Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m | Location LInC 128
Paul Shambroom
Past Time: Troubled Visions of the Good Old Days
Pre-talk reception at 6 p.m.

Paul Shambroom uses found and original photographs to explore American power and culture. His recent practice incorporates sourced images, collaborative theater and 3D constructions. His documentary subjects include nuclear weapons and small-town council meetings. He’s published two monographs: “Meetings” and “Face to Face with the Bomb….” and a catalog for his mid-career touring exhibition “…Picturing Power.” He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Creative Capital grantee, among others. His work has been in the Whitney Biennial and has been collected and exhibited by major museums including the San Francisco MoMA, MoMA (NY), the Walker Art Center and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is an Associate Professor in Art, University of Minnesota. 

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. | C & E Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center
Eric Dyer: Material Motion
Pre-talk reception at 6 p.m.
 
Eric Dyer is an artist/educator who brings animation into the physical world with his sequential images, sculptures, installations and performances. As an animator, music video director, and experimental filmmaker, Dyer spent years working at a computer to produce images for the screen. Longing to “get my hands back on the work,” Dyer returned to a tactile process. He continues to innovate with new tools, moving his work off the screen and into real spaces

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. | Fairbanks Gallery, Fairbanks Hall
Professional Arts Talk: Phillip March Jones, Curator and Gallery Director

Phillip March Jones is an artist, writer and curator based in New York City. In 2009 he founded Institute 193, a non-profit contemporary art space and publishing company in Lexington, Kentucky. Jones has also served as the inaugural director of Atlanta's Souls Grown Deep Foundation, and director of the Galerie Christian Berst (New York, Paris) and the Andrew Edlin Gallery (New York.) He currently oversees Institute 193 (1B), a collaborative project space in New York's East Village.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. | C & E Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center
April Vollmer: Norma Seibert 2019 Print Artist
Pre-talk reception at 6 p.m.

April Vollmer is a New York artist and writer with an M.F.A. from Hunter College whose work has been exhibited internationally. She specializes in Japanese woodcut and has lectured and taught many workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Her book Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, about the contemporary use of traditional Japanese woodcut, was released by Watson-Guptill in 2015. She is on the Advisory Board of the International Mokuhanga Association, now organizing a conference for Nara in 2020.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. | C & E Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center
Julia Christensen: Upgrade Available
Pre-talk reception at 6 p.m.
 
Julia Christensen’s ongoing interdisciplinary art project, "Upgrade Available," investigates how 'upgrade culture'––the perceived relentless need to upgrade software/hardware to remain relevant––impacts life on a range of scales. Christensen will present art pieces that examine how upgrade culture affects our personal lives, institutional operations, and long-term scientific research, especially space exploration.

Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. | C & E Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center
Cassils: The Body as Social Sculpture
Pre-talk reception at 6 p.m.
 
With targeted, strictly disciplined strength training, Cassils makes their own body the protagonist of their performances, and contemplates the history(s) of violence, representation, struggle and survival. Drawing from the idea that bodies are formed in relation to social expectations, Cassils speaks about past works and their starting points, development processes and historical contexts.

Cassils, performance artist, bodybuilder and transgender icon, lives and works in Los Angeles. Using their own body as artistic material, Cassils processes influences from feminism, body art and hyper-masculine, homoerotic aesthetics. Cassils eludes binary gender categories and understands and embodies transgender not as a crossing from one gender to another, but rather as a continual process of becoming, as a form of embodiment that works in a space of indeterminacy and ambiguity.

Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m. |  C & E Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center
Hrag Vartanian
Pre-talk reception at 6 p.m.

Hrag Vartanian is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of "Hyperallergic," a podcast in response to changes in the art world, the publishing industry and the distribution of information. Breaking news, award-winning reporting, informed opinions and quality conversations about art have helped Hyperallergic reach an audience of a million visitors per month. Vartanian has helped champion a type of straightforward online art criticism that believes in the power of journalism while retaining a sensitivity to the cultural and economic realities that inform the world of art, culture and politics.

Vartanian's curatorial interests are focused on theories and practices of decolonization and he prefers to work in unorthodox spaces. In 2010, he moved Hyperallergic into a gallery at Outpost in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, to stage "#theSocialGraph," the world’s first multi-disciplinary exhibition of social media-related art. In 2015, he orchestrated Jade Townsend’s "Crazy Amazing Garage Sale" exhibition at Auxiliary Projects, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York. The three-day liquidation sale of unsold art was an attempt to “free” the capital trapped in one artist’s storage unit — it 'liberated' over $3,000. In 2017, Vartanian began a ten-year project exploring the contemporary legacy of Ottoman studio photography with an exhibition at Minerva Projects in Denver, Colorado.