March 22, 2017

Spring 2017 Zabar Visiting Artist Series: Matt Mullican

Hunter College
Matt Mullican, Street Signs (1975–94), 2005. Photo: Blaise Adilon.

The Hunter College Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce a public lecture by Matt Mullican, as part of the spring 2017 Judith Zabar Visiting Artist Series, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 7pm at Hunter’s MFA Studios at 205 Hudson Street in Tribeca (entrance on Canal just west of Hudson).

Since the early 1980s, Matt Mullican has pursued his exploration of subjectivity in the public language of signage and design. Addressing systems of knowledge, meaning, and language, and their representations, he has crafted a complex, personal cosmology in drawings and diagrams, pictographs and photographs. His wide-ranging body of work has embraced automatic drawing and graphic design, as well as collage, sculpture, performance, installation, and video. Born in Santa Monica, California in 1951, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, Mullican received his BFA from CalArts in 1974, and moved to New York shortly thereafter. He has exhibited internationally since the early 1970s in venues including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Haus Der Kunst, Munich; National Galerie, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Netherlands; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His work was also included in the 1989 and 2008 Whitney Biennials and in the 2013 Venice Biennale, and in a number of major surveys of the art of the 1980s and ’90s, including A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (1989), The Pictures Generation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009); and Take It Or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology at the Hammer Museum UCLA (2014).

A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of RepresentationThe Pictures GenerationTake It Or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology

About the Judith Zabar Visiting Artists Program
In November 2007, Hunter College received a generous commitment to establish the Judith Zabar Visiting Artist Program Fund. The Fund has allowed Hunter to bring a series of internationally recognized artists to campus to work directly with students in the MFA program, in master classes, critical seminars, and private tutorials, providing students with the unique opportunity to interact with top practitioners in the field. Zabar Visiting Artists also present public lectures where they discuss their work, engage in conversation with members of Hunter’s faculty, and with Hunter’s broader student community and the general public.

About the Judith Zabar Visiting Artists Program

Past Zabar artists have included: Vito Acconci, Janine Antoni, Julie Ault, Robert Barry, Mel Chin, Peter Doig, Nicole Eisenman, Charles Gaines, Alfredo Jaar, Joan Jonas, Martin Kersels, Jeff Koons, Glenn Ligon, Sharon Lockhart, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Tracey Moffatt, Wangechi Mutu, Gabriel Orozco, Laura Owens, Trevor Paglen, Elizabeth Peyton, Paul Pfeiffer, William Pope L., Walid Ra’ad, Yvonne Rainer, Doris Salcedo, Shahzia Sikander, Fred Tomaselli, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Stanley Whitney.

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