Please join us for this conversation with Joanne Greenbaum, whose exhibition "Joanne Greenbaum: Things We Said Today," opens the same evening at the SMFA at Tufts. Kate McNamara, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions at Otis College of Art and Design and guest essayist for the exhibition, will lead the discussion with Greenbaum.
Please join us for the opening and gallery talk of "Found" by Linnea Olson. As she says about these new constructions and "Boxes": "Gone were the days of medium specificity as suddenly I looked at everything (everything) as material. And I began assembling and gluing with a passion I'd not felt since...well, perhaps ever. I had found my language."
On February 1, 2018, at 2:00 pm the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Program, instructed by Andy Graydon and Kendall Reiss, will visit the exhibition for an informal artist talk and exhibition tour with the artists Mea Duke and Douglas Breault. This public is invited to attend and to contribute to the discussion and observe in the space.
Please join us for an artist talk featuring Jillian Mayer, an artist and filmmaker living in South Florida. Through videos, online experiences, photography, telephone numbers, performance, sculpture, painting, and installation, her projects investigate the tension between physical and digital iterations of identity and existence.
As a curator and artist, Wenhua's talk will trace some historical and artistic impacts of the recent emerging sound art scene in China, discuss its key artists and their influences as well as also raise the question of the future of Sound art in China.
Laurie Anderson’s new book "All the Things I Lost in the Flood" is a series of essays about stories and language. In celebration of the publication of the book (released by Rizzoli in February ‘18) the artist will present a limited number of performances. The performance All the Things I Lost in the Flood is a reading and performance of the texts as well as visual images.
Konrad Klapheck, a renowned German artist whose work is featured in the Inventur exhibition, will lecture on “War and Peace in German Art after World War II.” Widely known as a “machine painter,” Klapheck will discuss his practice as it relates to the historical, political, and artistic context of the immediate postwar period in Germany and beyond.
Over the last four decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. Hershman Leeson presents her feature film Teknolust (2002, 85 min.) and a short film VertiGhost (2017, 13 min.). Following the screenings, will be a conversation with the artist and David Levine, Professor of the Practice in the Theatre, Dance, Media Department.
An artist, curator, and scholar, Dr. Deborah Willis is Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University. The author of numerous award-winning books, her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, including images of slavery and emancipation; visual culture; and contemporary women photographers and beauty.
Please join us for this visiting artist talk featuring Carolina Caycedo. Born in London to Colombian parents, Caycedo transcends institutional spaces to work in the social realm where she participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right.
Join visiting artist Aram Han Sifuentes for a protest banner workshop, part of Han Sifuentes’ project known as the “Protest Banner Lending Library.” Created in response to the 2016 election, the library is an act of creative resistance and solidarity. The library can be accessed by people engaging in activist activity and those who cannot physically attend protests themselves, but want to contribute to social movement culture.
Join us for this visiting author talk featuring Malik Gaines, a writer and artist, a member of the performance group My Barbarian, and Assistant Professor of Performance Studies, NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. His work deals with performance practice and theory, black representation, and queer social tactics.
Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles. Coming from a background in animation by way of collage, Matreyek creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, at the cross section of cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic and physical.
Beckwith Lecture: Artist, filmmaker, award-winning cinematographer, and TNEG (motion picture studio) co-founder Arthur Jafa will be in conversation with Christina Sharpe, Professor at Tufts University in English and Africana and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Dara Birnbaum’s pioneering video, media, and installation work has, over the past four decades, addressed the ideological and the aesthetic character of mass media imagery and has been considered fundamental to our understanding of the history of media art.
Join us for this exciting documentary film examining the arduous process that went into creating the artwork “Repellent Fence,” a 2015 two-mile-long, temporary art installation straddling the US/Mexico border. The documentary tracks the progress of Postcommodity—a collective consisting of three Native American artists—as they negotiate borderland politics and bring communities together through “Repellent Fence.” Following the screening, members of Postcommodity will offer an audience Q+A.
Poised between perpetual creation and imminent collapse, Kirsten Reynolds' large-scale, site-specific architectural installations activate the agency of uncertainty. Her work explores language, architecture and the body as related rational constructs that become flexible and emergent through humor, curiosity and wonder.
Exploring the seduction, magic, and desperation of our hyper-capitalist, globally-connected reality, Mika Rottenberg’s elaborate visual narratives draw on cinematic and sculptural traditions to forge a new language––one that uses cause and effect structures to explore labor and globalization, economy and production of value, and how our own affective relationships are increasingly monetized.
Join ATNE for an artist talk with USCO members Michael Callahan and Gerd Stern. This salon will be a rare opportunity to discuss these artists’ pioneering work in multi-media performance, forays into the emerging new media field and their technological innovations that helped inspire a new generation of artists.
Go behind the scenes with Boston Center for the Arts Fall Artist Resident Maya Erdelyi for a look at her process in developing Walk Cycle, a multi-faceted, multi-media project based on her grandmother’s long midnight walk through the forests of Hungary to escape the violence of World War II.
Artists Esteban del Valle, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez, and Sean Downey make paintings, prints, videos, and animations that draw, in part, from cinema, political cartoons, and pop culture iconography and that engage with the topics of displacement, personal and collective memory, visual culture, and the history of art—reminding us that nothing we know is fixed and that all is open to endless interpretation.
Artist Mary Sherman and researcher Florian Grond have worked together over several years manifesting the conversation between painting and sound. The are joined by MIT Media Lab Tangible Bits director, Hiroshi Ishii to explore the relationship and connection of all our senses and which help us navigate and also find pleasure in our material world.
The Carpenter Center in collaboration with Harvard Art Museums presents a screening of Renée Green’s new film ED/HF (2017, 33 minutes), followed by a conversation with Mason Leaver-Yap, writer and Associate Curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.
Postcommodity will discuss their 2015 land art installation and socially engaged artwork Repellent Fence, and the implications of this work on their art practice, their future work, and the field of contemporary art as we approach the year 2043 (when the US transitions to a non-white majority).
Howardena Pindell is in conversation with Naomi Beckwith and Valerie Cassel Oliver, co-curators of What Remains to be Seen. The exhibition is the first major survey of the Pindell’s work and opens at MCA Chicago in 2018 and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2019.
A Los Angeles native working in New York City, Sanford Biggers creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols.
An interdisciplinary conversation about the complexity of Yuan Yunsheng's Two Ancient Chinese Tales—Blue + Red + Yellow = White?. Currently on view at Tufts University Art Gallery, the epic mural cycle reinterprets ancient Chinese fables and traditional stories to reflect modern historical narratives.
Studying photography first in Canada at the University of Manitoba, then at Yale University’s School of Art, Laura Letinksy's ideas and work are formed through a perspective that affords, perhaps insists upon, a kind of attention to the act of looking and of picturing.