During the residencies, visiting artists, art critics, curators, and art historians from throughout the art world join the community and become active participants in the dialogues about art and art-making.
All Events 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Lesley University, Porter Campus
University Hall Amphitheater
1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02140
MBTA: Red Line, Porter Square T stop.Free and open to the public.
For more information call: 617.349.8010
The Art Talks Lecture Series is sponsored by The Lesley University College of Art and Design MFA in Visual Arts Program and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
"G.U.L.F. Guggenheim Actions"
"Occupying Museums: An Art Practice"
In this moment of extreme economic inequality and political instability, art has been captured by the 1% to sweeten real estate deals, wash the brands of giant corporations, and build up a lucrative global auction market. He will discuss how the practice of Occupying Museums helps to reclaim art's public value and how to balance strategy, aesthetics, and collective work in a complete artistic practice.
Noah Fischer’s practice spans sculpture, writing, and political organizing. He is the initiating member of Occupy Museums, calling out economic inequality at MoMA, Frieze Art Fair, Whitney Museum and many other institutions. He is also a member of Global Ultra Luxury Faction highlighting labor conditions at Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
"Untitled" (Palimpset #36)
Kamrooz Aram’s diverse practice often engages the complicated relationship between traditional non-Western art and Western Modernism. Through a variety of forms including painting, collage, drawing and installation, Aram has found the potential for image-making to function critically in its use as a tool for a certain renegotiation of history.
His work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions and has been widely featured and reviewed in numerous international publications. Aram’s practice occasionally extends beyond the studio to include writing, organizing exhibitions, and teaching part-time at Parsons, The New School for Design. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
Artie Vierkant deals with our contemporary relationship to objects and images and the structures that govern our conception of ownership and authorship. He will discuss his recent work in the context of some of the critical questions at the center of his practice. They include: how to think of objects in the context of overwhelming media fluidity and whether we have the right to own our own self–image.
He has had recent solo exhibitions at Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster Germany (2015), Mesler / Feuer, New York (2015), Untitled, New York (2014), and New Galerie, Paris (2013). He received his MFA from UCSD in 2012 and lives in NYC.
"How does Thoreau’s cabin differ from Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of Ones Own’, or in this case a van?"
Justine Kurland photographs on extended road trips. Her work spans the imagined wanderings of tribes of outsiders to looking at the road as a thing in itself. She will discuss her work in relation to freedom and feminism: born of the struggle to leave a home that didn't feel like home, to go it alone, to say, “fuck you!” to Parents, God, and Country.
Her work is in the public collections of institutions including the Whitney, the Guggenheim, and the ICP, NYC; the Corcoran, Washington, DC; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal. She is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NYC. She received her MFA from Yale in 1998.
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