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Visiting Artists Archive Spring 2014

Visiting Artists Spring 2014

February 18 Diana Cooper

2:30pm, Graduate Center Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.

Diana CooperDiana Cooper (born 1964, lives and work in Brooklyn, NY) is best known for her hybrid works combining drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. Though initially drawn to dance and choreography when young, Cooper turned to the visual arts after college. Her early works on paper and canvas were based on doodling, while later work became more three-dimensional and incorporated sculptural elements in large- scale works and installations that evoked images of systems and technology. In recent years, she has explored the potential of digital photography for capturing abstraction in the lived environment.

Cooper has exhibited her work widely in the U.S., Europe, and China, and was the subject of a ten-year retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland in 2007. She is a former Rome Prize Fellow and has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Anonymous Was A Woman, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Marie Sharpe Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Institute for Electronic Arts and other organizations. Her Percent for Art public art commission for the Jerome Parker Campus in Staten Island, New York was named one of the top public art works in the country by Americans for the Arts in 2009. It was also featured on the TV special on Public Art in Public Schools. She has been represented in the United States by Postmasters Gallery since 1998.

March 4 Tim Rollins

1:30pm, Brown Center: Falvey Hall (with additional support from the MA in Curatorial Practice, Rinehart School of Sculpture, and the Mixed Media Lecture Series).

Tim RollinsTim Rollins (b. 1955, Pittsfield, Maine) studied fine art at the University of Maine and earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. After graduate studies in art education and philosophy at New York University, Rollins began teaching art for special education middle school students in a South Bronx public school. In 1984, he launched the Art and Knowledge Workshop in the Bronx together with a group of at-risk students who called themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival). In 1997, the documentary, Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins & K.O.S. was widely received at the London Film Festival, Cinema de Real, France and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Since its inception, the group has exhibited extensively worldwide, include presentations at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2013); Hayward Gallery, London (2012); Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2012); Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2011); Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. (2011); and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006). A retrospective of the group’s 20-year career opened at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in 2009 and travelled to the Frye Museum, Seattle and the ICA Philadelphia later that year. A fully illustrated hardcover catalogue, co-published by the Tang Museum and MIT Press, accompanied the exhibition. The group’s work is represented in nearly 100 prestigious public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Tate Modern, London; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C. and Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, among others.

March 11 Kimsooja

1:30pm, Brown Center: Falvey Hall (with additional support from the MA in Critical Studies, Rinehart School of Sculpture, and the Mixed Media Lecture Series).

KimsoojaKimsooja’s work combines performance, video, sound and installation; addressing issues of the displaced self and others. Kimsooja tries to bring together a conceptual, logical and structural investigation of performance through immobility that inverts the notion of the artist as the predominant actor. Refusing to draw a systematic play of contrasts into any sort of tension charged dialectical relationship, Kimsooja instead tries to achieve a delicate equilibrium in which opposite poles are brought to the fore as a natural basis for harmony: inserting herself as both subject and object of the viewer’s gaze, an individual and an abstraction, a specific woman and every woman, instrument and actress, motionless and purposeful, balancing between presence and absence, wishing that the fact of what the eye sees is a truism.

Kimsooja is an internationally acclaimed Korean born (1957-) multi media artist who lives and works in New York, Paris, and Seoul. Solo exhibitions include P.S.1 /MOMA; Crystal Palace of Reina Sophia; Traveling solo show at Contemporary Art Museum of Lyon, Museum Kunst Palast Dusseldorf, and PAC Milan; Hirshhorn Museum; Vancouver Art Gallery; The Korea Pavilion, Venice Biennale; Miami Art Museum; Perm Contemporary Art Museum, Russia; La Fenice, Venice; Baltic Center; BOZAR Brussels; Kunsthalle Bern; Kunsthalle Vienna; the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea for the Yong Gwang Nuclear Power Plant; Daegu Art Museum; Atelier Hermes Seoul; ICC, Tokyo; and CCA Kitakyushu.

