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Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Spring 2011

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February 2 kicks off another season of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by AMT. Here’s the full schedule of this spring’s visitors:
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Wednesdays at 6:15pm in Kellen Auditorium
66 Fifth Ave., Lobby

SPRING LECTURES
Feb 2: Daniel Bozhkov
Daniel Bozhkov employs variety of media, from fresco to performance and video, and works with professionals from different fields to activate the public space. He enters the worlds of genetic science, department mega-stores and tourist-sites as an amateur intruder/visitor who also functions as a producer of new strains of meaning into seemingly closed systems. Daniel Bozhkov is a recipient of 2007 Chuck Close Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome, Cal Arts Herb Alpert Residency Award, and of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation, Art Matters, and Artslink. His work has been presented in international exhibitions such as the 2010 Liverpool Biennial, 6th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2007, 9th Istanbul Biennale in Turkey in 2005, the 1st Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art in Russia in 2005. Daniel Bozhkov teaches at Columbia University and Yale University School of Art. He is represented by Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City.

Feb. 9 Tehching Hsieh
Tehching Hsieh was born in Taiwan, 1950. He dropped out from high school in 1967, took up painting in 1969. After finishing army service (1970-73), he had a solo show and stopped painting shortly after that. In 1973 Hsieh did his first performance action “Jump Piece” in which he broke both ankles. Trained as a sailor for entering the USA, in July 1974, Hsieh arrived at the port of a small town in Philadelphia. He jumped ship and stayed in the states as an illegal immigrant for fourteen years until was granted amnesty in 1988. From 1978 to 1999, Hsieh did five One Year Performances and a Thirteen Year Plan. Since 2000, released from the restriction of not showing work during the Thirteen Year Plan, Hsieh has lectured and exhibited his work at institutions worldwide, among which at MoMA and the Guggenheim, New York in 2009. In 2008, Hsieh received the United States Artists award.

Feb. 16: Kara Walker
Kara Walker received her B.F.A. the Atlanta College of Art in 1991 and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. Her survey show, Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, premiered at the The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN in 2007 and travelled to New York, Paris, Los Angeles and Houston. She was the US representative to the Sao Paolo Biennial in 2002 and participated in the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. She is the recipient of many awards including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award in 1997, the Deutsche Bank Prize in 2000, United States Artists Fellowship in 2008. Her work in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Tate Gallery; the Centro Nazionale per le Arti Contemporanee, Rome; and Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt. She lives and works in New York City.

Feb. 23: Mark Dion
Mark Dion received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford School of Art. Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkabinetts of the 16th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society. He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); and Tate Gallery, London (1999). “Neukom Vivarium” (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum.

March 2: Matthew Weinstein
Matthew Weinstein is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Weinstein has worked extensively in 3D animation. He creates fully realized 3D characters, beginning with drawings and pre-visualization all the way through to texturing, animation, dynamics and cloth. He then works with actors and musicians to bring his characters to life. Weinstein has built up an index of characters, sets, environments and plant forms. These 3D elements can be recombined and re-contextualized in different pieces; a kind of virtual theatrical company.
Weinstein also works in sculpture; bronze casting, rapid prototyping and acrylic casting, as well as painting and digital printmaking. He is represented by the Sonnabend Gallery in NY, and he was the first American Artist given a major exhibition at the new Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. He has also exhibited at the Kunsthalle in Vienna, The Matisse Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as many international galleries.

March 9: Simone Leigh
Simone Leigh creates ceramic works, videos and installations informed by her interest in African Art, ethnographic research, feminism and performance art. She was awarded The Studio Museum in Harlem”s Artist-In-Residence program 2010-2011. She has exhibited work at SculptureCenter, Queens, NY; KUNSTHALLE wein, Vienna; The Kitchen, New York; L’Appartement22, Rabbat, Morroco; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PA; and the AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. She has been awarded grants and residencies including; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, Bronx Museum’s Artist In the Marketplace program; the Art Matters Foundation grant and The New York Foundation for The Arts fellowship for Sculpture. Her work has been written about in Modern Painters, The New York Times and NKA Jounral of Contemporary African Art

March 23: Laylah Ali
Laylah Ali received a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The precision with which Ali creates her small figurative gouache paintings on paper is such that it takes her many months to complete a single work. She meticulously plots out in advance every aspect of her work, from subject matter to choice of color and the brushes that she will use. In style, her paintings resemble comic-book serials, but they also contain stylistic references to hieroglyphics and American folk-art traditions. Her drawings, to which she refers as ‘automatic’, are looser and more playful than the paintings and are often the source of material that she explores more deeply in her paintings. Laylah Ali has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; ICA, Boston; MCA Chicago; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; and MASS MoCA, among others. Her work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale (2003) and the Whitney Biennial (2004).

March 30: Aki Sasamoto
Sasamoto works in performance, sculpture, dance, and whatever other medium it takes to get her ideas across. Her works have been shown both in performing art and visual art venues in New York and abroad. She has also collaborated with artists in visual arts, music, and dance, assuming the role of a dancer, sculptor, or director. Sasamoto also co-founded and co-directs Culture Push, a non-profit arts organization, in which diverse professionals meet through artist-led projects and cross-disciplinary symposia.
Sasamoto’s performance/installation works revolve around everyday gestures on nothing and everything. Her installations are careful arrangements of sculpturally altered found objects, and the decisive gestures in her improvisational performances create feedback, responding to sound, objects, and moving bodies. The constructed stories seem personal at first, yet oddly open to variant degrees of access, relation, and reflection.

April 6: Cristobal Lehyt
Cristóbal Lehyt lives and works in New York City. He studied in Chile at the Universidad Católica and in NY at Hunter College and The Whitney Independent Study Program. His work has been shown at Room Gallery UC Irvine, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Fundación Telefonica Chile, Or gallery, Kunsthaus Dresden, Artists Space, Fuori Uso, Shanghai Biennale, The Whitney Museum of American Art and Queens Museum among others. In addition to showing his work in numerous cities including Santiago, Bogotá, Caracas, Mexico City, Berlin, Vienna, Beijing and Rio de Janeiro.

April 20: Ann Hamilton
Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, her liminal environments create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites. Born in Lima, Ohio in 1956, Hamilton received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in Sculpture from the Yale University School of Art in 1985. Among her many honors, she has been a recipient of the Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship and was chosen to represent the United States at the 48th Venice Biennale. In 1992, she established her home and practice in Columbus, Ohio. Presently, she is a Professor of Art at The Ohio State University.

April 27: Anton Vidokle
Anton Vidokle was born in Moscow and arrived to the U.S. in 1981. His work has been exhibited in shows such as the Venice Biennale, Lyon Biennial, Dakar Biennale, Lodz Biennale, and at Tate Modern; and P.S.1, New York. With Julieta Aranda, he organized e-flux video rental, which traveled to numerous institutions in Europe and the US. As founding director of e-flux, he has produced projects such as Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist, Do it, Utopia Station poster project, and organized An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life and Martha Rosler Library. Vidokle initiated research into education as site for artistic practice as co-curator for Manifesta 6, which was canceled. In response, Vidokle set up Unitednationsplaza in Berlin—a twelve-month project involving more than a hundred artists, writers, philosophers, and diverse audiences. Located behind a supermarket in East Berlin, UNP’s program featured numerous seminars, lectures, screenings and book presentations.

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