2007 - 2008 Guest Lecture Series

2007 - 2008 Lecture Series

 

Massimo Vignelli | September 12 – 7:00 P.M.│S. Kedzie Hall, S107
Design legend Massimo Vignelli will lecture in conjunction with the screening ofHelvetica. His significant contributions to design influence how we experience our environment and the stature of graphic design in contemporary society. Far-ranging in media and scope, Vignelli’s work is included in collections from the MOMA to the Die Neue Sammlung in Munich.

 



Helvetica Screening | September 13 – 7:00 P.M.│S. Kedzie Hall, S109
Sponsored jointly by the Department of Art & Art History and AIGA Detroit Chapter, this independent film explores typography, graphic design, and global visual culture as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.

 



Nick Cave | September 17 – 7:00 P.M.│S. Kedzie Hall, S105
Best known for his Soundsuits, fiber and performance artist Nick Cave transforms found and recycled materials into sculptural and ritualistic costumes. Cave is currently Professor and Chairperson of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 



Hudd Byard | September 24 – 7:00 P.M.│ KAC, 108
An up-and-coming graphic designer, Hudd Byard is an Art Director with Contemporary Media in Memphis, TN. Before taking his current position, Byard worked at GQ Magazine in New York, NY.

 



Robert Birmelin | October 23 – 7:00 P.M.│ KAC, 108
Part of the first generation of figure painters following the abstract expressionist movement, Robert Birmelin’s work explores the crowded streets of the urban landscape. His work has been acquired by 40 public collections, including the Metropolitan, MOMA, and the Hirshhorn.

 



Diana Cooper |November 6 – 7:00 P.M.│ KAC, 108
Diana Cooper combines drawing, painting, sculpture and installation by using unorthodox but commonly available materials such as foamcore, felt, and pom-poms to create work that is simultaneously chaotic and orderly. She has received the prestigious Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

 



Suzanne Lacy | November 8 – 7:00 P.M.│S. Kedzie Hall, S109
Often working collaboratively, Suzanne Lacy creates installations, video, and large-scale performances that incorporate social themes and urban issues. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, Lacy is also noted for her writings focused on public and politically relevant art.

 



Clarence Morgan | November 29 – 7:00 P.M.│ KAC, 108
Professor at University of Minnesota, Clarence Morgan is a painter, printmaker, and writer. He is interested in spontaneity and visual systems. Morgan’s current work combines geometric and painterly abstraction within the realms of subjectivity and materiality.

 



Theresa Dolan | January 17 – 7:00 P.M.│KAC, 108
Theresa Dolan, Professor of Art History, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, will present her lecture entitled Artworks of the Future: Manet and Music. Sponsored by the Department of French, Classics, and Italian; Art & Art History Department; and Kresge Art Museum.

 



Akio Takamori | January 22 – 6:00 P.M.│KAC, 41
Merging western and non-western influences, Akio Takamori draws on his childhood in Japan when creating his large figurative ceramic sculptures. Takamori is currently a Professor at University of Washington and has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

 



Jim Sherraden – Hatch Show Print | January 28 – 7:00 P.M.│ KAC, 108
As the manager of the legendary Hatch Show Print shop in Nashville, TN, Jim Sherraden uses letterpress processes that date back to the 15th century to individually hand-pull posters from the shop’s archives.

 



Julie Mehretu | February 5 – 7:00 P.M.│Psychology, 118
Ethiopian-American artist Julie Mehretu incorporates the vocabularies of maps, urban-planning, and architectural forms in her densely layered paintings and drawings. Mehretu’s work has been featured at the Whitney Biennial and Carnegie International and supported through a MacArthur Fellowship and Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.

 



Louise Siddons | February 11 – 7:30 P.M.│KAC, 108
Louise Siddons, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Michigan State University, will present her research in a lecture titled Self-fashioning in the Harlem Renaissance: James VanDerZee’s Identical Twins.

 



Richard Talbert | March 11 – 7:30 P.M.│KAC, 108
Richard Talbert, Professor of History and Classics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will present his research in a lecture titled From Territory and City to the Known World: Roman Mapping on the Grand Scale. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Central Michigan Society.

