Lecture Series

Critical Dialogues: Ingrid Calame

Throughout her career, Ingrid Calame has generated ideas for her paintings through a close examination of the world around her, using detritus left by people in passing as her source material. She refers to this process as a “representation of loss,” resulting in paintings that function in part as landscapes or historical referents to the forgotten, disregarded or unobserved. 

Ingrid Calame was born in 1965 in the Bronx, New York.  She received her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her MFA in Art and Film from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.  Calame’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis; the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Philadelphia; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, OH; Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey, CA; Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada; and the Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany.  Her mid-career survey opened at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland in the Fall of 2011.

Calame’s work is included in the permanent collections of several prestigious museums, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Fine Arts; Houston; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Kunstmuseum of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Her works are also included in various private collections, including the Maramotti Collection, Bologna, Italy; the Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany; and the Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico.  Ingrid Calame lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Date & Time

    January 22, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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    Auditorium B004
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Critical Dialogues: Bahar Behbahani

Born in Tehran, Iran, Bahar Behbahani is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in New York and Tehran. Growing up in a world of uncertainty, repression and hope, the artist had witnessed a revolution and an 8-year war before she graduated from high school. She remains subject to the contradictory and unpredictable forces that dominate her sorrounding.

Sydney Biennial, Sydney; Christie’s, London; United Nations, Geneva; Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh; Miramar Museum, Zagreb; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; Queens Museum, New York; and Tribeca Film Festival, New York; The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan; MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy, are among venues that have featured Behbahani’s painting, installation, photography and video art.

In 2007, for the 13th Annual International Exhibition of Women’s Art, New York City, the artist’s video SUSPENDED was selected ‘Best in Show’ by Carrie Springer, Senior Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art. Guggenheim Museum Curator Suzanne Cotter selected the video Ride the Caspian, Behbahani’s collaboration with Kazakhstani artist Almagul Menlibayeva, for the 2011 Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates. The video was again selected for the 18th Sydney Biennial.

  • Date & Time

    January 29, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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    Auditorium B004
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Critical Dialogues: Derrick Adams

Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York–based artist with practices rooted in Deconstructivist philosophies and the formation and perception of ideals attached to objects, colors, textures, symbols and ideologies.  Focus is placed on fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface – exploring the shape-shifting forces of popular culture and its counter balances in our lives.

Adams received his MFA from Columbia University and BFA from Pratt Institute and is a Skowhegan and Marie Walsh Sharpe alumnus. He is a recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and is an honored finalist for the 2011 William H. Johnson Prize.

Exhibition and performance highlights include: MoMA PS1 Greater New York 2005; PERFORMA 05 and a performance project commissioned by the Calder Foundation for PERFORMA 13; Brooklyn Museum Open House, 2005; The Kitchen NYC, 2010; The Bearden Project at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 2011/12; a four-night solo performance in BAM’s Fisher Theater, 2012; and a solo exhibition at Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, 2013; Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston & Studio Museum in Harlem 2013/14; The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum in Harlem, 2013; and Aestheticised Reductions of Self-Representation at the Hales Gallery, London, 2013

  • Date & Time

    February 5, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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    Auditorium B004
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Critical Dialogues: Lisa Ruyter

Lisa Ruyter (b 1968 Washington DC) studied painting in New York City and currently splits her time between NYC and Vienna, Austria. Lisa Ruyter's immediately recognizable ‘style’ is not a style at all, rather it is meant to represent the concept of a medium, in this case something that exists between painting and photography, placing a study of images and representation at the center of her artistic concerns.

Lisa Ruyter was a guest professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2011-12. She has organized a number of exhibition spaces since 1994 featuring the work of other artists, most recently in Vienna. Lisa Ruyter has shown extensively and internationally, with more than 31 solo exhibitions in the US and throughout Europe and Asia. Her work is included in a number of permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Denver Art Museum.

  • Date & Time

    February 12, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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    Auditorium B004
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Critical Dialogues: Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung & Saskia Köbschall: SAVVY CONTEMPORARY

Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (PhD), born in 1977 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is an independent art curator and biotechnologist and has been living on and off in Berlin since 1997. He is the founder and artistic director of the non-profit art space SAVVY Contemporary Berlin - a laboratory for conceptual, intellectual, and artistic production and exchange that takes up the challenge of investigating the ‘threshold’ between, as well as critically reflecting on and questioning discourses around “Western art” and “non-Western art”. SAVVY Contemporary has been host for exhibition projects with works by artists of various generations and geographies from Nastio Mosquito or Nikhil Chopra to Bruce Nauman or Mike Kelley, and presentations by Koyo Kouoh and Roger Buergel or Georges Adeagbo. SAVVY Contemporary was winner of the Berlin Senate’s Prize for art spaces in 2013. Ndikung is initiator and editor-in-chief of the journal SAVVY Journal, the first bilingual e-journal for critical texts on contemporary African art. He has worked as independent curator, artistic director and publisher for several international art projects, inter alia at institutions/ events like the Berlinische Galerie, Tensta Konsthal Sweden, Goethe Institute, Institute für Auslandsbeziehung (ifa), Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien, Arsenal Kino Berlin, 7. Berlin Biennale, dOCUMENTA 13 / Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, District Berlin, KfB Kulturstiftung or Akademie der Künste Berlin. He was a fellow of the 2013 Einstein Foundation’s Berlin der Begegnung and was speaker on 'criticality and publishing', together with Simon Njami at the forum of 1:54 Contemporary African Art fair.

