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Visual Studies Speakers Series – Fall 2008

September 3, 2008  by: Dom

VS 200 – Visual Studies Speakers Series, Fall 2008
Mondays at 6:30 PM
Center for the Arts (CFA) Screening Room #112
UB North Campus

Presented by the Department of Art

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.

September 8: Yoko Inoue is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses the mediums of sculpture, installation, collaborative projects, and public intervention performance to explore the commoditization of cultural values and assimilation and identity issues. Her current project entitled “Transmigration of the SOLD,” which, in part, involves unraveling Andean woolen sweaters on Canal Street in New York City, investigates the effects of globalization on cultural products and values and also questions consumer awareness.  Exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum and the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa. Recent awards include The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and Guggenheim Fellowship.

September 15: In the 1990s, Lyle Ashton Harris gained significant acclaim for bold, performance-based self-portraits in which he explored the constructions of race and gender. Since then, he has moved from the self-as-subject to a broader interest in the anthropology of images and the impact of globalization. A professor at New York University, Harris received an American Academy in Rome fellowship in 2000, was included in the 2007 Venice Biennale, and his work frequently appears in The New York Times Magazine.

September 22: Stephen Sarrazin is a French/Canadian film and media art professor, critic, and curator. He lives between Paris and Japan where teaches at Paris 8 University and lectures at the Institut Franco Japonais in Yokohama and Tokyo. His current research focuses on video, media and pop culture in Japan. Sarrazin delves into recent trends that have emerged in Japan, such as how young artists are using video, their sense of art history, and the role that anime and manga play in their work. Sarrazin is the author of Surfing the Medium, a monograph on Gary Hill.

September 29: No Class Rosh Hashanah

October 6: Barbara Madsen’s art addresses numerous social issues, chief among them the lack of understanding and empathy for people of differing races and beliefs. Her work seeks to blur the boundaries between fine art, advertising and pop culture by using provocative imagery, wit and a sense of humor. Madsen works with many forms of print media and creates large-scale public interventions in the form of billboards. Recent exhibitions include, the Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC, and Guanlan Culture and Art Center, Shenzhen, China. Madsen is a Professor of Art at Rutgers University.

October 13: Dan Graham is an influential figure in the field of contemporary art, both a practitioner of conceptual art and an art critic and theorist.  Although best known for his glass pavilions, Dan Graham’s work in media from performance and photography to designs for exhibitions, stage sets, and magazines seems as prescient today as ever.  The first North American retrospective of Graham’s work, “Beyond Dan Graham,” will open in February at the MOCA, LA and travel to Whitney Museum of American Art and Walker Art Center.

October 20: New York based painter, Jeffrey Gibson is of Cherokee and Choctaw decent. Gibson creates lush and visually intoxicating painting’s, building fantastical landscapes using layers of intensely colored marks, glossy and transparent pours, and his signature use of pigmented silicone, which seems to grow from the imagined terrain meandering across and off of the painted surface. He is the recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation Grant and recent exhibitions include Samson Projects, Boston; The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, NYC; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT.

October 27: Brooke Singer is a digital media artist who lives in New York City. She is interested in emerging technologies not only because they are fun but also because they are contingent and malleable. She has utilized wireless communications (Wi-Fi, mobile phone cameras, RFID) to initiate discussion and positive system failures. Her work seeks to provide public access to important social issues that often are characterized as specialized or opaque. She is an Assistant Professor of New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York, and co-founder of the art, technology and activist group Preemptive Media.

November 3: Charley Friedman’s primary material is humor.  His work is often acerbically serious while rooted in the absurd reality of life.   Friedman’s distinctive aesthetic includes drawing, sculpture, photography, performance, video and installation.  Friedman’s influences include Arte Provera, Dada and Surrealism.  Recent exhibitions include PS 1/MoMa; a Ten year retrospective at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE; and White Columns and the Queens Museum in NYC.

November 10: Jesper Juul is a video game researcher at the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT game lab in Cambridge. Jesper has worked with video game theory since the late 1990’s. He has examined games and narrative, game structure, game definitions, the interplay of rules and fiction, player perceptions of failure in games, and video game history. Prior to working at MIT, he worked at the Centre for Computer Game Research Copenhagen. He is currently studying the rise of casual games. His book Half-Real was published by MIT Press in 2005.

His homepage is

November 17: Canadian born, New York based artist Jillian McDonald, interrupts the flow of daily public exchange, inviting strangers into momentary relationships. She creates websites that infiltrate and participate in online fan culture, offers advice to strangers from storefronts, and finds reasons to enter into the homes of strangers. Her web works are propelled by obsession, poetics, identity, language, and pop-culture. Her performances, engage with passersby as a means of orchestrating everyday activities away from their usual context.  McDonald is the recipient of a 2008 NYFA Fellowship in Video and had a recent solo exhibition at Moti Hasson Gallery, NYC.

November 24: Miriam Dym is an installation artist. She focuses on the interactions of humans and the things they make particularly functional things but also fetish objects. For the last 2 years, she has made her work only from materials she already owns or from garbage produced by her and her family. Dym believes that thoughts are things and that the reverse is also true. She has shown work at major museums including SFMOMA and the Brooklyn Museum of Art and has had many solo projects in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Berlin.

December 1: Colleen McCubbin Stephanic is a figurative painter whose work explores the nature of vulnerability and the boundaries between revelation and concealment. She tackles this subject through the perspective of her own experience.  Recent paintings deal directly with failures of the body.  Recent awards include the International Artist Residency, in Budapest, Hungary and Soaring Gardens Artist’s Residency, Ora Lerman Foundation, Laceyville, PA. She has exhibited work in Ohio, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

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