All MCAM exhibitions and programs are open to the public. Admission is free unless otherwise stated.
NOV 19, 2014 Artist Lecture Series: Tracy Cooper 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Dr. Tracy E. Cooper (PhD, Princeton University) is Professor of Art History at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her specialization is Venetian and early modern cultural history, with particular interests in architecture-urbanism and patronage-network studies. She recently co-edited a volume with Marcia Hall on The Sensuous and the Counter-Reformation Church Cambridge University Press, 2013). Her book, Palladio’s Venice: Architecture and Society in a Renaissance Republic (Yale University Press, 2006), received the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize in 2007 from the Renaissance Society of America. Sponsored by Jane Green.
JAN 28, 2015 Artist Lecture Series: John Divola 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL John Divola is a contemporary visual artist. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Divola works in photography, describing himself as exploring the landscape by looking for the edge between the abstract and the specific. He has held the position of Professor in the art department at University of California Riverside since 1988. His work has been featured in many solo exhibitions across United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. He participated in 1978, 1989, 2000 the Museum of Modern Art group exhibitions and in 1981 Whitney Biennial. Divola received many awards as Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1973, 1976, 1979, 1990 and a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1986. Sponsored by Corenah Wright Lecture Series/Art Dept.
FEB 4, 2015 Artist Lecture Series: Rob Storr 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Robert Storr is an American curator, critic, painter, and academic. From 1990 to 2002 Storr was Senior Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. As a curator, Storr made his mark early with a number of major exhibitions at MoMA and elsewhere, which enhanced the public prominence of such artists as Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith and Robert Ryman. He also organized a number of reinstallations of MoMA's permanent collection, covering such topics as abstraction and the modern grotesque. From 2002 to 2006 he was Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He is currently the dean of the Yale School of Art and was the first American commissioner of the Venice Biennale in 2007. Over the years, Storr has written for the following publications: Art in America, Artforum, Art Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, Art & Design, Interview, etc. He is considered to be one of the most influential Americans in the art world. Sponsored by Corenah Wright Lecture Series/Art Dept.
FEB 18, 2015 Artist Lecture Series: Maria Elena Gonzalez 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Maria Elena Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1957. She is best known for her sculptural installations that are architecturally as well as personally informed, one of González’s most recent series “Tree Talk” was inspired by her encounter with a fallen birch tree in the woods of the summer artist colony Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. She collected and flattened its bark, made drawings, rubbings, and then scanned its striated patterns to see what kind of sounds would result. She digitally translated the bark patterns and had them laser cut into a roll for a player piano. When played, the scroll has an unexpected “score”: the phrasing, polyphony, and rhythms seem deliberately composed and modern. This project allows us to hear the “music” of the birch tree, and reminds us of the inherent logic that exists in all of nature’s patterns. Sponsored by Corenah Wright Lecture Series/Art Dept.
FEB 25, 2015 Artist Lecture Series: Jonn Herschend 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Jonn Herschend is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and experimental publisher whose work explores fiction, reality and the narrative structures that we employ as a way to explain the chaos and clutter of our everyday lives. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Den Frie Contemporary Art Center in Copenhagen, Denmark; SITE Santa Fe, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is the co-founder and co-editor, along with Will Rogan, of the experimental publication THE THING Quarterly, and is a recent recipient of a Danish Arts Council grant for his work as co-curator of the Deadpan Exchange international exhibition series. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California Berkeley, San Francisco State University, California College of Art and Stanford University. His work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Sponsored by Herringer Graduate Lecture Series.
MAR 11, 2015 Artist Lecture Series: Libby Black 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Libby Black, a dedicated adjunct professor at California College of the Arts, is a prolific painter and installation artist. She has exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Orange County Museum of Art, and numerous galleries in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. She has been an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and Montalvo Arts Center. Her work has been reviewed in many notable publications including Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times. She received a BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Painting from the California College of the Arts. Sponsored by Herringer Graduate Lecture Series.