Saskia Köbschall is a Berlin-born and New York-based cultural manager, curator and anthropologist. She is the manager of the non-profit art space SAVVY Contemporary Berlin (www.savvy-contemporary.com) - a laboratory for conceptual, intellectual, and artistic production and exchange that takes up the challenge of investigating the ‘threshold’ between, as well as critically reflecting on and questioning discourses around “Western art” and “non-Western art”. She has been project coordinator for numerous exhibitions at SAVVY Contemporary, where she also curated The Myth of Proportional Response featuring works by Ibrahim Quraishi and Alejandro Vidal. She is part of the curatorial collective TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN that, amongst others, will curate the exhibitions WAHALA - On Representation, Authenticity, Expectations and Other Inflated Concepts featuring artists Katrin Ströbel, Emeka Udemba, Jean Ulrick Désert, Köken Ergun, Alex Martinis Roe and William Cordova, as well as Perhaps all the Dragons of our Lives are Princesses - On Somatic Morphing featuring artists Athi Patra Ruga, and Johannes Paul Raether.

  • Date & Time

    February 19, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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    Auditorium B004
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Critical Dialogues: Lee Quinones

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1960 and raised in New York City, Lee Quinones is considered the single most influential artist to emerge from the New York City subway art movement. His paintings are housed in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of the City New York, the Groninger Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, New Museum, El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of National Monuments, the Staatliche Museum and at Documenta 7. Lee first gained notoriety for the 40-feet wide murals he produced on the surface of MTA subway cars from 1975 to 1984. His 1978 handball court mural in the Lower East Side is credited as an influence on Keith Haring and later on the contemporary street art movement. He is also among the first street artists to work on canvas and has shown his work at Sidney Janis, Barbara Gladstone, Deitch Projects, Lisson Gallery, and Galerie Rudolf Zwirner. Lee starred in Charlie Ahearn's 1983 classic film "Wild Style," and appeared in Blondie's video "Rapture" along with Jean Michael Basquiat and Fred Braithwaite, and in the film "Downtown 81."

Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at The Suzanne Geiss Company in 2014, and a mega-mural unveiling at a yet to be announced NYC Sky lobby.

  • Date & Time

    February 26, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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    Auditorium B004
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Critical Dialogues: Tim Bavington

Tim Bavington’s current work marks a new direction in his oeuvre, where the more classical and strictly vertical and horizontal lines are transformed into an intense swirl of brilliant media-inspired color. Using The Who’s operatic album, Quadrophenia, as a departure point, what results is an almost hypnotic optical experience that references the four-point structure of quadraphonic audio.

Tim Bavington is a British-born, Las Vegas-based artist. He has participated in numerous national and international solo and group shows. Selected group exhibitions include Seeing Songs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, 2009; Soundwaves: The Art of Sampling, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, 2008; California Diaspora at the Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada, curated by Dave Hickey, 2007; Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 2005; Specific Objects: The Minimalist Influence, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, 2004; New in Town, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon, 2002; Neo Painting, Young Eun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangu-City, Korea, 2002; The Magic Hour: Dir Konvergenz von Kunst Und Las Vegas; and Ultralounge, University of South Florida Art Museum of Contemporary Art, Tampa, Florida, 2000; and DiverseWorks Artspace, Houston, Texas, 1998. His work is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California.

  • Date & Time

    March 12, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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    Auditorium B004
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Critical Dialogues: Titus Kaphur

Titus Kaphar was born in 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and developed a life-long connection to the San Francisco Bay Area during his time pursuing a BFA at San Jose State University.  A graduate of the M.F.A program at Yale University, he currently lives and works between New York and Connecticut, USA.  Kaphar has shown his work in several galleries in the United States: Friedman Benda and Louis B. James in New York, The Seattle Art Museum, and The Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2009, he was the first recipient of the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, awarded bi-annually to an early career black artist.  Though Kaphar's subject matter tends towards historically American themes, his work has garnered attention and audiences in international exhibits in Monaco, Bermuda, Israel, New Zealand, Austria and Germany. 

His most well-known body of work, The Vesper Project, an installation of sculpture and painting, displayed within the reconstructed walls of an actual 19th century historic houseexemplifies Kaphar's interest in historical memory and reconstructed narratives.

  • Date & Time

    March 19, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Location

    Auditorium B004
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