George Baker is associate professor of art history at the University of California, Los Angeles where he has taught modern and contemporary art and theory since 2003. A New York and Paris- based critic for Artforum magazine throughout the 1990s, Baker also works as an editor of the journal October and its publishing imprint October Books. Professor Baker is the author, most recently, of The Artwork Caught by the Tail: Francis Picabia and Dada in Paris, and several other books including James Coleman: Drei Filmarbeiten, and Gerard Byrne: Books, Magazines, and Newspapers, as well as essays on a variety of postmodern and contemporary artists. Currently, he is working on disparate projects including a revisionist study of Picasso’s modernism and a shorter book on the work of four women artists—Zoe Leonard, Tacita Dean, Moyra Davey and Sharon Lockhart—to be entitled Lateness and Longing: On the Afterlife of Photography. The latter is part of a larger project that Baker has termed “photography’s expanded field,” detailing the fate of photography and film works in contemporary cultural production.
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This Visiting Artist Lecture sponsored by the Davis family, the UO Department of Art and UO Department of the History of Art and Architecture.
Material culture, historical image, and literary influences converge in the work of American artist Denise Pelletier. Addressing the body as both flesh and social construct, her ceramic and mixed media objects and installations make symbolic use of reinvented cultural artifacts, displaced and transformed to create new meanings and re-imagined narratives. Denise earned an MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University in 1994, and currently teaches at Connecticut College, where she is an Associate Professor of Art and Art Department Chair. She shows her work extensively in the United States and abroad.
Victoria Haven is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Seattle. Washington. She received her BFA in painting from the University of Washington and her MFA in 1999 from Goldsmiths College. University of London. Her work has been included in group shows at the Drawing Center in New York, The Henry Art Gallery, The Frye Art Museum, Susan Hobbs Gallery (Toronto) and Tablet Gallery (London), among others. Haven uses drawing, sculpture and photography to mine the fertile ground between 2 and 3 dimensions. Her work has been written about in several publications including Art Forum, Art LTD and Art in America. Her recent book Hit the North, published by Publication Studio in 2011, is a collection of images with essays relating to her practice as a visual artist
Catherine Opie lives and works in Los Angeles. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1961, she received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1985, and an MFA from CalArts in 1988. In 2000, Opie was appointed Professor of Fine Art at Yale University, and in 2001 she accepted the position of Professor of Photography at UCLA. Catherine Opie's photographs include series of portraits and American urban landscapes, ranging in format from large-scale color works to smaller black and white prints. Moving from the territory of the body to the framework of the city, Opie's various photographic series are linked together by a conceptual framework of cultural portraiture.
Euan Macdonald, born Edinburgh, Scotland, 1965, lives and works in Los Angeles. Macdonald's videos, drawings and sculptures are informed by philosophical, musical, literary and popular references. They often depict everyday scenes while examining landscape, entropy, stillness, noise, and duration.
Jim Lee received his MFA from the University of Delaware in 1996. He has had several international solo exhibitions including shows at Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels; Motus Fort, Tokyo; Freight + Volume, and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York. Additionally he has been included in exhibitions at Daimler Contemporary, and Duve, Berlin; La Station, Nice, France; IMOCA, Indianapolis; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta; Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston and the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY. Lee lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is represented by Nicelle Beauchene Gallery.
Carole Frances Lung is a Los Angeles based artist who works in a variety of media including performance, installation, and garments. Her work focuses on the globalization of the apparel industry and its effects on everyday life. utilizing her primary alter ego Frau Fiber, a former East German garment worker and activist, she freely distributes her knowledge of apparel production to the masses. Ms. Lung has exhibited widely, including recent shows at Ben Maltz Gallery, OTIS, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; and Ghetto Biennale, Port Au Prince, Haiti.
Trained as a metalsmith, Kim Cridler creates works that utilize the history, making, and meaning of craft and domestic ornamentation. She currently teaches as Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. An undergraduate at the University of Michigan, Kim earned an MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and studied at Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. Kim has taught in art programs across the country including University of Michigan, San Diego State University, Arizona State University, and the Penland School of Crafts.
Awards include Visual Arts Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Her work is featured in public collections including the Arizona State University Art Museum, the Arkansas Art Center Decorative Museum of Art, the California State University Long Beach Art Museum, the Chazen Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Scottsdale Contemporary Museum of Art, the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz, and the State of Wisconsin Percent for Art.
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Helen Molesworth is the chief curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and guest curator for “This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s.” The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has organized “This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s,” an ambitious presentation that represents the diversity and complexity of art produced during the 1980s. It opened at the MCA Chicago on February 11 and runs through June 2, 2012 and tours to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 30-September 30, 2012) and to the ICA Boston, Massachusetts (October 26, 2012-January 27, 2013).The University of Oregon’s Connective Conversations: Inside Oregon Art 2011-2012 are made possible by a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures.
Fabienne Lasserre lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her recent solo shows include "For the Partner" (2011) at Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, and "What is Found There" (2010), at Gallery Diet, Miami. Lasserre has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally, including: The Québec Triennial 2011 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal; Come Through (2010), at Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NY; Foreign Object (2010), a two-person show at Regina Rex, NY; and Hace Mucho que No Te Veo, a two-person show with Christy Gast at Espacio Matacuna 100, Santiago, Chile.
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