who positions his filmmaking in a "New Trans Cinema" that complicates gender representation in narrative cinema and places queer and transgender characters within larger narratives. He has screened work at Sundance, Oberhausen, Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago MOCA, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, LACE and Outfest.
Zackary Drucker is a multi-media artist working in performance, film/video, photography, and spoken language. Drucker has exhibited her work at MOMA PS1, Deitch Projects, Leo Koenig Projekte, and Invisible Exports in New York; Hammer Museum, REDCAT, LACE, Steve Turner Contemporary, Human Resources, and Luis De Jesus in Los Angeles; and numerous international venues including the 54th Venice Biennale (Swiss Off-site Pavilion), Moscow International Biennale For Young Art, Les Recontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/ Madrid, and Lucca Museum of Contemporary Art in Italy.
Spring 2012 Lecture Series
WAFAA BILAL - Tues. Jan 24 / 5pm, Kresge TheaterIraqi-born artist WAFAA BILAL, assistant arts professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, specializes in on-line performative and interactive works. His current project, the 3rdi, features a camera surgically implanted on the back of his head transmitting images to the web. Bilal’s 2010 work “…And Counting” had his back tattooed with a map of Iraq and dots representing casualties. For 2007’s Domestic Tension, Bilal spent a month in a gallery with a paintball gun that people could shoot at him over the internet – a statement on the Iraq war. Bilal fled Iraq in 1991 and came to the U.S. after two years in refugee camps.
KATRIN SIGURDARDOTTIER - Tues. Feb 7 / 5pm, Kresge TheaterKATRIN SIGURDARDOTTIER's work examines distance and memory and their embodiments in architecture, urbanism, cartography and traditional landscape representations. Sometimes there is a mnemonic aspect to the work, i.e. making the work is a process of spatial recall. Places created are frequently based on real places, points of departure, arrival or passage, places as minute at their spatial and temporal distance as the models she makes of them. Her most recent solo exhibitions include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Suburban, Chicago, Eleven Rivington, New York, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, Galeria Leme Sao Paulo, Brazil and FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France. She has received numerous fellowships and awards, including from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Die Zeit, Vogue, Modern Painters, Flash Art and Kunstforum International.
ALI MOMENI - Tues. Feb 14 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
Momeni is a new Assistant Professor of Art at the School of Art in SIS (Sculpture Installation Site-Work)
ALI MOMENI is a builder, composer and performer interested in the poetics of gesture, affect and timing. His work makes use all manners of technology to explore the social lives of objects and their embedded performative qualities. His creative output ranges from kinetic sculptures and sound installations, to urban interventions and music theater performance.
STUART COMER - Tues. Mar 6 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
Orville M. Winsand Lecture
STUART COMER is Curator: Film at Tate Modern. He oversees film and video work for the Tate Collection and Displays and organizes an extensive programme of screenings, performances and events. He has contributed to numerous periodicals, including Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, Mousse, Parkett and Art Review. He is editor of Film and Video Art (Tate Publishing, 2009) and has contributed essays on artists including Andrea Fraser, David Lamelas, Sharon Lockhart, among others. He was co-curator of the 2007 Lyon Biennial. Comer has participated in symposia, talks and events at numerous international venues. He has been a member of juries for the 2010 Venice Film Festival, the 2006 BFI Sutherland Trophy at the The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival, the International Jury for the Oberhausen 52nd International Short Film Festival 2006, the Derek Jarman Award for artists' film and video (2008), and the inaugural Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (2009).
LISA SANDITZ - Tues. Mar 20 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
LISA SANDITZ makes paintings that examine the absurdities that occur in the built environment. Whether painting malls, farms, highways, abandoned housing developments or factories in China, Sanditz interprets these locations with a range of formal gestures tailored to capture the particular feeling of the location. She has had solo shows in New York at CRG Gallery, in Brussels at Jansen Galerie, in Kansas City at The Kemper Museum and most recently in Los Angeles at ACME Gallery, where she is represented, as well as by CRG. A Guggenheim Fellow in 2008, Sanditz has a BA from MacCalaster College and MFA from Pratt. She is currently living and working in Tivoli, NY, where she is a Visiting Professor at Bard College.
BRODY CONDON - Tues. Mar 27 / 5:00pm, McConomy Auditorium
BRODY CONDON is an American artist currently based in New York. Concerned with the over-identification with fantasy in contemporary culture, Condon’s process often finds its final form in performative situations and video installation. The work often modifies existing pop culture, historical events, as well as other artworks. Steeped in dark humour and a unsypathetic gaze into his own unreliable post traumatic memories, the work directly engages with various modes of “projection of self” into other spaces via computer and live roleplaying games, religious experience, psychoactive substances, and dissociative disorders. Condon graduated with an MFA from the University of California San Diego, and attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Rijkakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Recent US exhibitions and performances include Greater New York at PS1, The New Museum, and MoMA in New York, as well the Hammer Museum and LACMA in Los Angeles.
***CANCELED*** WANGECHI MUTU - Tues. Apr 17 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan-born artist who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. With a deep investment in female subjects and issues that pertain to the picture of a post-colonial African, the female body is a primary site of engagement and provocation in her work: elegantly horrific figures lurk in a hybrid world, trapped between consciousness and unconsciousness, silences and noises, life and death, real and unreal. Her signature aesthetic severs and blends a multitude of sources - medical diagrams, glossy magazines, anthropological and botanical texts, pornographic materials and traditional African arts, travel postcards, mechanical and hunting publications, glitter, faux pearls, packing tape, rhinestones, synthetic and real hair - achieving a prototypical form of visual mythography. Raised and educated in Nairobi, Mutu received her International Baccalaureate from the United World College of the Atlantic, Wales, came to New York in the 1990s where she focused on Fine Arts and Cultural Anthropology at the New School for Social Research and Parsons School of Art and Design, and went on to earn her BFA from the Cooper Union in 1996, and MFA from Yale University in 2000. She was the recipient of Deutsche Bank’s first Artist of the Year award (2010) and has exhibited at major institutions around the world.
