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Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Fall 2011

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September 14 kicks off another season of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by AMT. Here’s the full schedule of this fall’s visitors:
Wednesdays at 6:15pm in Kellen Auditorium
66 Fifth Ave., Lobby


September 14 – Kimsooja
Kimsooja is a multi media artist who lives and works in New York. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows, such as “Artempo”(2007) and “In-Finitum”(2009) in Venice, “Cities on the Move” (1997-2000), “Traditions/Tensions” (1996-1998), and Biennales in Kwangju (1995), Sao Paolo (1998), the Whitney Biennial (2002), Busan (2002), Sydney (1998), Istanbul (1997), Lyon (2000), Valencia (2003), Venice (1999, 2005), and most recently Thessaloniki (2009) and Moscow (2009). Solo exhibitions include NPPAP – Yong Gwang, Nuclear Power Plant, Commissioned by The National Museum of Contemporary Art, 2010; Earth – Water – Fire – Air, Hermes, 2009; Kimsooja, Baltic Center, 2009; Lotus: Zone of Zero, BOZAR, Brussels, 2008; To Breathe: A Mirror Woman, Crystal Palace, Reina Sophia, Madrid, 2006; To Breathe / Respirare at La Fenice, Venice, 2006; A Laundry Woman, Kunsthalle Wien, 2002; A Needle Woman, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/ MOMA, 2001, A Needle Woman in Kunsthalle Bern, 2001.

September 21 – Clifford Owens
Clifford Owens was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and he currently lives and works in Queens, New York. He received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His fellowships and grants include the Rutgers University Ralph Bunche Graduate Fellowship, Art Matters, Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, Lambent Fellowship for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Pennies from Heaven Fund of the New York Community Trust, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art. He has been an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem and a Hanes Visiting Artist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His work has been widely exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions. He is represented by On Stellar Rays.

September 28 – NO LECTURE

October 5 – Waafaa Bilal
Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal is known for his on-line performative works provoking dialogue about international politics. For his current project, the 3rdi, Bilal had a camera surgically implanted on the back of his head to spontaneously transmit images to the web 24 hours a day – a statement on surveillance, the mundane and the things we leave behind. Bilal’s 2010 work “…And Counting” similarly used his own body as a medium. His back was tattooed with a map of Iraq and dots representing Iraqi and US casualties – the Iraqis in invisible ink seen only under a black light. Bilal’s 2007 installation, Domestic Tension, also addressed the Iraq war. Bilal spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun that people could shoot at him over the internet. Bilal’s work is constantly informed by the experience of fleeing his homeland and existing simultaneously in two worlds – his home in the “comfort zone” of the U.S. and his consciousness of the “conflict zone” in Iraq.

October 12 – Leigh Ledare
Leigh Ledare uses photography, archival material, text and social taboo to interrogate human subjectivity, desire, and the photographic in equal turns. His book Pretend You’re Actually Alive investigates his relationship with his mother and her tactical use of explicit sexuality towards multiple economic, personal and psychological ends. Double Bind is comprised of collages of memorabilia, found images, and photographs of the artist’s ex-wife taken by both Ledare and his ex-wife’s new husband, each picturing their shared subject in sometimes tender, sometimes graphic poses that register the boundaries of their respective relationships. Major solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Les Rencontres de Arles, Arles France in 2009 and 2010, as well as the Garage Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia in 2010. He has also exhibited at the Swiss Institute, NY, PS1/MoMA, and Deutche Guggenheim, Berlin. A survey of his work will take place at WEILS in Brussels, Belgium in 2012.

October 19 – Trent Doyle Hancock
Trenton Doyle Hancock was born in Oklahoma City, OK and raised in Paris, Texas. He earned his BFA from Texas A&M University and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art. Hancock’s prints, drawings, and collaged felt paintings work together to tell the story of the Mounds—a group of mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of the artist’s unfolding narrative. Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as the use of color, language, and pattern—into opportunities to create new characters, develop sub-plots, and convey symbolic meaning. Trenton Doyle Hancock was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, becoming one of the youngest artists in history to participate. His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Savannah College of Art and Design, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami.

