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.
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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.
"Childhood Is An Endless Frontier For New Social Imaginaries"
Interspersing images from art history, cultural history and her own exhibitions, Anna Craycroft will discuss how we measure culture and ourselves according to theories about children. Part research, part speculation, the lecture will reflect on notions of agency, individuality, authorship, and ideology through images of cultural production and personal processes.
Anna Craycroft has developed a body of work that draws analogies between early child pedagogy and cultural production. Her sculptural installations, workshops, lectures, and collaborative exhibitions combine archival information with the creation of platforms that emphasize art as a vehicle to create original knowledge - most recently The Wilson Exercises REDCAT, Los Angeles & Fundacio Miro, Barcelona (2014- 2015) and C'Mon Language PICA, Portland (2013).
C'mon Language! Flat Dance with Ohad Meromi 2013, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
"Art and the Beloved Community"
After graduate studies in art education and philosophy at New York University, Rollins began teaching art for special education middle school students in a South Bronx public school. In 1984, he launched the Art and Knowledge Workshop in the Bronx together with a group of at-risk students who called themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival).
Since its inception, the group has exhibited extensively worldwide, including Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C. (2011); Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2011); Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2012), and Hayward Gallery, London (2012) as well as the Whitney Biennial, NYC, 2006. A retrospective originated at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, and traveled widely.
Amerika - Everyone is Welcome! (after Kafka), 2002. Acrylic on book pages on canvas (not stretched) 96.25 x 286.625 inches. Courtesy the artists and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong.
Human rights violation claims are unthinkable without evidence, whether it takes the form of documents, images, or objects and their traces. It is not just as a matter of claiming that rights have been violated, as if they went without saying. Sometimes evidence is called upon to demonstrate something more basic: that the claimants are indeed our fellow humans.
Thomas Keenan directs the Human Rights Project at Bard College. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility (1997), and with Eyal Weizman, Mengele's Skull (2012). He is co-editor with Tirdad Zolghadr of The Human Snapshot (2013) and, with Suhail Malik and Tirdad Zolghadr, of The Flood of Rights (2015).
Lungile Dladla #2 pointing at the crime scene, Swazi section, Daveyton © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York.
Alix Pearlstein will discuss her work.
Alix Pearlstein's practice spans video, installation, photography, and performance. Pearlstein exploits the legacies of minimalism, structuralist film, and postmodern dance to create an affective space between camera, viewer, and subject. Working with actors, she explores character, behavior, motivation, relationships, group dynamics, and social constructs, while foregrounding the codes of acting and performance.
Selected solo exhibitions include deCordova Museum, Samsøn, Boston; Ballroom Marfa, Texas; On Stellar Rays, The Kitchen, NYC. Performances include Art Basel Miami, Park Avenue Armory and Salon 94, NYC. Selected group exhibitions include Whitechapel, London; SMAK, Ghent, Belgium; Biennale de Lyon, France; MoMA, NYC. Pearlstein teaches at the SVA MFA, NYC, and serves on the Board of Governors of Skowhegan.
Production Still from TALENT. 2009. Photo credit Peter Field Peck.
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