University of Oregon

Department of Art

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: 2013-14

Ben Lignel & Namita Gupta Wiggers

This is not a book“This is Not a Book: a Test Drive through Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective (Part 2)”
Monday, October 21, 2013

Benjamin Lignel first trained in philosophy and literature, then in art history, at New York University, and finally in furniture design, at London’s Royal College of Art. A lot of his time is devoted to creating jewelry, but has recently steered back toward curatorial, associative, and writing en- deavors. Lignel is a cofounder of la garantie, association pour le bijou, a French association with a mission to study jewelry. He started contribut- ing essays and op-eds to magazines and publications in 2006, and he became a member of “Think Tank, a European Initiative for the Applied Arts,” in 2009. He is the editor of Art Jewelry Forum since January 2013.

Namita Gupta Wiggers is director and chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Through curatorial practice, Wiggers considers how craft and design function as subjects and verbs, as simultaneously distinct and intersecting practices, and how the exhibition functions as a site and space for cultural inquiry. Wiggers is the cofounder of the Critical Craft Forum and serves on the board of trustees of the American Craft Council.

Sponsored by the metalsmithing and jewelry area in the Department of Art and the Art Jewelry Forum.

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Sharon Harper

Working into the Unknown
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Working into the UnknownSharon Harper works with photography and video, exploring how technology mediates our relationship with the natural world and generates perceptual experiences. She received an MFA in photography and related media from the School of Visual Art in New York. Her work is found in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York City, the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, among other significant collections. Harper is represented by Galerie Stefan Roepke, Cologne, Germany, and Rick Wester Fine Art, New York. She is currently a professor of visual arts and environmental studies at Harvard University. Her monograph From Above and Below was published by Radius Books in 2013

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Melissa Levin

Time and Space: Artist Residencies
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Melissa LevinMelissa Levin joined the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) in 2005 and is currently the director of cultural programs overseeing LMCC's artist residencies and public programming. LMCC takes an innovative and holistic approach to supporting artists, in all disciplines and at all career stages, and specifically makes space for artistic process in New York City by offering programs with robust and necessary resources that respond to both artists' changing needs and the evolution of some of our city's most important locations. Previously, Melissa Levin has worked at Artforum International Magazine, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has participated in panels at Baruch College, Dumbo Arts Center, Lower East Side Print Shop, Center for Book Arts, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts; and lectured at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New York University, Parsons: The New School for Design, and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Levin is also an independent curator and writer and has curated exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Cuchifritos Gallery, ISE Cultural Foundation, Andrea Rosen Gallery, LMCC, and Taylor De Cordoba Gallery, Los Angeles. Melissa Levin received her BA with honors in visual art and art history from Barnard College in New York.

This lecture is sponsored by the printmaking area in the Department of Art.

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Andrea Polli

A Walk in the Woods: Art, Technology, Science and Nature
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Andrea Polli imagesAndrea Polli is an artist working at the intersection of art, science, and technology whose practice includes media installation, public interventions, curating and directing art and community projects and writing. She has been creating media and technology artworks related to environmental science issues since 1999, when she first began collaborating with atmospheric scientists on sound and data sonification projects. Among other organizations, she has worked with the NASA Goddard Institute Climate Research Group in New York City, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and AirNow. She holds a doctorate in practice-led research from the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom. Her latest book is Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles. She is currently the Mesa Del Sol Chair of Digital Media and an associate professor of fine arts and engineering at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Sponsored by the Digital Arts Program in the Department of Art with support from the Robert D. Clark Honors College.

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Josiah McElhaney & Lynne Cooke

Insider/Outlier - The professional and the self-taught artist in the United States in the modernist era
Friday, November 15, 2013

Lynne Cooke ArtworkLynne Cooke is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She served as chief curator and deputy director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid from 2008 to 2012 and as curator at Dia Art Foundation from 1991 to 2008. In 1991, Cooke cocurated the Carnegie International, and she has helmed numerous major shows since, including the 10th Biennale of Syndey (1996), “Island Universe” with Josiah McElheny at the Reina Sofia (2009) and the traveling exhibition “Rosemarie Trockel: Cosmos” (2012). Cooke was on the faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College from 1996 to 2008.

Josiah McElheny is an artist based in New York City. A sculptor, performance artist, writer and filmmaker, McElheny’s work draws on his interests and research into the history of glass, modernism, the evolution of museological display, Enlightenment philosophy, and early twentieth-century theories of utopia and the “Big Bang.” In 2012 and 2013, his work was the subject of two major survey exhibitions at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston and at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2001 he has been a senior critic in sculpture at the Yale School of Art and he is the 2013 Teiger Mentor in the Arts at Cornell University. In 2006, Josiah McElheny was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Copresented with Zena Zezza as part of “Josiah McElheny: Artist Project Season at the lumber room.”

