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Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Spring 2016

LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner

Wednesday, February 3rd @ 7 pm in F200

Art collective LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner comprises Shia LaBeouf (b. Los Angeles, USA), Nastja Säde Rönkkö (b. Helsinki, Finland), and Luke Turner (b. Manchester, UK). Over the past two years, their practice has explored connection, collaboration and creation across the networks. Past projects and performances include #STARTCREATING and #IAMSORRY (both LA, 2014), #METAMARATHON (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2014), #FOLLOWMYHEART (SxSW, Austin, 2015), #INTRODUCTIONS (with St Martins BA Fine Art, London, 2015), #ALLMYMOVIES (New York, 2015), and most recently #TOUCHMYSOUL (FACT, Liverpool, 2015).



Liz Magic Laser

Thursday, February 4th @ 7 pm in F200

Liz Magic Laser is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her videos and performances intervene in semipublic spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms, and have involved collaborations with actors, surgeons, political strategists and motorcycle gang members. She earned an MFA from Columbia University (2008); and she attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2009). She has had recent solo exhibitions at Mercer Union, Toronto (2015); Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2015); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2015); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2013) the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (2013); DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas (2013); and Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012). Her work has also been exhibited at Lisson Gallery, London (2013); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); the Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2011); and MoMA PS 1, New York (2010). Laser is the recipient of grants from Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation (2013), the Southern Exposure OffSite Graue Award (2013), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010). Laser’s first survey show will take place at Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany, in March, 2016.



Paula Gaetano Adi

Thursday February 11th @ 6:30 pm in F200

Paula Gaetano Adi (born in San Juan, Argentina) is an artist, educator, and researcher working in sculpture, performance, interactive installations, and robotic agents. With a particular focus in different performative modes of art making, her work is an attempt to promote bodily interspecies/intercultural live encounters, and explore the effects and ‘affects’ of different discourses in technoscience.


Korakrit Arunanondchai

Tuesday, February 16th @ 7:30 pm in F200

Bangkok raised artist Korakrit Arunanondchai engages a myriad of subjects such as history, authenticity, self representation, and tourism through the lens of a cultural transplant. His work seeks to find a common ground in artistic experiences through a pastiche of styles and mediums. He earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and his MFA from Columbia University in 2012. He has had several solo exhibitions at CLEARING gallery in New York and Brussels and has been featured in major group exhibitions at the Sculpture Center, the Fisher Landau Center, MoMa PS1 and the Art Basel Miami Beach.

Adel Abidin

February 22, 2016 - CANCELED

Abidin was born in Baghdad in 1973 and currently lives between Helsinki and Amman. He presented his work at Biennale of Contemporary Art of Bosnia (2013); 54th Venice Biennale Iraq Pavilion (2011); 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011), 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010), 11th Cairo Biennale (2008), 4th Gothenburg Biennale (2007), 52nd Venice Biennale Nordic Pavilion (2007), 54th Venice Biennale Iraq Pavilion and the upcoming 56th Venice Biennale, he is invited to represent his 2008 Mixed media Installation “I’M SORRY” at the official Iranian Pavilion (2015). In 2013, Abidin has received Five Years Grant from The Art Council of Finland and Ars Fennica Prize Nominee 2011.


Wael Shawky

Thursday, February 25th @7 pm in F200

Based on extensive periods of research and enquiry, Wael Shawky’s work tackles notions of national, religious and artistic identity through film, performance and storytelling. Whether instructing Bedouin children to act out the construction of an airport runway in the desert or organizing a heavy metal concert in a remote Egyptian village, Shawky frames contemporary culture through the lens of historical tradition and vice versa. Mixing truth and fiction, childlike wonder and spiritual doctrine, Shawky has staged epic recreations of the medieval clashes between Muslims and Christians in his trilogy of puppet animations – titled Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show Files (2010), The Path to Cairo (2012) and The Secrets of Karbala (2014) – while his two part film, Al Araba Al Madfuna (2013), uses child actors to recount poetic myths, paying homage, rather than mere lipservice, to the important narratives of yesteryear.

Wael Shawky was born in Alexandria in 1971 where he lives and works. Recent solo exhibitions include Serpentine Galleries, London (201314); KW Contemporary Art Institute, Berlin (2012); Nottingham Contemporary (2011); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011); Delfina Foundation, London (2011) and Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (2010). He has participated in the 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013); Documenta 13, Kassel, (2012); the ninth Gwangju Biennial, (2012); SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2008); Istanbul Biennial (2005); and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). Recent awards include the Award for Filmic Oeuvre created by Louis Vuitton and Kino der Kunst (2013); the Abraaj Capital Art Prize (2012), the Schering Foundation Art Award (2011), as well as The International Commissioning Grant and an award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, in 2005. Shawky founded the educational space MASS Alexandria in 2010 and is represented by SfeirSemler Gallery in Beirut and Hamburg.

