Fall 2019 Visiting Artists and Curators at Mount Royal School of Art

All Lectures are Free and Open to the Public

Donna Conlon Co-Sponsored by Rinehart MFA

Tuesday, October 1, Lazarus Center Auditorium, 131 W North Ave

Conlon has lived and worked in Panamá since 1994. Conlon uses ordinary objects and observations from her daily life and local environment to reveal the idiosyncrasies of human nature and the contradictions inherent to contemporary lifestyle. Her work has been shown at the Met Breuer, NY (2019); Asunción Bienniale (2015); Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach (2011); El Museo del Barrio, NY (2011); Prague Contemporary Art Festival (2008); Auckland Triennial (2007); Istanbul Modern Museum (2006); and the Venice Bienniale (2005). She received grants from Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (2007) and Har- po Foundation (2010, with Harker). Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Muse- um, and the Tate Modern.

Kenji Fujita

Tuesday, October 8, Lazarus Center Auditorium, 131 W North Ave

Kenji Fujita is a visual artist who makes work out of ordinary materials such as cardboard, aluminum foil, felt, wood, fabric, paper and paint. He creates commonplace geometries of shape and form that are activated as the viewer engages with the work in physical space and time. Fujita’s selected group exhibitions include the Venice Biennale (1988), The High Line, New York; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridge eld, CT; the Brooklyn Museum. Selected solo exhibitions include: DD55, Cologne; Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York; Jean Bernier, Athens; Cable Gallery, New York; Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles; Jack Tilton Gallery, New York. Fujita was also a recipient of grants and fellowships from the Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts.

Joan Jonas seated on a bed with two dogs

Joan Jonas

Tuesday, November 5, 4:00pm, Falvey Hall, 1301 W Mount Royal Ave

Sponsored by the Mixed Media Lecture Series

Joan Jonas is a world-renowned artist whose work encompasses a wide range of media including video, performance, installation, sound, text, and sculpture. Jonas’ experiments and productions in the late 1960s and early 1970s continue to be crucial to the development of many contemporary art genres, from performance and video to conceptual art and theatre. Working between mediums and across genres (biography, mythology, folklore), she has animated countless intellectual and artistic experiments in translation, technology, and narrative. Jonas had numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1994); Le Plateau and Jeu de Paume, Paris (2005); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) (2007- 2008); The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (2008); HangarBicocca, Milan (2014); Tate Modern, London (2018); Museu Serralves, Porto (2019); Ocean Space, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art 21, Venice (2019). Jonas represented the US at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and has participated in six editions of Documenta in Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 2002, 2012).

James Allister Sprang

Tuesday, November 12, 4:00pm, Lazarus Center Auditorium, 131 W North Ave

James Allister Sprang is a first-generation Caribbean-American who creates work that exists in gallery spaces, theater spaces and the space generally found between the ears. Working across mediums—photography, sound, performance, installation—Sprang’s work is best understood as an investigation of poetics, performance, gesture and their documentation. This work is informed by the black radical tradition. Sprang has completed residencies both domestically and internationally. He has read/ shown/performed at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and in New York at the Apollo Theater, Dixon Place, Abrons Arts Center, the Brooklyn Museum, The Public Theater, David Nolan Gallery, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Knockdown Center and The Kitchen. Additional shows and performances include the AUTOMAT Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, Emerson-Dorsch Gallery, FringeArts, and MONOM.

Josh Kline

Tuesday, November 19, 4:00pm, Lazarus Center Auditorium, 131 W North Ave

Working in sculpture, installation, and video, Kline’s practice considers how our humanity has been transformed, commodified, and instrumentalized by digital technology and capitalism. In 2015, Kline began a major cycle of installation-based projects exploring the politics and economics of the 21st Century, addressing the consequences of technological automation, climate change, and social media for democracy. Kline’s work was included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, and in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis among other museums. His art has been exhib- ited internationally, including in solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; Stuart Shave Modern Art, London; and 47 Canal, New York.

Tehching Hsieh

Tuesday, December 3, 4:00pm, Lazarus Center Auditorium, 131 W North Ave

Tehching Hsieh (born in Taiwan, lives in Brooklyn, New York) is internationally recognized for durational works started in the late 1970s, the ‘One Year Performances’ that took place inside and outside his studio in New York City. These extreme actions included endurance, constraints, and repetitions (such as punching a time clock every hour on the hour for one year), exploring the limits of the human body and mind. By making art and life simultaneous, Hsieh achieved one of the most radical approach- es in contemporary art.

In 2009, the Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibited a collection documenting his performance work. Hsieh has widely exhibited his work in North and South America, Asia and Europe. His recent exhibitions ‘Doing Time’ was presented by the Taiwan Pavilion at 57th Venice Art Biennale (2017), and his ‘One Year Performance 1980-1981’ was exhibited at Tate Modern, London (2017-2018). Hsieh is represented by Sean Kelly Gallery.