Kathy Marmor

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Kathy Marmor - MessengerKathy Marmorʼs interactive multimedia installations are witty and wry observations about the impact of new digital technologies on our interpretations of identity. She uses interaction and collaboration as strategies to encourage the viewer to actively participate. Marmor asserts that participation can help us re-orient ourselves in an increasingly unstable world. Indeed, through these processes of orientation, we assemble and reassemble our sense of self.

The Messengers provides an electronic soapbox by serving as a platform for digital pronouncements. The piece draws on common experiences with electronic communications, in which a text, tweet or email can evoke unintended and unexpected responses. The Messengers utilizes “smart” machines to rearrange the flutter and flow of Twitter into poetic, hilarious, or nonsensical mash-ups, highlighting the uncertainties of our social lives.

Kathy Marmor earned an MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she is currently a professor of art. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. This exhibition is made possible by a JSMA Academic Support Grant, awarded to Colin Ives, associate professor in the Department of Art, to support courses in interactive digital arts and emerging technologies.

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Terry Thacker

Painting as Itself, Painting as Other
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Terry ThackerTerry Thacker has been an artist and educator for over thirty years. He is currently professor of fine art at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film where he was department chair from 2006 to 2011.  Also active as a lecturer and reviewer, he has written for Art Papers, lectured at the Southeastern College Art Association, and spoken at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Thacker received his MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He later studied at Long Island University. His most recent educational experience was as an associate at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with resident artist Alice Aycock.

Thacker has shown in numerous national and regional exhibitions including exhibitions at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Brooks Museum, Hunter Museum, and Cheekwood as well as solo installations at Vanderbilt University, Western Kentucky University, Murray State University, Alexandria Museum, and the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art.

Sponsored by the painting area in the Department of Art.

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Jordan Tate

New Containers
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jordan Tate, New Work #174 and #180.5Jordan Tate was born in 1981 in Louisville, Kentucky and is an assistant professor of art at the University of Cincinnati. He has a bachelor of philosophy degree in interdisciplinary studies from Miami University and a master of fine arts in photography from Indiana University. He was a Fulbright fellow in 2008-09. Tate’s work is currently held in collections nationwide, including Rhizome at the New Museum (New York, New York), the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, Illinois), The Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Collection, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Columbus Museum of Art, all in Ohio, and the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Texas). Recent exhibitions of his works include: Herron School of Art and Design, University of Indiana (Indianapolis, Indiana), PH Gallery (United Kingdom), Higher Pictures (New York, New York), The Photographer Gallery (London, United Kingdom), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland, Ohio).

Sponsored by the digital arts and photography areas in the Department of Art.

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Robert Storr

Kara Walker: Shadow Caster
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Robert StorrRobert Storr will explore Walker’s work through the symbolism of the shadow, drawing on historic and metaphoric connections. A critic, curator, painter, and academic, Robert Storr is considered one of the most influential Americans in the art world. He served as senior curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from 1990 to 2002, became the first American selected as commissioner of the Venice Biennale in 2007, and is currently the dean of Yale University’s School of Art.

The lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power, on view January 25 - April 6, 2014. Visit

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Art, the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Academic Affairs and is made possible by the George and Matilda Fowler Endowment Fund.

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Christy Gast

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Christy Gast, Being (Reclining Beaver), pigment print, 2013Christy Gast’s work stems from extensive research and site visits to places she thinks of as “contested landscapes.” These range from beaver-ravaged sub-Antarctic forests, to a mountain in Phoenix, Arizona undergoing a politicized name change, to the extensively engineered canals and dikes around Lake Okeechobee that divert water from the Everglades in Florida. She is interested in places where there is evidence of conflict in human desires. She traces, translates, or mirrors those conflicts through her art practice.

Gast’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally, including MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Artist’s Space, and Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and High Desert Test Sites in California; Gallery Diet, Miami Art Museum and the Bass Museum of Art in Miami; Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich; and Centro Cultural Matucana 100 in Santiago, Chile. Since 2010 she has directed the Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) program, bringing artists to live and work in the Everglades for a month at a time.

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Ethan Jackson and Ethan Rose

Responding to Material and Site
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Top: Ethan Jackson, Phos, 2013; Bottom: Ethan Rose, Player Piano, 2008Ethan Jackson is a visual artist working in architectural optics, photographics, interactive media and installation. Light, vision, image and imagination are the basis for projects that range across perceptual, spatial, documentary and experiential territory. He received a BA at Williams College and an MFA at the University of Colorado.