Bik Van Der Pol

Thursday March 3rd at 7 pm in F200

Bik Van Der Pol is the artists duo Liesbeth Bik (born 1959) and Jos van der Pol (born 1961), who work together since 1994 as conceptual artists and installation artists. They started in 199495 in Rotterdam, where they worked ever since. In 1999 they were residences of the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York and in 2011 in residence at the Bard College. In 2014 Bik Van der Pol was awarded the Hendrik Chabot Award for Visual Arts by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds South Holland. Selected publications include Liesbeth Bik, Jos Van der Pol, Henry Moore Institute (Leeds, England), Catching some air: library drawings by Bik Van der Pol, 2002. Liesbeth Bik, Jos Van der Pol, John Kirkpatrick (2005), Bik Van Der Pol: With Love from the Kitchen.Bik Van der Pol (Rotterdam). (2011), Elements of Composition: (as Above, So Below). Bik Van der Pol & 98weeks (2012). You Talking to Me?: Bik Van Der Pol & 98weeks, Beirut.


Elín Hansdóttir

Tuesday March 8 @ 7:30 pm in F200

Elín Hansdóttir is an Icelandic artist based in Berlin. Her site specific installations focus on the viewer's experience of built landscapes through the manipulation of architectural forms, auditory elements, and optical play. Elín was born in 1980 in Iceland and currently lives and works in Berlin. She received her MFA from KHB BerlinWeissensee in Berlin, and her BA from Iceland Academy of the Arts. She had numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the most current solo exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in 2015, and the group show “Beyond Reach” at Den Frie Copenhagen and “Give Us the Future” at n.b.k. in Berlin in 2014.

Joshua Callaghan

Thursday March 10 @ 5:30 pm in F200

Josh Callaghan (Doylestown, PA, 1969) received his MFA in New Genres from the University of California, Los Angeles (2005) and holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville (1992). He also received a Fulbright Fellowship to Nepal (1995). Callaghan worked extensively in film and video in NYC, a three-year stint in Rio de Janeiro, then in the Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles thirteen years ago. 

Since then his focus has be increasingly on sculpture and public art. Exhibitions include Chess Set at Harmony Murphy Gallery, Los Angeles CA (2015); Soft Targets, Royale Projects, Palm Desert, CA (2014); Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA (2009, 2011); Haas & Fischer Gallery, Zurich, CH (2008); and Bank Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2008). He has created public projects in several Southern California communities, New York City, and Taipei. Recently, Callaghan returned from a residency at Soulang Cultural Park, Tainan, Taiwan. He is on the faculty of Otis College of Art and Design.

Regina Jose Galindo

Tuesday, March 15th @ 7:30 pm in F200

Regina Jose Galindo (b. 1974) was born in Guatemala City where she is currently still working. She is a visual artist specializing in performance art. Her work explores the universal ethical implications of social injustices related to racial, gender and other abuses involved in the unequal power relations operating in contemporary society. Galindo is also a poet. In 1998, she received the Premio Unico de Poesia from the Mirna Mack Foundation. Her texts are part of several anthologies and magazines and in 1996, the Coloquia Foundation published her book, Personal e Intransmisible, in Guatemala.


Nicolas Bourriaud

Tuesday, March 29th at 7:30 pm in F200

Nicolas Bourriaud (born 1965) is a curator and art critic, who curated a great number of exhibitions and biennials all over the world. He cofounded, and from 1999 to 2006 was codirector of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris together with Jérôme Sans. He was also founder and director of the contemporary art magazine Documents sur l'art (1992–2000), and correspondent in Paris for Flash Art from 1987 to 1995. Bourriaud was the Gulbenkian curator of contemporary art from 2007-2010 at Tate Britain, London, and in 2009 he curated the fourth Tate Triennial there, entitled Altermodern.[1] He was the Director of the École Nationale Supérieure des BeauxArts, an art school in Paris, France, from 2011 to 2015. In 2015, he was appointed director of the future Contemporary Art Center of Montpellier, France, due to open in 2019, and director of La Panacée art center.


Kim Gordon

Thursday, March 31st @ 7 pm in F200

Kim Althea Gordon (born April 28, 1953) is an American musician, songwriter, and visual artist. Born in Rochester, New York, Gordon was raised in Los Angeles, California, and studied art at the Otis Art Institute. She later rose to prominence as the bassist, guitarist, and vocalist of the New York City-based alternative rock band Sonic Youth, which she formed with ex-husband Thurston Moore in 1981.