October 26 – Otolith Group
The Otolith Group is an artists collective founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002 that integrates film and video making, artists writing, workshops, exhibition curation, publication and developing public platforms for the close readings of the image in contemporary society. The Group explore the legacies and potentialities of the document and the essay film, the archive, the sonic, speculative futures and science-fictions. The Otolith Group has organized workshops, discussions and curated and co-curated work at film festivals and museums, including the touring exhibition The Ghosts of Songs: A Retrospective of The Black Audio Film Collective 1982-1998, Harun Farocki. 22 Films: 1968-2009 at Tate Modern and the touring programme Protest conceived as part of the Essentials: The Secret Masterpieces of Cinema commissioned by the Independent Cinema Office.
In 2010 The Otolith Group were nominated for the Turner Prize.

November 2 – Faith Wilding
Faith Wilding is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and educator, and Professor Emerita of Performance Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wilding has been Graduate Faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts since 1992. Wilding was a co-founder of the feminist art movement in Southern California, and has exhibited in solo and group shows for forty years in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. Her work addresses the recombinant and distributed bio-tech body in various media including 2-D, video, digital media, installations, and performances. Wilding co-founded, and collaborates with, subRosa, a reproducible cyberfeminist cell of cultural researchers using BioArt and tactical performance in the public sphere to explore and critique the intersections of information and biotechnologies in women’s bodies, lives, and work.

November 9 – Slavs and Tatars
Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective’s work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low) focusing on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians. Slavs and Tatars has published Kidnapping Mountains (Book Works, 2009), a celebration of complexity in the Caucasus, Love Me, Love Me Not: Changed Names (onestar press, 2010) and Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve (JRP-Ringier, 2011). Slavs and Tatars have exhibited at Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art, the Goethe Institut, New York, Colette, the Moscow Biennale, and the Frieze Sculpture Park and the Sharjah Biennale. Upcoming solo shows include The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Kiosk), Ghent, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, and Secession, Vienna.

November 16 – Liam Gillick
Liam Gillick ‘s solo exhibitions include The Wood Way, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2002; A short text on the possibility of creating an economy of equivalence, Palais de Tokyo, 2005 and the retrospective project Three Perspectives and a short scenario, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Kunsthalle Zurich, Kunstverein, München and the MCA, Chicago, 2008-2010. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002 and the Vincent Award at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2008. Liam Gillick has published a number of texts including Proxemics (Selected writing 1988-2006) JRP-Ringier was published in 2007 alongside the monograph Factories in the Snow by Lilian Haberer, JRP-Ringier. A critical reader titled Meaning Liam Gillick, was published by MIT Press (2009). Liam Gillick was selected to represent Germany for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. A major exhibition of his work opened at the Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in April 2010.

November 23 – NO LECTURE

November 30 – Amy Cheung
Amy Cheung lives and works in Hong Kong. She gained her BA in History of Art & Fine Art from Goldsmith’s College, University of London and her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London. Since graduation, she has initiated numerous city interventions and large-scale public art projects both locally and abroad. Her work shows a compassionate response to the human condition in a poetic, political yet inconclusive manner. Cheung was Beck’s New Contemporaries in U.K. and UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate awarded by UNESCO’s International Fund for the Promotion of Culture. She represented Hong Kong in the 52th Venice Biennale, 2007 and received the Outstanding Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in the same year. In 2010, she has been awarded the Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council.

December 7 – Dana Schutz
Dana Schutz graduated with a BFA the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2000 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2002. Her work is present in many of the major museums in North America and Europe. Her first European solo show, Self Eaters and the People Who Love Them, was in Paris’s Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin. Her bright, fantastical works have been compared to Currin, Goya, and Katz. Of her work, Mei Chin wrote that “dissection and dismemberment abound in Dana Schutz’s work, all offset by sunny colors and a pert sense of humor… Schutz loves to give her characters life and then cut them up. Yet hers is a blithe cruelty, the curiosity of a child playing at being a creator. Even when she hates, she does it with whimsy.” She discussed working on her Self Eaters series, and described her imaginative approach: “I was thinking of the paintings as real artifacts from that invented situation. As the series was going on, I questioned whether I should fictionalize my role as the artist.”

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