Paul Brach Lecture Series

Fall 2020

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, educator and performer. Hinkle lives and works in Los Angeles and Oakland, CA. Her practice fluctuates between collaborations and participatory projects with alternative gallery spaces within various communities to projects that are intimate and based upon her private experiences in relationship to historical events and contexts. A term that has become a mantra for her practice is the "Historical Present," as she examines the residue of history and how it affects our contemporary world perspective.

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Katya Grokhovsky

Katya Grokhovsky is a Ukrainian born, Australian raised, NYC based artist, independent curator, educator and a Founding Director of The Immigrant Artist Biennial. Grokhovsky holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts and BA(Honors) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Grokhovsky has received support through numerous residencies, awards and fellowships.

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T.J. Dedeax-Norris

T.J. Dedeaux-Norris fka Tameka Jenean Norris was born in Guam and received their undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles before graduating with an MFA from Yale University School of Art.  Dedeaux-Norris has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Fountainhead Residency, Grant Wood Colony Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. They are the 2017 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a 2018 National  Endowment for the arts fellowship, a 2019-2020 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grantee and is currently tenure track Assistant Professor at University of Iowa.

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Erica Dawn Lyle

Erica Dawn Lyle is a writer, musician, artist, and curator who lives in New York City. One half of the art making collective, SOBBETH, she is the author of On The Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of The City (Soft Skull, 2008). Since 1991, she has edited and published the DIY art/crime/punk magazine, SCAM. Her most recent book is Streetopia (Booklyn, 2015), based on the celebrated San Francisco anti-gentrification art fair she co-curated in 2012.

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Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, artist, filmmaker and activist. Her work addresses pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, human rights, and cultural homogenization. Born and raised in Santiago de Chile, she has been in exile since the early 1970s, after the military coup against elected president Salvador Allende. Vicuña began creating "precarious works" and quipus in the mid 1960s in Chile, as a way of "hearing an ancient silence waiting to be heard." Her multi-dimensional works begin as a poem, an image that morphs into a film, a song, a sculpture, or a collective performance.

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Elle Pérez

Elle Pérez is an artist from the Bronx, NY who works primarily in photography. Pérez has held solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1 and 47 Canal. Their work has been exhibited at The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Barbican, London, among other venues. They are currently are an Assistant Professor of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University and a Critic at the Yale School of Art. They were a Dean at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture from 2016 to 2019.

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Isabel Parkes with DonChristian Jones

Isabel Parkes is a curator, writer, and artist whose primary medium is institutions. In recent years she has worked with Performance Space New York and Creative Time to help reimagine their governing and operational structures, as well as on projects with artists including Phil Collins, Sarah Ortmeyer, and Leilah Weinraub. 

DonChristian Jones is a New York based artist, singer/songwriter, and producer. His work spans musical and time based performance, albums, video and public murals, blending genres of painting and performance installation. 

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Rita Gonzalez

Rita Gonzalez is the Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she has curated Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement; Asco: Elite of the Obscure; Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection; among other exhibitions and programs. From 1997–1999, she was the Lila Wallace Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. She was on the curatorial team for Prospect 3 New Orleans and part of the curatorial teams for the first Current L.A. Biennial in 2016 and the Gwangju Bienale in 2018. Gonzalez was one of the 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellows.

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Colleen Asper

Colleen Asper is a painter, writer, and performer. Her work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and abroad at institutions that include Art in General, New York, NY; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Queens Museum, New York, NY; The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Oceanville, NJ; The Luminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been reviewed in publications that include Artforum, Art in America, frieze, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Additionally, she has contributed writing to publications such as Art Practical, The Brooklyn Rail, Lacanian Ink, and Paper Monument.

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Gloria Galvez

gloria galvez maintains a practice of disrupting, subverting, and dismantling bland and oppressive status-quo norms. within this practice, her current focus is invoking alternate and simultaneous realities that prompt rebellious and revealing questions to the current social-political conditions of things – both living and nonliving things – both human and non-human things. and from this focus, the notion of a counterintuitive political solidarity with things has risen in her work.

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Cameron Granger

Cameron A. Granger came up in Cleveland, Ohio alongside his mother, Sandra, inheriting both her love of soul music, and habit of apologizing too much. A 2017 student of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, he uses his work to reconcile his place in and role as a product of American history and its media. His recent projects include “Ten Toes Down” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, “Pearl” a body of collaborative works with his mother at Ctrl+Shft in Oakland, and “A library, for you” a traveling community library most recently housed at ikattha project space in Bombay, India.

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Nelson Garrido

Nelson Garrido is a Venezuelan visual artist who integrates montage, object making, performance, installation and staging in his work. He began his studies of photography as a mentee and studio assistant of the artist Carlos Cruz Diez, a pioneer of the Op Art movement. The “aesthetics of the ugly”, eroticism revised in terms of religious sacrifice and violence as a trigger for reactions are some of the constants of his work. He is the first photographer to ever win the Venezuelan National Prize for Fine Arts (1991), and winner of the III Asfoto International Competition in Bogotá (1995).  Garrido's work has been classified as ‘kitsch’. His pieces, which address and interrogate  subject matters related to violence, political ideology, sexual identity, and popular and religious traditions in Latin America, have made him an important reference in the Visual Arts throughout The Americas. 

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Troy Michie

Michie is an artist and educator born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso and his MFA from the Yale School of Art in Painting/Printmaking. He is a 2016 Art Matters grant recipient and has attended residencies at; the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Fine Arts Work Center, Recess Art, Denniston Hill and LMCC’s Workspace. Michie’s work has been exhibited at; The Shed, the Whitney Museum of Amerian Art, the New Museum, the California African American Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbain Art, and the Stedelijk Museum s’-Hertogenbosch.

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Andy Robert

Andy Robert is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. Robert balances abstraction with recognizable imagery, and enjoys the experimentation and tinkering that comes with painting pictures. His work relies on the idea that images are to be bent and folded, taken apart and put back together again; a belief that art is a philosophical means to look at and examine things—to question, test ideas, and engage with the world. And that in painting a picture something is being taken apart to put back together; there is an inherent risk in breaking it. As a Haitian-American immigrant and painter, Robert views the world critically as a contradiction of mass-communication and increased voicelessness.

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Spring 2021