Skowhegan is excited to present a collection of alumni publications at The Skowhegan Book Meet, featuring talks with artists Ali Fitzgerald (A '04) about publishing her first comic book, Josh Graupera (A '16) about his Philadelphia-based activist zine practice, and Pallavi Sen (A '17), Assistant Professor of Art at Williams College, moderated by Birgit Rathsmann (A '04), Skowhegan Alliance Member and this event's lead organizer.
This Thursday, join us in celebrating the release of Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism with a conversation between the artist and Gilbert Vicario. The book will be available for purchase.
Sheila Pepe (A ’94, F ’13) is spending the year traveling to install (and re-install) her first mid-career survey Hot Mess Formalism, curated by Gilbert Vicario, the Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Museum of Art.
Hot Mess Formalism is on view at the Phoenix Museum of Art through January 28, 2018. It will subsequently travel to the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY and the Bemis Center of Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE.
No RSVP required. The event is free and open to the public.
This panel will discuss the work’s major themes (sexually explicit material, representations of war and violence, humor and sexuality, etc.), the personal narratives underpinning the film, and the editing process.
Featuring John Brattin, Lia Gangitano, Cy Gavin, Jay Kinney and Josh Thorson, moderated by Clara López Menéndez
The panel takes a genealogical view of the artist in order to give a sense of who and what influenced Cantor, as well as whom she influenced. The discussion will address key exhibitions, bodies of work, and scenes Cantor was involved in both in London and New York.
Featuring Joseph Grigely, Gerald Matt, and Nicola Tyson, moderated by Nicola Lees.
What the Feminist Body Wants
This panel will try to extend Ellen’s critical perspective on sexually explicit material to the present, or to contextualize her contribution in reverse. The discussion will address the different stakes of visibility for normative vs. non-normative sexualities.
Featuring A.K. Burns, Xandra Ibarra, Julie Tolentino moderated by Natasha Marie Llorens
Lorraine O’Grady’s provocation, published as an essay for the first version of “Coming to Power,” was this question: where is the sexually explicit work by women of color, and what discourses is it responding to? This panel does not necessarily answer O’Grady’s question, but rather explores how sexually explicit material resonates outside the realm of hegemonic whiteness.
Featuring Lorraine O'Grady, and Sable Elyse Smith, moderated by Vivian Crockett
In Conversation: Connecting Painting and Printmaking
Saturday, October 1
Free for PMA members and Skowhegan Alumni, $8 general public
Portland Museum of Art
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Join Skowhegan and the Portland Museum of Art for a conversation inspired by the discursive environment on campus and the PMA’s current exhibition, Skowhegan at Seventy. Artist Polly Apfelbaum (Skowhegan resident faculty, 1999) and art historian Faye Hirsch will explore how the printmaking process sparks a spirit of inquiry and experimentation in the studio, and delve into the intersection between printmaking and painting in contemporary practice.
A panel composed of people with a deep understanding of both Cantor’s work and formal knowledge of film and video, either from a critical, curatorial or artistic perspective. The discussion aims to contextualize Cantor’s work in the formal histories she drew from—mainstream and independent film, video art, pornography, and photography.
Featuring Peggy Ahwesh, Karl McCool, and John Thomson, moderated by Johanna Fateman.
Skowhegan and Team (Gallery, Inc.) are pleased to announce a conversation and book signing with Suzanne McClelland and Thierry De Duve to celebrate the release of Suzanne McClelland: 36 x 24 x 36, at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture New York program space.
Suzanne McClelland: 36 x 24 x 36 assembles four distinct bodies of the artist’s work, made between 2013 and 2015. Featuring thirty-five paintings on canvas and a collection of works on paper, the monograph explores the development of McClelland’s practice in relation to her use of politically charged subject matter, language, statistics, and her own research process. Thierry De Duve contributes an extended meditation on McClelland’s production, paying particular attention to her 2015 exhibition at Team Gallery, “Call With Information.” Through a careful analysis of her installation, De Duve lays the groundwork to pose questions about the efficacy of political art, asking the difficult question of his essay’s title: “When is art political?” In conversation together at Skowhegan, McClelland and De Duve will pick up this question in order to reflect upon the power of images in our contemporary moment.
Since the mid-1980s, Suzanne McClelland (F ’99) has exhibited her work extensively in the United States and abroad. Her practice includes both large-scale paintings and works on paper, often extracting fragments of speech or text from various political and cultural sources and exploring the symbolic and material possibilities that reside within language. Her work has been the subject of solo presentations at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida, and will be the subject of an exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary art in 2017. Her paintings are held in numerous public collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City; the Yale University Art Gallery, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. McClelland has twice participated in the Whitney Biennial, in 1993 and 2014, and was recently included in The New Museum’s exhibition NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, curated by Massimiliano Gioni. She has taught in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts, the Department of Visual Arts at Columbia University, and has sat on the Board of Governors at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture since 2000. In 2016, McClelland completed the Lab Grant Residency at Dieu Donné in New York, and is currently an artist in residence at Urban Glass, Brooklyn.
Thierry de Duve is an internationally recognized historian, critic, and theorist of art who focuses on the questions modern art poses to philosophical aesthetics. His English-language publications include Pictorial Nominalism, Kant after Duchamp, Clement Greenberg Between the Lines, Look – 100 Years of Contemporary art, and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp. His books have been translated into a dozen languages in addition to English, most recently Russian and Chinese. His most recent publications in French are two volumes of collected essays: Essais dates 1976-2010, Vol. I, Duchampiana and Vol. II, 1983-2006, Adresses. Forthcoming in English are a book tentatively titled Duchamp’s Telegram, based on a series of six essays published in 2012-13 in Artforum, and a book on aesthetics that takes the hypothesis of Kant after Duchamp beyond issues of taste into ethics and politics. Prior to joining the faculty of Hunter College, Professor de Duve taught from 2003-12 at the University of Lille 3, in France. He was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2013, and in 2015, both the Daniel J. Evans Visiting Professor at Evergreen State College in Washington and Theorist in Residence in the MA program in Aesthetics and Politics at the California Institute of the Arts.
