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Visual Studies

Announcing the Fall 2016 Department of Art Speaker Series

September 1, 2016  by: Natalie Fleming



Mondays 6:30 – 8:30pm
Center for the Arts 112

Lectures are free and open to the public

Previous Speaker Series Visiting Artists List
Video Archive of Previous Lectures


Jens Hauser is a Copenhagen and Paris based media studies scholar and art curator focusing on the interactions between art and technology. He holds a dual research position at both the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and at the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen, and is a distinguished affiliated faculty at the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University. His curated exhibitions include L’Art Biotech (Nantes, 2003), Still, Living (Perth, 2007), sk-interfaces (Liverpool, 2008/Luxembourg, 2009), the Article Biennale (Stavanger, 2008), Transbiotics (Riga 2010), Fingerprints… (Berlin, 2011/ Munich/2012) Synth-ethic (Vienna, 2011), assemble | standard | minimal (Berlin, 2015), SO3 (Belfort, 2015) and Wetware (Los Angeles, 2016). Hauser is also a founding collaborator of the European culture channel ARTE and has produced numerous reportages and radio features.


Alexi Belsey Worth solo exhibitions include Elizabeth Harris and Bill Maynes Galleries, and DC Moore galleries. Recent group exhibitions include Open Windows, curated by Carroll Dunham at the Addison Gallery in Andover MA; Private Future, curated by Michael Cline at Mark Jancou, NY; and In a Violet Distance, curated by David Humphey at Zurcher Studio, NY. Worth has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. In addition to his painting, Worth has written about art for The New Yorker, Artforum, T magazine, Art in America, ARTnews, Slate, and other magazines. He has written catalog texts for artists such as Martha Armstrong, Carroll Dunham, David Humphrey, James Hyde, Susan Jennings, Jackie Saccoccio, George Nick, Jim Nutt, and Philip Pearlstein. Worth has taught at various BFA and MFA programs, including the University of Pennsylvania and the Yale School of Art. Born and raised in New York City, he attended Yale University (BA 1986) and Boston University (MFA 1993). Worth lives in Brooklyn NY with his wife, the architect Erika Belsey, and their two boys.


Emile Molin is the Senior Design Manager/Interim Head of Design aka Creative Director for communication design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Design department. He leads creative direction for exhibition identity, exhibition graphics, and museum communications ensuring visual quality and consistency of all graphic design across all media and design channels. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Museum of Art in September 2014, Emile was Creative Director at Bruce Mau Design and from 2007 to 2012 Senior designer at 2×4 Inc. Emile has worked on a wide selection of international projects ranging from branding, identities, wayfinding systems and motion graphics to environmental and print projects. Selected clients include New York Times, Perez Art Museum Miami, OMA / Rem Koolhaas, MTV, Storm King Art Center, NYU, Nike, Van Alen Institute, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research and MIT. Emile Holds a B.F.A from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver, BC and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. She is a descendant of a long line of internationally recognized Northwest Coast artists that include Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin and Charlie James. She graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States. Working with a variety of materials, Barkhouse examines environmental concerns and Indigenous culture through the use of animal imagery. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Barkhouse’s work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Mendel Art Gallery, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Banff Centre for the Arts and the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. Barkhouse has public art installations at The Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, QC), Carleton University (Ottawa, ON), Thunder Bay Art Gallery, McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, ON), University of Western Ontario (London, ON), McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinberg, ON), Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, ON), Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph, ON) Haliburton Sculpture Forest (Haliburton, ON) and the Millennium Walkway in Peterborough, Ontario. Barkhouse currently resides in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario.


Arzu Ozkal (M.F.A, SUNY Buffalo, 2005; B.F.A, Bilkent University, 1998) is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose work focuses on the role of design in looking for forms of creative and critical outcomes through social participation. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at San Diego State University. Prior to joining San Diego State University in Fall 2011, she spent three years on the faculty of the Art Department at Oberlin College teaching new media practices. Since 2011, Ozkal has been working together with women from Turkey, Europe and USA to design platforms of social exchange. Ozkal co-edited with Dr. Claudia Pederson, Gün: Women’s Networks, a DIY book project investigating informal networks and their extension into digital media with the aim of gaining understanding of the sociocultural conditions impacting women’s participation in contemporary culture (2013). Arzu Ozkal is an alumna of the MFA Program at the UB Department of Art.


Tanja Ostojić (*1972 Yugoslavia) is a Berlin based performance and interdisciplinary artist and cultural activist. She studied art in Belgrade, France and Germany. From 2012-14 she was interdisciplinary research fellow at the University of Arts Berlin. Ostojic includes herself as a character in performances and uses diverse media in her artistic researches, thereby examining social configurations, relations of power, issues of racisms, discrimination, etc. She works predominantly from the migrant woman’s perspective, while political positioning and integration of recipients define approaches in her work. Since 1994, her work has been presented in numerous exhibitions, festivals and venues around the world such as: Global Feminisms at Brooklyn Museum NY, Performa NY, Venice Biennale 2001 and 2011, Busan Biennale South Korea, ICA London, Manifesta 2, HKW and KW Berlin, MUMOK – Vienna, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, Museum of Contemporary Art Ljubljana, Belgrade, Zagreb, etc. Recent solo shows include Kunstpavillon Innsbruck and Skuc Gallery Ljubljana. Ostojic´s work is of high theoretical reference and is part of relevant Museum and public collections. She has given lectures, seminars and workshops at academic conferences and at art universities around Europe and in the Americas. Her publications include several books; Lexicon of Tanja Ostojić, Integration Impossible? The Politics of Migration in the Artwork of Tanja Ostojić, Strategies of Success Curator Series, and Venice Diary.