 



Eleanor Heartney | March 12 – 7:00 P.M.│S. Kedzie Hall S105
Eleanor Heartney is contributing editor for Art in America. She has written extensively on contemporary art subjects ranging from gender to politics to religion. Heartney’s recent books include Defending Complexity: Art, Politics and the New World Order, and After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art.

 



Hans-Ulrich Allemann | March 18 – 7:00 P.M.│ KAC, 108
Partner in the design firm Allemann, Almquist and Jones, Hans-Ulrich Alleman’s work originates from Bauhaus sensibilities and addresses fundamental links between perception and expression in graphic design. Recognized in design collections internationally, Allemann is a recent recipient of the AIGA Fellows Award.

 



James Elkins | March 24 – 7:00 P.M.│S. Kedzie Hall, S105
A professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, James Elkins’ study goes beyond art and into culture at large. Authoring nearly 20 books that explore visual thinking and representation systems, his research stretches into the fields of science, religion, nature, writing systems, and archaeology.




Amalia Mesa-Bains | April 1 – 7:00 P.M.│S. Kedzie Hall, S107
Artist and critic Amalia Mesa-Bains explores contemporary dilemmas of the Latino community in her installation altar pieces and extensive writings on Chicano art and culture. Mesa-Bains has been honored as a MacArthur Fellow and by the Association of Hispanic Artists in New York.

 



Ghada Amer | April 10 – 7:00 P.M.│S. Kedzie Hall S107
Posing questions of identity and spirituality, Egyptian artist Amer creates hand-embroidered paintings encompassing both elements of Western and Islamic Culture. Amer’s work has been included in the Venice Biennale, The Whitney Biennial, Kwangju Biennial, and the Johannesburg Biennale.

 

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LECTURES

ALL LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


Events are sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design along with generous support of others at MSU, including: College of Arts & Letters, Creating Inclusive Excellence Funding Program from the Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives, Office of the Provost, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, MSU, American Indian Studies Program, Canadian Studies Center, and MSU Clay Club. Additional sponsors include: Luther and Louise Roehm Endowment, Marlio Endowment, and MSU Federal Credit Union.

 

FALL 2015 SEMESTER

 

TODD LEVIN / SEPT 9 / EDUCATION WING, BROAD ART MUSEUM / 7PM
Curator and lead art advisor of Levin Art Group, Todd Levin will speak about global trends in collecting and the contemporary art market. Offered in conjunction with The Broad Gift featuring works given to the Broad MSU by founding patrons Eli and Edythe Broad.

 

CHRISTOPHER COZIER / SEPT 11 / EDUCATION WING, BROAD ART MUSEUM / 7PM
Working across drawing, printmaking, video, and installation art, Trinidadian artist Christopher Cozier exposes the social impact of commercial expansion and political opportunism. Offered in conjunction with Christopher Cozier: Entanglements on view through October 18 at the Broad MSU.

 

CANDICE HOPKINS / SEPT 15 / 118 PSYCHOLOGY / 7PM
Writer and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, in Santa Fe, NM, Candice Hopkins’s research and curatorial work explores indigenous North American practitioners of new media. Hopkins has lectured widely including at the Tate and dOCUMENTA (14).

 

JOSEPH DUFFY / SEPT 22 / 107 S. KEDZIE / 7PM
Co-founder of Duffy & Partners in Minneapolis, MN, Joseph Duffy is an expert in branding and design. As Design Director, he has worked on major national and international brands such as Bacardi, Starbucks, and the Qatar National Library.

 

TIMMY FISHER / OCT 13 / 107 S. KEDZIE /7PM
Timmy Fisher is a co-founding member of MK12, a design and filmmaking collective whose work challenges the boundaries between narrative structure and experimental storytelling. MK12 has been featured in many international film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Art Basel, and Prix Ars Electronica.

 

JASON LAHR / OCT 19 / 101 N. KEDZIE / 7PM
The paintings, drawings, and installations of Jason Lahr build narratives out written texts and appropriated images. Lahr teaches Painting at the University of Notre Dame and is represented by Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, IL.

