Lecture Series

Art in/of the Street: A Public Conversation with Ganzeer and Josh MacPhee

This event is sponsored Visual Studies Producing Space Lecture Series at Tyler School of Art, Temple University General Activities Fund, Global Studies, CHAT and Middle East North Africa Group, and Dept of Asian and Middle East Languages and Studies.

Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, and archivist. He is a member of  the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (Justseeds.org), the co-author of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, and co-editor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture. He co-founded and helps run Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements (InterferenceArchive.org).

Ganzeer is the pseudonym of an Egyptian artist operating mainly between graphic design and contemporary art since 2007. While he regards Bidoun magazine’s description of him as a “contingency artist” as quite accurate, he refers to his own practice as Concept Pop. Al-Monitor.com has placed him on a list of "50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East" (2013), and he is also one of the protagonists in a critically acclaimed documentary “Art War” (2014) by German director Marco Wilms. Ganzeer is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. His website is at www.ganzeer.com

This event is Free is and open to the public. 

  • Date & Time

    2015-04-08 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Location

    CHAT Lounge, 10th floor, Gladfelter Hall at Temple University

Visual Studies Producing Space Lecture Series Presents Megan Whitmarsh

Visual Studies is proud to present a lecture by Los Angeles artist Megan Whitmarsh about her work on Monday March 9 at 12pm in room B89.

Working predominantly with textiles, Los Angeles-based artist Megan Whitmarsh uses hand-stitched embroidery to fabricate replicas of personal and cultural ephemera. Although she also creates comic books, paintings, drawings, and stop animation, Whitmarsh is best known for her hand-embroidered canvases and soft sculptures, which make reference to both contemporary pop culture and the 1970s and '80s eras of her childhood. She has worked with curators Robert Wilson, Todd Oldham, Dean Daderko, and Adi Nachman among others and has had projects commissioned by Art Basel Miami (Wolfsonian Museum), the Watermill Center, David Byrne, Amy Sedaris, MTV and etsy. She shows in galleries and museums internationally including recent exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Valencia, Malmo, Sweden and Sete, France.

For more information please see: http://meganwhitmarsh.com/

Emily Jacir

Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6pm

Temple Contemporary

Palestinian artist and filmmaker Emily Jacir addresses exile and violence through multi-media works. She will talk about her art and activism on behalf of Palestinian people and experiences worldwide. Her work has been shown internationally, including the Guggenheim Museum, dOCUMENTA, and the Biennale di Venezia.

This event is supported by Temple Contemporary, Visual Studies Producing Space Lecture Series, Center for Humanities at Temple's Midde East and North Africa Group, Temple University's Department of English, and the Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts at Temple University.


"Recuperating Risk: Colombian Artist Elkin Calderón's Politics of Place" – Lecture by Art Historian Carla Macchiavello

"Recuperating Risk: Colombian Artist Elkin Calderón's Politics of Place" Lecture by Art Historian Carla Macchiavello

11 AM Tues, April 15

Tyler School of Art, Room B004 / Free and open to the public 


Tyler School of Art’s Visual Studies Producing Space Lecture Series and Temple University Latin America Studies are pleased to announce a lecture by Art Historian Carla Macchiavello:

Though risk has been a notion associated with Colombia due to the country’s prolonged and complicated internal conflicts, recent governments have made efforts to contest and mediate this image, resorting to affective publicity. One of the most successful campaigns was “Colombia, the risk is wanting to stay,” a slogan appropriated by Colombian artist Elkin Calderón in a series of works (a book, a video flyer, an intervention in Biennial) to question its obliterating effects regarding the everyday presence of violence in the country and the art world. This talk explores how an artist’s recuperation of risk in a personal manner can motivate discussion on notions of community and participation beyond images of simple conviviality, while enacting a politics from below.

Carla Macchiavello is an Assistant Professor in Art History at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. Her work centers on Latin American contemporary art, performance, video, and the relations between art and politics, and has been published in international journals and catalogues. She also works as an independent curator.

Carla Machiavello's talk is free and open to the public, and made possible in part through the use of GAF funds. 

  • Date & Time

    2014-04-15 11:00am
  • Location

    Tyler B004
  • Category

Obsolete Technologies? – Artist Talk by Lee Montgomery

Obsolete Technologies? – Artist Talk by Lee Montgomery

5:30 PM Tues, March 25

Arch 104 / Free and open to the public

Drone Light-Mapping Performance

7:30PM Tues, March 25

Tyler Courtyard / Free and open to the public


Visual Studies at Tyler School of Art is please to announce the next speaker in the Producing Space lecture series. Lee Montgomery is an Assistant Professor of Electronic Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico where he has served as the Director of the International Collaborative Arts Program (ICAP), which he established in 2011. Lee is also a Research Fellow at the Social Practice Art Research Center (SPARC) at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the founding member of the Neighborhood Public Radio collective.

Lee's projects typically feature experiments with video and audio synthesis, remote-control and telemetric performance, circuit bending, and audio and video transmission/broadcast as a meditation on technological growth, appropriation and our definitions of what is public. Much of his work is collaborative in nature and frequently includes his students, such as “Albuquerque-Oslo Hole in Space” where he worked with students in Oslo at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and in Albuquerque to create a live networked video performance using Skype. 