Dr. Rebecca DeRoo teaches in the Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture and the Museum Studies Program at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her teaching and research focuses on modern and contemporary art, museum studies, photography and film, and gender studies. Her book, The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art (Cambridge: 2006, 2014), explains how the protests of 1968 France triggered a radical reconsideration of artistic practice that has shaped both art and museums up to the present. Her book was awarded the Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies. Professor DeRoo curated the exhibitions Beyond The Photographic Frame at the Art Institute of Chicago; Made in France: Art from 1945 to the Present at the Washington University Art Museum; and co- curated Agnès Varda: (Self-)Portraits, Facts and Fiction at George Eastman Museum. Professor DeRoo is currently writing a book on the work of multimedia artist Agnès Varda; supported with research fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society.


Carolin Köchling studied the History of Art and Literature in Rome and Berlin. Since 2016 she is Curator of Exhibitions at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto where she oversees the exhibition program and is about to prepare solo shows of Abbas Akhavan, Yto Barrada and Jonathas de Andrade, among others. During her time at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2012-2014) Köchling curated exhibitions on Brazilian street art, solo exhibitions for Helene Schjerfbeck and Andreas Schulze, and co-organized the cinema program double feature with artists such as James Richards, Mohamed Bourouissa and Keren Cytter. Prior to that, she was involved in the expansion of the Städel Museum’s contemporary art collection, and its initial presentation in the new museum wing (2010-2012). Köchling has held a teaching post at Goethe- University Frankfurt (2011-2015), where she presented seminars on subjects such as Art and Activism, Culture of Memory as well as Artistic and Curatorial Displays of Time- Based Art. Her curatorial practice is regularly accompanied by publications.


Rob Carter was born in Worcester, UK and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University and later received an MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College in New York. He has shown his work internationally, with solo exhibitions at Art In General in New York, Galerie Stefan Röpke in Cologne, Station Independent Projects in New York, Galeria Arnés y Ropke in Madrid and Fondazione Pastificio Cerere in Rome. He has also exhibited at Centre Pompidou-Metz in France, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, The Field Museum in Chicago, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Carter has been awarded a Workspace residency with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2011-12) and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2010). This fall he is looking forward to spending three months as a resident at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska.


Lori Waxman, born in Montreal, Canada, has been the art critic of the Chicago Tribune for seven years. She teaches art history and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is co-author of Talking with Your Mouth Full: New Language for Socially Engaged Art (2008) and Girls! Girls! Girls! in contemporary art (2011). Her performance 60 wrd/min art critic, which was included in dOCUMENTA (13) and later published as an artist book by Onestar Press, received a Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant to fund a tour of the US including stops in Texas, Maine, Ohio and Minnesota. A Few Steps Toward the Revolution of Everyday Life, her book on walking as an art form, will be published by Sternberg Press in 2017.


Antonio de Luca is an art director, designer and publisher based in New York City. Before moving to Berlin in 2008 he worked for The Walrus magazine (Toronto) and Wieden + Kennedy (Amsterdam). After 2008, he began extensively designing photography books. In 2010, de Luca joined Self Publish, Be Happy, an organization that promotes the work of emerging photographers. Since 2012, Self Publish, Be Happy has published photography books such as SPBH Editions and books by Broomberg & Chanarin, Cristina de Middel, Mariah Robertson, Lorenzo Vitturi, Matthew Connors.

De Luca’s work is part of numerous permanent book collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, C/O Berlin and Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Martin Parr and Gerry Badger included Self Publish, Be Naughty (2011) in the third volume of their photobook history. In February 2016, Fire in Cairo by Matthew Connors; designed by Antonio de Luca, won the ICP Infinity Award for best artist book. De Luca has been a juror for American Illustration & Photography; a visiting lecturer at the University of Arts, London; and guest professor at the Geneva University of Art and Design and the Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg. He is currently the lead product designer and art director at The New York Times.


Cheryl L’Hirondelle is a community-engaged Indigenous (Cree/Metis/German) interdisciplinary artist, singer/ songwriter and new media curator originally from the land now known as Canada. Her creative practice is an investigation of the intersection of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) and contemporary time-space. Her current projects include: an ongoing series of singles and several media-rich installations from songs co-written with incarcerated women, men and detained youth; a series of international songwriting/mapping with experimental music videos and media-rich installations where she ‘sings land’; a series of Cree language songs (with Moe Clark and Joseph Naytowhow); and a nomadic performative/collaborative light tipi installation (with Joseph Naytowhow). She is also the sole proprietor of Miyoh Music, an Indigenous niche music publishing company and is currently a PhD candidate at UCD in Dublin, Ireland.


Stacey Robinson, an Arthur Schomburg fellow, completed his MFA at the University at Buffalo. He is originally from Albany NY and graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Arts. His art speculates futures where Black people are free from colonial influences. His recent exhibition, Binary ConScience, explores ideas of W.E.B. Du Bois’s “double consciousness” as a Black cultural adaptation and a means of colonial survival.   Robinson and John Jennings are part of the collaborative duo ‘Black Kirby’ that explores Afro Speculative existence via the aesthetic of Jack Kirby. He recently art directed Unveiling Visions: the Alchemy of the Black Imagination for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY. He was a part of the exhibition Invisible Ink: Black Independent Comix, at University of Tennessee at Beyond the Frame: African American Comic Book Artists, Presentation at the Flint Institute of Arts. Stacey’s collected works reside: Modern Graphics in Berlin, Bucknell University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.




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