Chicago, IL— Visiting Minds. Lasting Influence. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is pleased to announce the newest lineup of guest speakers for its Visiting Artists Program (VAP), continuing a tradition endowed 60 years ago. VAP hosts two seasons of public presentations by artists and scholars each academic year through lectures, symposia, performances, and screenings.
“This program is a cornerstone of Chicago’s visual arts community, and an invaluable resource for those interested in the art of our time,” notes Andrea Green, Director of the Visiting Artists Program. “The ideas of these internationally renowned artists and scholars are inspiring. VAP features some of the most compelling thinkers at work today—probing, provoking, and questioning the subjects at the core of the creative process and critical inquiry.”
The Spring 2013 season opens Tuesday, February 5 with a lecture by ideas-driven landscape artist and architect Martha Schwartz. Artistic Director of Documenta (13) 2012 Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev visits February 25, followed by artist, writer, and curator Julie Ault on March 4. Jacob Hashimoto (BFA 1996)—creator of massive, intricately detailed three-dimensional sculptures and hanging installations—continues SAIC’s Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series on March 19. Josiah McElheny details his sculptural glass objects and multimedia installations on March 27, followed by a visit from artist and filmmaker Rosa Barba on April 11, presented in collaboration with SAIC’s Conversations at the Edge series. The series closes on April 29 with a presentation by performance artist Vaginal Davis. More information on each presenter is included below.
In addition to making their appearances open to the public, SAIC presents many Visiting Artists Program lectures as audio podcasts online at saic.edu/vap. Recent presenters include Catherine Opie, Andi Zeisler, Tania Bruguera, and Lari Pittman. Join the conversation by following VAP on Facebook or by signing up for its eNewsletter.
All lectures are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Reservations for groups of 10 or more must be made two weeks prior to the lecture. Otherwise, seating is on a first come, first served basis.
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SCA presents Jessica Stockholder
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013
Price Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicago
Please use the Michigan Avenue entrance
Since the 1980s, Jessica Stockholder has engaged in an ongoing
dialogue about the possibilities of painting and the pictorial
potential of sculpture with idiosyncratic pairings of found materials,
architecture, and broad swaths of paint in vibrant colors. The Wall
Street Journal deemed her “the reigning queen of the found object”,
and explained how she “can give a single bare light bulb a classic
purity and a crumpled parasol the weight of withdrawal.” Her
pioneering site-specific interventions and autonomous floor and wall
pieces have been described as “paintings in space.” Color Jam,
Stockholder’s 2012 project with the Chicago Loop Alliance, playfully
transformed the street, sidewalks, and building facades of the
downtown intersection at State and Adams with bright, bold colors.
Stockholder (American, born 1959) is the chair of the Department of
Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. She has had solo
exhibitions at Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; PS1 Contemporary Art
Center, Long Island City; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; The
Renaissance Society, Chicago; and many others. Her survey exhibition
Jessica Stockholder, Kissing the Wall: Works 1988-2003 was shown at
the Blaffer Art Gallery, University of Houston and the Weatherspoon
Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her work has
been featured in important group exhibitions such as the Venice
Biennale and Whitney Biennial. She has received numerous awards
including a National Endowment for the Arts grant for sculpture and a
****This event is free to current AIC staff, students, and faculty
with a valid student i.d. All students will be seated on a first come
first serve basis and will be seated after all SCA members.
Image courtesy of the artist
Wednesday, December 5, 5:00 p.m.
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
In 1973, B. Wurtz penned Three Important Things, a drawing that served as a foundational statement for his work. Objects in Wurtz’s works have steadfastly derived from its three listed concerns (“sleeping, eating, keeping warm”), resulting in an ever-inventive profusion of sculptural objects and wall hangings that have channeled the possibilities of lowly, everyday objects. Declared “a master of the unassuming, if not completely disguised, artwork” by critic Roberta Smith, Wurtz has lived and worked in New York since the mid-1980s. He is a graduate of the California Institute of Arts and UC Berkeley. His work has been in exhibitions at MoMA P.S.1, MCA Chicago, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, RISD Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery, and Castillo/Corrales, Paris. Recent group shows include B. Wurtz & Co. at Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles and Everyday Abstract-Abstract Everyday at James Cohan Gallery in New York City, both exhibitions being curated by Matthew Higgs.
