Kellie Jones, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, where her research interests include African-American and African diaspora artists; Latin American and Latino/a artists; and issues in contemporary art and museum theory. She has worked as a curator for more than two decades, with more than 25 major national and international exhibitions to her credit. She was named an Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellow in 2008 for her lifetime of writing on the visual arts, which has appeared in numerous publications. Her book, EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, has been named one of the top art books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly, and her book on African-American artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s is forthcoming from MIT Press. Jones’ residency is sponsored by M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice and Rinehart School of Sculpture.
Tamara Walker, assistant professor in the Department of History at University of Pennsylvania, will talk about her book manuscript and doctoral dissertation titled Ladies and Gentlemen, Slaves and Citizens: Dressing the Part in Lima, 1723–1845. Her focus is the relationship between clothing and status in an ethnically diverse slaveholding society, with particular attention to the meanings given to dress and deportment both by subordinate members of the society and by those who presumed to control it. The project offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of history, drawing upon archival research, travel accounts and iconographic evidence, as well as a rich body of comparative slavery scholarship and material culture studies. Using clothing as a tracer, it demonstrates the ways in which the legal, economic and social restrictions imposed upon slaves and free castas (as the offspring of Europeans, Africans and Indians were known) affected their access to material goods but could not prevent them from using such goods to display their own sense of identity and status.
As part of the Mixed Media Lecture Series, the MICA Ceramics Department will host visiting artist Ann Agee, who will lecture on her work and influences. In a recent review in Art and America, Lilly Wei framed Agee’s work by saying, “Toying with once-ingrained notions of ceramics as a minor art, Agee’s porcelain creations are mischievous, wonderfully misbegotten offspring of sculpture, painting, objet d’art and kitschy souvenir, throwing in some economic, sociopolitical and gender commentary for good measure.” Agee’s work addresses and inhabits multiple media, riffs on Delftware, domestic interiors and feminism with an elegance, style and humor. Agee’s work is widely exhibited, most recently at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, Locks Gallery in Philadelphia and Lux Art Institute in Calif. She has won numerous awards for her works, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. (Above: Ann Agee installing at Lux Art Institute, Encenitas, California.)
In partnership with the Greater Baltimore Tech Council, the Inclusive Innovation Unconference (or “InSquared”) will encourage and equip women and African Americans in the field of tech entrepreneurship. Two keynote speakers will set the tone and lend their unique insights to the event: Bartunde Thurston, the digital director of the Onion and author of the forthcoming book How to Be Black, and Tara Hunt, author and co-founder of e-commerce Q&A platform Buyosphere who was named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company. For more information, visit www.gbtechcouncil.org/insquared. (top to bottom: Tara Hunt and Baratunde Thurston.)
The artwork of Edgar Heap of Birds includes multidisciplinary forms of public art messages, large-scale drawings, Neuf Series acrylic paintings, prints, works in glass and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture. Recently, Heap of Birds created a 50-foot outdoor sculpture for the entrance of the Denver Art Museum titled Wheel that is inspired by the traditional medicine wheel of the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. His work has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Museum of the American Indian, among others. Heap of Birds has taught at Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design and Michaelis School of Fine Art at University of Cape Town in South Africa. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Lila Wallace Foundation, Bonfil Santon Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trust.
Author and journalist Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, the Dallas Morning News and the New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. He has authored 11 books, including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. He writes a weekly column for Truthdig and has been very involved in the Occupy Wall Street Movement and was arrested with others in New York this past November as part of a demonstration. Hedges’ talk is sponsored by the Humanistic Studies Department.
Ingrid Bachmann’s work exists at the crossroads of the technological, the generative, the performative and the corporeal. Using both redundant and state of the art digital technologies, Bachmann’s projects create visually rich, immersive and interactive environments—spaces of encounter activated by the viewer—where various interactions and interventions can take shape. By combining responsive textiles, found objects, performance garments and sculpture, Bachmann creates situations, circumstances and systems that generate their own dynamics, contingent on the viewer’s presence and participation. In doing so, her works invite the viewer to negotiate materiality, performance, presence and the haptic. Bachmann is a founding member of Hexagram: Institute for Research-Creation in Media Arts in Montreal, Canada and the director of the Institute of Everyday Life. Her talk is part of the Fiber Department’s Mixed Media Series. (Above: Ingrid Bachmann, Symphony for 54 Shoes. Photo by Wojtek Gwiazda)
The Monday Artist at Noon lecture series is organized by the Drawing, General Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking Senior Thesis programs. The Art@Lunch lecture series is organized by the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism with support from the Office of Academic Services.
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