Im Heungsoon

Tuesday, April 5th @ 7:30 pm in F200

IM Heungsoon’s work explores the ongoing process of modernization and globalization in Korea as seen through the eyes of older generations whose lives have spanned these momentous shifts. Where the artist’s prior work has concentrated on male roles in Korean society, R eincarnation (2015) takes as its starting point a little known history of the Korean diaspora that includes a group of women who emigrated to Iran after the Vietnam War. These women worked as dancers in the adhoc entertainer community – referred to as the “foxhole circuit” – that performed for Korean troops during the Vietnam War, before decamping for Tehran in search of the prosperity and sophistication the city represented in the 1970s. Arriving at this history more obliquely, R eincarnation examines a group of Vietnamese women and a group of Iranian women, who have each suffered from different forms of trauma in relation to the Vietnam War or the IranIraq War, respectively. Through the two distinct channels that comprise the video, IM explores the memories and identities of these women who were victims of war, or who lost family members in its wake. R eincarnation forms another chapter in the artist’s larger project of addressing the painfully entrenched psychic and emotional scars left behind by processes of growth, and the necessary internal suppression of trauma that occurs in the aftermath of warfare.

Hans Ulrich Obrist

April 14, 2016 - CANCELED

Hans Ulrich Obrist (born 1968) is an art curator, critic and historian of art. He is Codirector of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London. Obrist is the author of The Interview Project, an extensive ongoing project of interviews. He is also coeditor of the Cahiers d'art revue.

Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz


Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz have been working together in Berlin since 2007. Their staged films and film installations often start with a song, a picture, a film or a script from the past. They produce performances for the camera, staging the actions of individuals and groups living — indeed thriving — in defiance of normality, law and economics. Their films upset normative historical narratives, as figures across time are staged, projected and layered. Their performers are choreographers, artists and musicians, with whom they are having a longterm conversation about performance, the meaning of visibility since early modernity, the pathologization of bodies, but also about glamour and resistance. Their most recent work, I Want, with performance by Sharon Hayes, premiered in August 2015 at Kunsthalle Zürich and was commissioned by Kunsthalle Zürich and Nottingham Contemporary.


Aaron Moulton

Thursday, April 21st @ 7:00 pm in F200

Falling through the mirror: On participatory anthropology and exhibition making

Aaron Moulton is curator at Gagosian Gallery based at their Beverly Hills branch. He was previously the Senior Curator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City and before that founder of the exhibition space FEINKOST in Berlin. He was editor of Flash Art International in Milan working as a cultural journalist across Europe and North America. Recent projects include "Omul Negru" at Cantacuzino Palace, Bucharest; "Prototypology" at Gagosian Gallery Rome; “AMERICANAESOTERICA”, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria; and “Theories on Forgetting” at Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills. 

Ryan Trecartin

Tuesday, April 26th @ 7 & 10 pm in Bijou Auditorium

(in collaboration with Structuring Strategies and The Queer Artist Collective)

Ryan Trecartin was born in 1981 in Webster, Texas, and raised in rural Ohio. In 2004, he received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence. At RISD, Trecartin filmed his constructions for the first time, assembling friends and classmates into a supporting cast that unabashedly explored the 21st century’s obsession with the self and stylized personality through exaggerated dialogue and garish getups. After graduation, Trecartin and his rotating, everexpanding The Experimental People Band settled in New Orleans, decorating and embellishing the house that would become the backdrop for Trecartin’s breakthrough 2004 work A Family Finds Entertainment. After the house and most of Trecartin’s physical artworks were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, he moved his practice through Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia before settling back in Los Angeles. A Family Finds Entertainment introduced the art world to Trecartin’s overwhelming style, where visual effects equally interrupt and exaggerate the narrative at hand—a narrative at once disorienting and engaging. He is currently based out of Los Angeles.

Katherine Bradford

Wednesday, April 27th @ 7:30 pm in F200

Katherine Bradford (born 1942, New York City) is an American artist, primarily abstract painter. She attended Bryn Mawr College and holds and MFA from SUNY Purchase. Her work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum (Maine), and the Farnsworth Museum (Maine). She lives in New York City and has a painting studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.She is on the graduate MFA faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and teaches a course on non traditional painting at The Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2009 she was a resident faculty at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 and was a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2012.She is the mother of writer and filmmaker Arthur Bradford and of the intellectual property lawyer Laura Bradford. Her most recent solo show was at CANADA in New York from January to February of this year.

