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Visiting Artists

Mary Weatherford – 5pm, September 5, Carpenter Center

Posted on September 4, 2017 by School of Art

MW%2015-047Beginning in 2019, Mary Weatherford (b. 1963, Ojai, California) will be the subject of a traveling retrospective exhibition organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2017 and 2014); Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California (2014); and LAXART, Los Angeles (2012). Recent group exhibitions include Between Two Worlds: Art of California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2017); Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles (2017); NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2015) and National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (2016); Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham,
Massachusetts (2015); and The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014). Weather ford lives and works in Los Angeles.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby – 5pm, May 9th, Carpenter Center

Posted on May 3, 2017 by School of Art


02-njideka_akunyili_5-umezebi_2012Drawing on art historical, political and personal references, Njideka Akunyili Crosby creates densely layered figurative compositions that, precise in style, nonetheless conjure the complexity of contemporary experience. Akunyili Crosby was born in Nigeria, where she lived until the age of sixteen. In 1999 she moved to the United States, where she has remained since that time. Her cultural identity combines strong attachments to the country of her birth and to her adopted home, a hybrid identity that is reflected in her work. Ms. Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She shows at Victoria Miro, London, United Kingdom. Ms. Crosby was awarded Foreign Policy’s Leading 100 Global Thinkers of 2015 alongside the Next Generation Prize, New Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015. She is the recipient of the Prix Canson Prize, 2016, the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, 2015, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dicke Contemporary Art Prize, 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include I Refuse to be Invisible, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach (2016) and The Beautyful Ones, Art + Practice, Los Angeles (2015), staged concurrently with a solo presentation at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015).  Her work is in the collections of major museums including Yale University Art Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Tate, The Norton Museum of Art, Zeitz MOCAA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MOMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Julian Hoeber – 5pm, May 2nd, Carpenter Center

Posted on April 20, 2017 by School of Art

Julian HoeberPink circular sculpture on top of pink box is an artist, writer and teacher. His work explores the structural and biomorphic, mathematical and intuitive. For the past few years, Hoeber has been working on a project called “Going Nowhere,” which is centered on the design of a massive imaginary architectural structure. Originally planned as a non-functional airport terminal, the project has evolved into something far less defined, cribbing ideas from playground design, utopian modernism, and psychotherapy. The point of this project is to concoct and then solve a seemingly endless set of problems in the process of creating structure that operates as an architectural metaphor for the radical potential of introspection. Mr. Hoeber has a BA in Art History from Tufts University, a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. He has had solo exhibitions at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Blum&Poe, Los Angeles, Harris Lieberman, New York, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco. His work is in numerous permanent public collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), MOCA Los Angeles, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), The Rubell Family Collection (Miami), Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX), Nasher Sculture Center (Dallas, TX) and Deste Foundation (Athens). His writing has been published in Frieze MagazineModern Painters, and Art in America. Hoeber lives and works in Los Angeles.

Asa Mittman – 5pm, April 18th, Carpenter Center

Posted on April 12, 2017 by School of Art

monster_01Asa Mittman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at California State University, Chico, where he teaches courses on ancient and medieval art, monsters, and film. He has written Maps and Monsters in Medieval England (Routledge, 2006; paperback 2008); co-written with Susan Kim Inconceivable Beasts: The Wonders of the East in the Beowulf Manuscript (ACMRS, 2013, winner of a Millard Meiss Publication Grant from the College Art Association and an ISAS Best Book Prize); and coedited with Peter Dendle a Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous. On top of a number of articles on the subject of monstrosity and marginality in the Middle Ages, Professor Mittman is also the president of MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application), accidentally founded at Kalamazoo in 2008 to create a home for walkers in the margins of academia. Professor Mittman is also co-director of Virtual Mappa, with Martin Foys, as well a as an active (and founding) member of the Material Collective, and a regular contributor to the MC group blog. He was born and raised in New York, the son and grandson of artists, and in a family of writers of one sort and another.

