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 the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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Michele Abeles lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has an MFA in photography from Yale University and
BA in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Recent group exhibitions include Speculations on
Anonymous Materials, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; New Photography, Museum of Modern Art, NYC;
Rites of Spring, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; and Test Patterns, Whitney Museum, NYC. In 2013 she
had solo shows at 47 Canal St. in New York City and Andreas Melas & Helena Papadopoulos in Athens, Greece.
This fall she will have a solo show at Sadie Coles in London, England.
Her work is in the public collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, and the Whitney
Museum. She also works collaboratively with the artist Margaret Lee. Their work recently was included in the 2013
12th Lyon Biennale.(Image caption: Red, Rock, Cigarettes, Newspaper, Body, Wood, Lycra, Bottle, 2011.
Archival Pigment Print, 30 x 40)
Matthew Mazzotta is a conceptual artist who creates permanent and temporary public interventions
that range from opening up new social spaces inside the built environment to addressing more pressing
environmental issues, but always with a focus on community and public participation.
Mazzotta has produced public interventions at many sites nationally, and internationally in Croatia, Korea, Italy,
and The Netherlands. His work has received numerous awards and grants including a 2012 NEA Grant, and has
been featured on CNN, BBC, NPR, and the Discovery Channel as well as in Wired and Science magazine.
Mazzotta received his MS in Visual Studies from the Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) program at MIT where
he is currently a lecturer. (Image caption: Busycle, U.S. cross-country tour 2006)
Anna Craycroft will address the interrelationship of research and production in her work. Mining fields like
education, cinema, psychology, literature, and art history, Craycroft examines cultural models for fostering
individuality. She works thematically over a series of exhibitions using whatever medium best applies—drawings,
paintings, videos, sculptures, furniture, installations, and books.
Her work has been shown at Blanton Museum, Austin; Le Case del Art, Milan; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Portland
Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland; PS1, NYC; Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles; and Tracy Williams, NYC. Craycroft
frequently collaborates with other visual artists, composers, and choreographers. She has received commissions
for public sculpture from Art in General, Socrates Park, LMCC, NYC, and Den Haag Sculptuur, Holland. Upcoming
exhibitions include Rogaland Kunstsenter, Norway and Redcat Gallery, Los Angeles (Photo caption: Installation shot of Anna Craycroft's The Agency of the Orphan at Tracy Williams Ltd, NYC 2008)
Peter Rostovky will discuss the evolution of his artistic practice and his writing. Tracing the continuities that
connect his projects, special emphasis will be placed on the intellectual concerns of his work and the larger
questions that still polarize painting and political engagement.
Known for paintings that explore the sublime in the everyday, Rostovsky is equally committed to pursuing
conceptual and collaborative work. His projects bridge the gap between painting and conceptual art while
remaining attentive to painting's material and discursive history, and new technologies. His work has been
exhibited at venues such as The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MCA Santa Barbara; PS1/MOMA, NYC; and
S.M.A.K., Ghent, among others. His critical writings, under the heteronym David Geers, have appeared in October,
Fillip, Bomb, and the Brooklyn Rail. (Photo caption: Autopsy, 2012. Photoshop painting done on Wacom tablet, 4500 x 3523 px
Available for free download and output as lambda print in unlimited edition, custom-made, LED light-box, 49 x 38.5)
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