Lecture Series-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

Internationally recognized artists, curators, critics, and arts professionals from around the world visit CMU each semester to lecture on their practice and state of the arts today.

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

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

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

image: Willie Doherty, Remains, 2013, video still from HD video, colour, digital surround sound, 15 minutes, courtesy of the artist.


Fall 2016 Lectures Series

perry.jpg SONDRA PERRY - Tues. Oct 04 / 5pm, Kresge Theater, CFA 

Sondra Perry (b. 1986 Perth Amboy, NJ) is an interdisciplinary artist whose works in video, installation, computer-based media, and performance explore black stuff and the digital abstraction of subjecthood. In 2015 the artist’s work appeared in the fourth iteration of Greater New York at MoMA/PS1. Other exhibitions include Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (2015) and Brooklyn Museum (2016); A Constellation, Studio Museum in Harlem (2016); and the 2016 Core Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, and the Experimental Television Center. Perry holds an MFA from Columbia University, New York City’s 12th largest employer and the number one cause of gentrification in the neighborhood of Harlem, New York, a BFA from Alfred University, and is currently based in Houston as part of the Core artist-in-residence program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

gibson.jpgJEFFREY GIBSON - Tues. Oct 11 / 5pm, Kresge Theater, CFA  

Jeffrey Gibson is a painter, sculptor, and video artist based in Claverack, NY. Half Choctaw and half Cherokee, Gibson creates sculptures and paintings that intermingle more traditional Native American art with contemporary art and culture. He uses materials found in indigenous art and craft, including tin jingles, glass beads and animal hides, as well as acrylic paint and clay. His work has been exhibited in venues including Participant INC., MoMA Ps1, National Academy Museum, New York, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Art and Design NYC, The Aldrich Museum, the National Gallery of Art in Canada, Plug-In ICA, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. His work will be featured in upcoming biennials including SITE Santa Fe, 2016, and Desert X, 2017. A major survey exhibition of Jeffrey's work will originate at The Denver Art Museum in 2018 and travel to venues nationally and internationally.


PAUL RAMIREZ JONAS - Tues. Oct 25 / 5pm, Kresge Theater, CFA 

Paul Ramírez Jonas is an artist and arts educator whose work explores the potential between artist and audience. Challenging the boundaries between artwork and spectator, Ramírez Jonas asks participants to contribute objects in order to fully engage with his projects and explore social contracts that address issues of trust, access, and belonging. Selected solo exhibitions include Pinacoteca do Estado, Sao Paulo, Brazil; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; a survey at Ikon Gallery (UK) and Cornerhouse (UK). His 2010 Key to the City project was presented by Creative Time in cooperation with the City of New York. The Contemporary Art Museum Houston is organizing a 25 year survey of his work to be presented in 2017. He has been included in group exhibitions at P.S.1 (NYC); the Brooklyn Museum; The Whitechapel (UK); Irish Museum of Modern Art (Ireland); The New Museum (NYC); and Kunsthaus Zurich (Switzerland). He participated in the 1st Johannesburg Biennale; the 1st Seoul Biennial; the 6th Shanghai Biennial; the 28th Sao Paulo Biennial; the 53rd Venice Biennial; and the 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Born in California and raised in Honduras, he is currently an Associate Professor at Hunter College, City University of New York CUNY.


MING WONG - Tues. Nov 1 /  5pm, Kresge Theater, CFA

Ming Wong re-interprets cinema and popular culture to consider how identity is constructed, reproduced and circulated.  Through imperfect translations and re-enactments, the artist portrays multiple key characters irrespective of language, gender, ethnicity, nationality or historical period.  His videos, photographs, installations and performances uncover the gaps and slippages that haunt the notions of “authenticity” and “originality” in self and society. The Singapore-born, Berlin-based artist represented Singapore at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 with his solo presentation Life of Imitation, which was awarded a Special Mention. He has had solo exhibitions at leading institutions worldwide, including Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015); Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo (2013); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2012); and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2010). Wong has been included in numerous international biennials, including Sydney Biennale (2016 & 2010); Shanghai Biennale (2014); Lyon Biennale (2013); Liverpool Biennial (2012); Gwangju Biennale (2010); Performa 11, New York (2010).


NARCISSISTER - Tues. Nov 8 / 5pm, Kresge Theater, CFA

Narcissister is a Brooklyn-based artist and performer. Wearing mask and merkin, she works at the intersection of performance, dance, art, and activism. She actively integrates her prior experience as a professional dancer and commercial artist with her art practice in a range of media including photography, video art, and experimental music. She has presented work in New York at The New Museum, Moma PS1, The Kitchen, and at Abrons Art Center and at many nightclubs, galleries, and alternative art spaces. Narcissister was a re-performer of Marina Abramovic’s Luminosity piece as part of The Artist is Present retrospective at MoMA.  Narcissister has also presented her work internationally at the Music Biennale in Zagreb, Croatia, at Chicks on Speed’s Girl Monster Festival, at The City of Women Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia, at Copenhagen’s first live art festival, and at the Camp/Anti-Camp festival in Berlin, among many others.  Her art videos have been included in exhibitions and film festivals worldwide, including on MocaTV. Her film The Self-Gratifier won an award for “Best Use of a Sex Toy” at The 2008 Good Vibrations Erotic Film Festival and her film "Vaseline" won the main prize of this festival in 2013. Interested in troubling the divide between popular entertainment and experimental art, Narcissister appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2011.  Narcissister was in FORE at The Studio Museum and had her first solo gallery exhibition Narcissister is You at envoy enterprises in February 2013. She was nominated for a 2013 Bessie Award for her evening-length piece Organ Player which debuted at Abrons Art Center in March 2013. Narcissister is a 2015 Creative Capital Awardee, a 2015 Theo Westenberger Grantee, and a 2015 United States Artists Awardee.


trotman.jpgNAT TROTMAN - Tues. Nov 29 / 5pm, Kresge Theater, CFA

Nat Trotman is Curator of Performance and Media at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where he oversees the museum’s collection and presentation of time-based artworks, including performance, video, film, sound, and other media. During his tenure at the Guggenheim he has organized numerous exhibitions, including Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better (2016); Blood Makes Noise (2014); James Turrell (2013); Pawel Althamer: Almech (2011-12); Found in Translation (2011–12); and Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance (2010), as well as projects with such artists as Kevin Beasley, Gerard & Kelly, Sharon Hayes, Meredith Monk, Susan Philipsz, and Tino Sehgal. Besides catalogue essays for many of the above exhibitions, Trotman has published on the work of Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys, Erica Baum, Brendan Fernandes, Alyson Shotz, and others. He holds a Masters in Philosophy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program.

Related Programming:

Check our full calendar of events for more!