March 30, 2016

Talks by Hamza Walker and Walid Raad

University of Florida School of Art + Art History
Scratching on things I could disavow: Walkthrough (still). Courtesy of Walid Raad.

The University of Florida School of Art + Art History‘s Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History Program is pleased to present upcoming talks organized by Kerry Oliver-Smith & Anthea Behm:

Hamza Walker:
“In, around and under some contemporary exhibitions”
Director of Education and Associate Curator, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago
At the heart of organizing exhibitions are questions about the nature of the arts experience. Some are pragmatic while others are philosophical. Walker is driven by questions such as: Can the present be made legible through the work of art? What kind of information is art? When is art a means to an end versus an end itself? Walker has worked on a panoply of exhibitions. Using a selection of these as case studies, he will share the situations from which such questions emerge.

Walid Raad:
“Scratching on things I could disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World (2007 – )”

Artist, author and Associate Professor of Art, The Cooper Union
This project examines new infrastructure for the visual arts alongside the geo-political, economic, social and military conflicts that consume the greater Middle East region. Raad will address The Atlas Group (1989–2004), which he established in Beirut to preserve, study, and produce audio, visual, literary, and other documents that shed light on Lebanon’s history while creating his own fictional archive.


The School of Art + Art History’s recent visiting speakers have included Alexander Alberro, Brandon Ballengée, Geoffrey Batchen, Lucas Blalock, Frank Chimero, Holland Cotter, Mark Dion, Dan Graham, Eleanor Heartney, Pablo Helguera, Pamela M. Lee, Warren Lehrer, Tea Mäkipää and Nicolás Guagnini, Amy Meyers, Kenya Robinson, Mary Sheriff, Bennett Simpson, Lawrence Weschler, and Susan Vogel.


About the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida 
Organized within the College of the Arts, the School of Art + Art History plays an important role in the academic life of the university and in the community. We nurture a culture of critical inquiry and empower each individual with knowledge, skills, and insight to thoughtfully respond to our changing world. Degree programs include the BA, BFA, MA, MFA and PhD. Areas of study include Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, Graphic Design, Museum Studies, and Visual Art Studies. The University Galleries—University Gallery, Gary L. Libby Gallery and Grinter Gallery—also provide laboratories for professional and student artwork. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The art education program is accredited by NCATE. We offer generous graduate assistantships, teaching and research opportunities, and a student-centered environment.

Faculty members include Coco Fusco, Melissa L. Hyde, Sergio Vega, Kaira Cabanas, Sean Owen Miller, Craig Smith, Lisa Iglesias, Ron Janowich, Julia Morrisroe, Anna Calluori Holcombe, Nan Smith, Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Bethany Taylor, Robert Mueller, Guolong Lai, Elizabeth Ross, Ashley Jones, Anthea Behm, Katerie Gladdys, Jack Stenner, Michelle Tillander, Richard Heipp, Maria Rogal, Craig Roland, Brian Slawson, and Glenn Willumson.

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