Visiting Artists and Critics Program
The Visiting Artists & Critics program fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through dialogue. Artists of national significance working in all media are invited to the Department of Art to present public lectures and meet with graduate students in seminars and for individual critique. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to attend workshops and lectures.
Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are at 7:00 pm in InFlux auditorium, room E110, Regis Center for Art. All events are free and open to the public.
Land, Body Industry
Panel, Thursday February 1, 7pm (link to event details)
This Panel discussion features three artists in the upcoming show in the Katherin . Nash Gallery, Land, Body, Industry, curated by Teréz Iacovino. Leslie Grant, Alexa Horochowski, and Rini Yun Keagy respectively use photography, sculpture, and film to investigate the body’s collective and individual relationships to industrial histories, labor, and landscape.
Artist Talk, Thursday, February 22nd, 7pm (link to event details)
In conjunction with the exhibition the Politics of Weeds.
Artist Talk, Tuesday, March 20th, 7pm (link to event details)
Jeffrey Dell utilizes traditional printmaking materials in an unconventional manner. His work responds to and elicits desire and impulse in a playful, illusionary space. Bohemian press is running a workshop with Jeffrey, learning his tricks in screen printing methods and materials by assisting Jeffrey in printing an edition of six layer screen prints on yupo paper.
This artist is sponsored by Bohemian Press.
Film Screening and Artist Discussion, Monday, March 26, 5:30pm (link to event details)
with Jane Blocker, Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities, Professor, Art History Department
Aldorando’s film Memories of a Penitent is a documentary that charts Aldarondo’s excavation of a buried family conflict around her uncle Miguel’s death. It is a cautionary tale about the unresolved conflicts wrought by AIDS, and a nuanced exploration of how faith is used and abused in times of crisis. http://www.penitentheart.com
This event is co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. Additional sponsors include Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL), Moving Image and Media Studies (MIMS).
Artist Talk Wednesday, March 28th at 7pm (link to event details)
Galanin’s installations and interventions encourage reflection on the cultural amnesia that actively obscures collective memory and acquisition of knowledge. His practice includes numerous collaborations with visual and recording artists and he is also a member of two artist collectives: Black Constellation and Winter Count.
This Artist talk is co-sponsored by the Walker Art Center in collaboration with the Department of Art and American Indian Studies.
Patricia Olynyk’s work examines the ways in which culture and institutional structures shape our knowledge and understanding of history, science and the natural world. Appropriating medical imaging technologies and methods of collecting, documenting, and exhibiting scientific artifacts, her work addresses how interpretation fluctuates between fact and speculation. Her installations, sculpture, photography and performances operate at the intersections between sensing and knowing, and order and affect.
This artist talk is supported by the Boss Foundation.
Justine Johnson & Bobby Zokaites
Artists Lecture April 19, 7:00
Justine Johnson (London and Wales) and Bobby Zokaites (Arizona) will be participating in the 49th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour as resident visiting artists. They will be giving their joint talk here one day before the Iron Pour.
This Artist talk and residency is supported by the Foundry Club and the Sculpture Foundry program.
Lecture Wednesday, October 18, 7pm
Lecture Thursday, October 26, 7pm
Lecture Thursday, November 2, 7pm
Lecture Wednesday, November 15, 7pm
Lecture Thursday, November 30, 7pm
February 9, 2017
February 16, 2017
March 7, 2017
March 23, 2017
Boss Foundation Visitor
March 30, 2017
April 19, 2017
April 24, 2017
Marcel van Eeden
September 13, 2016
Marcel van Eeden presented in conjunction with the Department of Art’s exchange program with the State Academy of Art in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he teaches in the area of Drawing and Painting.
Dutch-born Marcel van Eeden lives and works in Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. He is known for black-and-white charcoal drawings and graphically powerful work. Van Eeden uses historical documents and found imagery, including photographs, exhibition catalogues, newspapers, magazines, and illustrations, as a basis for his work.
October 6, 2016
Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow works in video, film, print-making and drawing, but is best known for his use of antiquated technologies, his “registered projection” installations, and his narrative overhead projection performances. Barrow describes his performance method as a process of, “creating and adapting comic narratives to manual forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors”.
Boss Foundation Visitor
October 13, 2016
Sue Coe is one of the foremost political artists working today. Her work has been featured on the cover of ARTnews and in numerous museum collections and exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC. A firm believer in the power of the media to change attitudes, Coe has had artworks published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Blab! and many others. Coe’s books include How to Commit Suicide in South Africa (1983), [Malcolm] X (1986), Police State (1987), and Bully! Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004). Her print cycle The Tragedy of War (2000) was inspired by Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War etchings (1810–20) and examines the phenomenon of human violence and the horrors of combat. The artist is best known for documenting the atrocities committed by people against animals, starting with her award-winning book Dead Meat (1996). Other publications on the subject include Pit’s Letter (2000), Sheep of Fools . . . A Song Cycle for 5 Voices (2005), and Cruel (2012). A series of drawings and paintings, Elephants We Must Never Forget (2008), documents the abuse of elephants in the circus and elsewhere.
Watch the lecture here (UMN Faculty/Staff/Students).