March 25 Janine Antoni

1:30pm, Brown Center: Falvey Hall

(co-sponsored by the MA in Critical Studies, the Mixed Media Lecture Series, Interdisciplinary Sculpture BFA, and Rinehart School of Sculpture)

Janine AntoniJanine Antoni employs an amalgam of mediums including performance, sculpture, photography, installation, and video. Her body is both her tool for making and the source from which her meaning emerges. She carefully articulates her relationship to the world, giving rise to emotional states that are felt in and through the body. This takes on a physicality that speaks directly to the viewers’ body, unleashing a deeply felt empathetic response.

Janine Antoni was born on January 19, 1964 in Freeport, Bahamas. She received her BA in 1986 from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Antoni’s work has been included in exhibitions including the Venice Biennial, the Whitney Biennial, the Johannesburg Biennial, the Istanbul Biennial, the Kwangju Biennial, the SITE Santa Fe Biennial, and the Prospect.1 Biennial in New Orleans. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998, the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999, the Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award in 1998, the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Artist Award in 1996, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2011, and the Creative Capital Grant in Visual Arts in 2012. Janine Antoni lives in New York and is represented by Luhring Augustine, NY.

April 1 Mark Harris

1:30pm, Graduate Center Auditorium,131 W. North Ave.

Mark Harris is an artist, writer, and curator. His approaches to making artwork are linked by an interest in the imagery of intoxication as a form of utopian representation considered as alternative agency to militant strategies of the historical avant-gardes. Primarily working in video, painting, and drawing, he has most recently been reconfiguring photographs derived from hippy communities of the 1960s to consider them as future-oriented wish images. Currently coordinator of critical studies on the MFA at Goldsmiths College, London, Mark Harris’s degrees include MA in Painting from The Royal College of Art, London; MA in Continental Philosophy from University of Warwick, Coventry; and PhD in Philosophy from Goldsmiths College, London.

In 2005 he received an Arts Council England Fellowship with the Long March Project, Beijing. Recent exhibitions of his work include “State Fare” (Wexner Center, Columbus, 2007), “Utopian-Bands,” (2 kolegas, Beijing, 2006; and Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, 2008), “Morning Star” (Country Club Gallery, Cincinnati, 2010), “London Open” Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012), “High Times” at the Wellcome Collection, London (2011), Baltimore Contemporary Museum (2011), “Dial Collect” at SOMArts, San Francisco (2013).

In 2009 he received a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Art Writers Grant. Recent published essays include “Pipilotti Rist's Music” for the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, “Chelsea Hotel, March 14, 2008” on Marcia Farquhar's performance work, “The City Sings,” on Heather Phillipson’s video work, and “Marcia Hafif: Glaze Paintings”. He has contributed an essay to “The Countercultural Experiment: Consciousness and Encounters at the Edge of Art,” 2011 by University of Minnesota Press.

He has curated exhibitions such as “Educating Barbie,” at Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, 1999; “Bad Drawing–malevolent, misbehaving, misunderstood” (2006) and “Once Upon A Time In The Midwest” (2007) at the University of Cincinnati; “Star Maker,” at E:vent gallery, London, 2009.

April 8 Juan Uslé

1:30pm, Graduate Center Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.

Born in 1954 in Santander, for nearly 25 years the artist has split his time between his home-studio in Saro, Spain, and New York. Juan Uslé is a sensitive and private artist who avoids the madding crowds and likes to be able to concentrate. The act of painting generates an intimate, poetic and musical impulse in him. For a number of years he has been creating a series of works, the Soñé que revelabas, which he paints at night, aligning the series of dark brushstrokes to the rhythm of his beating heart. Although apparently abstract, his painting is sustained by the observation of reality, a meditation on the artists he admires, and it oscillates between a romantic nocturnal pole and a baroque and brightly coloured solar pole.

Juan Uslé has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States. Solo exhibitions include the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, 2003; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium, 2004; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, 2004. Uslé has also participated in the Bienal de São Paulo, 1985; the Third International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey, 1992; Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany, 1992, and the Venice Biennale, 2005. His work has strong representation in museum collections, including the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France; the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart and Munich, Germany; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Tate Modern, London, UK; Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, among others.

A forthcoming solo exhibition of Uslé’s large-scale black paintings will be presented at the Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany early this year.

Additional Studio Visits/Critiques By:

Lee Mingwei February 18, afternoon (after his 12pm lecture in the Graduate Auditorium)

Michelle Handelman, April 2

Tania Bruguera April 24-25 (exact time TBA)

More to be announced