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Arts Faculty Search Candidate Public Lectures

Arts Faculty Search candidates will give public lectures. Students, faculty, staff and the public are encouraged to attend. The lectures will take at 4:30pm in Nevins Theater in the Powell Campus Center unless otherwise noted.


 


COMING UP: 

*Dates as listed are subject to change

PAINTING

  • 11-Mar 5:30pm  Candidate # 1 BMH 106 (Room C)
  • 13-Mar 5:30pm Candidate # 2 BMH 106 (Room C)
  • 15-Mar 5:30pm Candidate # 3 BMH 106 (Room C)
  • 18-Mar 4:30pm Candidate # 4 BMH 106 (Room C)

 MUSIC

  • 11-Mar 4:30pm Candidate # 1
  • 13-Mar 4:30pm Candidate # 2
  • 15-Mar 4:30pm Candidate # 3

PERFORMANCE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

  • 1-Apr 4:30pm Candidate # 1
  • 10-Apr 4:30pm Candidate # 2
  • 12-Apr 4:30pm Candidate # 3

PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATE DEAN

Dates TBD


PAST LECTURES:

ART HISTORY

Untitled (1929)  Anne Brigman (American, 1896-1950)  Glen Lukens Papers, Archives of American Art 5-Feb 4:30pm Candidate # 1

Presentation Title: “Extracting Dreams: Glen Lukens’s Death Valley Ceramics and Glass, 1923-1945”

In 1921, the ceramist Glen Lukens relocated to Southern California in pursuit of a dream: the recreation of ancient Egyptian glazes. This presentation unearths the relationship Lukens cultivated with the natural environment in Death Valley as he sought minerals and a clay body to create something that would surpass the “most beautiful blue.” Reframed through a discourse of settler colonialism and ecomaterialism embedded in the American modernist studio craft movement, I explore Lukens’s interventions within the economy of extraction and his inability to fully confront systemic structures of oppression.  


Image Caption: Untitled (1929), Anne Brigman (American, 1896-1950) , Glen Lukens Papers, Archives of American Art

W. Walker after Frank Stone, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker in the Rhododendron Area of the Himalaya, 1854, mezzotint, The Wellcome Collection 7-Feb 5:30pm Candidate # 2

Presentation Title: "Portrait of a Colonial Botanist: Art, Empire, and Victorian Plant Science"

Spurred by the search for valuable natural resources, Britain’s acquisition of the plants found in many Victorian gardens—from orchids and azaleas to chrysanthemums and camellias—went hand-in-hand with the growth of its empire. This talk will explore how imperial expansion informed assumptions about plants, art, and science in the nineteenth century, as disclosed through a portrait of Victorian botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker. Focusing on the relationship between modern art and science, it will analyze Hooker’s collaborations with Indian botanical artists alongside the popularity of “exotic” flora in Victorian garden designs. 

Image Caption: Walker after Frank Stone, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker in the Rhododendron Area of the Himalaya, 1854, mezzotint, The Wellcome Collection 

Joseph Cornell, Untitled ('Dovecote' American Gothic), circa 1954-1956. 9-Feb 4:30pm Candidate # 3

Presentation Title: "Encasing the World: Thinking with things from Curiosity Cabinets to Cornell Boxes" 

Curiosity Cabinets and Cornell Boxes are encyclopaedic objects which produce fascinating narratives of place and non-place. Architecturally abstruse, uncanny and disorientating, these collections and assemblages present narratives of the familiar, the fantastic, the local and the global. This talk considers how these works defy their material and scale to create places that exist outside their ordinary object identities of place/set/structure - presenting fleeting moments of spatial negation and negotiation between our space and theirs – asking us to play, to gaze, to question, to explore and to (re)consider what and how we know.  

Image Caption: Joseph Cornell, Untitled ('Dovecote' American Gothic), circa 1954-1956. 

SCULPTURE

within, without, 2016 6 X 8 X 16 feet; polymer fibers, steel, magnets (Installation views at Garis & Hahn, New York)12-Feb 4:30pm Candidate # 1 : "locating tension in invisible spaces"

This presentation spans a wide breadth of the presenter's work as an installation artist working in spaces that are both conventional to art disciplines and public and/or 'wild' in nature. Some of this work involves interdisciplinary collaboration with other artists in sound, and scientists in their respective fields. Student works are highlighted briefly including collaborative special projects, and current projects and future research goals are introduced in the conclusion.

Image information: "within, without", 2016 6 X 8 X 16 feet; polymer fibers, steel, magnets

THE LAYERED MOONJAR COLLECTION, 202014-Feb 4:30pm Candidate #2
Image Information: "THE LAYERED MOONJAR COLLECTION, 2020: KOREAN AESTHETICS x DIGITAL FABRICATION ​CONTEMPORARY CRAFT  x MODERN NOMAD"

 

 

 

 

19-Feb 4:30pm Candidate # 3 Sculpting Identities: An Exploration of Fibers, Mixed Media, and Installation in Sculpture Dimensional Studies

Embark on a captivating journey as we explore the rich tapestry of Fibers, Mixed Media, and Installation in Sculpture Dimensional Studies. "Sculpting Identities" not only delves into the fusion of artistic expression and personal narratives but also unveils the threads connecting diverse materials and methodologies through the lens of the candidate's practice. Grounded in research, driven by conceptual exploration, and firmly committed to hands-on craftsmanship, this program not only shapes identities but also educates students to produce contemporary art that is ambitious, intricate, and innovative. From the tactile nature of fibers to the immersive experience of mixed media and installation, this talk promises a unique exploration of the art-making process, interwoven with insights from the candidate's creative journey.  Envision new horizons in art education, where modern practices blend with the rich traditions of sculptural methodologies.