 

***CANCELLED TIFFANY CARBONNEAU / NOV 11 / 105 S. KEDZIE / 7PM CANCELLED***
Tiffany Carbonneau’s video installations explore the impact of our surroundings by presenting familiar structures in an unfamiliar setting. Carbonneau teaches Digital Art and Interactive Media at Indiana University Southeast.

 

***CANCELLED BRIAN HARPER / NOV 12 / 107 S. KEDZIE / 7PM CANCELLED***
Ceramic artist Brian Harper investigates how we give structure to the unknown. Harper teaches Ceramics at Indiana University Southeast. In addition, he is the Founder and Executive Director of Artaxis.org.

 

DR. HANNAH B. HIGGINS / DEC 3 / 107 S. KEDZIE / 7PM
Hannah B. Higgins research examines 20th century avant-garde art. A professor of art history at the University of Illinois, Chicago, her books include Fluxus Experience and The Grid Book. Dr. Higgins will present the keynote lecture for the Art History & Visual Culture Symposium.

 

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SPRING 2016 SEMESTER

 

ROGER WATSON / FEB 3 / 107 S. KEDZIE / 7PM
Alumnus Roger Watson, BFA ‘82 is a curator at Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum, in Lacock, England. Watson’s recent book Capturing the Light: The Birth of Photography, a True Story of Genius and Rivalry, co-authored by Helen Rappaport.

 

SHAURYA KUMAR / FEB 11 / 107 S. KEDZIE / 7PM
The works of printmaker and painter Shaurya Kumar appreciate and appropriate new media while highlighting the dangers to its longevity. Kumar teaches print media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

ZBIGNIEW OKSIUTA / FEB 15 / Abrams Planetarium Theatre / 7PM
Architect and artist Zbigniew Oksiuta experiments with the possibility of designing biological structures. His work has been widely exhibited was included in the 2004 Venice Biennial, Ars Electronica Linz, Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, Australia, and in many other significant international exhibitions.

 

 

STEVE DIBENEDETTO / FEB 22 / 107 S. KEDZIE  / 7PM
The paintings and drawings of Steve DiBenedetto join UFOs and octopi battling helicopters in sci-fi dreamscapes. DiBenedetto has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Tiffany Foundation Award. His work is in the collections of MFA, Boston, MOMA, NY, and the Whitney, NY.

 

 

SERGIO ARAGONÉS / FEB 26 / SNYDER PHILLIPS BASEMENT THEATRE / 7PM
Comic book artist and cartoonist Sergio Aragonés is widely known for his contributions to Mad Magazine and his comic book series, Groo the Wanderer. Aragonés work has been highly recognized in his field. Aragonés will offer the keynote lecture at the 9th annual MSU Comics Forum. 

 

 

DR. ALLISON SHERMAN / FEB 29 / 107 S. KEDZIE / 7PM
An art historian at Queen’s University, Allison Sherman examines Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture with a particular emphasis on the Venetian Republic and the preservation and display of displaced art. Her research has been published in The Burlington Magazine and many scholarly texts.

 

 

PRINT MATTERS / MAR 23 / 107 S. KEDZIE / 7PM
Print Matters are Brian French of the French Paper Company and Nick Sambrato, founder of Mama’s Sauce. Focusing on how design, print, and paper come together to make art, their lecture will accompany the National Poster Retrospecticus at (SCENE) Metrospace.

 

 

PAUL SOULELLIS / APR 7 / 107 S. KEDZIE / 7PM
Designer and publisher Paul Soulellis maintains a research-based graphic design and publishing studio at NEW INC at the New Museum in NYC and Counterpractice. Soulellis also teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.

 

 

MURTAZA VALI / APR 12 / 107 S. KEDZIE / 7PM
Brooklyn-based curator and critic Murtaza Vali specializes in contemporary art from the Middle East and South Asia. Vali has curated exhibitions in the US and abroad and is a frequent contributor to ArtForum, ArtReview, Art India, Bidoun Magazine, and ArtAsiaPacific.

 

 

DR. ELIZABETH PERRILL / APR 14 / 107 S. KEDZIE / 7PM
University of North Carolina Greensboro art historian Elizabeth Perrill’s research focuses on South African contemporary art. Her recent book Zulu Pottery discusses the economic structures and aesthetic norms that informed Zulu ceramic production of the 1990s.