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Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Spring 2012

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February 1 kicks off another season of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by AMT. Here’s the full schedule of this spring’s visitors:
Wednesdays at 6:15pm in Kellen Auditorium
66 Fifth Ave., Lobby


February 1 – K8 Hardy
K8 Hardy is a New York based artist represented by Reena Spaulings Fine Art. She holds a BA from Smith College, studied at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, and holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College. Hardy is a co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective LTTR, and has directed music videos for groups including Le Tigre, Lesbians on Ecstasy, and Men. Her work has been exhibited and performed internationally at venues including, MoMA PS1 (New York NY), Artists Space (New York, NY), The Tate Modern (London, UK) and Galerie Sonja Junkers (Munich, Germany) among many others. Hardy works through performance without allegiance to any particular medium. She mines pop culture for material and eschews craft based virtuosity in photography, sculpture, and video. Hardy believes in the power of flamboyant and bold gestures, and in conversations of play, which constitute her endeavors toward total expression.

Feb 8 – Occupy Museums: Imani Brown and Noah Fischer
Occupy Museums is an ongoing protest that formed in October 2011. It is an agile action group within the OWS Movement. Occupy Museums was proposed in early October 2011 to the Arts and Culture working group within Occupy Wall Street and was given enthusiastic consensus. The first action was organized for the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum. Participants staged an OWS-style assembly in front of the museums where a manifesto was read and injustices in the world of arts and culture were spoken publicly using the people’s mic. This first action was widely covered in the press and debated on countless online forums. At the end of the action, directors of MoMA came down and asked what we wanted. We replied that we had no demands, but would continue to Occupy each week in order to open up a meaningful conversation about economic injustice and abuse of the public for the gain of the 1% in cultural institutions

Feb 15 – AA Bronson
AA Bronson lives and works in New York City. In 1969 he formed General Idea with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal; for 25 years they lived and worked together undertaking over 100 exhibitions and public art projects. They were known for their magazine FILE (1972-1989), their production of low-cost multiples, and their early involvement in punk, queer theory, AIDS activism, and other manifestations of the other. In 1974 they founded Art Metropole, Toronto, a distribution center and archive for artists’ books, audio, video, and multiples, which they conceived as the shop and archive for their Gesamtkunstwerk: The 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion. From 1987 through 1994, they focused their work on the subject of AIDS. Since his partners died in 1994, AA has produced work focused on the subject of death, grieving, and healing. From 2004 to 2010 he was the Director of Printed Matter, Inc. He also founded the Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary.

Feb 22 – Doug Ashford
Doug Ashford is a teacher, artist and writer. He is Associate Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where he has taught three-dimensional design, sculpture, public art and theory seminars since 1989. Ashford’s principle visual practice from 1982 to 1996 was the artists’ collaborative Group Material that produced over 40 exhibitions and public projects internationally. Group Material developed the exhibition into an artistic medium and critical site where audiences were invited to imagine democratic forms. Since 1996, Ashford has continued to make paintings, write, and produce museum and public projects. His most recent public effort ended in the production of the book Who Cares, (Creative Time, 2006), a publication built from a series of conversations between Ashford and an assembly of other cultural practitioners on public expression, beauty, and ethics. Currently he is most occupied with painting pictures.

Feb 29 – Naeem Mohaiemen
Naeem Mohaiemen uses essays, photography, and film to explore histories of the international left, hyphenated migrant identities, and utopia-dystopia slippage. His work as part of Visible Collective was a series of database sculptures, event timelines, and public seminars which traveled internationally, including the Whitney Biennial of American Art (in Wrong Gallery) and L’Institut de Islam, Paris. Since 2006, he has been working on The Young Man Was, a research project about the 1970s Bangladeshi ultra-left, with each chapter realized in a different medium. Naeem is editor of Chittagong Hill Tracts in the Blind Spot of Bangladesh Nationalism, an anthology of 75 essays on ethnic conflict between indigenous Jumma people and Bengali Settlers in southeast Bangladesh. Other publications include Collectives in Atomised Time (with Doug Ashford, Idensitat Press) and System Error: war is a force that gives us meaning (with Lorenzo Fusi, Silvana).

March 7 – Antoni Muntadas
Antoni Muntadas was born in Barcelona in 1942 and has lived in New York since 1971. Through his works he addresses social, political and communications issues such as the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks, and investigates channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor or promulgate ideas. His projects are presented in different media such as photography, video, publications, the Internet, installations and urban interventions.
His work has been exhibited in numerous museums, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée Contemporain de Montreal, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires, and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. His work has also been shown in the VI and X editions of Documenta Kassel (1977, 1997), the Whitney Biennial of American Art (1991), the 51st Venice Biennial (2005) and those in São Paulo, Lyon, Taipei, Gwangju and Havana.