November 3, 2016
Travis McEwen was born in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. He received an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal, and a BFA from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Primarily working within the medium of painting as well as collage his work has been preoccupied with experiences of otherness and peripheral positions especially in regard to western limitations of gender and sexuality. More recently this has extended to Science Fiction and utopian motifs. He has shown work throughout Canada, including shows at Latitude 53 in Edmonton, Galerie La Centrale Powerhouse in Montreal, Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick and at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton in which he was included in Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Department of Art, Minneapolis. He is represented by dc3 art projects in Edmonton.
Boss Foundation Visitor
November 15, 2016
December 1, 2016
Dr. Cozzolino's lecture will be "Bernard Perlin and The Unification of Opposites." In histories of Modern art, abstraction has most often been privileged as the language of the avant-garde. Realism has often been cast as conservative, retrograde. Neither generalization fits and reexamining the American art world ca. 1950 makes this clear. Dr. Cozzolino will discuss the ways in which realism and abstraction were separated by critics but integrated by artists using the work of Bernard Perlin (1918-2014) as a case study.
Chloe Lum & Yannick Desranleau
January 25, 2016
Chloe Lum & Yannick Desranleau are multidisciplinary visual artists based in Montreal. Their work focuses on the lifespan of material, and how material stresses cause reactions that can be said to animate the materials. The duo is equally interested in collaboration; with each other, other artists, and their materials, as both subject matter and research interest. These interests in collaboration and materiality inform their practice in installation, sculpture, photography, dance, print and video wherein objects perform via their decay; to be reused and redeployed wearing the traces of past use. They have exhibited widely, recently at The Confederation Center for The Arts Gallery in Charlottetown, and The Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College in Chicago. Find more information about their presentation here.
February 25, 2016
Tonja Torgerson creates printmaking based installation work that embraces and questions the current direction of the medium and use of the multiple. Torgeson employs traditional printmaking methods, wheat paste and installation to broach the subjects of human impermanence and decay. Torgerson holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from Syracuse University. She is currently a Print Studio Fellow at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas.
This talk is in conjunction with Free Radicals: Remixing History Through the Power of Print.
February 29, 2016
Scott Nedrelow is a multidisciplinary artist working across platforms including photography, video, and sculpture.
In 2011 Nedrelow presented Movie, a six-channel video installation, as a Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Movie was acquired and installed in the exhibition 75 Gifts for 75 Years at the Walker Art Center in 2015. Earthrise/earthset, a two-channel video, was shown in The Nature of Nature at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2014. A work from his 2014 solo exhibition Afterlight at David Petersen Gallery is included in Ordinary Pictures, a survey of conceptual image-based practices at the Walker Art Center in 2016. Nedrelow is a 2015/16 McKnight Visual Artist Fellow and has received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Trenton Doyle Hancock
April 7, 2016
Trenton Doyle Hancock earned his BFA from Texas A&M University, Commerce, and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. Hancock’s prints, drawings, and collaged-felt paintings work together to tell the story of the Mounds—a group of mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of the artist’s unfolding narrative. Each new work by Hancock is a contribution to the saga of the Mounds, portraying the birth, life, death, afterlife, and even dream states of these half-animal, half-plant creatures. Influenced by the history of painting, especially Abstract Expressionism, Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as the use of color, language, and pattern—into opportunities to create new characters, develop sub-plots, and convey symbolic meaning. Hancock’s paintings often rework Biblical stories that the artist learned as a child from his family and local church community. Balancing moral dilemmas with wit and a musical sense of language and color, Hancock’s works create a painterly space of psychological dimensions. He is represented in New York by James Cohan Gallery and was featured in PBS' Art:21.
Coral Penelope Lambert
April 14, 2016
Coral Penelope Lambert is internationally recognized for large scale cast metal sculpture. Born and raised in London, UK she studied sculpture with Sir Anthony Caro and other leading figures in the field since living in America. She was an international research fellow at the University of Minnesota from 1995-98 and continues to utilize foundry practice to harness metals rich history in myth and mining. She is currently Associate Professor of Sculpture at Alfred University in Upstate New York where she directs the National Casting Centre Foundry. Her work can be seen in many sculpture parks, prestigious exhibitions and collections around the world.
This talk in conjunction with the 47th Annual Iron Pour: Iron Disco.
Amir H. Fallah
April 28, 2015
Amir H. Fallah received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001 and his MFA from University of California Los Angeles in 2005. His artistic oeuvre encompasses painting, drawing and sculpture/installation, with collage and complex patterning forming a large part of the visual vocabulary. The works are decidedly ornate but present a critical observation of the deconstruction and appropriation of portraiture in all its various forms. In his more recent body of work, aside from unravelling a different perspective to art historical portraiture traditions and the dynamics of modern day art collection and art making, he also reflects upon concerns of identity and representation that are central to his practice.
Amir has exhibited widely across the United States and internationally. Amir is a 2015 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. His works are part of several private and public collections, including the Nerman Museum Of Contemporary Art and the Salsali Private Museum Collection. Amir lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
For a complete list of upcoming public programs in the Department of Art, visit the UMN events calendar.