All Visual Culture Lecture Series are held in Montague Hall 70 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM unless noted otherwise.
September 18, 2012
Willie Cole (born 1955) is known for his transformations of ordinary domestic objects, such as shoes, irons, and lawn jockeys, into powerful works of art. Cole’s sculptures and images are embedded with references to the African-American experience and inspired by West African religion, mythology, and culture...
October 2, 2012
Paul Berlanga was born in Chicago 1953, and still lives there today.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Bohannon Hall 90
Graphic Designer/Latino marketing expert.
October 23, 2012
Hitchcock is an artist and educator whose works combine printmaking, collaborative event, digital imaging, video, and sculptural installation. He extends the long history of social and political commentary in graphic art to explore relationships of community, land and culture. Recontextualizing images from culture, electronic media and advertising, he leads us on an examination of social, economic and political systems.
November 6, 2012
Doug Farr is the founding principal of the architecture and urban design firm Farr Associates. Based in Chicago, the firm is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable practices in the country, recently certifying its fifth LEED Platinum building. Doug was the founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Core Committee- the interdisciplinary group of professionals that created this first ever rating system for sustainable land development. Launching in 2009, LEED-ND integrates smart growth, walkability, and green building practices into standards and metrics that scale up sustainability to a neighborhood level. Based on the firm’s pioneering sustainable design practice and his insights gained from chairing LEED-ND, Doug authored the urban planning best-selling book Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature in 2008.
February 5, 2013
Tom Jones is an Assistant Professor of Photography at UW-Madison. He received his MFA in Photography and a MA in Museum Studies from Columbia College in Chicago, IL. Jones’ photographs examine identity and geographic place with an emphasis on the experience of American Indian communities. He is interested in the way that American Indian material culture is represented through popular commodity culture, e.g. architecture, advertising, and self-representation. He continues to work on an ongoing photographic essay on the contemporary life of his tribe, the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. He is critically assessing the romanticized representation of Native peoples in photography through the reexamination of historic pictures taken by white photographers. This reassessment questions the assumptions about identity within the American Indian culture by non-natives and Natives alike. Jones is a co-author on the book “People of the Big Voice, Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1943.” Jones’ work is in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Polaroid Corporation, Sprint Corporation, The Chazen Museum of Art, The Nerman Museum, and Microsoft.
March 5, 2013
Erik Loyer is a media artist who uses tactile and performative interfaces to tell stories with interactive media.
March 26, 2013
Sharon M. Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.
In addition, Sharon recently had a solo exhibition on view of a major installation work entitled Merge, which was made of over 250,000 units of aluminum at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN, and was on view from October, 2011 through May, 2012. Sharon was commissioned to make a site-specific work for the Weisman Art Museum that is in dialogue with Frank Gehry’s new additions to the Museum.
Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition of new work at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York in the fall, 2013. It has been five years since Sharon has had a solo exhibition in New York City, and the first time she will be showing new animation in a gallery in New York. Sharon will also premiere of a new animation at the National Gallery of Art in a program of Abstract Animation and Film since 1965 on September 8, 2013, which will also travel to different museum venues across the country.
In addition to working toward upcoming exhibitions, Sharon will be on-site at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut installing the last major iteration of "Merge." This will be a permanent piece as a part of UConn's impressive art collection that is throughout their campus. Installation is slated to begin in December and will conclude at the end of January, 2013.
Sharon has taught for 20 years since graduating from Yale in 1991. Her teaching experience includes studio and professional practice classes to students of all levels in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Colleges and universities at which she has lectured and taught include: Kansas City Art Institute, College of Saint Rose, Massachusetts College of Art and Maryland Institute College of Art. Sharon currently teaches at the National Academy of Art in New York City and most recently, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee this past spring.
In addition, she continues to conduct “Glow Town” workshops in schools and not-for-profit organizations across the country. Louden is also active on boards and committees of various not-for-profit art organizations and volunteers her time to artists to further their careers. She is currently editing a book entitled Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists.
April 2, 2013
Terry Irwin is the Head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and has been teaching at the University level since 1986. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon in 2009 she was an adjunct professor of design at Otis Parsons College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, and California College of the Arts (1989-2003), San Francisco and was a lecturer in design at University of Dundee, Scotland. She has lectured and guest taught at numerous schools in Europe and North America including Art Center, Los Angeles, The University of Washington, Seattle, Arizona State University, Tempe, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, University of the Arts, London and Bolzen Bolzano, Italy and the ICIS Centre, Denmark among others. Terry was a founding partner of the San Francisco office of MetaDesign, an international design firm with offices in San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Zurich and served as Creative Director from 1992 - 2001. In 2003 Terry moved to Devon, England to do a Master’s Degree in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies. After completing her studies, she joined the faculty and taught design thinking to students with backgrounds in biology, ecology, physics, sociology and activism. In 2007 she moved to Scotland to undertake PhD studies at the Centre for the Study of Natural Design at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Terry's research explores how living systems principles can inform a more appropriate and responsible way to design and she is currently working with the faculty at CMU to incorporate 'design for society and the environment' into the heart of the curriculum. Terry holds an MFA in Design from the Allgemeine Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland.
April 9, 2013
Jenna Akre is a Minneapolis-based Art Director + Designer. After graduating from UMD in 2005, she has become a proven leader in the print and digital editorial community and has created a growing following of clients in branding, web and collateral design.
Annie Dugan, Curator at the Duluth Art Institute since 2010, is also the Founder and Co-director of the Free Range Film Festival in Wrenshall, MN. Dugan, who received her Masters degree in Art History from Columbia University, was previously Director of the Carlton County Historical Society, and has worked at the Walker Art Center and WDSE-TV, Duluth.
April 23, 2013
Mousumi De is an independent artist and researcher who works with visual arts, media and new media for peace building, social cohesion and educational projects. Currently, she is working as Associate Instructor and doing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University, Bloomington, majoring in Art Education. She is Honorary Research Fellow with Indian Institute of Sustainable Development, New Delhi, India; editor of newsletter for International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) and editorial board member of the International Journal for Education through Art. She has M.Phil in Communication and Media Studies (2009), M.A in Design and Digital Media (2003) from Coventry University, UK and B.A in English and Economics (1998) from University of Delhi, India. She is professionally trained in Fashion Designing and Clothing Technology (1995) from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India, and served the clothing industry from 1994 to 2002. Her research interests lie at the intersection of art (including visual, media and new media art) and technology, peace building and peace education. Some of her research works involve using the arts to empower disenfranchised youth and children, to foster peace literacy and enhance emotional and social learning. Works from her projects with children and young people have been exhibited in places including Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, UK (2006), InSEA Asia Regional Congress, Seoul (2007), the BBC Divine Art Project, UK (2007), and the Soufer Gallery, New York (2009). More recently, her research interests involve exploring the use of online technologies to teach visual arts to art novices and integrating games and play with the arts. Other research interests include intangible cultural heritage and cultural identity. As an artist, she works with mixed media, interactive media and ceramic carving (Wabi Sabi). Her works address issues of socio-political and cultural conflicts, peace and also traditional artforms of India. She is former member of the Gendai Association of Artists Japan and her works of been exhibited in the UK and Japan.
This lecture series on ‘The art of dissent and peace building’ will examine the culture of using visual imagery, new media arts, as well as performances that are inextricably intertwined with the practice of protesting and demonstrating across different cultures from different countries for the purpose of voicing their dissent as well as hopes for peace. Visual art and new media works from children and young people, the international civil society and various artists from different countries will be discussed. The discussions will seek to explore the power of arts in mediating resistance, civil disobedience, as well as mediating peace, forgiveness and peace building.