In 2012, Peter Soriano (A ’81) became, in his own words, “a sculptor who no longer makes sculptures.” Rather than shaping, carving, or casting three-dimensional forms, he assembles and arranges visual experience. Drawing is his medium, his method of dematerialization, and his means of exchange with the collaborators who interpret and help install his instruction-based works.
In conjunction with the release of Peter Soriano: Permanent Maintenance, a publication documenting Soriano’s largest wall drawing to date, Soriano will speak with Sharon Butler, artist and publisher of Two Coats of Paint, about the evolution of his art; the idea behind and process of creating Permanent Maintenance; the meaning of his (seemingly) inscrutable graphic lexicon; the iterative nature of his work; and why he compares his wall drawings to musical compositions.
The conversation will be followed by a reception and publication signing.
This event is organized by the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, where Soriano’s Permanent Maintenance is on view through August 21, 2016, and hosted by Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture.
Presented as part of Artadia’s Art & Dialogue series, Kristan Kennedy, Visual Art Curator at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art will present a public program in conversation with Donna Huanca, Artadia Awardee and 2006 Skowhegan alumna, at Skowhegan in New York, NY.
Kristan Kennedy is a Portland-based artist, curator, and educator. She is the Visual Art Curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). For the last decade, Kennedy has focused on commissioning new work by international emerging artists in the form of large-scale, site-specific installations and solo projects that exist at the borders of genres. Kennedy takes an expansive view of visual art; in addition to presenting the plastic arts, she organizes music, performance art, publications, and new media projects as part of PICA’s year-round programming and for the organization’s annual Time-Based Art Festival.
Kennedy teaches Contemporary Art History at Portland State University, where she directed the MFA Visiting Artist Program and Lecture Series (2011-2016) and founded the programs companion journal STUDIO. She is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon.
Donna Huanca (A '06) stages surreal architectural collages activated by live performers. She uses socially coded artifacts of the body such as cosmetics and found clothing to create paintings and sculptures, which become backdrops for these durational performances. Painted models, presented as canvases, move glacially through her installations; their morphing tableaux vivants leaving behind scars and ghostly remnants.
Donna Huanca (b. Chicago, USA) studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt. In 2012 Huanca was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to live and work in Mexico City. Huanca is a recipient of the Art Matters Grant (2010) and the Artadia Award (2015).
Recent exhibitions include: POLYSTYRENE BRACES presented by Art in General, NY at Kim? Riga, Latvia; MUSCLE MEMORY at Peres Projects, Berlin,Germany, WATER SCARS at Valentin, Paris; PSYCHOTRIA ELATA at Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin, Germany, SADE ROOM (famously reclusive) at MoMA PS1 Printshop New York.
Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards and fosters connections to a network of opportunities. We recognize artistic excellence in cities throughout the United States and introduce local communities to the international art conversation. In the past 15 years, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 300 artists throughout its participating award cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Over 20,000 artists have applied for the Artadia Awards program.
Co-hosts Deborah Jones Buck (A ’75) and John Melick, Trustee, Aesop and Morgan Stanley invite you to join
Lindsay Pollock, Editor, Art in America and Nicole Eisenman, F ’06
for conversation and cocktails in support of Skowhegan.
The two discussed Eisenman’s work with reference to themes raised in Picasso Sculpture, the exhibition at MoMA in September 2015. Picasso, though formally trained as a painter, had a lifelong sculpture practice that was experimental and personal. Topically resonant with Skowhegan’s emphasis on process and studio practice, the show was a launch point for Art in America’s September issue, for which Eisenman created an original cover.
Following an ongoing public dialogue about the affordable space crisis within the creative community in New York as well as among our own community of artists, Skowhegan invites you to join us for a town hall discussion on March 27th. Panelists will navigate the realities of the cost of living creatively, the role of commercial real estate, and the activism entailed therein. Increased visibility for the issue has spawned a series of talks from various organizations, however a dedicated center has yet to be established. Our hope for this conversation is to identify current problems, desired solutions, and paths from the former to the latter. Four people with diverse interests and expertise in art, studio space, urban planning, and gentrification will launch a town-hall discussion led by Paddy Johnson.
a professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College. He has completed numerous studies about New York City community based plans and land trusts, as well as advised the documentary My Brooklyn about the gentrification of Atlantic Yards.
an artist who lives and works in Queens. Together with Tamara Zahaykevich, she formed Artists Studio Affordability Project (A.S.A.P.), an organization that raises awareness about rapidly raising rent prices.
with moderation by
the founding editor of Art F. City and an op-ed columnist for Artnet. In addition to providing the first coverage of the Industry City controversy, she has spoken about related topics at venues including Yale, Parsons, South by Southwest and the Whitney. She is a founding member of Placeholder, a collective seeking to preserve work space for artists through the purchase of buildings in the New York City area.
an artist with a background in real estate who is an active member of Placeholder (formerly known as Stay in Bushwick), a collective seeking to establish stable and affordable work space for artists through non-profit building owning models. He has been featured on Big Red Shiny and spoken at Eyebeam for Arts & Labor Alternative Economies Group.
is the current Deputy Brooklyn Borough President and former city council representative for the 34th district including Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood. She has been active in enforcing stricter zoning laws to maintain manufacturing/industrial economies and other legislation toward the goal of sustainable and affordable communities.