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Sept. 18: School of Art Lecture Series Presents Renowned Artists on Humanity, Politics and Culture


Eric Sloss                            

Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art Lecture Series
Presents Renowned Artists on Humanity, Politics and Culture

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art has announced its fall 2008 lecture series, an annual presentation of renowned artists and arts professionals throughout the fall. This year's lecture series features artists showing in the 55th Carnegie International "Life on Mars" exhibition, which explores the question of what it means to be human in the world today. Other featured lecturers include artists exhibiting in the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon this fall as well as acclaimed arts critic Jeffrey Kastner.McCheGuevera
Artists presenting in the lecture series work across the spectrum of art forms, practicing in such diverse mediums as sculpture, improvisation, photography, video and public installation. Reflecting modern trends towards provocative hybrid art forms, many featured artists unite mediums to produce radical new expressions meditating on individuality, globalization, culture and other topics with relevance to how we define ourselves as humans in a world made paradoxically larger and smaller by technology and global, political and social developments.
Among artists featured are Stephanie Syjuco, the Kraus Visiting Assistant Professor of Art who uses tactics of counterfeiting and appropriation to address issues of cultural biography, labor and economic globalization; Haegue Yang, who entails the high-mobility condition common to many contemporary international artists; Mark Bradford, who works in collage that examines culture, communication and exchange in L.A.; and Barry McGee, who reflects punk, outsider and folk art sensibilities. Also featured is Jeffrey Kastner, a critic, journalist and senior editor of the award-winning avant-garde art and culture magazine "Cabinet." In conjunction with their respective exhibitions at the Miller Gallery, artist and researcher Julia Christensen and famed social-activist group The Yes Men will also appear.
Most lectures are held Tuesdays at 5 p.m. on Carnegie Mellon's campus. All lectures are free. Visit or call 412-268-2409 for a full schedule.

Above: "McCheGuevara" by the Yes Men, who will lecture and present a workshop Friday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. in the Miller Gallery.