SHARY BOYLE - Thurs. Apr 24 / 5pm, Kresge Theatre
SHARY BOYLE is a Toronto-based visual artist recognized internationally for her drawing, sculpture and painting and for her audio-visual performances. Her work is characterized by the deeply personal and psychologically moving content of her imagery, which explores social anxiety, desire and bittersweet fantasy through a darkly feminist lens. Critical, enchanting and at times humorous, Boyle's work is raw with human vulnerability and dysfunction. Shary Boyle is the winner of the 2009 Iskowitz Award and the 2010 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award and her work is exhibited and collected internationally. A solo exhibition of her work, entitled Flesh and Blood, recently toured from the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2010), to Galerie de L'UQAM, Montreal (2011), and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2011). She will complete a major commission for the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 2012.
OUT OF RUBBLE: SUSANNE SLAVICK - Tues. Jan 17 / 5pm, McKenna Pater Wright Room, University Center
Presented by CMU Center for Arts in Society, exhibition "Out of Rubble" on view at SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, through Jan. 29. 2012
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art Susanne Slavick discusses her recent book and curatorial project on the aftermath of war. OUT OF RUBBLE (Charta 2011)
presents international artists who consider its causes and consequences, its finality and future, moving from decimation and disintegration to the possibilities of regeneration and recovery.
MAYA LIN - Fri. Feb 10 / doors 5pm, lecture 6pm, Carnegie Music Hall, Carnegie Museum of Art
2012 Robert Lepper Distinguished Lecture in Creative Inquiry, co-presented by CMU School of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition "Maya Lin" on view in the Heinz Architectural Center, CMOA, Feb. 11 - May 13, 2012.
Ranging from room-sized installations evoking mountainous topography to delicate wall installations of silver pins tracing the flow of American rivers, Lin's works evoke her own unique experience of the environment while encouraging visitors to consider the physicality of the world in which we live and our sympathetic existence with nature.
Fall 2011 Lecture Series
MELISSA RAGONA - Tues. Sept 13 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
MELISSA RAGONA’s critical work focuses on sound design, film theory and new media practice and reception. By forging approaches from the disciplines of film studies, art history, and new media technologies, her work has sought to present a more complex aesthetic, theoretical, and historical foundation for the analysis of contemporary time-based arts. Her essays and reviews have appeared in October, Frieze, Art Papers and in the edited collections Lowering the Boom: Critical Studies in Film Sound, eds. J. Beck and T. Grajeda (U of Illinois Press, 2008), Women’s Experimental Cinema, ed. Robin Blaetz (Duke University Press, 2007), and Andy Warhol Live (Prestel, 2008), among others. She is currently completing a book on Andy Warhol’s tape recordings tentatively titled Readymade Sound: Andy Warhol’s Recording Aesthetics, forthcoming from University of California Press, Berkeley. She is an Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Art History in the School of Art at Carnegie-Mellon University.
PAULINE OLIVEROS - Tues. Sept 20 / 5pm, Kresge TheaterPAULINE OLIVEROS, composer, performer and humanitarian is an important pioneer in American Music. Acclaimed internationally, for four decades she has explored sound — forging new ground for herself and others. Through improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation she has created a body of work with such breadth of vision that it profoundly effects those who experience it and eludes many who try to write about it. Pauline Oliveros is the founder of "Deep Listening," which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics. Pauline describes Deep Listening as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing. Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one's own thoughts as well as musical sounds. "Through Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening I finally know what harmony is.... It's about the pleasure of making music." John Cage 1989
NOBUHO NAGASAWA - Tues. Sept 27 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
Co-Sponsored by the Office of Public Art, a partnership between the City of Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Point Park University
In the field of public art, NOBUHO NAGASAWA has been commissioned for more than 25 projects internationally, and received numerous awards. Most recently she has been selected to work on a project in downtown Pittsburgh, which makes a connection between the Mon Wharf and Point Park University campus. An interdisciplinary artist, whose site-specific work explores the places, politics, ecology and psychological dimensions of space and people, her art involves in-depth research into cultural history and memory, and extensive community participation. Based in New York City since 2001, Nagasawa was born in Tokyo, raised in Europe and Japan, and received her MFA at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. An invitation from California Institute of the Arts brought her as a visiting scholar to the US in 1986, where she studied visual art, critical theory and music.
Nagasawa’s international exhibition record is extensive, including: the Royal Garden of the Prague Castle (Czech Republic), Ludwig Museums (Germany and Hungary), Rufino Tamayo Museum (Mexico), Alexandria Library (Egypt), the Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities (US), Asian Art Biennial (Bangladesh, 2002), International Art Biennial (Egypt 2002,04,05), Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates 2003), Echigo-Tsumari Triennial (Japan 2003), and Sinop Biennial (Turkey 2006).
STELARC - Wed. Oct 5 / 4:30pm, Rashid Auditorium
co-sponsored by the Department of Human Computer Interaction
Stelarc has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality, systems, the Internet, and biotechnology to explore alternate, intimate, and involuntary interfaces with the body. His Prosthetic Head is an embodied conversational agent that speaks to a person who interrogates it. His surgically-constructed Ear on Arm will be internet enabled. Stelarc was appointed Honorary Professor of Art & Robotics at CMU in 1997. In 2010 he received a grant from the Australia Council to develop a micro-robot and wasalso awarded a Prix Ars Electonica Hybrid Arts Prize. He is currently Chair in Performance Art, School of Arts, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, and a Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Artist at the MARCS Auditory Labs at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.
