Artist and Sacred Treasure of Japan Shozo Sato will give a demonstration and lecture on the art of Sumi-e, a form of Japanese calligraphy and brush painting. He will also discuss how Zen philosophy influences the practice of art making. Shozo has won many awards including the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor of Japan for helping to disseminate Japanese culture to the West, and for his theatrical productions. He has written numerous books on the Sumi-e, the Japanese tea ceremony, Ikebana (the art of arranging flowers), and classical dance.
Born in Ikataku, Kobe City, Japan in 1933, Shozo Sato received a degree in fine arts from Bunka Gakuin College, Tokyo, and also highest diplomas in the Japanese tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and classical dance. His dramatic training took place at Toho Academy, Tokyo; in Kabuki, he was a special student of Nakamura Kenzaburo XVII. He is Professor Emeritus of the Art and Design Faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is known in Chicago for his series of plays in Kabuki style at the Wisdom Bridge Theater such as Kabuki Macbeth, Kabuki Medea and others.
Del Harrow is a conceptual sculptor and ceramic artist from Portland, OR. His work - consisting of site-specific installations, sculptures, and limited edition objects - explores themes such as: the historical practice and mythologies of individual “Modern” Artists, verbal and visual systems of abstraction, and the visual experience of images in relation to the physical experience of objects. He uses ceramics and the idea of “media specific practice” as a kind of conceptual pivot point – a point of reference - from which to address specific subjects, and the idea of complexity in general, with a process not otherwise tied to any signature form.
Harrow holds a BS from the University of Oregon, and an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Penn State University.
John Byrd is a sculptor and Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. His work is interested in the nature of the object and the perception of finely crafted skill specifically as it is used to exhibit a persistent commitment to an idea or exploration. Contextually speaking, his work tends to be derivative of specific aesthetic qualities, most often those that he associates with a personal autobiography that had little exposure to art outside of what could be consumed in a rural North Carolina childhood.
John earned his BFA from Louisiana State University in 1997 and his MFA from the University of Washington in 2000. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Glenn Adamson is Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads a graduate program in the History of Design. His research interests include modern craft and design; furniture and ceramics in England and America in the 17th and 18th centuries; and decorative arts theory. Dr. Adamson is co-editor of the triannual Journal of Modern Craft, and the author of Thinking Through Craft (Berg Publishers/V&A Publications) and the forthcoming Craft Reader (Berg, 2009). His other publications include Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World (MIT Press), and Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker (Milwaukee Art Museum). Presently he is working on an exhibition about Postmodernism, to be held at the V&A in 2011.
Nicola López (b. Santa Fe, NM) currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Through her work in printmaking, drawing, and installation López describes and reconfigures our contemporary – primarily urban – landscape. She received her BA (1998) and MFA (2004) from Columbia University in New York City. Selected exhibitions include Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY (2008); Phantom Sightings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2008); Orpheus Selection at P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, NY (2008); Since 2000: Printmaking Now, at The Museum of Modern Art, NY (2007). Recent solo exhibitions include Constriction Zone at Franklin Art Works, MN (2008) and Pace Prints, NY (2008). Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Art on Paper, the Village Voice, The New York Times, and the Brooklyn Rail. López has received residency awards from The Headlands Center for the Arts, Tamarind Institute in New Mexico, Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, and was the recipient of a NYFA Fellowship in Drawing/Printmaking/Book Arts (2005) and an MFA Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2004). López is currently preparing for her third solo show at Caren Golden Fine Art in New York.
Iranian-American artist Tala Madani paints a provocative and humorous discourse on cultural and sexual identity. Picturing the male domain in all its stereotypical glory, Madani’s portraits of Middle Eastern men play out fictive rituals of a deviant, distinctly female imagination: prayer gatherings twisted into homosexual orgies, birthday parties targeted for terrorist attack, and tattoos and body hair plucking construed as the latest in ultra-macho beauty makeovers. In devising her scenes of aberrant ceremony, Madani pinpoints the very essence of frustration, fervour, and inadequacy. Born in Tehran, Iran, Madani received Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Art from OSU in 2004, an MFA from Yale University in 2006, and recently attended the Rijksakademie Artists’ Residency in the Netherlands. Selected exhibitions include solo exhibitions at Lombard Freid Projects, NY, and the Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, as well as group exhibitions at Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland, and Saatchi Gallery, London. She is included in the upcoming New Museum triennial The Generational: Younger than Jesus.
