Art Talks Series featuring Gregg Bordowitz, Angela Dufresne, Ken Lum & Valeska Soares
June 24 - June 27, 2013
Lesley University’s Art Institute of Boston and the Massachusetts Cultural Council present the Art Talks visiting artist lecture series from June 24-27, held in the Boston University Kenmore Classroom Building.
The talks are free and open to the public.
Monday — June 24 Gregg Bordowitz - “I believe that art can change the world. I believe that art and freedom are necessarily related. There are no facts to support these claims. Still, I carry these beliefs formed decades ago. How do some beliefs remain and what do I gain by believing? At risk of sounding ridiculous, I will try to explain.”
Gregg Bordowitz is an artist and writer. For the past three years, Bordowitz turned his attention to performance. Bordowitz teaches in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and he is on the faculty of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
Tuesday — June 25 Angela Dufresne - “My work engages in the stuff of the world, in dialogue with media, film, individuals and history. I don’t appropriate cultural production, I ‘cover’ it, like Tina Turner covers the Beatles ‘Come Together’. My work is a performance, a reenactment, a death ray meant to destroy the space between myself and what is being represented.”
Angela Dufresne’s exhibitions include The Hammer Museum, LA, (solo) as well as in The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, P.S. 1/MoMA, Rose Art Museum, CRG and Monya Rowe Gallery in New York and Sarah Lawrence College. In 2010 she curated a group exhibition F**kHeads: Portraiture for the Silicone Enlightenment for Kinkead Contemporary, LA. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
Wednesday — June 26 Ken Lum - Over the course of his thirty-year career, Ken Lum has developed a large and complex body of work that focuses on the complexity of identity formation in both public and private realms. Lum has investigated subjectivity within the parameters of the sign-form itself. A primary theme of his work is the articulation of individuality within the constraints of social, political, and economic encodement. Born in 1956 in Vancouver, Canada, Lum has been exhibiting his work since the late 1970s. He has worked through a variety of media including public performances, sculptures, photographs, paintings, and installations. He was recently appointed Director of the Undergraduate Fine Arts program of the University of Pennsylvania
Thursday — June 27 Valeska Soares - Valeska Soares is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work often explores the complex relationship between how we perceive, experience, and record time, and how this plays out in our collective/individual memory.
Valeska Soares was born in Brazil and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Her work is included in the collections of The Tate Modern, London, The Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., The Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York, Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Inhotim, Brazil, and CAC, Centro De Arte Contemporánea, Malaga, Spain, among many others.