Lee earned a B.A. in Film from Bard College, and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has had numerous shows and residencies in the US and internationally with the collaborative Neighborhood Public Radio(NPR) which he founded in 2004. Recent shows include: The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, The Novi Sad Museum of Contemporary Art in Serbia, the Hochschule fur bildende Kunste, Hamburg, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial where NPR staged a 3 month long storefront radio station on the upper east side of New York.

After the artist talk Montgomery and students from Visual Studies Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 (Site and Place) will be launching a drone to activate their collaborative and performative mapping-drawing project. Come join us for the first drone flight in Tyler's courtyard at 7:30PM

Lee Montgomery's artist talk is made possible in part through the use of GAF funds.




  • Date & Time

    2014-03-25 5:30pm
  • Location

    ARCH 104
  • Category

Producing Space lecture with artist Marisa Jahn

6:00 PM Thurs, November 21

Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Room B004 / Free and open to the public

Visual Studies is proud to present a lecture by artist, writer, and activist Marisa Jahn in the Producing Space lectures series on Nov. 21st at 6PM.

Of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent, Marisa Jahn’s work trammels the boundary between the printed word and public space. She writes, “My work hijacks icons of high and low culture to generate meaning anew. I make art based on the freebies offered by telecommunications companies, the timing of apple harvests, the traffic patterns of soccer moms, and the ineffable Santa Claus logic that prompts terror. My work depends on these contingencies; to understand, I slip and slink into new surrounds. I package the sacrosanct; I embrace the bastard.”

Jahn has edited three books about art and politics: ‘Pro+agonist: The Art of Opposition’ explores the productive possibilities of ‘agonism,’ or a relationship built on mutual incitement and struggle. ‘Recipes for an Encounter’ examines anticipatory nature of recipes together with their promise of what will unfold, take place, be consumed. ‘Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices’ investigates art embedded within governments, industries, and electoral politics to produce byproducts of the system itself.

A graduate of UC Berkeley and MIT, Jahn has been a CEC Artslink Fellow to Tajikistan, Estonia, and Russia; a 2007-9 artist in residence at MIT's Media Lab; a 2013 MIT Open Doc Fellow; an Advisor of NuLawLab, a design+law initiative of Northeastern University’s School of Law,  and has been recognized by UNESCO for her work as an educator dedicated to working with underserved youth since 1998. She is also the former Director of Development at Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, an organization dedicated to improving the socio and economic justice of New York City’s 10,000 street vendors. In 2000, Jahn founded REV-, a nonprofit studio whose public art projects combine creativity, bold ideas, and sound research to address critical issues.

Jahn’s work has been presented at The White House, IDEO NY, Lincoln Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, MIT Museum, The Power Plant (Toronto), ICA Philadelphia, New Museum, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Studio Museum of Harlem, and more. Her work has been reviewed in over a hundred international publications including ArtForum, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Punk Planet, Art in America, and Discovery Channel.



  • Date & Time

    2013-11-21 6:00pm
  • Location

    Tyler B004
  • Category

Lecture with Artist Bayeté Ross Smith

6:00 PM Tues, October 22

Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Room B004 / Free and open to the public

Visual Studies at Tyler School of Art is please to announce the first speaker in a new lecture series titled Producing Space. New York-based artist, photographer, and educator Bayeté Ross Smith will speak about his multi-media works that reckon with the complexities of identity in a media-saturated environment. His photographs, books, installations, and collaborative films produce new forms for visualizing the social, economic and geographical boundaries that prevent communities from interacting with each other.  

Ross Smith began his career as a photojournalist with the Knight Ridder Newspaper Corporation, and has since exhibited his photo-based work nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, MoMA P.S.1, Rush Arts Gallery, the Leica Gallery, the Utah MOCA, the Goethe Institute (Ghana), and Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland). His collaborative projects "Along The Way" and "Question Bridge: Black Males" were screened at the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and featured at the Sheffield Doc Fest (UK) and the L.A. Film Festival. He has also been involved in a variety of community and public art projects with organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, Alternate Roots, The Laundromat Project, the City of San Francisco, the City of Atlanta, the Hartford YMCA and the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency.

Ross Smith’s honors include a FSP/Jerome Fellowship, as well as fellowships and residencies with the McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, the Kala Institute, Berkeley, California, the Laundromat Project, New York, NY and Can Serrat International Art Center, Barcelona, Spain. His photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines, including Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009), Black: A Celebration of A Culture (2005), The Spirit Of Family (2002); SPE Exposure: The Society of Photographic Education Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, and Working Mother Magazine.

Paul Ramirez Jonas

Paul Ramírez Jonas' selected solo exhibitions include Pinacoteca do Estado, Sao Paulo, Brazil; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; a survey at Ikon Gallery (UK) and Cornerhouse (UK); Alexander Gray Gallery (NYC); Roger Björkholmen (Sweden); Nara Roesler Gallery (Brazil); and Postmasters Gallery (NYC). He has been included in group exhibitions at P.S.1 (NYC); The Whitechapel (UK); Irish Museum of Modern Art (Ireland); The New Museum (NYC); and Kunsthaus Zurich (Switzerland). He has participated in the Johannesburg Biennale; the Seoul Biennial, the Shanghai Biennial; the 28th Sao Paulo Biennial; the 53rd Venice Biennial and the 7th Bienal do Mercosul , Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2010 his Key to the City project was presented by Creative Time in cooperation with the City of New York.

View more on his website


  • Date & Time

    2013-04-15 6:30pm
  • Location

    Tyler B004
  • Category