Ethan Rose, sound artist and composer, has released recordings, scored films, constructed performances, created sound installations and worked with a variety of collaborators. In works that manifest across a range of media, Rose’s consideration of sound reaches out from the formal mechanics of studio composition to investigate revealed gestures of sonic transformation. Rose’s works have exhibited, screened, and been performed internationally, including Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Experimental Sound Studio, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Milan Design Week, and the SXSW Music Festival.

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Michael Jones McKean

Objects, Sculptures, Us...
Monday, April 7, 2014

The Folklore, 2013 96 x 82 x 40 inches wood, stainless steel, clay, dirt, cement, papier-mâché, lights, resin, eye lashes, wig, makeup, fabric, rubber, necklaces, paintMichael Jones McKean (b. 1976, Truk Island, Micronesia) is known primarily for his large-scale installations and sculptures dealing with issues of narration, complexity, representation, materiality and failure. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Nancy Graves Foundation Award and an Artadia Award. McKean has been awarded fellowships at the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. Recent exhibitions include the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, Annedale-On-Hudson, New York; Horton Gallery, New York, New York; Manifestation Internatiationle d’art de Quebec Biennale, Canada; Gentili Apri, Berlin, Germany; the Art Foundation, Athens, Greece; Favorite Goods, Los Angeles, California; Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada; and Shenkar University, Tel Aviv, Israel. He is Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where he has taught in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media since 2006.

Michael Darling

Photography Shoots Itself: The Objectification of the Photograph from Jiro Takamatsu to Camille Henrot
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Michael DarlingMichael Darling is the James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, where he has organized the exhibitions Pandora’s Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the MCA Collection, The Language of Less (Then and Now), IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958-2011, Ron Terada: Being There, David Hartt: Stray Light, Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today, and Think First, Shoot Later: Photographs from the MCA Collection. Forthcoming exhibitions include Isa Genzken: Retrospective and Anne Collier. Previously, Darling was the Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). His exhibitions at SAM included Kurt, Target Practice: Painting Under Attack, 1949-78, Thermostat: Video and the Pacific Northwest, along with exhibits on the work of Su-Mei Tse, Nicolas Provost, Geoff McFetridge, Enrico David, Oscar Tuazon and Eli Hansen. Prior to SAM, Darling was associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, where he curated the exhibitions Roy McMakin: A Door Meant as Adornment, Sam Durant, Painting in Tongues, and The Architecture of R.M. Schindler. He also organized Superflat in collaboration with the artist Takashi Murakami. Darling received his BA in art history from Stanford University, and his MA and PhD in art and architectural history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Darling frequently serves as a panelist, lecturer, and guest curator on contemporary art and architecture.

Sponsored by the Department of Art and made possible by the University of Oregon’s Connective Conversations: Inside Oregon Art, a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program Curators and Critics Tours and Lectures.

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Stephanie Snyder

Hospitality as Witness in the work of Daniel Spoerri
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Stephanie Snyder Stephanie Snyder is the Anne and John Hauberg Director and Curator of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, a position she has held since 2003. Snyder graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College and completed her graduate studies in Art History and Art Education at Columbia University. Snyder is the curator of numerous exhibitions, including: Jamie Isenstein: Will Return (2013); Kara Walker, More & Less (2012); Bruce Nauman, Basements (2012); Terry Winters: Linking Graphics (2010); David Reed, Lives of Paintings (2008); and Sutapa Biswas: Birdsong (2006). In 2008, Snyder received a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Getty Foundation to support her work on Daniel Spoerri, and in 2013 she received an award for her critical writing from the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and the CUE Foundation, New York. This year, Snyder was awarded a place in the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute. She is a regular contributor to and PLAZM. She lives in Portland with her husband Jonathan and their son Theo.

Sponsored by the sculpture area in the Department of Art.

Mark Amerika

Remixing Persona

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mark Amerika artworkMark Amerika work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. His comprehensive midcareer retrospective was recently exhibited at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. In 2009, Amerika released Immobilité, generally considered the first feature-length art film ever shot on a mobile phone. He is the author of many books including remixthebook (University of Minnesota Press) and his collection of artist writings entitled META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (The MIT Press). His latest art work, Museum of Glitch Aesthetics was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics. The project was recently remixed for his survey exhibition, Glitch. Click. Thunk, at the University Art Galleries at the University of Hawaii. Amerika is a professor of digital art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In fall 2013, he was an international research chair for The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations (Labex-H2H) at the University of Paris 8 in Saint-Denis, France.
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