Spring 2013 Visiting Artist Lecture Series-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Spring 2013 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

The spring series features internationally acclaimed artists whose work spans a variety of approaches to performance, sculpture, video, film, and photography. Speakers include: Shana Moulton (February 5), Charles Atlas (February 12), Tehching Hseih (February 19), Diana Al-Hadid (February 26), Otto Peine (March 5), Carrie Mae Weems (March 26), Pyuupiru (April 2), and Allan Sekula (April 9).

This year's program is enriched by two related talks: Golan Levin's "Interactive Art, Computational Design, Critical Making" (February 7) presented by CMU School of Design Lecture Series "Designing the Future" + School of Architecture's "[En]Coding Architecture" Symposium; and the Guerilla Girls "What Are Museums For?" (March 20) lecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

All lectures are 5pm, Kresge Theater, College of Fine Arts building. Free + open to the public.
Questions can be directed to 412.268.2409 or laurengo@andrew.cmu.edu

School of Art alumnus SHANA MOULTON's (MFA '04) video and performance work presents evocative, oblique narratives that combining an unsettling, wry humor with a low-tech Pop sensibility. Navigating 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.

CHARLES ATLAS has been an active filmmaker and video artist since the 1970s who has produced pioneering media/dance work, multi-channel video installations, feature-length documentaries, and video art works for television and live electronic performances.

The first of two distinguished Jeff Pan Visiting Artists is TEHCHING HSIEH, an artist whose physically and mentally demanding durational performances made him a regular name in the art scene from 1978-99 with his "One Year Performance" series. Intentionally retreating from the art world with his last 2 series, Hseih set a tone of sustained invisibility through 2000 with his "Thirteen Year Plan". Since re-emerging in the eartly 2000s, he has lectured and exhibited worldwide.

Syrian-born artist DIANA AL-HADID builds sculptures from crude materials such as plaster, Styrofoam, wax, and cardboard — taking “towers” as their central theme — and drawing together a variety of associations of power, wealth, technological and urban development, progress, and globalism. A young artist relatively new to the art world, she has received a USA Rockefeller Fellowship, several grants, and has an upcoming two-person exhibition with Medardo Rosso during the 2013 Venice Biennale.

The distinguished Lepper Lecturer is OTTO PIENE, a German artist who co-founded the Night Exhibitions in the 1950s and the resulting international Group Zero, which 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.

CARRIE MAE WEEMS has developed a complex body of work for the past 25 years that employs photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video that investigates family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class and various political systems. Her major retrospective, "Carrie Mae Weems: 3 Decades of Photography and Video" is currently on view now at The Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, and will travel to the Portland Art Museum, 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 also on view at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh.

The second distinguished Jeff Pan Visiting Artist, PYUUPIRU, is a Tokyo-based multi-media and performance artist who works in 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 assimilating these ideas through her own personal experiences.

The Orville M. Winsand Lecturer, ALLAN SEKULA, is an historian, critic, artist, and professor in Photography and Media at California Institute of the Arts, who uses photography to create exhibitions, books and films that are an ongoing critique of contemporary capitalism. His film, "The Forgotten Space" (co-directed with Noël Burch), comments on containerization, invisible labor and the seagoing global supply chain, and won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. This talk is co-presented with University of Pittsburgh Department of Art, Art History & Architecture.