Visiting Artists & Critics Program
The Visiting Artists & Critics Program fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through dialogue. Nationally and internationally recognized artists working in all media are invited by the Department of Art to present public lectures and meet with students in seminars and for individual critiques. All are welcome to attend lectures.
This lecture series has moved to a virtual experience. Scroll to view recorded talks with Folayemi (Fo) Wilson & Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger.
THURS | MAR 5 | 7 PM
Dr. Ingrid Pollard
Ingrid Pollard uses digital, analogue and alternative photographic processes, also incorporating printmaking, image-text and artist books, installation, video and audio. Pollard studied Film and Video at the London College of Printing and MA in Photographic Studies, University of Derby and holds a PhD from the University of Westminster. She was one of twenty founding members of Autograph (the Association of Black Photographers), and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2018, Pollard was the inaugural Stuart Hall Research Fellow in the same year. She has worked as an artist-in-residence at a number of organisations, including Project Row Houses, Houston Texas, US, 2004; Croydon College of Art, 2011; and Glasgow Women’s Library, 2019. Her work has been exhibited widely, including Tate Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum & Photographers Gallery, London; NGBK, Berlin; the Caribbean Cultural Centre, New York; the National Art Gallery of Barbados; and Camerawork, San Francisco. In 2019, she received the BALTIC Artist Award and was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award.
While investigating race, ethnicity and public spaces I have developed bodies of photo-based works juxtaposing landscape and portraiture which provide a context for issues of migration, family and home. Photo-work project that shape seek to shape ideas of English landscape, history and how Belonging is expressed through from the micro to the transformation of landscape. I am concerned with issues of observation, the rendering and manipulation of light. Elements which are at the root of Photography. MORE: ingridpollard.com
THURS | MAR 26 | 7 PM
Folayemi (Fo) Wilson
Folayemi (Fo) Wilson works as a visual artist, designer, educator, curator and writer. She earned a MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design with a concentration in Art History, Theory & Criticism. She has been a grant recipient of the Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Propeller Fund. Her writing has appeared in "NKA, Journal of Contemporary African Art," among other publications. Wilson has been awarded residencies or fellowships at ACRE, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Djerassi, Kohler Arts/Industry program, Haystack, MacDowell Colony, and Purchase College/SUNY Purchase New York. She is an Associate professor at Columbia College Chicago. Wilson’s design work is included in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design and she is on the board of the American Craft Council. She was honored as a 3Arts awardee in 2015.
I am an object and image maker whose work celebrates the Black Imagination as a technology of resistance and self-determination. My work explores the Black Atlantic experience though sculptural and multimedia installations presenting speculative fictions that reference history, integrating inspiration from American vernacular architecture, literature and science fiction, using original sculpture, found objects, archival media, sound and video. My process utilizes training in art history and critical theory employing the archive and other research methodologies to mine history for use as material in my creative practice. MORE: fowilson.com
THURS | APR 2 | 7 PM - POSTPONED
employs sculpture, immersive installation, and online networks to imagine and enact systems of collaboration and mutual aid. Her work has been commissioned by and exhibited in major national and international museums, including MoMA, the Whitney Museum, and Creative Time. Recent scholarly writing on her work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail (2018); Artforum (2016); Art in America (2016); The New York Times (2016); and South Atlantic Quarterly (2015). Woolard’s work has been featured twice on New York Close Up (2014, 2016), a digital film series produced by Art21 and broadcast on PBS. She is the 2018–20 inaugural Walentas Fellow at Moore College of Art and Design and the inaugural 2019–20 Artist in Residence for INDEX, a new initiative at the Rose Museum.