SIMON LEUNG - Tues. Oct 11 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
The work of Los Angeles-based artist SIMON LEUNG serves as a companion guide for examining the dislocation and disparities that are left in the aftermath of war. Pulling inspiration from objects, people, and writing that have been removed from their origins—through the effects of time, circumstance or historical violence—Leung recombines these parts to form new allegories that challenge the received meanings of his source material. Using video, performance, and other media, Leung obliquely reinvents the war stories of our time. A professor at the University of California, Irvine, Leung has exhibited at the Guangzhou Triennial (2008), Luleå Biennial (2005), Venice Biennale (2003), Whitney Biennial (1993), the Museum of Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago, 1a Space (Hong Kong), NGBK (Berlin). His exhibitions in 2011 include “91 92 93” at the MAK Center (Los Angeles), “Regress Progress” at the Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw), and a solo exhibition at the CUE Art Foundation (NYC).
CAROLEE SCHNEEMAN - Tues. Oct 18 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
A pioneer of performance art, CAROLEE SCHNEEMAN works in a wide variety of media including performance, assemblage, photography, film, video, and installation. Throughout her career, her work has found its loci in discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. Several of her most important early pieces include the multimedia performances Meat Joy (1964), Interior Scroll (1975) and her films, Fuses (1964-67) and Viet Flakes (1965). Her installation Up To And Including Her Limits (1973-76)—influenced by Jackson Pollock in which she draws-in-trance while suspended from a harness—was recently featured at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Her work has been shown at innumerable venues around the world including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, Barcelona, and Vienna; New Museum of Contemporary Art , NYC (major retrospective), MOCA, LA; Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany; Venice Biennale, Italy; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
EVA & FRANCO MATTES - Tues. Oct 25 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
EVA & FRANCO MATTES are the Brooklyn-based artist-provocateurs behind the infamous website www.0100101110101101.ORG. Pioneers of the net.art movement, they are renowned for masterful subversion of public media such as an unauthorized Nike advertising campaign, a fake Vatican website and a radioactive children playground made with scrap metal from Chernobyl. Eva and Franco Mattes works have been shown internationally including: Collection Lambert, Avignon; Fondazione Pitti Discovery, Florence, Postmasters Gallery, New York; Lentos Museum of Modern Art, Linz; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; ICC, Tokyo; Manifesta4. They received the Jerome Commission from the Walker Art Center, and they are among the youngest artists to ever participate to the Venice Biennale.
CAROL CONDE & KARL BEVERIDGE - Thurs. Nov 3 / 5pm, Kresge Theatre
co-sponsored by the Department of the History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburgh
CAROL CONDE and KARL BEVERIDGE are a Toronto-based duo who have an amazing track record of socially concerned and politically committed art making, which usefully contributes to interpretations of Contextual Practice. The artists will present "Documentary Fictions", an overview of their photographic projects depicting environmental issues, health care, the economy, and cultural production. Since 1975, their work has presented stories about labor, resistance and its representation. Most often working in collaboration with members of the communities depicted in their photographs, Condé and Beveridge create narrative series via staged reconstructions employing detailed sets, collage and digital technology. Their work also references various art historical and cultural practices to create a critical commentary on the function and understanding of contemporary cultures. They have exhibited internationally in community spaces, art galleries, and museums: most recently in exhibitions at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland, a survey exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, and the Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Holland. Condé and Beveridge have been active in several labor arts initiatives including the Mayworks Festival in Toronto and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.
Art && Code "Making Stuff With Depth Cameras" Symposium / Oct 21-23
Presented by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Art && Code 3D is a festival-conference about the artistic, technical, tactical and cultural potentials of 3D scanning and sensing devices — especially (but not exclusively) including the revolutionary Microsoft Kinect sensor. This highly interdisciplinary event will bring together, for the first time, tinkerers and hackers, computational artists and designers, industrial game developers, and leading researchers from the fields of computer vision, HCI and robotics. Half-maker’s festival, half-academic symposium.
Spring 2011 Lecture Series
GOLAN LEVIN - Tues. Jan 18 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium
GOLAN LEVIN’s work explores new modes of interactive expression and nonverbal communication. Through performances, responsive artifacts, and virtual environments, Levin applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines and expand the vocabulary of human action. Levin has spent more than 20 years as an artist immersed in high-technology research environments, including the MIT Media Laboratory, Ars Electronica Futurelab, and the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. His work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, and has been recognized with grants from Creative Capital, the Rockefeller MAP Fund, Arts Council England, and others. Levin is presently Associate Professor and Director of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.
TOM SACHS - Tues. Jan 25 / 5pm, Kresge TheaterTOM SACHS is a sculptor known for his elaborate recreations of Modern icons and masterpieces of engineering and design out of everyday materials. His work has been shown widely including at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Sperone Westwater, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Kunsthaus Graz, X Initiative, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, and The New Yorker. Sachs studied at the Architectural Association, London, received a BA from Bennington College and currently lives in New York.
MARINA ZURKOW - Tues. Feb 15 / 5pm, Kresge Theatre
MARINA ZURKOW makes psychological, animated narratives about humans and their relationship to animals, plants and the weather. With a painterly aesthetic, her work has taken the form of multi-channel videos, customized multi-screen computer pieces, cartoons, and interactive mobile 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, Eyebeam, and other venues. She has been a NYFA Fellow, a Rockefeller New Media Fellow, a Creative Capital grantee, and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. Zurkow is faculty as NYU’s Interactive Technology Program (ITP), lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery.
JAMES ACORD - Tues. Mar 1 / 5pm, Kresge Theatre
IN MEMORY OF THE ARTIST and world’s first nuclear materials sculptor who passed away in early 2011, WE WILL SCREEN A VIDEO OF HIS LAST KNOWN LECTURE – a rather remarkable talk where he announces that, for the first time, he has successfully produced plutonium.
