TOM OCKERSE, Monday, September 29, 2014

Sep 23, 2014

Tom Ockerse was instrumental in rethinking the relationship of design education, its practice and the world of art. He became thoroughly involved in the growing movement of concrete poetry, Fluxus, mail art, happenings, and book arts, all seeking to merge the arts and erase conventional boundaries. In 1971 he joined the faculty at RISD and became the head of the Graphic Design Department for twenty years. Prior to his career in education Ockerse worked in the industry working under the direction of Jim Fogelman on accounts for Ciba, Interchem, and Syntex. Over the years he has provided design strategies for Houghton Mifflin, Apple Computer, and Aperture Magazine as clients. His concrete poetry books have won awards and international recognition and have been included in numerous anthologies ...

GLENN LIGON in conversation with JOSEPH R. WOLIN
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Aug 16, 2014

Glenn Ligon lives and works in New York.  Ligon earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1982 and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1985.  His work has appeared in solo shows at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (1993), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1996), and the Studio Museum in Harlem (2001), as well as two Whitney Biennials (1991 and 1993) and Documenta 11 (2002), among other major venues.  In 2011, a midcareer retrospective of his work, Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and travelled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  His work is found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and many more. ...

Beckwith Lecture: Art and Class
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Aug 16, 2014

Davis is an art critic living in New York City and author of the critically acclaimed "9.5 Theses on Art and Class." His writing has appeared in Art Papers, ArtReview, Adbusters, the Brooklyn Rail, Slate, the Village Voice, and many other publications. He previously served as executive editor of, and is currently a senior writer at artnet News. ...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Aug 16, 2014

Jonathan VanDyke is a visual artist based in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Oltre l’oblio at 1/9unosunove in Rome and The Painter of the Hole at Scaramouche in New York, both in 2013, and Traunitz at Loock Galerie in Berlin in 2014. Major performances include the forty-hour works The Long Glance at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo in 2011 and With One Hand Between Us, part of Performa 2011, the biennial of performance art in New York. His performance work and installation Obstructed View was commissioned by The Power Plant in Toronto as part of their 2011–12 exhibition Coming After. His durational performance work Cordoned Area, made with the dancers David Rafael Botana and Bradley Teal Ellis, has appeared at The National Academy Museum, New York (2013), Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2012), and Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2011). ...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Aug 16, 2014

Including sound works, films, media installations, photographs and performances, American artist Andy Graydon's work has been exhibited internationally and released on records and other publications. Solo and group exhibitions include shows at The New Museum, Art in General, and Participant Inc. (all New York); The Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; The Frye Museum, Seattle; The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; The Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture; Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, Austria; The Portland Art Center, Oregon; Autocenter, Berlin; and PROGRAM Initiative for Art and Architecture Collaborations, Berlin. Awards include a Rhizome Commission and grants from the Princess Grace Foundation, the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund and the Experimental Television Center. Graydon has been artist in residence at the NKD Norwegian Artists’ Center, Norway; Artist-in-Residence Niederösterreich, Krems, Austria; Q-O2, Belgium; and the Center for Computer Music, Brooklyn College. Graydon was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii. He received his MFA in Radio, Television, and Film from Northwestern University, and is currently based in Berlin. ...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Aug 16, 2014

Micah Lexier is a Toronto-based artist, collector and curator. He has a deep interest in measurement, increment, the passage of time, found imagery, and the kinds of casual marks we make in our day-to-day lives. He has had over 100 solo exhibitions, participated in almost 200 group exhibitions and produced a dozen permanent public commissions. Last year The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto presented a survey exhibition of Lexier’s work entitled One, and Two, and More Than Two, showcasing Lexier’s solo works, his collaborations with writers, and a major curatorial project incorporating 221 objects and artworks by 101 local artists. Lexier’s work is in numerous public and corporate collections including The British Museum (London, England), and the Contemporary Art Gallery (Sydney, Australia), The Jewish Museum (New York City), and The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). Micah Lexier is represented in Toronto by Birch Contemporary. ...

Film screening and conversation, History Zero
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Aug 16, 2014

Join us for a film screening of History Zero, and conversation between Stefanos Tsivopoulos and SMFA faculty members Jane Gillooly and Tina Wasserman. History Zero, which represented Greece at the 2013 Venice Biennial, takes as its starting point the multi-layered contemporary crisis in Greece, which Tsivopoulos sees as an opportunity to interpret an alternative visualization of the future. The film depicts three human experiences relating to notions of value systems and in so doing explores the role of money in the formation of human relationships and political and social elements relating to the ownership of money. ...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Aug 16, 2014

The notion of the Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of discussions around the boundaries and limitations that are historically given to people of color in the realm of the cinema. ...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Aug 16, 2014

Born in New York in 1977, Sherwood's work examines the relationship between human and non-human life forms as it refers to the semiotics of desire and melancholia present in the intersection of the natural and material worlds. The work regards notions of abundance through a visual representation of excess and decadence, and reflects an opulent society in decline. The complexity of interpretation lies in the use of non-traditional materials and unconventional methodologies, which can sometimes involve organic matter and interventions by animals. The work underscores the blurring of boundaries between the species and the spaces we collectively inhabit. Since receiving her BFA from the University of Maine in 2004, her work has been featured in major exhibitions throughout North America and Europe including The Biennial of Western New York, Prospect 2 New Orleans and Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche. ...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aug 16, 2014

Keltie Ferris was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Keltie Ferris: Doomsday Boogie at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Body Prints at Chapter NY, New York. Her works have been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston; the Brooklyn Museum; and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. She was recently awarded the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Painting by the Academy of Arts and Letters, where her work was included in their 2014 Annual Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts. ...