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.


Spring 2016 Lectures Series

mehran.jpgLALEH MEHRAN - Tues. Jan 19 / 5pm, Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry CFA 111

Exhibiting artist in "Maximum Minimum in Unum", CMU Miller Gallery, opening Jan 22

Laleh Mehran constructs elaborate artworks focused on complex intersections between politics, religion, and science. The progeny of Iranian scientists, Mehran’s relationship to these issues is necessarily complex; even more so given today's political climate in which certain views can have extreme consequences. These considerations influence her work to be as veiled as it is explicit, as personal as it is political and as critical as it is tolerant. Currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Director in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver,Mehran received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Electronic Time-Based Media, and has exhibited internationally at the International Symposium on Electronic Art in the United Arab Emirates, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Electronic Language International Festival in Brazil, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, and more. 

bigelow.jpgBEN BIGELOW - Tues. Jan 26 / 5pm, Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry, CFA 111 

Exhibiting artist in "Maximum Minimum in Unum", CMU Miller Gallery, opening Jan 22

Through combinations of video, installation, performance, and photography, Ben Bigelow's work explores the shifting identity of Americana and its relationship to technology. His work has been exhibited at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley; City Limits Gallery, Oakland; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and the Harlem Factory Fest in New York City. In 2014, he lectured in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University and in 2015 was a faculty member in the SIM Department at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Originally from Los Angeles, Bigelow received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, MFA from Stanford University,  and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


ECHO EGGEBRECHT - Tues. Feb 16 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

The content of Echo Eggebrecht's work primarily focuses on the interrelationships of objects and experiences to build symbol-based, circumstantial events and their aftermath, or consequences. The identity of the work as a whole involves an investigation into the meeting point between personal experience and history in general. These two continually interacting axes build every moment in time into infinitely layered environments, to locate meaning through action. Eggebrecht is currently an Assistant Professor of Art in painting and drawing at Carnegie Mellon University.

doherty.jpgWILLIE DOHERTY - Tues. Feb 23 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium

Distinguished Lepper Lecturer

Willie Doherty is an artist whose work was formed in critical response to the longstanding circumstances of territorial division and political disagreement in his native North Ireland. His videos and photographs have remained indefatigable in their efforts to contemplate and incorporate contradiction. The critique of photographic conventions enabled by conceptual art was a formative inspiration; and in early works Doherty used combinations of text and image to query and recast standard media representations of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’.  His recent video works explore the relationship between landscape and memory and are shaped by working in locations that are contaminated with untold stories; some forgotten, some half remembered. His work has been exhibited at dOCUMENTA 13 Kassel, Germany; Tate Liverpool; the Biennale di Venezia and the Bienal de São Paulo, among many other museums and international art festivals.


MAGDALENA MOSKALEWICZ - Tues. Mar 1 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

Magdalena Moskalewicz is an art historian, critic and curator who investigates local art histories and representations of national identities in order to reshape and revise dominant historical narratives. She was the curator of the Polish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, with the highly acclaimed Halka/Haiti 18°48'05"N 72°23'01"W, in collaboration with artists C.T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska. She also led the Central and Eastern European branch of The Museum of Modern Art's global research initiative, C-MAP, and co-edited the project’s digital publication platform from 2012-15. Moskalewicz received her PhD in art history from Adam Mickiewicz University researching the 1960s Polish neo-avantgarde, and has published and lectured internationally on Polish abstract painting, assemblage, and conceptual art. She has also written on more contemporary practices, most recently for Central European Companion to Political Ideas. Her current research further explores issues of traveling, migration and displacement in relation to identity formation for her upcoming exhibition “The Travelers,” opening May 2016 at Zachęta–National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.


discoteca.jpgDISCOTECA FLAMING STAR - Tues. MAr 22 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

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

aureia.jpgAUREIA HARVEY of Tales of Tales - Tues. Mar 29 / 5pm, Kresge Theater

US/Belgium based artist Auriea Harvey received her BFA in Sculpture from Parsons School of Design in New York City. In 1995 she founded Entropy8, a website experimenting with interactivity and the functions of net art. In 1999, she merged her site with Zuper!, by fellow artist Michaël Samyn (whom she subsequently married) to create Entropy8Zuper!. Together in 2003, they founded the independent game development studio Tale of Tales in Ghent, Belgium, where they still live and work. Tale of Tales is best known for experimental videogames such as The Path, The Endless Forest, The Graveyard and Sunset. Within Tale of Tales, Auriea is game designer, art director and 2D/3D artist. Their current project, Cathedral in the Clouds, departs from videogames going deep into VR, digital artefacts, art history and 3D aesthetics.


hernandezcuy.jpgSOFIA HERNANDEZ CHONG CUY - Tues. Apr 19 / 5pm, McConomy Auditorium

Orville M. Winsand Lecturer

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy is curator of contemporary art for Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Her work involves conducting field-research on emerging artists and incipient art scenes, especially in Latin America, to develop the collection and curate public programs to bring audiences closer to art and gain a wider comprehension of the region’s cultural contributions. Much of Sofía’s curatorial work, whether developed institutionally or independently, has consisted in working closely with visual artists in conceptualizing how audiences can experience art in unconventional ways: taking the shape of exhibitions, events or printed matter. Her longstanding interest in historic commissioning programs, particularly those characterized for collaboration and experimentation, could be seen in the 9a Bienal do Mercosul | Porto Alegre Brazil that she directed. She has held curatorial positions at Art in General and Americas Society, worked as an agent for dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel; and was director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, for which she is now curating a survey exhibition of Mario Garcia Torres, opening in February 2016.


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