JAMES ACORD is the only private individual in the world licensed to work with radioactive material. The world’s first nuclear sculptor has spent years learning how to execute modern alchemy: the conversion of radioactive waste into inert material and subsequently into sculptures. The development of his artistic process, from the simple discovery that granite is mildly radioactive, to moving to live on the outskirts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States, where Plutonium was first isolated, is part of a 20-year-long living performance which turns the overlooked remains of the Cold War machine into art and poetry. He currently lives and works in Seattle.
ADAM ZARETSKY - Tues. Mar 15 / 5pm, Kresge Theatre
ADAM ZARETSKY is an artist, court jester, mad-scientist and misbehaving ethicist working in the world of bioart. The materials Zaretsky has recently worked with include surgically manipulated pheasant embryos and a preserved turd of the deceased writer William S. Burroughs. Adam was banned from leading a workshop at the 2010 Ars Electronica Festival where members of the public would have used a “gene-gun” to alter the evolutionary trajectory of otherwise normal zebrafish. Zaretsky’s work pulls from art history, philosophy, science and pop-culture in order to make us question the very notion of categories. Zaretsky is currently completing his PhD in Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
AMY FRANCESCHINI - Tues. Mar 22 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium
co-sponsored by CMU Human Computer Interaction Institute
AMY FRANCESCHINI is an artist who uses various media to encourage exchange and production, often in collaboration with other practitioners. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between humans and nature. She often provides a playful entry point for an audience to participate in and initiate change in the places we live. Amy founded the artist collective and design studio, Futurefarmers, in 1995 and co-founded Free Soil in 2004. Her solo and collaborative work has been included in international exhibitions at ZKM, the Whitney Museum, the New York Museum of Modern Art and Walker Art Center. She is the recipient of the Artadia, Cultural Innovation, Eureka Fellowship, Creative Capital and Guggenheim Fellowships. Receiving her BFA from San Francisco State University and her MFA from Stanford University, Amy is currently a visiting artist at California College of the Arts and Stanford University.
LISA SANDITZ - Tues. Apr 5 / 5pm, Kresge Theatre
LISA SANDITZ makes paintings that examine the absurdities that occur in the built environment. Whether painting malls, farms, highways, abandoned housing developments or factories in China, Sanditz interprets these locations with a range of formal gestures tailored to capture the particular feeling of the location. She has had solo shows in New York at CRG Gallery, in Brussels at Jansen Galerie, in Kansas City at The Kemper Museum and most recently in Los Angeles at ACME Gallery, where she is represented, as well as by CRG. A Guggenheim Fellow in 2008, Sanditz has a BA from MacCalaster College and MFA from Pratt. She is currently living and working in Tivoli, NY, where she is a Visiting Professor at Bard College.
CYNTHIA LIN - Tues. Apr 12 / 5pm, Kresge Theatre
CYNTHIA LIN was born in Taiwan and is based in Brooklyn, NY, where she is working on a series of large graphite drawings of skin, orifices, and scars based on computer scans. Her work has been shown at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, the DeCordova Museum, The Drawing Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Bronx River Art Center, The National Academy of Design, and the ISE Cultural Foundation. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, Lin has also been awarded residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, Djerassi, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program at the American Academy in Rome. She received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, MFA from The University of Iowa, and teaches at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Brooklyn College.
OpenFrameworks Pioneers Presentation Series / Jan 10-14, Adamson Wing
Each weekday, 5-6pm (Baker Hall 136A)
Presented by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
In association with the first international OpenFrameworks World-Wide Developers Meeting, some of the world’s leading computational artists and designers will be encamped at CMU’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry to work on the next version of OpenFrameworks, a toolkit for new media education and creative coding. Each evening two or three of these pioneers will discuss their work at the intersection of arts and computer science.
Featuring presentations by:
and many others!
wats:ON? Festival, SPEED / Mar 16-19, CFA
Notions of speed in contemporary culture are often tied to technology and its impact on everyday life. Information dissemination and interactions are accelerating, and with it hopes and fears of the future change with every new invention or discovery. Our culture of speed harnesses energies beyond our comprehension, while calling into question the nature of our everyday reality.
Fall 2010 Lecture Series
KATE GILMORE - Thurs. Sept 16 / 5pm, Kresge TheaterIn her recent video at the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Kate Gilmore punches and kicks through a sculptural structure using sheer muscle power and desperate determination, while wearing high-heels and feminine polka-dot dress. Born in Washington D.C., Gilmore has been the recipient of numerous international awards, including the Rome Prize from the American Academy, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance, The LMCC Workspace Residency, New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowship, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program. Her work has been shown widely in solo and group exhibitions at the Public Art Fund in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, PS1/MoMA, the Kitchen, the Getty Museum, Haifa Museum of Art, MAK Museum in Vienna, Istanbul Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and more. Gilmore’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications including: The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Guardian, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Flash Art, Village Voice, Chicago Tribune, Art in America, Time Out/NewYork, Art Papers, and Artforum.
RICHARD PELL - Tues. Sept 21 / 5pm, Kresge TheaterRichard Pell is an artist working at the intersections of science, engineering and culture. He is the founder of the Center for PostNatural History, an outreach center dedicated to the collection and exposition of genetically engineered life-forms. The Center has been awarded a Rockefeller New Media fellowship, a Creative Capital fellowship, a Smithsonian research fellowship and is currently in residence at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon.
Pell is a founding member of the highly acclaimed art and engineering collective, the Institute for Applied Autonomy. IAA projects have been exhibited in art and engineering contexts such as the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Mass MoCA, Ars Electronica, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Hackers On Planet Earth and the International Conference On Robotics And Automation. IAA projects have been presented with an Award of Distinction and two Honorable Mentions at the Prix-Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria and were selected for RES Magazine’s “10 Best New Artists of 2005”. Currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, Pell graduated with a BFA from CMU in 1999 and received his MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003.