Image courtesy of the artist
Thursday, November 29, 5:00 p.m.
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Forrest Nash is the founder of Contemporary Art Daily, which publishes a curated program of current exhibitions from around the world. Founded in 2008, the site has featured extensive documentation of more than 1,600 exhibitions and has a wide following internationally. In January, he founded Contemporary Art Group, a non-profit organization, to continue the progress ofContemporary Art Daily and to establish new projects with similar aims. The organization is currently at work on a major new project, Contemporary Art Quarterly, which will feature extensive archives of selected artists’ practices. Nash, born in 1987, has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Odile Decq. Image: Markus Deutschm
After several years of running her own firm, Odile Decq created a partnership with Benoît Cornette in 1985 and established the architecture firm ODBC. Decq’s first commission, the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes in 1990, resulted in numerous prizes and ignited international attention. The audiences who celebrated the building underlined the emergence of a new hope in architecture directly born from the punk rebellion that was turning old conventions upside down.
As the sole principal of ODBC since 1998, Odile Decq has been faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalizing her research. By questioning concepts of commission, use, matter, body, technique, and taste, the architecture of ODBC offers a paradoxical look, both tender and severe, at today’s world. “Horizons ” will examine ODBC projects in architecture, design, and installation at all scales, from urban planning to door handles.
For more information, please contact SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) at 312.629.6650 or email email@example.com. You may also visit our events page for additional news and information: saic.edu/aiado.
Monday, April 23
MacLean Ballroom, 112. S. Michigan Ave.
What are the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the G8, and why are they the target of protests around the world? Are they vital to American security and prosperity? Are they sources of war and inequality?
Introduction by Barbara DeGenevieve, Graduate Division Chair
Panelists include: Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence; Richard Longworth, Sr. Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Patrick Rivers, Associate Professor, Visual and Critical Studies; Sarah Peters, Adjunct Associate Professor, Liberal Arts; Paul Elitzik, Faculty Adviser F Newsmagazine and Moderator.
TODAY! Monday, March 12, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
230 S. Columbus Dr.
(Use Columbus Drive entrance)
Marilyn Minter’s paintings, videos, and photographs explore humanity’s search for pleasure by depicting lushly rendered high heels, mouths, or babies. Her recent work, created by placing a pane of glass between herself and her subject, becomes splattered with glistening paint, infusing her hyper-realistically rendered work with oozing abstraction.
Minter’s solo exhibitions include Salon 94, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati; La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Ceutí/Murcia, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany and Venice Biennale, both in 2011. Her videoGreen Pink Caviar was exhibited in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for more than a year and shown on digital billboards on Sunset Boulevard in LA, and the Creative Time MTV billboard in Times Square, New York.
HENRY FLYNT VISITS THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
MARCH 6TH — MARCH 9TH
Iconoclastic artist and philosopher Henry Flynt presents lectures and a screening of experimental cinema for the SAIC community and general public
Henry Flynt is a notable philosopher, musician, anti-art activist and exhibited artist. He emerged on the national art scene in the early 1960s as a contemporary of George Maciunas, Tony Conrad, Lamont Young, Yoko Ono, and Jack Smith. Flynt’s early activities included demonstrations against cultural institutions, a call for art to be superseded by pure recreation, and the development of his theory of “concept art.” He is historically noted as the inventor of this term and artistic practice. His practice grew into a deep exploration of philosophy and music that has been increasing in reputation and critical excitement. Much of his oeuvre remains to be explored by the art world at large.
The Eye and Ear Clinic at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is excited to present three events by Flynt in early March:
- Visual Gestalt-Recognition of Signature Styles
Tuesday, March 6th
112 S. Michigan Ave – MacLean, 608 (6th Floor),
4:15pm to 5:45pm
A lecture addressing art historical concepts from a radical perspective developing new ways to analyze visual art.
- Screening of Abstract Films – Cinact
Thursday, March 8th
112 S. Michigan Ave – MacLean, 1307 (13th Floor),
5:00pm to 7:00pm
A screening of Flynt’s rarely seen experimental cinema with accompanying lecture.
