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Visiting Artists

Summer 2018 MFAST Visiting Artists and Critics
Lectures will be held at MICA’s Fred Lazarus IV Center.

June 21: Sharon Harper (Lazarus Lecture Hall - 6-7pm)

Sharon HarperSharon Harper works with photography and video to record a subjective experience of landscape, exploring ways that technology mediates our relationship with the natural world and generates perceptual experiences. She has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Marcel Sitcoske Gallery in San Francisco; Savage Art Resources in Portland, Oregon; and the Goethe Institute in New York. Her work was included in many group shows including: the Greater New York exhibition at PS1, New York, in 2000; On Site, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College; Walk Ways, sponsored by Independent Curators International; Sublime Metaphor, Oxford University Museum of Natural History; Celestial, Work Space Gallery, New York; Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, at the University of North Carolina; and Summertime, smART gallery in Munich, Germany. Sharon’s work is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and the New York Public Library among other collections. She is a 2013 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation award in Photography. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Ucross Foundation, and the Leighton Residencies at the Banff Centre in Canada, among others. Harper received an MFA in photography and related media from the School for Visual Arts in New York in 1997 and a BA from Middlebury College in literary studies. She is currently a Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. http://sharonharper.org/

June 28: Lenka Clayton (Lazarus Lecture Hall - 6-7pm)

LENKA CLAYTON Lenka Clayton is a British interdisciplinary artist whose work considers, exaggerates and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realm of poetic and absurd. She is the founder of An Artist Residency in Motherhood, a self-directed, open-source artist residency program that takes place inside the homes and lives of artists who are also parents. There are currently over 550 artists-in-residence in 38 countries. In 2017 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum commissioned a major work by Clayton and collaborator Jon Rubin, entitled A talking parrot, a high school drama class, a Punjabi TV show, the oldest song in the world, a museum artwork, and a congregation’s call to action circle through New York. With the participation of six diverse venues around New York City, the artists arranged for an essential element from six sites along an imaginary circle to circulate from one place to the next, creating a six-month network of social and material exchange. Clayton and Rubin will be collaborating again for a major new work for the Carnegie International, 2018.

Clayton has also exhibited her work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, FRAC Le Plateau in Paris, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria and the Iran International Documentary Festival, among other places. From 2014-2017 she was Artist in Residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. In summer 2017 she was artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in California. Clayton received an MA in Documentary Direction from the National Film and Television School in the UK and a BA in Fine Arts from the Central St. Martins in London. She has taught at institutions in the U.K., US and Sweden, and in 2008 was the Theodore Randall International Chair at Alfred University in New York and currently works one-on-one as a mentor for artists internationally. Clayton lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. http://www.lenkaclayton.com

July 6: Gabriela Gamboa (Lazarus Lecture Hall - 6-7pm)

Gabriela GamboaGabriela Gamboa is a multicultural artist, born in Pittsburgh but raised in Venezuela, where she has lived most of her adult life. After obtaining her Bachelors in Art and Design from the University of Chicago, Gabriela earned a living as a still photographer and producer for films. It was during her extensive travel with film crews that Gabriela began exploring her knowledge of languages in combination with her visual aesthetic, and developed her experimentations in performance, video, multimedia installations and photography, which led her to pursue collaborative creative undertakings with Polyburo and Musikautomátika, both experimental multimedia endeavors. As an educator, Gabriela Gamboa began her teaching career after creating the video department for the nascent Instituto Superior de Artes Armando Reverón in Venezuela in 1992 and is currently a professor for the Master’s program at the Centro de Estudios Fotográficos in Caracas. Gabriela has received a number of awards and residencies, including the Juan Lovera Prize at the Michelena Bienale 2002. Her work is in many private and public collections, such as the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Chile. Gabriela earned her BFA at the University of Chicago and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. http://gabrielagamboa.com/

July 12: Halsey Rodman (Lecture Hall - 6-7pm)

Halsey Rodman Halsey Rodman’s work proposes a consensual and liberating encounter with objects by rendering apparent the radical instability of their forms. Though appearing disparate and sometimes improvised, his work is conceived and executed using specific structural, performative, and/or temporal frameworks. Rodman often integrates gestural painting, diagrammatic drawing, and intense color with sculptural and architectural constructions. He has collaborated with others to realize “event-based group figurative sculptures.” Rodman draws inspiration from wide-ranging sources, from the Pink Panther to Lacan to Virginia Woolf and Samuel R. Delany. Rodman received his BA in sculpture from The College of Creative Studies at UCSB and his MFA from Columbia University and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally at venues including Kansas Gallery (NYC), Soloway (Brooklyn), Guild & Greyshkul (NY), The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, and, in collaboration with the SFBC, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). His project Gradually / We Became Aware / Of a Hum in the Room is currently on view at High Desert Test Sites (Joshua Tree, CA). Mr. Rodman is the co-chair of sculpture at Bard MFA and is a critic in the Painting/Printmaking MFA at the Yale University School of Art.  http://halseyrodman.com/

July 19: Rico Gatson – (Lecture Hall - 6-7pm)

Rico GatsonRico Gatson lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Augusta, Georgia, but raised in Riverside, CA. Gatson received an MFA from Yale School of Art in 1991. Over the course of almost two decades, Rico Gatson has become known for his confrontational and politically opinionated artworks, often based on significant moments in black history. Images of riots, fires, and confinement pervade his works, which have touched on a range of subjects like the Watts Riots, the presidential election of Barack Obama, and the formation of the Black Panthers. Even though he uses painting, video, sculpture and installation, Gatson prefers not to be defined by any single medium, rather thinking of himself as an object maker inspired by Conceptualism and Performance Art. He has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout the world and had a mid-career survey at Exit Art in 2011 and a ten-year survey of his “Icon” series at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2017. Other noted venues include The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Jewish and The Essl Museum in Austria, Vienna. His work is in numerous public and private collections, which include The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Cheekwood Museum in Nashville, TN, The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., Kempner Museum of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven. He is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery in New York.

http://ricogatson.com/

July 23: Stephanie Barber – (Lazarus Lecture Hall - 10:30-11:30am)

Stephanie Barber Stephanie Barber is a Baltimore based writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language and her language is concerned with the emotional impact of moments and ideas. Each ferry viewers through philosophical inquiry with the unexpected oars of empathy, play, story and humor. Barber’s films and videos have screened nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at MOMA, NY; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH, among other galleries, museums and festivals. Her videos are distributed by Video Data Bank and her films can be found at Canyon Cinema and Fandor.com. Her books Night Moves and these here separated... were published by Publishing Genius Press in 2013 and 2010 respectively. Her collection of very short stories All The People was published by Ink Press Productions in 2015. Barber is currently a resident artist at The Mt. Royal School of Art at MICA and The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

http://www.stephaniebarber.com/

This page was last updated on 05/17/2018.