DZINE - Thurs. Sept 30 / 5pm, McConomy AuditoriumKraus Visiting Professor of Art (Spring 2011)
Puerto Rican artist Dzine (born Carlos Rojon) creates work that is an ongoing response to popular culture through use of baroque elements, post-conceptual methods, romanticism, craft making, and appropriation. Often dissected and consistently engaging, his work examines culture through a lens of spirituality, beauty, desire, and identity. A mixture of sculpture, painting, and installation, Dzine’s work resides in an kaleidoscopic and meticulous world. Collaborating with select fabricators, he creates ornate bike sculptures that boast a mixture of custom painting, engraving, 24 karat gold plating, video/audio components, and a range of embellishments. Each custom part is carefully selected for its utility as well as its beauty, resulting in a sculptural form that is a rigorous example of technical and artistic ingenuity. Dzine’s final presentations romp within a rich middle ground between the more refined aesthetics of contemporary art and the seediness of street culture. By musing on the sculptural, traditional, and inventive forms employed throughout Chicano Low-rider motorcycles, Dzine's uses his investigation of kustom kulture as a platform to examine his own identify and relationship with this lifestyle and set of aesthetics.
JER THORP - Tues. Oct 5 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium
sponsored by the STUDIO for creative inquiry
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada. A former geneticist, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. Recently, his work has been featured by The New York Times Developer Network, The Guardian, BusinessWeek and the CBC. Thorp’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Australia, and all over the web. Thorp is an instructor in Langara College’s Electronic Media Design Program, and a frequent guest lecturer at the University of British Columbia and Emily Carr University. In his previous life as a Flash developer and designer, Thorp produced work for a broad base of clients including Honda, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, FOX, and the LA Kings. blprnt.com, Thorp’s unique collection of organic Flash experiments and generative artworks, has won numerous awards and has been featured in many art and design publications, both online and in print. Thorp is a contributing editor for Wired UK and is currently artist-in-residence at Columbia University’s EdLab.
CORNELIA HESSE-HONNEGGER - Tues. Oct 19 / 5pm, Kresge
Cornelia Hesse-Honegger is a scientific illustrator and artist who has worked as an illustrator for the Natural History Museum at the University of Zurich for over 25 years. Her drawings, an interface between art and science, pay witness to a beautiful but endangered nature. Since the catastrophe of the Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown in 1986, she has collected, studied and painted morphologically disturbed insects that she collects from areas that have been contaminated by nuclear radiation. Her works have been exhibited in art and science museums the world over, including: The Chelsea Museum, The London Science Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in Paris and the Milan Triennale. Her works have also been featured in the April 2010 issue of Wired magazine and have been collected in her extraordinary book "Heteroptera The Beautiful and the Other or Images of a Mutating World."
JEAN SHIN - Tues. Oct 26 / 5pm, Kresge
Jeff C. Pan Visiting Artist
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jean Shin currently lives and works in New York City. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute. Within the last decade, Shin has become nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object—prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters—which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos and site-specific installations. Distinguished by her meticulous, labor-intensive process, and her engagement of community, Shin’s arresting installations reflect individuals’ personal lives as well as collective issues that we face as a society. She has received numerous awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Architecture/Environmental Structures (2008), has widely exhibited her work in major museums, and has been featured in numerous publications, including Frieze Art, Flash Art, Tema Celeste, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Artnews, and The New York Times.
DORYUN CHONG - Tues. Nov 9 / 5pm, Kresge
Orville M. Winsand Lecture for Critical Studies in Art
Doryun Chong is the recipient of the first Independent Voice Curatorial Award (2010) from Independent Curators International (ICI), and was recently appointed Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York in June 2009. At MoMA, he organized the installation of Ernesto Neto's early sculpture 'Navedenga' (1998) and Bruce Nauman’s recent work, 'Days' (2009), both in the Museum collection. He’s currently organizing a solo exhibition of Berlin-based artist Henrik Olesen, which will open in February 2011, as part of MoMA’s Projects series. From 2003-2009, Chong was a curator in the Visual Arts Department at the Walker Art Center and organized a number of exhibitions, including "House of Oracles: A Huang Yong Ping Retrospective" (2005), "Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis (2008), and Haegue Yang: Integrity of the Insider" (2009) — all of which were the first US retrospectives for these artists. He also organized group exhibitions including "Brave New Worlds" (2007), co-organized "Brinkmanship: Park Chan-Kyong and Sean Snyder" (2010) at REDCAT in Los Angeles, and was a co-curator of the 2006 Busan Biennale in South Korea. He has contributed to publications such as Afterall and ArtAsiaPacific, is a regular columnist for the bilingual Japanese-English web journal Art iT, and also recently contributed to the Fourth Auckland Triennale exhibition catalogue (2010).
NICOLA LOPEZ - Tues. Nov 16 / 5pm, Kresge
co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh
Born in Santa Fe, NM, Nicola López currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Through her work in printmaking, drawing and installation, López describes and reconfigures our contemporary—primarily urban—landscape. Her interest in describing “place” stems both from traveling, studying, and working in other countries, including Mexico, Peru, and Morocco, and from her undergraduate studies as an anthropology major at Columbia University. López attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture and received her MFA in visual arts from Columbia University, and an MFA Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, and the Denver Art Museum. Her work has also been the subject of solo shows at galleries throughout the US and was most recently featured in a show called Nicola López: Urban Transformations at both The Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, WI and this past winter at the Mesaros Galleries at West Virginia University.