Richard Ray Whitman

Thursday, April 28th @ 4:30 pm in Bijou Auditorium

Richard Ray Whitman (Yuchi and Creek) is an established American Indian artist, photographer and actor. He attended CalArts in 1972-73 as a transfer student from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, a tribal college. The IAIA had several established institutional partnerships and CalArts was one of the institutions that offered a transfer arrangement to IAIA graduates. Unfortunately, like many government programs, the IAIA students who did attend more “majority” colleges often did not receive adequate funding or mentorship to continue their degree aspirations. After his first semester, Whitman lacked enough money for tuition, lodging and supplies. He found his way to the Southern California Indian Center in downtown Los Angeles, hoping for assistance. At the center, he happened upon a meeting and agreed to join a protest movement that was forming a caravan of cars to drive out of state. That movement turned out to be the American Indian occupation of Wounded Knee.

Whitman credits the FBI as the first collectors of his work, as his camera and film were confiscated after the siege of Wounded Knee ended. Whitman’s political involvement in American Indian rights has continued into the present day. His most well known photographic series, Street Chiefs, (1970-1980) documents homeless urban Native people in Oklahoma.

Whitman’s work is featured in the 2014 Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian exhibit catalogue “For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw” published by Yale University Press.

Helen Molesworth

April 28, 2016 - CANCELED

Helen Molesworth is an American curator born in 1941 in Chickasaw, Al. She received a degree in Art History from Cornell University in 1997." Her exhibitions have included This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, and Amy Sillman: One Lump or Two. She has been the curator of contemporary art at the Harvard Art Museum, the chief curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. And, since 2010, chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. From 1997 to 1999, she was director and curator of the Amelie A. Wallace Gallery at State University of New York (SUNY), Old Westbury. Molesworth also served as senior critic at the Yale School of Art and has held teaching positions at the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies; SUNY, Old Westbury; and the Cooper Union School of Art. On September 1, 2014 she started as chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.

Benedikt Reichenbach

Tuesday, May 3rd @ 7:30 pm in F200

Pasolini’s Bodies and Places

Around 1980 in Rome, a few years after Pasolini’s assassination, a small cooperative around filmcritics Michele Mancini and Giuseppe Perrella produced a mysteriously elaborate 600-page picture-book with the title “Pier Paolo Pasolini: corpi e luoghi”. At the time of its publication, coming out of a rich environment of cultural and political production in Italy, the book was celebrated "as an indispensable tool for future research" on the filmmaker. Today “Corpi e Luoghi” has been long out of print. Yet it has remained, as one review put it in 1982, “the most pasolinian book to date”. Conceived by its authors as a “vision producing machine”, the publication appears as a groundbreaking model of applied critical theory: an exuberant rather than academic mixture of visual studies, Frankfurt-School marxism, and psychoanalysis, stubbornly precise and also playful. The lecture will present “Corpi e Luoghi” in the context of a forthcoming re-edition in English.

Benedikt Reichenbach studied at the University of Leipzig and at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig. In 2007, he received his MA in philosophy and history with a thesis about the ban on images in the writings of Theodor W. Adorno. Since then, he has worked as a graphic designer and editor in Berlin and New York. On the occasion of Harun Farocki's seventieth birthday, he edited and designed "Harun Farocki Diagrams: Images from Ten Films" (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2014). At the Whitney Independent Studies Program he is currently preparing a publication on “the binary” in image-making, based on a history on the diptych-form.

Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman

Wednesday, May 4th @ 7 pm in F200- CANCELED

Teddy Cruz is a Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. He is known internationally for his urban research on the Tijuana/San Diego border, advancing border neighborhoods as sites of cultural production from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing, and civic infrastructure. Recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture in 1991, his honors include representing the US in the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, and the 2013 Architecture Award from the US Academy of Arts and Letters.

Fonna Forman is a Professor of Political Theory and Founding Director of Center on Global Justice at the University of California, San Diego. She is best known for her revisionist work on Adam Smith, recuperating the ethical, social, spatial and public dimensions of his political economy.  Current work focuses on human rights at the urban scale, climate justice in cities, and equitable urban development in the global south.  She presently serves as Vice-Chair of the University of California Climate Solutions Group, and on the Global Citizenship Commission (advising UN policy on human rights), for her expertise on social and economic rights.

Cruz & Forman direct the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative, and are principles in Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, a research-based political and architectural practice in San Diego. Their work emphasizes urban conflict and informality as sites of intervention for rethinking public policy and civic infrastructure, with a special emphasis on Latin American cities. From 2012-13 they served as special advisors on Civic and Urban Initiatives for the City of San Diego and led the development of its Civic Innovation Lab. They are presently co-investigating a Ford Foundation-funded study on citizenship culture in the San Diego-Tijuana border region, in collaboration with Antanas Mockus and the Bogota-based NGO, Corpovisionarios.

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