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Visiting Artists

Visiting Artists Spring 2017

February 14 :  Stephen Dean  Stephen Dean

4:00 p.m., Lazarus Center Auditorium 131 W. North Ave.

Born in Paris, France, in 1968, Stephen Dean works in multiple media, including film, sculpture and drawing. Working across these media, Dean often uses color as a mechanism to alter spatial relationships. He is also interested in using the vocabulary of ritualized gatherings and everyday performance to re-constitute our systems of understanding space and time.

Dean’s work has been exhibited in major museums such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Miami Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museo de Bellas Artes, in Santander, Spain, and Musée du quai Branly, in Paris, France. Dean has participated in numerous biennials such as Moscow Biennial (2009), SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2006), 51st Venice Biennale (2005), the Sevilla Biennial (2004), the Istanbul Biennial (2003), and the Whitney Biennial (2002). His work may be found in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; the Fonds national d’art contemporain, Paris, France; and the Fundación Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico.

February 28 :  Edward Mayer  Edward Mayer

4:00 p.m., Lazarus Center Auditorium 131 W. North Ave.
(Co-sponsored by Mixed Media Lecture Series)

For over four decades, Edward Mayer’s work has involved transforming space and ordering perception through the repetitive manipulation of basic modular components of common place objects and materials which explore correlations between order and chaos, structure and entropy, stability and vulnerability, monumentality and ephemerality, presence and absence.

His large-scale installations have been shown at the Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil; Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Nassau County Museum, NY; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; Socrates Sculpture Park; Madison Art Center, Wisconsin; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art; Museum of Arts and Design, NY; Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis; New York State Museum, Albany; Scottsdale MOCA.

He is a Professor and Sculpture Area Coordinator at the University at Albany. He has received 2 Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, 2 NEA Fellowships and a NYFA Fellowship in Sculpture, and was the 2006 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the ISC.

March 7 : Jeanne Silverthorne Jeanne Silverthorne

4:00 p.m., Lazarus Center Auditorium 131 W. North Ave.
(Co-sponsored by Critical Studies MA & Mixed Media Lecture Series)

Jeanne Silverthorne (New York) is a sculptor whose practice involves an archaeology of collapse and entropy. Since the early 1990’s, she has been excavating the conceptual and physical ruins of the studio whose outmoded infrastructure and lost artifacts, art forms, actions and people produce a contemporary vanitas.

Solo exhibitions include the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., Whitney Museum of Art, Rocca Paolinea, Perugia, P.S. 1, New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and a mid-career survey at the Wright Museum, as well as numerous solo shows at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Verona, Seoul, and Ireland. She has been featured in a wide range of museum exhibitions at MoMA, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Albright-Knox Museum, the ICA Boston, Museum Landesgalerie am Oberosterrreichischen, Landesmuseum, Linz, and Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz, Austria, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Deste Foundation, Athens, Boras Konstmuseum , Umea, and Edsvik Konstock Kultur, Sollentuna, Sweden. Her work is in the collections of many institutions, including MoMA, New York, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, FNAC (Fondation Nationale d’Art Contemporaine), France, Denver Museum, Denver, Colorado, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York, Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, RISDI Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, Leeum.Samsung Museum, Korea, Sheldon Museum, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, Whitney Museum of Art, New York. Her next project, “Invisible Citings,” will be shown at the Addison Museum in Andover, Massachusetts, in September 2017.

April 4 : Lynne CookeLynne Cooke

4:00 p.m., Lazarus Center Auditorium 131 W. North Ave.
(Co-sponsored by Curatorial Practice MFA, Critical Studies MA, and Mixed Media Lecture Series)

Lynne Cooke is the Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Previously she was Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, (2008–2012) and Curator at the Dia Art Foundation, New York (1991–2008).

Lynne Cooke was the artistic director of 10th Biennale of Sydney (1994–1996), co-curator of the Carnegie International (1991), and on the Turner Prize Committee, Tate Gallery, London (1985) among many others positions.

She has organized exhibitions of artists including Rosemarie Trockel (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, New Museum, New York, and Serpentine Gallery, London, 2012–2013), Blinky Palermo (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Dia Beacon/CCS Bard College, 2010–2011), and co-curated Richard Serra’s sculpture show at MoMA, New York (2007). Cooke has also organized a number of exhibitions of younger American women artists, including Jessica Stockholder, Ann Hamilton, Zoe Leonard, and Roni Horn, and introduced many international artists to the US art scene.

Cooke has received many awards and is widely published. She has authored or written for exhibition catalogues on Agnes Martin, Francis Alÿs, Matt Mullican, Alighiero Boetti, James Castle, Willem de Kooning, William Kentridge, and for magazines such as Artforum and Parkett.

April 11: Allana ClarkeAllana Clarke

10:00 a.m., Lazarus Center Auditorium 131 W. North Ave.

Allana Clarke ( b.1987, Trinidad & Tobago ) is a conceptual artist working in video, sculpture, installation, and performance. She has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, The Vermont Studio Center, and Lighthouse Works. She was the 2014 recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship at MICA, Skowhegan fellowship, Vermont Studio Civil Society Fellowship, the Peter W. Brooke Fellowship and a 2015 recipient of a Franklin Furnace grant. She completed her MFA in the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA and lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Clarke's most recent work has included performances with artist Clifford Owens at Columbia University (Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, 2015) and Invisible Exports gallery (Hard & Fast, 2016), collaborations with Joe Scanlan for his online poetry project L'oeil Vigilant. Artnet has listed her as one of the top artists to watch in 2017.

“My work is interested in dissecting the complicated nuances of human existence. a contemplation of preexisting cultural specificities we are all born into based on a variety of conditions that are out of our control. How can we come to terms with the constructions that pre-exist our bodies entrance into the world yet establishes the parameters for how we are suppose to function in the world?”

April 18: Sylvie Fortin Sylvie Fortin

4:00 p.m., Lazarus Center Auditorium 131 W. North Ave.
(Co-sponsored by Curatorial Practice MFA and Mixed Media Lecture Series)

Sylvie Fortin is a curator, critic, editor and arts administrator currently based in Montréal, Canada. She was Executive and Artistic Director of La Biennale de Montréal (2013-2017), Canada's most prominent contemporary art event. As Editor-in-Chief (2004-2007) and Executive Director/Editor (2007-2012) of ART PAPERS, she led the organization from a regional publication to a global thought leader. She was Curator of Manif 5 – the 5th Québec City Biennale (2010), Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery (1996-2001), Program Coordinator at LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE (Quebec City, 1991-1994), and a long-term collaborator with the Montreal artist-run centre OBORO (1994-2001). Her critical essays and reviews have been published in numerous catalogues, anthologies and periodicals, including Artforum International, Art Press, C Magazine, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art and the now-defunct Canadian publications Fuse and Parachute.

Fortin has received many grants from the Canada Council for the Arts for her work as an independent curator and writer. In addition, her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. In 2007, she was named Lexus Leader for the Arts, Atlanta.

She is a board member of IBA, the International Biennial Association, Gwangju; a member of AICA-USA, the American chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, and of IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art), and an Advisory Committee member of the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut.

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