GUILLERMO GOMEZ PENA - Wed. Dec 1 / 5pm, Kresge
co-sponsored by the Center for Arts in Society and ArtUp
Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist/writer and the director of the art collective La Pocha Nostra. He was born in Mexico City, he came to the US in 1978. Since then he has been exploring cross-cultural issues through performance, multilingual poetry, journalism, video, radio, and installation art. His performance work and 8 books have contributed to debates on cultural diversity, identity, and US-Mexico relations. His art work has been presented at over seven hundred venues across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia and Australia. A MacArthur Fellow and American Book Award winner, he is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, a writer for newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT).
Spring 2010 Lecture Series
TREVOR PAGLEN - Thurs. Jan 28 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium
Co-presented by the Contestational Cartographies Symposium (Jan. 28-30) organized by the Miller Gallery and STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, in connection with “Experimental Geography” on view at the Miller Gallery through January 31, 2010.
TREVOR PAGLEN is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer whose work deliberately blurs the lines between social science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. Paglen is the author of three books: Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights (co-authored with AC Thompson; Melville House, 2006), the first book to systematically describe the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program; I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me (Melville House, 2007), an examination of the visual culture of “black” military programs; and Blank Spots on a Map (Dutton/Penguin, 2009). In spring 2010, Aperture will publish a book of his visual work, which has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Wired, Newsweek, Modern Painters, Aperture, Artforum, and recently in Art Papers. During the Contestational Cartographies Symposium, Paglen will take the audience on a road trip through the world of hidden budgets, state secrets, covert military bases, and more – through a landscape that military and intelligence insiders call the “black world”. From “nonexistent” Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert to secret prisons in Afghanistan to a collection of even more obscure “black sites” startlingly close to home, he will show how the black world’s internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual, aesthetic, and epistemological grammar with which to consider this contemporary moment.
KIM BECK - Tues. Feb 2 / 5pm, Kresge Theater
KIM BECK makes drawings, prints, paintings and installations that survey the peripheral spaces of architecture and landscape. Her work urges a reconsideration of the built environment – the peculiar street signs, gas station banners, overgrown weeded lots, and self-storage buildings — bringing the banal and everyday into focus. Beck has exhibited widely – at the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. She is currently developing a project for the High Line in New York City. A recent participant in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, she has held other residencies at Yaddo, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Cité Internationale des Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and VCCA, and received awards and fellowships from ARS Electronica, the Pollock-Krasner, Thomas J. Watson and Heinz Foundations. Her artist’s book, A Field Guide to Weeds, was published through the Printed Matter Emerging Artist Publishing Program and is in its second edition. Beck received her BA from Brandeis University, MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently Associate Professor in the School of Art.
PAUL RAMIREZ JONAS - Thurs. Sept 30 / 5pm, Kresge TheatrePAUL RAMIREZ JONAS creates as he speaks. Considering himself merely a reader, he treats pre-exisiting texts (a diary, an old photograph, a footpath, etc…) as a score, where the act of “reading” can take the form of a performance, sculpture, photograph, or video. These are simply re-enactments, according to Ramirez Jonas, who believes he has more in common with the public than with the author of the original work. Inviting viewers to join him in reading, he acts as a contact point between artwork and its public. Jonas’ work has been exhbiited at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, Roger Bjorkholmen Galleri in Stockholm, Postmasters Gallery and Jack Tilton Gallery in New York, and included in numerous group shows such as: “The End” as Exit Art, New York; “Moving Pictures” at Real Art Ways, Connecticut; and “Always New Always Familiar” at IASPIS Gallery, Sweden.
DANIEL BOZHKOV - Tues. March 2 / 5pm @ McConomy Auditorium
DANIEL BOZHKOV employs variety of media, from fresco to performance and video, and works with professionals across many fields, using different strategies to activate public space. He enters the worlds of genetic science, department mega-stores, and world-famous tourist-sites as an intruder/visitor who also functions as a producer of new strains of meaning into seemingly closed systems. Bozhkov is a recipient of a 2007 Chuck Close Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome, and of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation, Art Matters, and Artslink. He has shown at: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; Arthouse at Jones Center in Austin, Texas; Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta, Georgia; Skulpturenpark Berlin Zentrum, Berlin, Germany; Ikon Gallery, Burmingham, UK; OK Centrum fur Gegenwart Kunst, Linz, Austria and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey. International exhibitions include the 6th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2007, 9th Istanbul Biennale in Turkey in 2005, the 1st Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art in Russia in 2005, and the 9th Baltic Triennale in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2005. Bozhkov was a 2009 artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum of Art, New York. He is a Lecturer at Columbia University and Yale University, and is represented by Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City.
DAVID FAMILIAN - Tues. March 23 / 5pm @ McConomy Auditorium
DAVID FAMILIAN has worked at the Beall Center for Art and Technology, a media arts space at U.C. Irvine, since 2005. As the Center’s Artistic Director, he oversees programs and directs artist projects. He also curates exhibitions, most recently “Computational Poetics,” “Live” and “Constant World: The Art of Jennifer and Kevin McCoy,” a large-scale installation project by Shieh Chen Huang, and “Nam June Paik: Video Alchemy.” The current exhibition at the Beall is “Emergence: Art and Artificial Life,” co-curated with Simon Penny. He is currently working on artists’ projects with Director of CMU’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Golan Levin, as well as artists Chico MacMurtrie and Gail Wight. Familian received his BFA in Photography from California Institute of the Arts in 1979, and an MA and MFA from UCLA in 1986. Although he began his career as a photographer, since 1990 new media has become integral to his own artwork and his curatorial practice.
