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Visual Studies Speaker Series – 2011 Schedule

September 14, 2011  by: Dom

Visual Studies Speakers Series, Fall 2011
Mondays at 6:30p.m.
Center for the Arts Screening Room (CFA 112)
UB North Campus

September 12
Bill Maynes owned and directed three separate art galleries in New York City and Hudson, NY. Bill Maynes Gallery, Inc., which opened in the Chelsea district of Manhattan in 1996, representing twenty contemporary artists working in painting, sculpture, photography and new media; whose careers were in their early stages of development. Established in 2006, Bill Maynes Inc. is the creative entity that represents his work in the direction and editing of documentary videotapes on artists, writers, and historians. Maynes is also the director of The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi in Ghent, NY. Bill Maynes attended the SUNY at Buffalo; his studies included a major in both theater and literature.

Sept 19
In 2005, Lisi Raskin spent an entire month looking for nuclear submarines in Scotland. She has also traveled to the Arctic Circle, former East German and Yugoslav Atomic bunkers, and through the American west while researching remnants of the Cold War. Raskin’s on-site research has informed her process of making drawings, objects, videos and large, constructed environments that simultaneously quell and stimulate her fear of technological progress and pathology. Raskin has exhibited her artwork internationally at institutions including the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center, and the Blanton Museum of Art.

Sept 26
The narratives in Michael Krueger’s drawings and printsengage topics of art history, hippie culture, contemporary politics and mythology of the West which are then combined into layered images.Krueger’s creative research has taken him all over the globe from Asuncion, Paraguay to the United Arab Emeritus, to Scotland, England, Belgium, France and Italy. He has recently had solo shows at Sunday L.E.S., New York, NY, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA, Bennington College, Bennington, VT and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.Krueger is an Associate Professor at University of Kansas.

Oct 3
Gregory Sholette is a New York-based artist, writer, and founding member of REPOhistory and Political Art Documentation/Distribution. His recent installations include /Mole Light/ at Plato’s Cave/Eidia House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and /The Imaginary Archive/ at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand. Recent publications include /Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture/ and /The Interventionists: A Users Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life/, with Nato Thompson. Sholette is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Queens College, the City University of New York.

Oct 10
Barbara Ess is renowned for her unique use of the pinhole camera, and her effort to photograph what cannot be photographed. Her haunting images describe a mysterious world of seemingly mundane surfaces where everyday objects are mantled in inscrutability. Barbara Ess lives and works in Elizaville, NY and NYC. In addition to her photography practice, she uses video and sound to make works which have been shown and performed in the US and Europe. She is an Associate Professor of Photography at Bard College, teaching in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.

Oct 17
Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie was born into the Bear and Raccoon Clans of the Seminole and Muscogee Nations, and born in the Tsinajinnie Clan of the Diné Nation. Tsinhnahjinnie claims photography and video as her primary languages and exhibits nationally and internationally. Creating fluent images of Native thought, her emphasis is on making art for Indigenous communities. She is currently Director of the C.N. Gorman Museum at University of California, Davis where she is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Native American Studies.

Oct 24
Harmony Hammond is an artist, art writer and independent curator who lives and works in Galisteo, New Mexico. Considered a pioneer of the feminist art movement, she lectures, writes and publishes extensively on feminist art, lesbian art, and the cultural representation of “difference”. She was a co-founder of A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in New York and co-editor of /Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics/. As an artist Hammond’s work has been shown nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.

Oct 31
Lynda Schneekloth’s scholarly research is focused on the idea of placemaking, how people transform the world, through natural processes and built form. Recently funded projects include: a public conversation on the historic Buffalo Grain Elevators and the development of an interpretation center at Love Canal, watershed organizations on the Buffalo and Niagara Rivers. Schneekloth is author of /Placemaking: The Art and Practice of Building Communities/ with R. Shibley.//She has been a Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning since 1982 and continues to serve as the Director of Landscape at the Urban Design Project.

Nov 7
Sandra Q. Firmin has been curator of the UB Art Gallery, at the Center for the Arts since 2003. She holds a Master’s from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. /Kim Jones: A Retrospective/, which she co-curated with Julie Joyce, was accompanied by the catalogue /Mudman: The Odyssey of Kim Jones/, co-edited with Joyce and published by MIT Press. Firmin recently organized the exhibition /Artpark: 1974–1984/ and publication which was published by Princeton Architectural Press, chronicling the seminal years of Artpark’s innovative art residency program in Lewiston, New York.

Nov 14
Ward Shelley specializes in large projects that freely mix sculpture and performance. Utilizing eclectic influences and a variety of media, Shelley’s installations defy classification. Over the last five years, Shelley has concentrated on bizarre functional architectural pieces that he lives and works in for the duration of an exhibition, monitored with live surveillance video equipment. Shelley’s work is in a number of museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art andthe Brooklyn Art Museum. Shelley received a painting and Sculpture award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and has been a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Nov 21
Jacob Kassay’s practice includes painting, works on paper, mixed media, film and installation. Kassay was born in Lewiston, NY and received his BFA from the Department of Art at University at Buffalo in 2005. Internationally exhibited, Kassay’s solo exhibitions include: L&M Arts, Los Angeles; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Eleven Rivington, New York; and Kitchen Distribution, Buffalo, NY.His work has been reviewed in Art Forum, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Nov 28
Byron Kim’s large painting installation entitled /Synecdoche,/ which depicts human skin color, was included in the 1993 Whitney Biennial. He received a B.A. in English at Yale and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  His solo museum exhibitions include /Matrix 125/ at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford; /Grey-Green/ at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. /Threshold, /a survey of Kim’s workcurated by Eugenie Tsai, originated at the Berkeley Art Museum and has traveled to five museum venues including the Samsung Museum of Modern Art in Seoul, Korea.

Dec 5
Phil Ross is an artist, educator and an inventor whose creative work is focused on the relationships between biotechnologies and the greater living environment. His recent work includes videos about subjects such as microorganisms; founding and directing a salon for the natural sciences in San Francisco; and developing fungus- based building materials.Ross’work has been recently exhibited in venues including: the LACMA, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Jurassic Technology. His curatorial projects include an exhibition on the history of bioreactor design for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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