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Mover - MFA Exhibit

An MFA Exhibition by Niki Johnson.

Reception:
Wednesday, April 25
6:00-9:00pm

Location:
7th Floor Gallery
Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Niki Johnson (b. 1977 Green Bay, WI) is an interdisciplinary artist known for her material investigation and attention to craft. Johnson grew up moving. Reflexively her work investigates the tools used to assimilate in various American cultural settings. Rooted in the vernacular of the everyday, Johnson’s work engages notions of both public and private identity through the reconfiguration of media derived imagery and common domestic objects.

Show Runs:
April 23-25

Entrainment - MFA Exhibit

An MFA exhibition by Marina Y. Kelly.

One night only!
Saturday, April 28
7:00-10:00pm

Location:
Common Wealth Gallery
3rd Floor
100 South Baldwin Street
Madison, WI 53703

A one-night-only occasion, this MFA show will feature new time-based tableaus, intimate performance duets, soft sculpture and video artwork.

MFA Artist Talks at MMoCA

Please join us for an evening of artist lectures by current MFA candidates in the UW Art Department.

Reception:
Monday, April 23
6:00-8:30pm

Location:
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Lecture Hall
227 State Street
Madison, WI 53703

The nine participating artists work in wide-ranging media, including printmaking, painting, sculpture, collage, wood, installation, photography and digital media. Each will give a short presentation on the current trajectories of their work.

Participating Artists: Luke Ahern, Ben Grant, Niki Johnson, Jonathan Kramka, Greg Luckeroth, Gabe Pionkowski, Randel Plowman, James Ray, and Chad Smith

Presented in conjunction with the graduate seminar ART 908: Career Tools and Strategies for Artists.

Nicholas Mirzoeff Upcoming Events


Sunday, April 22, 6 PM
Book Signing and Reception hosted by
Rainbow Bookstore
426 West Gilman Street

Monday, April 23, 6 - 8 PM
Workshop on Occupy 2012
hosted by the Aesthetic Relations Mellon Workshop of the Center for Humanities
Registration and Reading Required.
Contact jsalyer@wisc.edu.

Tuesday, April 24, 11 AM - 1 PM
Workshop on The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality
Hosted by the Center for Visual Culture
Registration and Reading Required. Contact cvc@education.wisc.edu.

Tuesday, April 24, 6 PM
Lecture: The Right to Look: Or, Why We Occupy
L160 Elvehjem Building, Chazen Museum of Art
Funded by the International Institute Seminar Series and the Anonymous Fund

Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He is the author of ten books, including most recently The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (Duke, 2011) and An Introduction to Visual Culture (2009).

Ideas May Shift


Talk:
Wednesday, April 25
4:30-5:45pm

Location:
Chazen Museum of Art
Room L160 
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Mark Todd: Like many kids raised in the 70’s, Mark was influenced at an early age by Star Wars and comic books. Unlike many kids, he grew up just a few miles from the Vegas strip, it’s neon and glitz looming over the city. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, artist Esther Pearl Watson, their daughter Lili and Mr. Pickles, a lovely French Bulldog.

Esther Pearl Watson: Esther grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Her family moved often since her father’s hobby of building huge flying saucers out of scrap metal and car engines didn’t always sit well with the neighbors. Esther’s pieces are often overtly narrative, clear but mysterious, scenes of houses or figures, ornamented with snippets of prose telling just enough to get the viewer’s own imagination engaged and wanting to know more. Some are about family and some about places, but all have a rich interior life. Her works without words are just as suggestive as a story, also exerting a deep emotional pull. Her work has been exhibited nationally and collected by Matt Groening, Cindy Sherman, David Byrne, Megan Mullally and Morgan Spurlock.

Visiting Artists - Mark Todd & Esther Watson


Talk:
Wednesday, April 25
4:30-5:45pm

Location:
Chazen Museum of Art
Room L160 
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Mark Todd: Like many kids raised in the 70’s, Mark was influenced at an early age by Star Wars and comic books. Unlike many kids, he grew up just a few miles from the Vegas strip, it’s neon and glitz looming over the city. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, artist Esther Pearl Watson, their daughter Lili and Mr. Pickles, a lovely French Bulldog.

Esther Pearl Watson: Esther grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Her family moved often since her father’s hobby of building huge flying saucers out of scrap metal and car engines didn’t always sit well with the neighbors. Esther’s pieces are often overtly narrative, clear but mysterious, scenes of houses or figures, ornamented with snippets of prose telling just enough to get the viewer’s own imagination engaged and wanting to know more. Some are about family and some about places, but all have a rich interior life. Her works without words are just as suggestive as a story, also exerting a deep emotional pull. Her work has been exhibited nationally and collected by Matt Groening, Cindy Sherman, David Byrne, Megan Mullally and Morgan Spurlock.

Visiting Artist - Art Shay, Photographer

Talk:
Wednesday, May 2
4:30-5:45pm

Location:
Chazen Museum of Art
Room L160 
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Born in 1922, Art Shay grew up in the Bronx and then served as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, during which he flew 52 bomber missions. Shay joined the staff of Life magazine in 1948. In 1951, Shay became a Chicago-based freelance photographer for Life and many other national publications. He photographed eight US Presidents and many major figures of the twentieth century. Shay also wrote weekly columns for various newspapers, several plays, children’s books, sports instruction books and several photo essay books. Shay has had some 1100 covers on magazines and books and has had some 25,000 pictures published.

"Topologic Biographies" in the 2012 Digital Salon

Location: College Library (Hellen C White Hall)
Dates/Time: April 15-20

Inspired by Foucault’s concept ofheterotopic spaces, we use formal elements of projection, installation, and sculpture to examine whether autobiographical memory forms a kind of intimate, internal heterotopia.
Our aim is to blur the line between Foucault’s understanding of heterotopias as socially and historically defined counter-sites and a more intimate, alternative space of autobiographical memory as a place of inner refuge and reconstruction. How do internal spaces of memory interact with social and historical counter-sites? How is our autobiographical constitution of self-hood influenced by heterotopic spaces? How can we define autobiographical memory as a counter-site? We aim for this piece to represent the intimate heterotopic spaces we’re exploring. At the same time, the cube becomes its own heterotopic space, to be entered by the viewer at free will and to be experienced as a counter-site to its surrounding.

                                                                 - Paul Lorenz and Dominique Haller

http://college.library.wisc.edu/digitalsalon/

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