Amanda Ross-Ho was born in Chicago, IL in 1975. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and her MFA from the University of Southern California in 2006. She has presented solo exhibitions at Western Exhibitions, Chicago; Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Hoet Bekaert, Belgium, and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York, in Fall 2009. Selected group exhibitions include Artist's Space, New York; Francesca Pia, Zurich; The Approach, London; Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York; Guild and Greyshkul, New York; John Connelley Presents, New York; Bellwether, New York; Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Marc Foxx, Los Angeles; Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena; The California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the 2008 Whitney Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, ArtReview, Modern Painters, The LA Times, LA Weekly, The Village Voice, Conde Nast Portfolio, Time Out New York, Art Ltd, Mousse, and NY Arts Magazine. Amanda Ross-Ho lives and works in Los Angeles.
Larry Sultan grew up in California’s San Fernando Valley, which has become a source of inspiration for a number of his projects. His work blends documentary and staged photography to create images of the psychological as well as physical landscape of suburban family life. Sultan’s seminal book and exhibition Pictures From Home (1992) is a decade-long project that features his own mother and father as its primary subjects, exploring photography’s role in creating familial mythologies. Using this same suburban setting, his book, The Valley (2004) examines the adult film industry and the area’s middle-class tract homes that serve as pornographic film sets. Sultan’s images negotiate between reality and fantasy, domesticity and desire, as the mundane qualities of the domestic surroundings become loaded cultural symbols.
Larry Sultan has pushed the boundaries of photographic practice since 1977 with the publication of Evidence, a collection of found institutional photographs created in collaboration with photographer Mike Mandel. His work has been exhibited and published widely and is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Art, to name a few. Sultan is a professor of art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Milton S. F. Curry was born in Fresno, California. He is associate professor of architecture and theory at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1995. Mr. Curry attained a BArch degree from Cornell University and a MArch postprofessional degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design - both with concentrations in architecture theory.
As a designer, Mr. Curry worked at the New York offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects prior to opening his own design practice, OrbitMCA designstudio, in 1995. The firm’s work is both speculative and built and includes his 2004 NegroCity Housing + Harlem Target project commissioned for The Studio Museum in Harlem invited exhibition “Harlemworld: Metropolis as Metaphor;” a 200-seat restaurant in Ithaca, New York; and DefJam Studios and Cafe - a speculative project commissioned by DefJam Records in 1995. Mr. Curry was featured on CNN Design 360 in 2004 to discuss his work at The Studio Museum and the impending gentrification of Harlem. As a leading disciplinary voice on the implications of culture and race on aesthetics and urbanization, Mr. Curry has co- founded two journals of architecture - CriticalProductive (2008) and Appendx (1993). Cornel West, professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University cited Appendx in Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America: “The pioneering work of Darell Fields, Kevin Fuller and Milton Curry in their journal Appendx is of great significance to race and architecture.”
Mr. Curry teaches graduate architecture theory seminars and architecture design studios at Cornell. His teaching and research - on topics ranging from big-box retail to dense urbanization - open up tensions between architectural modernism, democratic space, and the contemporary paradigms of urban development in the Americas. As both a designer and scholar, Mr. Curry has engaged leading thinkers across multiple disciplines - as members of editorial boards for the journals that he has founded, as participants in conferences and symposia he has organized, and as colleagues in interdisciplinary endeavors.
Cory Arcangel is a Brooklyn-based artist who works with video, installation, music composition, sculpture, print media, the web, and mathematics. His installation and sculptural work has exhibited internationally in such venues as the Whitney Biennial, the Liverpool Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
Anoka Faruqee is a painter who lives and works in Los Angeles. She has exhibited her work in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Dhaka, Bangladesh. Group and solo exhibitions include Max Protetch and Monya Rowe Galleries (New York); P.S.1 Museum (Queens); Albright-Knox Gallery (Buffalo); Angels Gallery (Los Angeles); Chicago Cultural Center; and Hosfelt Gallery (New York and San Francisco). She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1997 and her BA from Yale University in 1994. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, the Skowhegan School of Art, and the P.S.1 National Studio Program. Grants include the Pollock Krasner Foundation and Artadia.
Faruqee currently teaches painting and critical theory at California Institute of Arts, where she is Co-Director of the Arts Program.