- Great Fractures of Contemporary Civilization
Friday, March 9th
112 S. Michigan Ave – MacLean, 1307 (13th Floor), 5:00pm to 7:00pm
A lecture critiquing contemporary civilization for the general public.
Visiting Artist Program presents: Suzanne Lee : Tuesday 6-9pm
Suzanne Lee is the Director of The BioCouture Research Project and Senior Research Fellow in Fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London). BioCouture is a research project harnessing nature to propose a radical vision for future fashion. It investigates the use of microbial cellulose grown in a laboratory to produce clothing with the ultimate goal of growing a dress from a vat of liquid. Suzanne is collaborating with scientists to unite design with cutting edge bio and nano technologies.
She is the author of the groundbreaking book Fashioning the Future: Tomorrow’s Wardrobe (Thames & Hudson 2005/7) and lectures and exhibits internationally. BioCouture is exhibiting as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Power of Making exhibition and the Craft Council’s Block Party (UK). She is a 2011 TED Fellow.
Free and open to the public!
For more information: http://www.saic.edu/vap
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Drive
AIADO has invited Ezio Manzini to speak on Monday, November 14th, at
6PM, as part of the Mitchell Lecture Series.
It goes without saying this is a rare opportunity on two levels, the
first being Ezio himself as an expert in sustainability in design and a
robust, personable character, and the second the dynamic panel that
will create immediate context for Ezio’s ideas in Chicago. We do not
want our students to miss this.
While the intellectual stimulation is more than enough enticement, we
are also providing AIADO students (and you!) a little nosh immediately
before the lecture. There will be pizza and soda served in Columbus 201
Irish Architecture Now November 11, 2011 at 6 p.m. in Fullerton Hall
The Architecture & Design Society and the Irish Architecture Foundation presents
Irish Architecture Now
Featuring Tom dePaor, Yvonne Farrell, Sheila O’Donnell, and moderated by Raymund Ryan
Friday, November 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue
Please use Michigan Avenue entrance.
$5 students and SAIC faculty with valid ID; $10 Architecture & Design Society member; $15 general public
Purchase tickets at https://www.cvent.com/events/a-d-society-panel-irish-architecture-now/registration-884782de4d4d4ed9ad940db782b63a16.aspx
Jenni Sorkin VAP Lecture
Columbus Auditorium280 S Columbus Drive
Wednesday, November 2 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Jenni Sorkin (BFA, 1999) is Assistant Professor of Critical Theory, Media, and Design at the University of Houston. She is currently completing her book Live Form: Craft as Participation, which examines the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and craft pedagogy from 1950 to 1975. She has written numerous in-depth catalog essays on feminist art and material culture topics, and her writing has appeared in the New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Art Monthly, NU: The Nordic Art Review, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters, and Third Text. She has lectured at CalArts; Dia Beacon, Ohio University; School of Visual Arts, New York; Santa Monica Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Textile Museum of Canada; and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. In 2010 she co-organized Blind Spots/Puntos Ciegos: Feminisms, Cinema, and Performance, for the Eighth International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory, held in Mexico City. She holds a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University, an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2010–11, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.
This lecture is a part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series.
Free and open to the public!
For more information: http://www.saic.edu/vap
Lecture: “The Supernatural in the Art of the First Cities: Mesopotamia, 3200 B.C.”, Geoff Emberling, University of Michigan, Thursday, October 27
TODAY Thursday, October 27, 2011
Free with SAIC ID or museum admission
The cities that were built by 3200 B.C. in ancient
Mesopotamia—modern day Syria, Iraq, and Iran—changed
the course of human history. The concentration of labor
allowed rulers to build massive temples, palaces, and
city walls and also encouraged economic and technologi-
cal innovation that included dramatic developments in
art, administrative technologies, and written texts. The
construction of the world’s first cities also refigured human-
kind’s conception of the supernatural. Early Mesopotamian
art and texts reflect changing relationships between
people and the divine world—new pantheons, but also
priests, shamans, monsters„ and demons. A masterpiece of
Mesopotamian art currently on loan to the Art Institute
provides an opportunity to explore these transformations.
Geoff Emberling was field director at Tell Brak in northeast-
ern Syria, site of one of the earliest Mesopotamian cities. He
has held positions as Museum Director and Chief Curator
at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and as
Assistant Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.