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Department of Art Speaker Series – 2015 Schedule

August 12, 2013  by: Dom

Department of Art Speaker Series, Fall 2015
Mondays at 6:30p.m.
Center for the Arts Screening Room (CFA 112)
UB North Campus

September 14 – Nao Bustamante

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist, from California; who now resides in upstate New York. Bustamante’s work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. Bustamante has presented in sites such as; the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sundance International Film Festival, Outfest International Film Festival, El Museo del Barrio Museum of Contemporary Art, First International Performance Biennial, Deformes in Santiago, Chile and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Awards include: the Chase Legacy award in Film, Artist in Residence of the American Studies Association, the CMAS-Benson Latin American Collection Research Fellowship and a Makers Muse Award, Kindle Foundation. Currently Bustamante is the Queer Artist in Residence at UC Riverside and has an upcoming exhibit at Vincent Price Art Museum in LA. In 2010 she was an unlikely contestant on Bravo’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.” Bustamante is an alumnus of the San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres program and Skowhegen as a Video Fellow. She is an Associate Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Co-sponsored by the Department of Media StudySqueaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center


September 21- Amanda Browder

Born in Missoula, MT in 1976, Amanda Browder received an MFA/MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York producing large-scale fabric installations for building exteriors and other public sites. She has shown at the Nuit Blanche Public Art Festival/LEITMOTIF in Toronto; FAB Fest, New York City; The Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn; UABAADH, Birmingham, AL; Mobinale, Prague; Allegra LaViola Gallery, NYC; Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo; White Columns, NYC; No Longer Empty, Brooklyn. Amanda Browder’s soft sculpture/found object installations have affinities to abstraction and minimalism and exhibit the transformative nature of materials; how combinations of familiar objects create abstract relationships. Her work references the psychedelic experience through bright colors and everyday materials. For Browder’s upcoming exhibit at UB Art Galleries, the artist plays with her reduced forms, pulling from architectural designs she witnessed in Buffalo, to create a site-responsive work for the UB Anderson Gallery that will be reinstalled in the Lightwell Gallery of UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, for exhibition, Splitting Light, September 24-January 10, 2016.

Co-sponsored by the University at Buffalo Art Galleries


September 28- Gregory Halpern and Ahndraya Parlato

Gregory Halpern’s creative work is deeply influenced by his experience growing up in Buffalo, New York. He has published four books of photographs, including A (2011), Omaha Sketchbook (2009), Harvard Works Because We Do (2003), and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (2014), a collaboration with Ahndraya Parlato. He is also the editor of The Photographer’s Playbook: Over 250 Assignments and Ideas (2014). He has a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. In 2014 he was the recipient of a John Simon Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He is currently a professor of Photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ahndraya Parlato was born in Kailua, Hawaii, she has a B.A. in photography from Bard College and MFA from California College of the Arts. She published a book with Études Books and is working on a book project with Kehrer Verlag. Ahndraya’s grants and awards include: New York Foundation for the Arts and Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographer Award, Light Work Grant, was a nominee for the Paul Huf Award, FOAM Museum in Amsterdam, and the SECCA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Gregory Halpern and Ahndraya Parlato are having an exhibition of their work titled, East of the Sun, West of the Moon at CEPA Gallery, September 18 – November 14, 2015, opening reception September 18th 7 – 10pm.


October 5- Attila Richard Lukacs  

Attila Richard Lukacs was born in Edmonton in 1962 and moved to Vancouver in 1981. Lukacs graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1985, in 1986 was awarded a Studio Residency in Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin. After ten years of living and working in Berlin, he relocated to New York and left New York in 2001 to live and work in Hawaii, he currently lives in Vancouver. Lukacs is known predominantly for his paintings of male skinheads, primates and American military cadets made during the early 1990s, which reference historical compositions, both Western and Eastern. These brutally explicit works shocked and provoked a generation of painters and critics alike. After a tumultuous journey through early success, to bad boy outcast in New York, Lukacs moved to Maui for several years. Maui offered him solitude from the art world, and a passage out of chaos and back into a solid studio practice. A deep commune with this landscape is keenly felt. Lukacs recent work is comprised of small-scale landscape paintings, painted plein air in a friend’s garden in Maui. The works show a realm that is disquieting yet lusciously rendered; their mucky, organic surfaces bringing forth a metaphorical association of life and decay.…/interview-with-canadian-artist-richard-attila-lukacs/

Co-sponsored by the Leslie Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series


October 12- Pia Lindman

 Currently Professor of Beings and Things and Head of Biofilia at ViCCA, Aalto University, Finland the Finnish-born Pia Lindman received her second Master degree at M.I.T. in 1999 as a Fulbright Scholar. Lindman’s performance-based work suggests new ways of combining research and art. As artist-in-residence at M.I.T. in 2004-06, she studied humanoid robots and facial expressions. Lindaman had a professorship at Yale University School of Art and a research fellowship at M.I.T. She now lives in Berlin, Germany, and builds a collective eco-village in Fagervik, Finland. She was commissioned to create Poison and Play, an exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and Field Notes, an art/science residency in the Biological Research Station in Kilpisjärvi, Lapland, hosted by Finnish Bioart Society. Lindman’s work is an investigation into the body in a cultural space and the contemporary desire to mend the fission between science and art, healing and creativity. Current projects include: a performance at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, and at a former NATO base in Keflavik, Iceland. For CS1 Projects, Lindman is developing Playing Bones, a performance with Wooden Cities New Music Collective for FinnFest 2015 in Buffalo, NY. For more information on this project:

CS1 is a curatorial project founded by Claire Schneider, co-sponsoring Pia Lindman’s presentation. To learn more about CS1 see:


October 19- Susan Goethel Campbell

Susan Goethel Campbell is a Detroit-based, multidisciplinary artist who works with the contemporary landscape as process. She works in a variety of formats including printmaking, video, artist’s books, zines and objects made from ephemera. Her work has been exhibited in Europe and throughout the US, including, The Drawing Center, The International Print Center, Queens Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Campbell has had artist’s residencies in Germany, Belgium, Canada and the US.


