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.
The Art Talks Lecture Series is sponsored by the MFA in Visual Arts program at Lesley University and Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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At key moments across the 20th century works by self-taught artists of various kinds—visionaries, naifs,
primitives, folk and outsiders—have been embraced by the professional art world. First artists, then gallerists,
institutions and critics avidly responded to the work of marginalized autodidacts in search of inspiration and
perhaps even redemption. Given that history, how tenable are recent claims that classificatory distinctions
should be dissolved, and all creators, schooled and unschooled, be accorded the honorific "artist"?
Lynne Cooke is currently researching the changing interface of mainstream and outlier artists in the United States
in the 20th century for a forthcoming exhibition. Formerly Curator at Dia Art Foundation, New York, and Chief
Curator, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2008-2012, she is the Andrew W Mellon Professor at CASVA, National Gallery
of Art, Washington DC.. (Image caption: Horace Pippin, Holy Mountain III, August 9, 1945. Oil on canvas. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966.)
Matt Keegan will discuss the collaborative strand of his art practice that extends back to the sophomore year
of his BFA studies. He will talk about his work as an organizer of exhibitions, independent publisher, and his
recent 2-person exhibitions.
Matt Keegan is a New York based artist. Recent solo exhibitions include Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon; Altman
Siegel Gallery, San Francisco; and D'Amelio Terras, NYC. His work was featured in a three-person exhibition at
the Art Institute of Chicago, and group shows at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, SFMOMA, San Francisco,
FOAM, Amsterdam, and the Aspen Art Museum. His work is included in numerous private and public
collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and The Metropolitan
Museum of Art. Keegan was the co-founder and editor of North Drive Press, an annual art publication
published from 2004-2010. Last year, Keegan edited ==, an art edition published by mfc michéle didier. (Image caption: It's Not You It's Me, 2011. Laser cut steel, 30" x 30". Edition of 3.)
María Magdalena Campos-Pons, one of the most prominent artists to emerge from post- Revolutionary Cuba,
will lecture on her trans-disciplinary practice which is deeply invested in the discourse of exilic identity, individual
freedom, cultural heritage/hybridism, and racial and national politics. Starting with her experiences as Afro-
Cuban woman whose ancestors were displaced from Africa, her exile from Cuba, and her experiences in the USA,
Campos-Pons's considers identity as fluid, contradictory, and unstable within today's globalized world.
María Magdalena Campos-Pons studied at the Escuela Nacional de Arte and the Instituto Superior de Arte in
Havana as well as Massachusetts College of Art. Campos-Pons's many exhibitions include Bass Museum, Miami;
MIT List, Cambridge; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; TATE Liverpool, UK; P.S.1 and MoMA, NYC; and Museum
Boijmans van Beunigen, Rotterdam. She has participated in several Venice Biennials, most recently in 2013. She
teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Photo caption: The Flag Year 13. Color Code Venice, 2013. Composition of nine 24 x 20 Polaroids. Image courtesy of the artist.)
Born in Cairo, curator, writer and editor Omar Kholeif will discuss the curatorial models that inform the work
of contemporary artists in North Africa and the Middle East. How have the personal and the political become
intertwined? How has the language of the media affected the curatorial frameworks in which artists present their
work? He will develop a thesis that argues for an art world that is as de-centered as it is impure.
Currently, he directs The White Building, London, is Senior Editor of Ibraaz, the critical forum about North Africa
and the Middle East, is a Visiting Curator at Cornerhouse (and HOME), Manchester, is Artistic Director of the
Arab British Centre, London, and is advisor to FACT, Liverpool. He has curated exhibitions for Tate Modern and
Whitechapel Gallery, London; Arnolfini, Bristol; Art Dubai, UAE and Beirut, Cairo, among many others. His book,
You Are Here: Looking at Art After the Internet, is forthcoming in 2014. (Photo caption: The Goodness Regime, 2013, Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle. Images courtesy of the artists.)
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