My life’s work is to imagine and enact models of cooperation in the arts by co-creating online platforms, installations, and events that celebrate the collective power that emerges as people work together. Though I am often cited as a socially engaged or conceptual artist, I consider myself to be a cultural producer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, technology, design, and political economy. I make artworks and designed objects as well as contexts for the circulation of these objects. For example, I create printed matter for barter exchanges and also co-create international barter networks. I design speculative she-wolf tables and also convene investment platforms for community land trusts. I create card games for the commons as I also direct a study center for group work. Together, objects and contexts allow for reflection, circulation, and social transformation. MORE: carolinewoolard.com
THURS | APR 16 | 7 PM
Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger
Rachel Gugelberger is a NY-based curator with a focus on place-based practices around social, cultural, and civic issues. Projects include (after)care, a site-specific exhibition in a former emergency waiting room at Kings County Hospital in East Flatbush, Brooklyn; the inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial; and Jameco Exchange, a site-responsive exhibition and socially engaged education platform in a vacant storefront in Jamaica, Queens. Projects at the intersection of information, data and art, include, Once Upon a Time There was the End, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY; Data Deluge, Ballroom Marfa, TX; and Library Science, Artspace, New Haven, CT.
Rachel is currently Curator of Programs at Residency Unlimited. She is the former curator at No Longer Empty, a non-profit that curates site-responsive and community-centered exhibitions, education, and programs in unique spaces, and was also director of the NLE Curatorial Lab. Rachel has served as co-director of Sara Meltzer Gallery and curator at Exit Art. MORE: Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger
THURS | APR 23 | 7 PM - POSTPONED
Christina Seely is an interdisciplinary artist who has a broad national and international exhibition record and is featured in many public and private collections. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, and Lightwork in Syracuse, NY, a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, a participant on the Arctic Circle Program, as well as a recipient of a yearlong Public Arts Commission from the city of San Francisco. She received a 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, her first monograph Lux, was co-published in 2015 by Radius Books and the Museum of Contemporary Photography and she was a 2017 recipient of the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship. Her exhibition Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction Through An Artist’s Lens opened at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in 2017. She recently received a 2020 Environmental Humanities Fellowship at University of Edinburgh in Scotland and her solo exhibition entitled Dissonance opened in the Jaffe Friede + Strauss Galleries at Dartmouth College where she is an assistant professor in the Studio Art Department. She received an MFA from RISD and is currently represented by Euqinom Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
I create projects that investigate and translate the complexities of both built and natural global systems in order to help a public register and face the realities of our tenuous relationship to the planet. An experiential examination of our understandings of time and the natural world make up the root of her expedition-based practice. Whether culminating as photographic, textual, collaborative or multi-media installation, the work is guided by both the potentials of the photographic medium as an artistic tool and its deconstruction as a dominating cultural syntax.
Inherently in dialogue with the Anthropocene, the work is designed not to use media to document or convince, but instead to use its inherent veracity to help the viewer comprehend their place within complex planetary systems. The work, as a set of portals, suggests new ways of sensing the self inside the realities of our contemporary relationship to the planet, portals that serve as incremental but tangible ways to acknowledge and accept the facts of the climate crisis we are all facing. MORE: christinaseely.com
THURS | OCT 3 | 7 PM
Deborah Aschheim makes installations, sculptures and drawings about memory and place. She has collaborated with musicians and scientists, archivists and architects. Her solo exhibitions include the Barrick Museum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Suyama Space in Seattle; San Diego State University; the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh; Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach. CA. Aschheim has created temporary and permanent public artworks for across California for site including airports, hospitals, libraries, public safety facilities and public transit. From 2009-2011, she was the inaugural Hellman Visiting Artist at the Memory and Aging Center in the Neurology Department at the University of California, San Francisco. For 2019-202, Aschheim is the Artist-in-Residence/Creative Strategist for Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, helping the department that oversees all elections in LA County with voter outreach and voter education. She lives in Pasadena, CA.
THURS | OCT 10 | 12:15 PM
Fidencio Fifield-Perez' work examines the debate over borders, edges, and the people who must traverse them. In his work, Fifield-Perez manipulates paper surfaces and maps to refer to the crafts and customs used to celebrate festivals and mourn the dead. For Fifield-Perez, these techniques are a way to reconnect with a time and place no longer present. Fidencio Fifield-Perez is an Assistant Professor and Head of Painting at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
THURS | OCT 17 -- THIS TALK HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Lin Tianmiao is one of the first contemporary Chinese artists to achieve international recognition. She is known for her practice of thread winding in which she binds the material – usually silk, hair, cotton, or felt – tightly around found and manufactured objects. Initially tasked by her mother to spool cotton as a young girl, Lin later reclaimed the act. Lin’s work studies her own social role and the relationship between identity and social context, questioning the identity of woman and the conventional idea of the social role of woman as mother. Best known for her large-scale installations, Lin also works in sculpture, photography, video, and a variety of other media.
