Summer 'Food for Thought' Lecture Series Kicks Off June 18

June 15, 2010

The MFA Program in Ceramics, Painting and Sculpture at the University of the Arts kicks off its 16th annual 10-event "Food for Thought" summer lecture series on June 18.

Featuring noted visiting artists and critics, this year's line-up includes Lynn Gumpert, Matt Lynch and Steven Badgett, Hoon Lee, Stuart Elster, Francis Cape, Joan Linder, Kathleen Gilrain, Walter McConnell, Mel Chin and Linn Meyers.

The series runs through August 5 and is free and open to the public. Lectures are Wednesdays from 1 – 2 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated) in CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall (320 S. Broad Street). For further information, contact program director Joe Girandola or program assistant Kristen Goldschmidt.



Summer 'Food for Thought' Lecture Series Speakers

LYNN GUMPERT
Lynn Gumpert has been director of the Grey Art Gallery, the fine arts museum at New York University, since 1997. She has overseen more than 30 exhibitions at Grey, including "New York Cool: Painting and Sculpture from the NYU Collection," Spring 2008 (below), "The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984" and "Electrifying Art: Atsuko Tanaka, 1954–1968." From 1980 to 1988, she was curator and senior curator for the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Gumpert also authored the first major monograph on French artist Christian Boltanski (Flammarion, 1992) and has contributed essays to numerous publications.
Friday, June 18, 6 p.m.

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SIMPARCH (Matt Lynch and Steven Badgett)
The American artist collective SIMPARCH was founded in Las Cruces, N.M., in 1996, and is organized and maintained by Matthew Lynch and Steve Badgett. Their practice involves large-scale – usually interactive – installations and works that, as the group's name suggests, examine simple architecture, building practices, site specificity and materials that may be salvaged, recycled or generally brought together with a kind of D.I.Y. attitude. Often collaborating with artists, builders, art critics, graffiti artists, filmmakers, skate boarders and musicians, SIMPARCH provides sites that allow for social interaction and experimentation with design and materials.
Wednesday, June 23, 1 p.m.


SIMPARCH's "Free Basin" (2000), 20' x 40' x 50' gallery, plywood, concrete, steel, skateboarders

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HOON LEE
Hoon Lee is the coordinator of the Ceramics program at Grand Valley (Mich.) State University's Department of Art & Design. The Korean-born artist creates primarily performance-based installations, though his vast interest and experience in ceramics play a role in many of his projects. Lee earned his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a master's degree in ceramic art and industrial design from Seoul (Korea) National University of Technology.
Wednesday, June 30, 1 p.m.

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STUART ELSTER
Stuart Elster is an assistant professor at the University of the Arts and the coordinator of its Painting and Drawing department. He is also a critic for the University's Summer MFA program. He received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of the Arts and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale University School of Art. Elster has participated in two-person and group exhibitions at Tate, Marvelli and Schroeder Romero Galleries. He has participated in exhibitions at the Happy Lion Gallery in Los Angles, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University Art Museum in Chicago and the Herter Gallery at the University of Massachusetts. Internationally, his work has been shown in Italy, France and Austria. In 2008 and 2009, Elster's work was included in the traveling exhibition "Islands and Ghettos" shown in Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany.
Wednesday, July 7, 1 p.m.

        

"XXX/XXX"                                                                            "The Fortress"

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FRANCIS CAPE
Francis Cape apprenticed with master carver Dick Reid before receiving his MFA from London's Goldsmiths College in 1991. He has exhibited his work extensively, including at Propsect 1 in New Orleans; St. Louis Art Museum; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Conn.); Public Art Fund in New York; and Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also shown in galleries in Germany and the United Kingdom. He was the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2001 and Henry and Natalie E. Freund Fellowship in 2003.
Wednesday, July 14, 1 p.m.


Sideboard, Model 1c, Liberty, NY, 2009

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JOAN LINDER
Joan Linder is best known for her labor-intensive drawings that transform mundane subjects into conceptually rich images. Her life-size representations of figures and objects explore themes such as the banality of mass produced domestic artifacts, the politics of war, and sexual identity and power. Linder has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Linder received and MFA from Columbia University, a BFA from Tufts University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999. Linder is an assistant professor of Visual Studies at the University of Buffalo and represented by Mixed Greens Gallery in New York City.
Wednesday, July 21, 1 p.m.


 "Mattress" (2010), color pencil on paper, 39" x 79"

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KATHLEEN GILRAIN
Kathleen Gilrain joined Smack Mellon Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y., as executive director in October 2000, and oversees all of the studio's programming. Gilrain has also created site-specific public sculptures for Savannah, Ga.; Ulsan, South Korea; South Carolina Botanical Garden; Chicago; Fields Sculpture Park (Ghent, N.Y.); Socrates Sculpture Park (New York City); Providence, R.I.; Connemara Conservancy (Dallas); Klenova Castle in Klenova, Czech Republic; and Cergy Pontoise (France). Gilrain holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from the University Massachusetts, Amherst.
Wednesday, July 28, 1 p.m.

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WALTER McCONNELL
Walter McConnell's unfired ceramic installations addressing the relationship between nature and culture have been exhibited nationally and internationally. McConnell serves as an associate professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. McConnell attended the University of Connecticut, where he received a BFA in Ceramics and Painting in 1978. McConnell earned his MFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1986.
Thursday, July 29, 1 p.m.

        

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MEL CHIN
Mel Chin's art is analytical and poetic, and evades easy classification. He is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. In 1989, he developed the still-operating project "Revival Field," a pioneer in the "green remediation" field. Chin is well known for his iconic sculpture, works that often address the importance of memory and collective identity. Chin's socially engaged projects also challenge the idea of the artist as the exclusive creative force behind an artwork. Chin also promotes "works of art" that have the ultimate effect of benefiting science, as in "Revival Field," and also in the recent "Fundred Dollar Bill/Operation Paydirt" project, an attempt to make New Orleans a lead-safe city.
Wednesday, August 4, 1 p.m.


Chin's Fundred Mint safe door at Philadelphia's Fabric Workshop and Museum

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LINN MEYERS
Linn Meyers received her BFA at Cooper Union and her MFA at the California College of the Arts. She creates prints, paintings and site-specific installations. She has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including, most recently, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. In 2008, she was artist-in-residence at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Meyers's work is in numerous private and museum collections and has been featured in exhibitions in museums and galleries internationally.
Thursday, August 5, 1 p.m.


Site-specific wall drawing at the Philips Collection, Washington, D.C., March 2010.

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