Liz Glynn – 5pm, April 11th, Carpenter Center

Posted on April 5, 2017 by School of Art

editPAF_LizGlynn_OpenHouse_JamesEwing-1212-1024x776Liz Glynn creates sculpture, large-scale installations, and participatory performances using epic historical narratives to explore the potential for change in the present tense. Her work seeks to explore the individual agency within complex superstructures in the face of an increasingly abstract economy. Her practice seeks to embody dynamic cycles of growth and decay by evidencing process, encouraging participation, and inciting future action. Recent projects include The Myth of Singularity at LACMA, Los Angeles, RANSOM ROOM, a solo exhibition and durational performance at SculptureCenter, New York; [de-] lusions of Grandeur (Monumentality and Other Myths), a 5-part series of performances exploring monumentality and human ambition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Model Universe, part of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station, a traveling performance festival; and VAULT, a Frieze NY Project. Her work has also been presented at The New Museum, NY; the Barbican Centre, London; MoCA, Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; deCordova Sculpture Park, MA; and Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria. 
In 2017 Glynn will open a site-specific installation with the Public Art Fund in New York and a solo installation in Building 5 at MASS MOCA, North Adams, MA.

Victoria Fu – 5pm, April 4th, Carpenter Center

Posted on March 15, 2017 by School of Art

tumblr_o8vlo7UtrQ1qgzzhco1_500Victoria Fu is a visual artist who received her MFA from CalArts, MA in Art History/Museum Studies from University of Southern California, and BA from Stanford University. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program and was in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2006. Her art installations have been exhibited in recent solos at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; The Contemporary, Baltimore, MD; Simon Preston Gallery, New York, NY; and University Art Gallery at UC Irvine, CA. Recent group venues include the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; 52nd New York Film Festival, New York, NY; IX Nicaragua Biennial, Managua, Nicaragua; among others. Fu is a 2013-14 Art Matters Foundation Grantee and 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. Fu lives and works in Los Angeles, and is represented by Simon Preston Gallery and Honor Fraser.

Sandeep Mukherjee – March 14, 5pm, Carpenter Center

Posted on March 1, 2017 by School of Art

b88d5d685a27b7261b19b1a9ffebb0a7For over a decade Sandeep Mukherjee‘s work has explored the notion of abstracting as a means to image a particular aspect of flowing matter. Working in painting, drawing and installation, the work has been process oriented and improvisational. Following multiple paths of inquiry such as imaging the performing body, subtracting the material body and enfolding the architectural body, the work continues to explore the relationship between process, affect and image. Mukherjee received an MFA from UCLA, and a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. His works are in numerous public collections, including those of MOCA, Los Angeles; MOMA, New York; LACMA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi and the Jumex Collection, Mexico City.

Henry Jenkins – February 28, Carpenter Center, 5pm

Posted on February 22, 2017 by School of Art

Jenkins Henry2Henry Jenkins will be speaking at the Carpenter Center on Tuesday, February 28th at 5pm. Mr. Jenkins is currently Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC. His work as a media scholar has focused on the role of journalism in the digital age as well as  the changing role of the audience in an environment of increasingly pervasive digital content. His most recent book, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, is recognized as a hallmark of recent research on the subject of transmedia storytelling. His other published works reflect the wide range of his research interests, touching on democracy and new media, the “wow factor” of popular culture, science-fiction fan communities and the early history of film comedy.

Wayne Thiebaud – Dec. 6, Carpenter Center, 5pm

Posted on November 30, 2016 by School of Art

three cakes on standsWayne Thiebaud will be speaking at the Carpenter Center on Tuesday, December 6th at 5pm. That acclaimed Califorina artist has been painting Pop-influenced artworks from the sixties until the present. Through his colorful depictions of commonplace objects: cakes, pies, and lipstick to figures as well as highly exaggerated landscapes, Thiebaud has emerged as one of the finest painters of his generation.


Bob Kurtz – Nov. 29, Carpenter Center, 5pm

Posted on November 16, 2016 by School of Art

animation still from the Pink PantherBob Kurtz will be speaking at the Carpenter Center on Tuesday, November 29th at 5pm. Mr. Kurtz is the founder of Kurtz & Friends Animation, and is a director, producer, artist, and designer who primarily works in films and TV commercials. He has taught at the character animation program at the California Institute of the Arts.