October 26- Kim Beck

Kim Beck grew up in Colorado, currently lives in Pittsburgh and is an Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon. Beck works in drawing, print and installation, to survey architecture and landscape. Meditations on weeded lots, street signs, gas station banners, pieces of lawn and sidewalk reexamine the built environment. Beck has exhibited at the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Warhol Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art 100 Acres, Omi Sculpture Park, Hallwalls Art Center, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Blue Star Museum and San Antonio Botanical Gardens, Mural Arts in Philadelphia and the High Line in NYC.  She was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Art Omi, Cannonball, Helsinki International Artist Programme, Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Cité Internationale des Arts, Vermont Studio Center & VCCA. Her work is in the collections of Agnes Gund, Philbrook Museum of Art, Minneapolis Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, and the cities of Memphis and Pittsburgh. Beck has an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA from Brandeis University and she is represented by Mixed Greens in New York.


November 2 – Claire Pentecost

Claire Pentecost’s work engages collaboration, research, teaching, writing, lecturing, drawing, installation and photography in an ongoing interrogation of the institutional structures that organize knowledge. Her projects often address the contested boundary between the natural and the artificial, focusing in recent years on food, agriculture and bio-engineering. Since 2006 she has worked with Brian Holmes, 16Beaver and many others organizing a series of seminars to articulate the interlocking scales of our existence in the logic of globalization. In the Midwest, she collaborates with Compass, initiating a series of public hearings on the activities of the Monsanto Corporation. Pentecost has exhibited at dOCUMENTA(13), Whitechapel Gallery, the 13th Istanbul Biennial, and the Third Mongolian Land Art Biennial. She is represented by Higher Pictures, New York, and is Professor in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


November 9 – Stuart Keeler

Stuart Keeler has broad international experience in curating, programming, writing and commissioning contemporary artists, public art and socially based interventions. Keeler’s research includes; contemporary art and communities; embodiment, diaspora and performativity, socially based art and cultural and artistic forms of sculptural practices. Stuart is currently Chief Curator, Manager, Museums & Traditions, Arts & Culture, City of Mississauga. Prior to this, Keeler has been Executive Director, Curator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, founding Director of Le Flash, Atlanta, Artistic Director Art 44/46, Chicago. As an artist, Keeler has led urban projects with Santa Fe Public Libraries, City of Chicago, City of Seattle, City of Atlanta Public Art, San Diego Airport. Keeler has affiliations with School at the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College-Chicago, Ontario College of Art and Design, been a visiting artist/curator at over 30 colleges, universities and city agencies. Stuart Keeler has a B.A. in Business, University of London, an M.F.A., Art Institute of Chicago and is working on a Ph.D. with an emphasis on Community Engagement.


November 16 – Alice O’Malley

Alice O’Malley is a New York photographer whose portraits comprise an archive of downtown’s most notorious artists, performers and muses. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe and been commissioned by numerous publications, including The New York Times, Art in America, I-D Magazine and Vogue. O’Malley’s first monograph, Community of Elsewheres, was produced in conjunction with a solo exhibition by the same name. She teaches at the International Center of Photography.


November 23 – Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams is the Associate Curator for the University at Buffalo Art Galleries. She was the 2014-15 Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR, which included exhibitions with Andy Coolquitt, Bahar Yurukoglu, and Pablo Rasgado. From 2010 to 2013, she worked as the Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at The Contemporary Austin, which included exhibitions with Seher Shah, Amie Siegel and Ragnar Kjartansson. She co-founded Field Constructs Design Competition with Catherine Gavin and Igor Siddiqui, taking place in Austin, November 2015. Adams holds an MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her first show at the UB Art Galleries, titled Splitting Light, opens in September 2015.

Co-sponsored by the University at Buffalo Art Galleries


November 30 – Ian Alan Paul

Ian Alan Paul is a transdisciplinary artist/theorist working in the interstices of aesthetics, politics, intervention, and technology. His projects have engaged with a large variety of topics including the Mexico-U.S. border region, the Guantanamo Bay Prison, Fortress Europe, the Zapatista communities, Drones, and most recently with post-revolution/post-coup Egypt. Using documentary forms, critical fiction, hacktivism, performance, and simulation, Ian’s work simultaneously seeks to disturb, defamiliarize and explicate institutional practices of violence. As of February 2015, the FBI can neither confirm nor deny the presence of Ian’s name on any watch lists.


December 7 – Cathleen Chaffee

Cathleen Chaffee, Ph.D. is the Senior Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Prior to moving to Buffalo in 2014, Chaffee held curatorial positions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her 2013 Ph.D. was a study of Marcel Broodthaers’s late exhibition practice. Chaffee writes on contemporary art for publications including Artforum, Frieze, and Bomb and has recently published essays on Richard Artschwager, Sven Augustijnen, Carol Bove, Hanne Darboven, Erin Shirreff, and Joëlle Tuerlinckx. In 2015, at the Albright-Knox, Chaffee curated Overtime: The Art of Work, which looked at the representation of workers and working conditions in Modern and Contemporary Art, co-curated Screen Play: Life in an Animated World and Looking at Tomorrow: Light and Language from the Panza Collection, 1967-1990, as well as curating solo exhibitions with David Adamo, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, and Erin Shirreff.

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