TUES | OCT 22 | 4 PM
As part of the Ping Chong Artist Residency in the University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance Department, artists will gather to discuss their work and scholarship in relation to the regional premiere of Collidescope 4.0: Adventures in Pre and Post Racial America, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Department of Art. Staging History/Framing Race will bring together theatre and visual artists to discuss the complexities of exploring history and race in their work. Click for further event details.
THURS | NOV 7 | 7 PM
Based in New York, New York, Brad Kahlhamer works with a range of media from sculpture, drawing and painting to performance and music to explore what he refers to as the “third place”—a meeting point of two opposing personal histories. Some influences include Abstract Expressionism, street art, nineteenth-century Plains ledger drawings, and pop art. His work has been collected by institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, among others.
THURS | NOV 14 | 7 PM
Leila Kinney is visiting the UMN at the invitation of ArTeS (Art + Technology + Science). ArTeS is the Institute for Advanced Study supported creative research collaborative that is proposing to center the arts in an intercollegiate art, technology, and science initiative at the University of Minnesota. This public talk will provide a catalyst for conversations about how students, faculty, staff, and community imagine the potential of ArTeS and how this initiative might expand our conception of who participates in the collaborative process of generating an inclusive ecology of art.
THURS | NOV 21 | 7 PM
Ulrike’s artistic approach utilizes material transformation processes that are influenced by complex research, and also by chance occurrences. Among many things, she makes large “spatial drawings” that are characterized by an attention to detail and surface. Ulrike is coming from Weissensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin and will be in residence in the Art Department from November 17 - December 10.
Sandra Teitge, Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis
Thursday, March 7
Artist Talk 4:45pm | INFLUX Auditorium
Goethe in the Skyways is a year-long-program of artistic actions, interventions, and manifestations in public, semi-public, and private space in the frame of the “Year of German-American Friendship” initiative in 2018/19 in the US. For 12 months, the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis occupies a space in the city’s futuristic skyway system, an 18-kilometer-long indoor artificial gangway and pedestrian bridge network constructed in the 1960s that is still the longest of its kind in the world today. Sandra Teitge, director of the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis, invites artists to develop and present works specifically conceived for the Goethe in the Skyways space that challenge and question, (inter-)rupt and disturb the site and context-specific conditions of the skyway system, the city of Minneapolis, and the state of Minnesota, always in relation to national and international issues and debates.
"The essence of my work still is movement, moving matter, structures and rich textures emerging out of the process of kneading and molding clay with the body. New possibilities emerge. In a world that becomes more and more virtual, to be able to feel and experience the touch and sensuality of the body through the art of clay, is what I aim for."
Alexandra Engelfriet was born in the Netherlands in 1959 and has received her training at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She takes a special place in the ceramic field, as she has also been into fashion design, sculpture and land-art. It is only in recent years that she has become an artist working with clay, with a strong fascination and reference to nature.
Generously Supported by the Boss Foundation.
Tia-Simone Gardner is an artist, educator, and Black feminist scholar. Her creative and scholarly practice involves interdisciplinary strategies that engage ideas of ritual, iconoclasm, and geography. Gardner received her BA in Art and Art History from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 2009 she received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Practices and Time-Based Media from the University of Pennsylvania, and she recently received her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the Department Gender Women's and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working on a project on Blackness and the Mississippi River, as well as expanding her dissertation, titled 'Sensing Place: House-Scale, Black Geographies, and a Humanly Workable City,' into an artist book and a series of site-specific installations.
David Bowen is a studio artist and educator whose work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Bowen’s work is concerned with aesthetics that result from interactive, reactive and generative processes as they relate to intersections between natural and mechanical systems. He is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Physical Computing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
James L. Hayes, Rian Kerrane and Michał Staszczak will give talks in conjunction with their residency during IRON50, the 50th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour and related programs. April 18 – May 5, 2019.