Critical Dialogue Series

CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- TAMEKA NORRIS

Tameka Norris states:

"With myself and my communities as subject, I use painting, video, photography, music, performance, installation, project-based art, context art, confession, the internet and institutional critique to explore the internal drives and external influences that shape identity. My practice critiques the invisibility of blackness in cultural forms built upon the appropriation of popular and sacred black expressions and idioms. Although I was a "creative child" I came to Art through my tumultuous experience of trying to "make it" in Los Angeles as a vulnerable teenage girl on my own. I explored the roles of rapper, video hoe, certified audio engineer, certified massage therapist, phone sex operator, stripper, prostitute, a sexually exploited, uneducated woman, porn star, occasional drug dealer, barista, customer service call center agent, professor, and art star- which now all inform my art and social practice. In addition to making my own music and music videos, full of tongue-in-cheek hip-hop posturing and works about my identity as an artist and a mixed-race woman of color, I sample and mix materials liberally in my practice, as well. These range from paintings on found fabrics from all over the world and used bed sheets salvaged from Mississippi Gulf Coast neighborhoods destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, to photographs of myself exercising and exorcising stereotypes of race, gender and class to visceral performances centered upon the act of licking, f*cking, crying and mimicking.  In my work, as in life, I constantly re-invent myself. I engage issues in music, art, academia, sexual exploitation and street-life, all of which I have been a subject, actor and agent. Laying bare the race to mythical perfection, my work throws into relief how exploitation is built into these systems, in particular for a folks of color, the other, women and queer communities. The fragmentation is somehow liberating and inviting as I approach and examine meta-self-improvement, success and self care."

MFA, Yale School of Art, Painting, 2012. BA, Art Major, African American Studies Minor, 2010. Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2009.

  • Date & Time

    2016-04-13
    6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Tyler School of Art Auditorium- B004
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CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- JENNY SNIDER

Jenny Snider spent her working life teaching Studio Art. She is best known for her black and white dance drawings, painted wooden taxis, large Soviet History paintings, The Montage of Attractions, and her graduate seminars at Queens College, CUNY. Her work is in public and private collections, nation-wide. In 2011-2012, she spent a year in Rome, as a winner of a Rome Prize in Visual Art, at the American Academy in Rome. Since 2015, she lives and works in Kingston, New York.

  • Date & Time

    2016-04-06
    6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Tyler School of Art Auditorium- B004
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CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- HARMONY HAMMOND

Harmony Hammond is an artist, art writer and independent curator who lives and works in Galisteo, New Mexico. Considered a pioneer of the feminist art movement, she lectures, writes and publishes extensively on painting, feminist art, lesbian art, and the cultural representation of “difference”. Hammond attended the University of Minnesota from 1963-67 (B.A., 1967). In 1969, she moved to Manhattan, where she was a co-founder of A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in New York(1972) and Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics (1976). In 1984, she moved to New Mexico. Hammond has had over 40 solo exhibitions and her work has been shown internationally in venues such as: the New Museum, the National Academy Museum, the Downtown Whitney Museum, and White Columns in NYC; the Brooklyn Museum and Smack Mellon Studios in Brooklyn; the Bronx Museum; P.S. 1 MoMA Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, Queens; the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C.; the Tucson Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the Phoenix Art Museum; Site Santa Fe, the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe; the Vancouver Art Gallery; the American Center, in Paris; the Neue Galerie, in Graz, Germany; the Gementemuseum Den Hague in The Hague, among others. Her work has been represented by Alexander Gray Associates in NYC.

  • Date & Time

    2016-03-30
    6:00pm to 8:00pm
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CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- LAUREL SPARKS

Laurel Sparks was born in Phoenix AZ in 1972 and lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and Berman Museum at Ursinus College. She was a 2013 Fire Island Artist Resident and 2014 Fellow at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop at Elizabeth Foundation NYC. Her most recent solo show “Rubedo” exhibited at Kate Werble Gallery NYC in Fall 2015. Sparks holds an MFA from Bard College and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She teaches painting and drawing at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY.

  • Date & Time

    2016-03-16
    6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Tyler School of Art Auditorium- B004
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CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- SHAUN LEONARDO

Shaun Leonardo is a multidisciplinary artist who uses modes of self-portraiture as a means to convey the complexities of masculine identity and question preconceived notions of manhood. The portraits take the form of cutout paintings, drawings, and sculptures, while also brought to life through performance. Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has received awards from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; The New York Studio School; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Art Matters; New York Foundation for the Arts; McColl Center for Visual Art; Franklin Furnace; and The Jerome Foundation. His work has been presented in galleries and institutions, nationally and internationally, and was recently featured in the exhibitions Crossing Brooklyn at Brooklyn Museum, Radical Presence at Studio Museum in Harlem, and Between History and the Body at 8th Floor Gallery.

  • Date & Time

    2016-03-09
    6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Tyler School of Art Auditorium- B004
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CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- CULLEN WASHINGTON, JR.

Cullen Washington Jr. received his BA from Louisiana State University and his MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. A 2013 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Washington Jr. has exhibited his work in group and solo shows nationally and internationally including The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Litvak Contemporary Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel and the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK among other arts venues. In addition to the Studio Museum,Washington Jr. has been an artist in residence at Rush Arts Gallery (2012), Yaddo (2011), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010) and was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2009). Reviews and critical essays of his work appear in Art: 21 Magazine, The New York Times, The International Review of African American Art and the The Boston Globe. Cullen’s work can be found in the collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, Joyner / Giuffrida Collection, San Francisco, The Charles Saatchi Gallery, London and the The Pizzuti Collection, Ohio.

  • Date & Time

    2016-02-10
    6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Tyler School of Art Auditorium- B004
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CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- STEVE LOCKE

Steve Locke (born 1963) is an African American artist who explores figuration and perceptions of the male figure, and themes of masculinity and homosexuality through drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation art. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Detroit, Michigan and is currently living and working in Boston, Massachusetts where he teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Locke spent the Summer of 2002 at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. He received his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2001 and holds Bachelor's degrees from Boston University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

  • Date & Time

    2016-02-03
    6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Tyler School of Art Auditorium- B004
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CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- JUDY GLANTZMAN

Judy Glantzman is an artist living and working in New York City, represented by the Betty Cunningham Gallery, New York City. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA, in 1978.  She first exhibited in the East Village in the 1980’s, represented by Gracie Mansion and Civilian Warfare Gallery, and has exhibited widely, with previous representation by Blum Helman Gallery and Hirschl and Adler Modern, in New York City.  Judy is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, Anonymous is a Woman grant, and the New York Foundation for the Arts grant.  Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum, Tampa Museum, the Phoenix Museum of Art, and the Frye Museum in Seattle, as well as in many public and private collections. Judy is currently a member of the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design and the New York Studio School.

  • Date & Time

    2016-01-27
    6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Tyler School of Art Auditorium- B004
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