January 12, 2018

Viewpoint Series features Denise Markonish and Ian Alden Russell

The University of Texas at Austin

Left: Denise Markonish. Photo: Michael Oatman. Right: Ian Alden Russell. Photo: Jane Androski.

Lectures: Thursdays, February 8, March 22, and April 26

The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to welcome curators Denise Markonish and Ian Alden Russell for the 2018 Viewpoint Series. This program invites leading curators, critics, and scholars of the contemporary art world for a sequence of concentrated visits each spring. Each visit lasts several days and is comprised of a public lecture and seminar, as well as private studio visits for current graduate students.

Denise Markonish is curator at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Exhibitions she has organized include Nick Cave: Until (catalogue: DelMonico/Prestel); Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder (catalogue: DelMonico/Prestel); Jim Shaw: Entertaining Doubts; Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below (catalogue); Oh, Canada, the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art (catalogue: MIT Press); Nari Ward: Sub Mirage Lignum (catalogue); Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Gravity is a Force to be Reckoned With (catalogue: D.A.P); These Days: Elegies for Modern Times; and Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape (catalogue: MIT Press). Markonish edited the books Teresita Fernández: Wayfinding (DelMonico/Prestel) and 50 Years of RISD Glass: Wonder, and, with Susan Cross, co-edited Sol LeWitt: 100 Views (Yale University Press). She has taught at Williams College and the Rhode Island School of Design and was the fall 2016 curator for Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence Program in San Antonio, Texas.

Ian Alden Russell is the curator at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery where his exhibitions include Melvin Edwards: Festivals, Funerals, and New Life, Pierre Huyghe: Untitled (Human Mask), the US premier of Kurdish Turkish artist Fatma Bucak, and the premiers of Vincent Valdez’s The Strangest Fruit series, Iraqi American artist Wafaa Bilal’s The Ashes Series, and Jin Shan’s My dad is Li Gang!. Recent projects include the Don’t Follow the Wind colloquium with Art in General, New York, Mark Dion's Irish premier at Ormston House, Limerick, contributions to the Safina Radio Project at the 56th Venice Biennale, the Hong Kong Umbrella Festival responding to the 2014 Hong Kong Demonstrations, “Socially Engaged Art Practices and Education in Contemporary Discourse” at UNIDEE, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, and An Innocent City in Istanbul, Turkey responding to Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence. His writings have been published by Cambridge University Press, Cittadellarte, deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lars Muller Publishers, Oxford University Press, Springer-Kluwer, University of Chicago Press, and Yapı Kredi Publishers.

About the Department of Art and Art History
The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin includes the divisions of Art Education, Art History and Studio Art. It reflects the rigorous standards of a flagship institution, while offering an intimate environment for students to train as scholars, artists, and educators in the arts.

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