KCAI announces spring schedule for “Current Perspectives” public lectures

13 January 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 13, 2011) — The Kansas City Art Institute is pleased to announce the spring lineup of artists, designers and scholars who will speak as part of the college’s “Current Perspectives” lecture series. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit www.kcai.edu/currentperspectives. The spring schedule includes:

Feb. 3: Marc Fischer is a member of the Chicago-based group Temporary Services. Founded in 1998, Temporary Services has produced more than 75 publications and organized or participated in several exhibitions, projects and events. The group’s projects include Prisoners’ Inventions –– a collaboration with an incarcerated artist that resulted in a book and a full-size recreation of the prison cell –– and The Library Project, where the group surreptitiously added 100 artist books into the holdings of the main Chicago library branch. Fischer also is a co-founder of Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Most recently, Fischer launched the new participatory initiative Public Collectors. Public Collectors consists of informal agreements where collectors allow the contents of their collection to be published and permit those who are curious to directly experience the objects in person so that knowledge, ideas and expertise can be freely shared and exchanged. 

Feb. 10: Tumelo Mosaka is curator of contemporary art at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. He served as guest curator for “On Screen: Global Intimacies,” which is showing at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI Feb. 5 through March 31. Prior to joining Krannert Art Museum, he was the associate curator of exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum. He has organized several national and international exhibitions for other institutions, such as the National Center for Afro-American Arts (2004) and the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum (2003). Mosaka was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Champaign, Ill. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a graduate degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies.

Feb. 17: TBD

Feb. 24: Carmon Colangelo is a pioneering printmaker whose work combines surrealism and abstraction with the exploration of art history, science and technology. He is known for large mixed-media prints that combine digital and traditional processes. He has exhibited widely, from Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., to Argentina, Canada, England, Puerto Rico and Korea. His works are in collections at the National Museum of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. He is the dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and holds the E. Desmond Lee Professorship for Collaboration in the Arts. Born in Toronto, he lives and works in St. Louis. He holds a B.F.A. degree in printmaking and painting from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, and an M.F.A. degree in printmaking from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

March 3: TBD

March 10: Keetra Dean Dixon is a designer and artist who works under the handle “FromKeetra.” She has been featured in numerous publications and has spoken and exhibited widely. Her works were exhibited for the 2009 U.S. Presidential Inauguration and have been highlighted in several publications by Die-Gestalten. Her first solo exhibit opened in November 2009 in London’s Kessell Kramer Gallery: KKOutlet. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1977, she lives in Baltimore, Md., where she has a studio and teaches as an associate professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She holds a master’s degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Dixon’s recent work focuses on typographic messaging and material studies and investigates the fallibility of communication, understanding and intention.

March 23 (Wednesday): Born in 1961 in Indonesia, Tiong Ang was raised and educated in the Netherlands. Most of his works incorporate footage taken during his nomadic travels throughout the world. Ang’s video entitled “Bandits” is featured in “On Screen: Global Intimacies,” which is showing at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI Feb. 5 through March 31. His work has been shown in many international exhibitions, including the 2001 Venice Biennale in Italy. He has exhibited with many galleries including the Florence Lynch Gallery in New York and the Lumen Travo Gallery in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Amsterdam.

March 24: Rebecca Sack lives and works in Philadelphia, where she is adjunct assistant professor at the University of the Arts. She holds a B.F.A. degree from The Cooper Union in New York and an M.F.A. degree from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Elkins Park, Pa. From 2004 to 2005, she studied at Temple University in Rome. In 2011, she will have a solo exhibition at the Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York. Sack’s work has appeared previously at the same gallery as well as in solo exhibitions at Galleria Glance in Torino, Italy, the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and Temple Gallery in Philadelphia (for her master’s thesis).

March 31: Rebecca Solnit is a writer, historian and activist. Her books include “As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art” (2001), “River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West” (2003), “A Field Guide to Getting Lost” (2006) and “Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities” (2006). She is a columnist for Orion magazine and a regular contributor to the Nation Institute’s Tomdispatch daily newsgram.

April 7: Painter Wendy White lives and works in New York. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago; Leo Koenig Inc. in New York; Galeria Moriarty in Madrid; Solomon Projects in Atlanta; and Sixtyseven in New York, among others. In 2008, she received an Artists’ Fellowship Inc. grant. In previous years she has received grants from the George and Helen Segal Foundation in New Jersey, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in New York and the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, Hungary. Her work is in the collections of the ARCO Foundation, the UBS Art Collection, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

April 14: Amanda McDonald Crowley is executive director of Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York. She is a cultural worker, curator and facilitator who specializes in creating new media and contemporary art events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange. Crowley moved to New York in October 2005, relocating from her native Australia, where she had been based while working nationally and throughout Europe and Asia. She served as executive producer for the International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2004, held in Tallinn, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland, and on a cruiser ferry in the Baltic Sea. Crowley also was associate director for the Adelaide Festival 2002. In this position she also served as co-chair of the working group that curated the exhibition and symposium “conVerge: where art and science meet.”

April 21: Eric McDade earned a B.F.A. degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and an M.F.A. degree from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He received Mural Arts Program Grants in 2001 and 2005. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Basekamp in Philadelphia; the University of Delaware in Wilmington; the Oulous Repair Shop in Los Angeles; the Philadelphia Art Alliance; the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia; and the Spector Gallery in Philadelphia.

April 28: Born in San Francisco, Peregrine Honig attended the Kansas City Art Institute and currently lives and works in Kansas City, Mo. She has had recent solo shows at Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, Mo., Dwight Hackett Projects in Santa Fe., N.M., and JetArtworks in Washington, D.C. Her work has been shown internationally with Gallery Akinci in Amsterdam and Gallery Arcaute in Monterey, Mexico. Honig’s work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, the Fogg Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Kansas City Art Institute. A portfolio of lithographs, “Father Gander,” published by the Lawrence Lithography Workshop, was recently acquired by the 21C Museum in Louisville, Ky., and the Ball State University Museum of Art. “Widow,” her most recent project, published in collaboration with Landfall Press, is a one-volume, limited-edition fashion magazine. In fall 2010, she appeared on the Bravo Channel’s “Work of Art: Next Great Artist” reality show.

About the Kansas City Art Institute

The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.

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