January 6, 2015

Critical Issues in Contemporary Art lecture series, 2015

University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design
Liz Craft, Snake House, 2011. Painted wood, bronze, tiles, mixed-media; 245 x 365 x 460 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography.

The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design, in conjunction with the Nebula Project, is pleased to announce its 2015 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art lecture series. This annual series is organized to accompany the course ART 361/595 “Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice” taught by guest lecturer Eric Fredericksen, curator and Waterfront Program Art Manager for the City of Seattle.

This year, under the rubric “the ground is to make a garden,” the course looks at artist-made structures, physical and otherwise, including artist-led institutions, publishing initiatives, curatorial projects, collectives, collaborations, and education and residency programs. Thrown into a world that is not made to suit our needs, we rename, reform, and misuse it until it does. The talks will  be supplemented by projects realized at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery in the University of Washington Art Building.

All lectures are free, open to the public, and held at the Henry Art Gallery at 7pm. For links to information about the individual lectures and to reserve seats, please see this news post.

January 15
Cedric Bomford (Winnipeg)

January 29
Fabian Marti (Zurich)

February 12
Mitch McEwen (Detroit*)

February 19
Gareth Moore (Vancouver)

March 12
Liz Craft and Pentti Monkkonen (Los Angeles)

*Mitch McEwen’s visit will coincide with a special project by HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?—”a collective of artists, writers, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the world who collaborate across disciplines and cities”—also known as YAMS. For the school’s Jacob Lawrence Gallery, YAMS has designed a special presentation of their fully immersive, multi-media installation titled Post-Speculation/thewayblackmachine (2014), an internet archive of activism around black embodiment to address “contemporary conditions such as police brutality, American-funded international violence, and the ways that memes and hashtags collapse and make legible such threats to personhood.”

Lectures are held in conjunction with ART 361/595 and are sponsored by the Nebula Project with generous support from the UW College of Arts & Sciences, the New Foundation Seattle, and the Henry Art Gallery. Organizing partner for the Jacob Lawrence Gallery’s presentation of Post-Speculation/thewayblackmachine is The New Foundation Seattle. Please visit The New Foundation Seattle website for further information about their programs with the YAMS Collective.

Lectures from this ongoing series will be recorded and made available in this Vimeo album.


About the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design
The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design is uniquely poised on the Pacific Rim in vibrant and beautiful Seattle. The school is a cultural cornerstone at one of the world’s leading public research universities. Our distinguished international faculty are actively engaged in innovative research and inspired teaching. We have 700 majors pursuing BA, BFA, BDes, MA, MFA, MDes, and PhD degrees with another 10,000 students from across campus enrolled in our classes. Housed in three buildings, the school boasts four galleries, supports ambitious visiting lecturer and artist programs, and enjoys active engagement with members of the university community like the Burke Museum, the premier museum of natural and cultural history in the Pacific Northwest, and the Henry Art Gallery, the region’s leading museum for contemporary art. Our students are inspired to learn through rigorous curriculum, enriching study abroad programs, and prestigious internships. We also take great pride in our alumni and their ability to strengthen and advance the future of art, art history and design, as well as the many ways they contribute to society at large.


The graduate application deadline is January 15, 2015.


2015 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art lecture series at University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design

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