JANINE ANTONI - Tues. April 27 / 5pm @ Kresge Theatre
JANINE ANTONI was born in Freeport, Bahamas, and received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. In 1998, she won both a MacArthur Fellowship and Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting and Sculpture Grant followed by a Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999. Antoni’s work blurs the distinction between performance art and sculpture, transforming everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and sleeping into ways of making art. Her primary tool for making sculpture has always been her own body, whether chiseling cubes of lard and chocolate with her teeth, or using brainwave signals recorded from her dreams as a pattern for weaving a blanket. Antoni has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad at venues including Luhring Augustine gallery in New York, The Wadsworth Athenaeum, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Reina Sofia in Madrid, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, and The Aldrich Museum. Her work was included in the 1993 Venice Biennial, the 1993 Whitney Biennial, the 1995 Johannesburg Biennial, the 1997 Istanbul Biennial, the 2000 Kwangju Biennial in Korea, SITE Santa Fe in 2002 and at Prospect.1: A Biennial for New Orleans 2008.
Contestational Cartographies Symposium
January 28-30, 2010
Organized by the CMU Miller Gallery and STUDIO for Creative Inquiry,, in connection with “Experimental Geography” on view at the Miller Gallery through January 31, 2010.
Maps represent, maps reveal, maps entice, maps distort. They selectively omit, they unwittingly exaggerate, and they even make outright lies. Though maps strive to project authority and objectivity, they cannot help but embed the biases, blind-spots and idiosyncrasies of their human authors. As our lives are played out in increasingly networked realms, we have become carto-literate as never before; we read maps produced by governments and corporate interests, yes, but also collaboratively author maps online, inscribing new representations of ourselves and our priorities. Contestational Cartographies introduces the thoughts of leading “experimental geographers,” who employ mapping techniques in new modes of critical practice and cultural research, and in so doing, help us “read between the lines” of the world around us.
wats:ON? Festival / Adventures in Virtuality
March 17-20, 2010More info
“Adventures in Virtuality,” will examine states of virtuality by bringing together artists and designers who work in both analog and digital modes. As an alternative to lectures, Wats:On invites both emerging and recognized artists to demonstrate and install their work as well as present workshops and discussions throughout the College of Fine Arts. Sponsored by The Jill Watson Family Foundation, the festival offers the campus community and general public a chance to engage with leading interdisciplinary artists.
Fall 2009 Lecture Series
ANN HAMILTON - Tues. Sept 8 / 5pm @ McConomy Auditorium
2009 Robert Lepper Distinguished Lecture in Creative Inquiry
ANN HAMILTON Is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations. Using time as process and material, her methods of making serve as an invocation of place, of lost collective voices, of communities past and of labor present. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, Hamilton’s site responsive environments create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites. Her public sculpture projects include permanent commissions in collaboration with landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and artist Michael Mercil for Allegheny Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh, PA and Teardrop Park in Battery Park City, New York, NY. Her public commissions also include permanent works for the Seattle Central Library and the San Francisco Public Library. Hamilton received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in Sculpture from the Yale University School of Art in 1985. Among her many honors, she has been a recipient of the Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowshio, United states Artists Fellowship, and was chosen to represent the United States at the 48th Venice Biennial in 2002. Two books published on her work include “Ann Hamilton”, a comprehensive monograph of her work todate and “Anne Hamilton: An Inventory of Objects”, both authored by Joan Simon. Presently, Hamilton is a Professor of Art at Ohio State University.
AYANAH MOOR - Tues. Sept 15 / 5pm @ McConomy AuditoriumAYANAH MOOR is a visual artist whose work addresses contemporary popular culture through an interrogation of gender identity and vernacular aesthetics. Her print media, video and performance projects explore subject matter ranging from hip hop culture and politics, to black talk and women’s football. Moor is intrigued by the complexities of representation and employs appropriation and re-contextualization of popular themes to create dialogue and generate new meaning. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: Wexner Center for the Arts, Ice Box Project Space, Van Brunt Gallery, Jewett Art Center-Wellesley College, John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University, The Print Center, A+D 11th Street Gallery at Columbia College Chicago, Forja ArteContemporáneo, and Urban Institute for Contemporary Art. Her work has been addressed in publications such as: “Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism” (Indiana University Press); “Black Women, Gender and Families” (University of Illinois Press); “Critical Inquiry” (University of Chicago Press); “Home Girls Make Some Noise: A Hip Hop Feminism Anthology” (Parker Publishing); and “Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip Hop Generation” (Cleis Press). Moor completed her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA at Tyler School of Art-Temple University. She is currently Associate Professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
JIM TRAINOR - Tues. Sept 29 / 5pm @ McConomy AuditoriumJIM TRAINOR has been making animated films since he was thirteen. Since that time his medium has changed little. His preferred technique is black magic marker on typing paper. “The Fetishist” (1997), a portrait of a serial killer, took him eleven years to make and is highly unpleasant, though perhaps not in the way you might expect. A series of films about animals – “The Bats”, “The Moschops”, “The Magic Kingdom”, and “Harmony” – followed, and have been widely screened, sometimes under the collective title “The Animals and Their Limitations”. “The Magic Kingdom” was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial in New York. In 2000 Trainor was hired as a professor of art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is now lodged happily. He is currently at work on a new series of films, “Nascent Humanity”, of which “The Presentation Theme” has just been completed (2008). He is now at work on “The Ugliest Woman in the World” (estimated completion date: 2011), the story of a peripatetic culture-heroine whose hideous skin disease turns out be merely starchy foodstuffs clinging to her skin. Beyond filmmaking, his passions include looking closely at birds and insects and reading forgotten anthropology books of the 1920s. He is rumored to be the world’s foremost authority on headhunting.
