The 2015-2016 SMFA Visiting Artists Series is made possible through the generosity of Sandy Moose and Eric Birch.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dec 1, 2014

Mati Diop (1982, France) lives and works in Paris and is both filmmaker and actress. While attending Le Fresnoy and Le Pavillon (Palais de Tokyo), she directed her first four short films. She is the niece of the great Senegalese film director Djibril Diop Mambéty, and made her film A Thousand Suns (2013) as a homage to his Touki bouki. In Rotterdam, Diop has won a Tiger Award for Short Films twice: in 2010 for Atlantiques and in 2012 for Big in Vietnam. Snow Canon ( 2011) was in competition at Venice Film Festival-Orizzonti. Diop also played a lead in Claire Denis' "35 Shots of Rum". ...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dec 2, 2014

Sandra Lim is the author of The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise Glück for the most recent Barnard Women Poets Prize, and a previous collection of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006). A 2015 Pushcart Prize winner, she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and lives in Cambridge, MA. ...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dec 3, 2014

Color remains a vexed issue in contemporary art. Whether we mean the precise hue on which the artistic success or failure of a work of art depends or the skin tone that may close or open doors in the cultural field, color is crucial. Organized by SMFA faculty members Patte Loper and Joseph R. Wolin, the 2014–15 graduate colloquium aims explore questions of color, from the aesthetic to the political, through the work of four visiting artists for whom color takes on a host of meanings. ...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dec 4, 2014

Ernst Karel's multidimensional audio work includes electroacoustic improvisation and composition, location recording, sound for nonfiction film, and solo and collaborative sound installations. Using analog electronics and location recordings, either separately or in combination, Karel creates audio pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary. Karel is currently technical advisor and sound engineer for Non-Event, and lab manager for the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, where as Lecturer on Anthropology, he teaches a course in sonic ethnography. ...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Dec 5, 2014

SMFA MFA candidate Robert Solomon will discuss the work of Joseph Stapleton (1921–1994), an abstract expressionist who, while highly respected among his peers, received relatively little public recognition. Instead, he became an educator, working 37 years at the Art Students League of New York and Pratt Institute. Solomon's presentation will include many of Stapleton's never before seen drawings as well as readings from Stapleton's journal by his nephew, Jim O'Connor. ...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dec 6, 2014

Malcolm Tulip has worked for three decades as an actor, director, writer and teacher, performing in festivals and tours of the United Kingdom, Europe, and the U.S. As an actor and director Tulip attempts to combine the strategies of the choreographer, the sculptor, the architect, the gymnast, the anthropologist and the clown to the disciplines of the writer, the philosopher, and the psychologist. He is a keen observer of movement both in the human animal and in all its manifestations in the natural world. ...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dec 8, 2014

Ambreen Butt was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and received her BFA in traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting from the National College of Arts in Lahore. She moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1993 and attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, earning her MFA in painting in 1997. ...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dec 11, 2014

Craig Baldwin (born 1952) is an American experimental filmmaker. He uses "found" footage from the fringes of popular consciousness as well as images from the mass media to undermine and transform the traditional documentary, infusing it with the energy of high-speed montage and a provocative commentary that targets subjects from intellectual property rights to rampant consumerism. Playful and ironic, his cut-and-paste collage-essay surveys the prospects for an "electronic folk culture" in the midst of an increasingly commodified corporate media landscape. ...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dec 15, 2014

Jacqueline Humphries lives and works in New York. Her work was recently included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and she has upcoming solo exhibtions at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Greene Naftali, New York in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include Stuart Shave Modern Art, London, 2014 and 2010, and Greene Naftali, New York, 2012 and 2009. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; The Saatchi Collection, London; SFMoMA, San Francisco; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. ...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dec 18, 2014

Paul P's interest in transience, desire, cataloging, notation, and repeat observation has expanded to include evocative landscapes and their abstraction, focusing on locations in Italy, California, and Paris. His practice has also extended to plein-air drawing of sculptures within museums, and to the production of his own sculptural works in the form of furniture. ...