March 21 – Antonio Vega Macotela
Antonio Vega Macotela lives in Mexico City and Amsterdam. He graduated from The National School of Fine Arts ENAP-UNAM in 2001 where he began his public and social art research. His work is multidisciplinary, site-specific and often engages particular communities. It explores notions of exchange, specifically regarding currency as a mediation device through which social relations are established. His recent project Time Exchange proposed the replacement of money with a time-sharing system. He carried out this project through individual exchanges with inmates at the Santa Martha Acatila prison in Mexico. He was the co-editor of the publication Multiple Media 2 in 2008. His works have been exhibited in such places as the Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), Museo Carrillo Gil, the Laboratorio Arte Alameda Mexico City and the 29th Sao Paolo Biennial (Brazil). He is currently in residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and his work is featured in the Generational exhibition at The New Museum.

March 28 – Ryan McGinness
Ryan McGinness (born 1972) is an American artist, living and working in Manhattan, New York. He grew up in the surf and skate culture of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and then studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as an Andrew Carnegie Scholar. During college, he interned at the Andy Warhol Museum as a curatorial assistant. Known for his original extensive vocabulary of graphic drawings which use the visual language of public signage, corporate logos, and contemporary iconography, McGinness creates paintings, sculptures, and environments. Concerned with the perceived value of forms, McGinness is interested in assuming the power of this anonymous aesthetic in order to share personal expressions. His work is in the permanent public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Cincinnati Art Museum, MUSAC in Spain, and the Misumi Collection in Japan.

April 4 – Nicole Awai
Nicole Awai is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Awai has exhibited in North America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. Awai’s work has been included in Prints and Processes at the Salvador Dali Museum in Florida (1999), Greater New York: New Art in New York Now at PS1/Moma (2000), the Biennial of Ceramic in Contemporary Art in Albisola, Italy (2003), Open House (2004) and Infinite Island (2007-2008) at the Brooklyn Museum and the Busan Biennale in Korea (2008). Global Caribbean, which premiered at Art Basel in 2009 subsequently, traveled to MIAM in Sete, France in 2010 and MOCA in Puerto Rico in 2011.

Awai was artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2000), Arts and Industry artist in residence at the John Michael Kohler Center for Arts (2008) and artist in residence at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn (2010-2011). Awai is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation 2011 Painters and Sculptures Grant. She is a Critic at the Yale School of Art.

April 11 – Alan Michelson
Alan Michelson is a New York-based Mohawk installation artist who exhibits both nationally and internationally, most recently in Stop(the)gap: international Indigenous Art in Motion, part of the 2011 Adelaide (Australia) Film Festival, and will participate in the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012. He is the 2011 Distinguished Artist/Fellow of the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art; the 2011 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Visual Arts Fellow; and has won several other awards, including an NEA Visual Artists Fellowship, and a 2010 GSA Design Award for Third Bank of the River, his public artwork for the U.S. Port of Entry in Massena, New York. His work is in the permanent collection of several institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, where he had a solo exhibition in 2006.

April 18 – Malik Gaines
Malik Gaines is an Assistant Professor of Art at Hunter College. With the group My Barbarian, he has performed and exhibited internationally. Solo exhibitions have included Participant Inc. (NYC), Hammer Museum (LA) and Museo El Eco (Mexico City). Performance sites have included the Kitchen, New Museum, Whitney Museum, (NYC), LACMA, MOCA, REDCAT (LA), Power Plant, (Toronto), De Appel (Amsterdam), El Matadero (Madrid), Galleria Civica (Trento), and Townhouse Gallery (Cairo). Gaines has written monograph texts for artists including Andrea Bowers, Mark Bradford, Glenn Ligon and Wangechi Mutu. He has also organized exhibitions and programs independently, including “Fade: African American Artists in LA” for the City of Los Angeles (2004) and “Quadruple-Consciousness” at Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2010). Current projects include the Pacific Standard Time performance festival and the first Los Angeles Biennial, co-organized with the Hammer Museum.

April 25 – Janine Antoni
Janine Antoni received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Her work blurs the distinction between performance art and sculpture. Transforming everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and sleeping into ways of making art, Antoni’s primary tool for making sculpture has always been her own body. She has chiseled cubes of lard and chocolate with her teeth, washed away the faces of soap busts made in her own likeness, and used the brainwave signals recorded while she dreamed at night as a pattern for weaving a blanket the following morning. Antoni has had major exhibitions of her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; S.I.T.E. Santa Fe; and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. The recipient of several prestigious awards, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award, Janine Antoni currently resides in New York.

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