SUSANNE SLAVICK - Tues. Oct 6 / 5pm @ McConomy Auditorium
SUSANNE SLAVICK is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon, and previous Head of School from 2001-6. She graduated with a BFA from Yale University in 1978, studied at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and went on to earn an MFA at Tyler School of Art. Her work in paitning and 2D media explores aspects of paradox, attraction to and dread of absolutes, and the confrontation between and intersection of conflicting realities, such as: relationships between male and female, material and ethereal, sacred and secular, nature and artifice, the known and unknown, and the destroyer and the destroyed. Slavick has exhibited in museums and galleries in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis as well Europe and Asia. Her paintings have been recognized through an artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and four awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and recently honored as the 2008 “Artist of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts where she premiered “R&R(&R),” an ongoing series of works on paper that convert our military expression for “rest and recuperation” to images of “revelation, regret, and restoration.” These and new works will be featured in a 2010 solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.
STEPHANIE SMITH - Thurs. Oct 9 / 5pm @ Kresge Theatre
In conjunction with the “29 Chains to the Moon” exhibition at the Miller Gallery. Lecture preceded by a workshop at 3pm in the gallery.
STEPHANIE SMITH is a designer and entrepreneur whose projects span the worlds of architecture, art, technology, and culture. Her research into the social practices of fringe and nomadic societies tielded a movement she calls “Wanna Start a Commune?”, and include diagrams for creating modern Cul-de-Sac Communes, portable kiosks for non-monetary exchange and meet-ups, and most recently an online platform for creating as many communes as your life demands, WeCommune. Smith is also the founder of Ecoshack, a design experiment that began in Joshua Tree, CA, and is now an LA-based design studio inspired by the ad hoc, indigenous and archetypal typoligies typically found at the fringes of society and culture. In 2008 the Whitney Museum identified Smith as the designer/entrepreneur most actively taking the ideas of Buckminster Fuller into the 21st century. This fall she’ll be in the Fuller-themed exhibition “29 Chains to the Moon: Artists’ Schemes for a Fantastic Future” at the Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University through December 6, 2009.
PAT OLESZKO - Tues. Oct 20 / 5pm @ McConomy Auditorium
Kraus Visiting Professor of Art, Spring 2010
PAT OLESZKO makes a spectacle of herself and doesn’t mind if you laugh. Known as the Ms Tricks of Dis Guise, she has a large body of work which includes many Unnatural Acts. Utilizing elaborate costumes and props, she has created lithe performantzes, films and installations that a-dress trees, knees, breasts, butts, elephants and fingers. There have been notorious spatial events with the cast-off thousands. She has worked from the popular art forms of the street, party, parade and burlesque house to the Museum of Modern Art, from Sesame Street Magazine to Ms, Playboy, and Artforum. A much decorated artist both literally and figuratively, she has been amply rewarded for her diverse efforts pumping irony and disparately trying to bring home the beacon. The truth squirts.
PAOLO PEDERCINI - Tues. Nov 3 / 5pm @ McConomy Auditorium
New Visiting Faculty in Electronic & Time-Based Media
PAOLO PEDERCINI has produced quirky online games since 2003 addressing various social issues such as globalization, labor issues, religion and sexuality. His project “molleindustria” (Italian for soft industry) tries to tap the expressive and persuasive potential of the medium by turning upside-down well established genres and cliches. Exploiting the viral diffusion of contents on the net, his games reached millions of players without relying on commercial distribution channels and big budget productions. Paolo characterizes his project as a response to mainstream pop culture. Molleindustria’s intervention is not the only anomaly in the video gaming field. A new generation of developers is emerging at the margins of the industry. Defying big companies, independent game designers are flooding the Internet with provocative and experimental titles. The common perception of video games is changing as people are starting to realize that games can be expressive, meaningful and inspiring. Pedercini, who graduated with an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009, will join the School of Art faculty in Fall 2009 as the new Assistant Professor of Art specializing in Electronic and Time-Based Media.
XU BING - Tues. Nov 10 / 5pm @ McConomy Auditorium
Co-sponsired by SUNY Buffalo
XU BING works in a wide range of media, creating installations that question the idea of communicating meaning through language, domonstrating how both meanings and written words can be easily manipulated. Among numerous awards. he received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award in 1999 for “originality, creativity, self-direction, and capacity to contribute importantly to society, particularly in printmaking and calligraphy”. in addition to “Persistence/Transformation: Text as Image in the Art of Xu Bing”, a multidisciplinary study of the landmark work “Book from the Sky” published by Princeton University Press in 2006, in 2009 Bernard Quritch of London published “Tianshu: Passage in the Making of a Book”, the most thorough analysis of this work to date. Bing was born and raised in Beijing, China, and enrolled in the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 1977, where he studied printmaking and received an MFA in 1987. In 1990 he set up residence in the U.S. Recently, in January 2008, he was appointed the new Vice President of CAFA.
CLAIRE BISHOP - Tues. Nov 17 / 5pm @McConomy Auditorium
2009 Orville M. Winsand Lecture for Critical Studies in Art
CLAIRE BISHOP is an art historian and critic based at CUNY Graduate Center, New York, and Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art, London, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Essex. Publications by her include: “Installation Art: A Critical History” (Tate, 2005), “Participation” (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2006), and two influential essays – “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics” (October, 2004) and “The Social Turn: Collaboration and its Discontents” (Artforum, 2006). In 2008 she co-curated with Mark Sladen “Double Agent” at the ICA, London, and recently published a related book on socially-engaged art and spectatorship.
ART21: Season 5 Screenings
EPISODE 2: FANTASY - October 2, 12noon-2pm, the FRAME Gallery
EPISODE 4: SYSTEMS - October 14, 7-9pm, Waffleshop
Mobile Art && Code Symposium
Nov. 6-8, 2009
Mobile Art && Code: Mobile Telephony and Interactive Arts will focus on the aesthetic and tactical potentials of mobile, networked and locative media. The 3-day event will feature practical, arts-oriented programming workshops for popular mobile platforms (such as the iPhone, Android, PBX systems, and SMS hacking) along with an all-day series of lecture presentations that contextualizes these technologies in a variety of contemporary artistic and critical practices.