University at Buffalo
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Visual Studies Speaker Series

September 27, 2007  by: Dom

Fall 2007
Mondays at 6:30 PM
Center for the Arts (CFA) Screening Room #112
UB North Campus

The UB Department of Art sponsors this series with support from the University Art Galleries, Department of Media Study, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Margaret Fox Naughton Endowment.

Sept 10: Allyson Mitchell is a maximalist artist working predominantly in sculpture, installation and film. Since 1997, Mitchell has been melding feminism and pop culture to play with contemporary ideas about sexuality, autobiography, and the body, largely through the use of reclaimed textile and abandoned craft. She recently completed her PhD in Women’s Studies at York University, where she also teaches cultural studies.

Sept 17: Steve Dietz is a new media curator and director of ISEA 2006 Symposium ZeroOne San Jose International Festival of Art and Technology. From 1996–2003 he was curator of new media at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, where he founded the New Media Initiatives department. Dietz has organized and curated numerous new media exhibitions, including some of the first online exhibitions.

Sept 24: David Shapiro. In his exploration of the nature of reality and artificiality, and the dichotomy of nature and culture, over the last 15 years, in a diverse body of work, David Shapiro had infused the formal ambiguity of minimal sculpture with personal meaning. Alongside his sculptural practice, David is also a celebrated filmmaker. His 2001 film, “Keep the River on Your Right”, won 17 international awards, and played theatrically in 80 cities.

Oct 1: Hasan M. Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist with interests in technology, media, and their social implications. His research interests include issues of surveillance, simulated time, transport systems, and borders and frontiers. He has exhibited recently at P.S. 122, Exit Art, and Pace Digital Gallery, all in New York; the Kulturbahnhof in Kassel, Germany; the Tate Modern in London; and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

Oct 8: Constance Classen explores the social life of the senses, both historically and across cultures. Her numerous books include: Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell, Worlds of Sense, The Color of Angels, and, most recently, The Book of Touch. Classen teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal. Her current research focuses on the sensory and social life of collections.

Oct 15: Nao Bustamante is a performance art pioneer originating from the San Joaquin Valley of California. Her work encompasses performance art, sculpture, installation, video art, pop music and experimental rips in time. Her work has been presented at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. She is an Assistant Professor of Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Oct 22: Igor Vamos (also known as Mike Bonanno) is one of the leading members of The Yes Men, a culture jamming activist group. Their exploits in “identity correction” are documented in the film The Yes Men. Known as Frank, he is a co-founder of RTmark, an activist collective that subverts the “Corporate Shield” protecting US corporations. He teaches Media Interventions and New Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Oct 29: Omar Estrada de Zayas’s practice focuses on themes of social relations, political control and identity in the context of post independent Caribbean States. He works in installation, sound, video, painting and narrative text. Born in Cuba in 1963, he has participated in the Havana Biennial as well as in group exhibitions in France, Spain, Canada and the States. He works in collaboration with his brother Carlos Estrada.

Nov 5: Gary Hill. For over twenty years, Gary Hill has investigated the relationships between words, sounds and electronic images. He notes that “Time is what is central to video, it is not seeing as its etymological roots imply. Video’s intrinsic principle is feedback.” His work has been the focus of major museum exhibitions and retrospectives including the Guggenheim Museum in Soho, the Whitney Biennial, and the Lyon Museum in France.

Nov 12: Ellen Harvey examines the theoretical and social implications of art through painting, interventions and other media. In her “New York Beautification Project” Harvey painted 40 exquisitely detailed oil reproductions of 19th-century landscape paintings on graffiti sites throughout New York City. Solo exhibitions include: the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, the Mullerdechiara Gallery, Berlin and the Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, New York.

Nov 19: Louise Noguchi challenges her audience with themes that pose psychological questions. Using photography, sculpture, video and other media, Noguchi’s concepts confront the spectator’s notions of identity, perception and reality. Her work has been exhibited at the Power Plant, Toronto, Neuer Berliner Kuntsverein, Berlin and the Deutsches Museum, Munich.

Nov 26: Shelley Niro is an internationally renowned Mohawk artist. Her film and photography work, often through the use of satirical humor, addresses pertinent ongoing issues faced by contemporary Native North American society, including colonization, sovereignty, and cultural tenacity. Her award winning films include “Honey Moccasin”, and most notably “The Shirt”, first viewed at the 2003 Venice Biennale.

Dec 3: Lisa Bulawsky is a printmaker whose works on paper, installations, and public projects exploit the strengths inherent in the printed mark and the vulnerabilities inherent in human existence. In 2006 she was an artist-in-residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France and at the Frans Masereel Graphic Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium in 2003. Lisa resides in St. Louis, Missouri and teaches at Washington University.

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