Department of Art and Art History Special Programs

Visiting Artists Program

Each year, internationally known artists visit the department during fall semester to give public lectures and seminars, and to meet with graduate students for private critiques.

Fall 2014

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David Horvitz

In his practice, David Horvitz grapples with time and standardized measurements, and the shifts that occur when natural phenomena are subjected to manmade systems and vice versa. His participatory practice, often involving close collaborations with other artists, as well as a web-based audience, considers strategies of information circulation and the impermanence of digital artefacts. Unfolding as concrete actions, Horvitz’s works are often ongoing or self-generating projects. His work shifts seamlessly between the Internet and the printed page. Taking advantage of diverse systems of circulation, he gathers and disperses images and objects through media such as the internet, the postal system, libraries, and airport lost and found services.

He is known for his often bizarre and absurdist DIY instructional projects, including work on Wikipedia. Optimistically alluding to the possibility of an alternative logic, Horvitz exploits the structures in place around him as much as he deliberately counters patterns derived from professionalization and efficiency.

Horvitz is a half-Japanese, Californian artist who lives in Brooklyn. Recent solo exhibitions include: concurrent shows at Jan Mot, Brussels, and Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw; Peter Amby, Copenhagen; Statements, Art Basel; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; and Chert, Berlin. His work has been shown at EVA International 2014, Glasgow International 2014, LIAF 2013, MoMA, The Kitchen, and the New Museum. In New York, he has realized projects with Recess, Clocktower Gallery, post at MoMA, Printed Matter, Rhizome, and Triple Canopy. Recent artist books include The Distance of a Day (2013; Motto Books & Chert) and Sad, Depressed, People, (2012; New Documents). He has received the Rema Hort Mann Grant in 2011 and was nominated for the Discovery Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2011. In 2013, he founded Porcino gallery in Berlin. This summer, he will have his first solo exhibition at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.

Public Lecture

Mon, Sept 22
5pm
Art Building, Room 1.102

Public Seminar

Tues, Sept 23
2pm
Doty Fine Arts Building, Room 3.200


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Sara VanDerBeek

Sara VanDerBeek lives and works in New York city. Recent projects have included a solo exhibition at Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and participation in the 12th Bienal de Cuenca (Ecuador). She has had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Metro Pictures (New York), Altman-Siegel (San Francisco), and The Approach (London). Her work has also been included in various group exhibitions including: Amazement Park: Stan, Sara and Johannes VanDerBeek at the Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs, New York), Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance at the Guggenheim Museum (New York), as well as The Museum of Modern Art's annual exhibition, New Photography.

Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam and the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2015.

Public Lecture

Mon, Oct 20
5pm
Art Building, Room 1.102

Public Seminar

Tues, Oct 21
2:30pm
Art Building, Room 3.206


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Sarah Braman

Known especially for her sculptures, which combine everyday objects with chromatic surfaces and translucent geometries upended at light-catching angles, Sarah Braman reconfigures fragments of contemporary culture. The resulting works are carefully balanced compositions that bring a sense of discovery via disorientation as you move around their complex structures, at once delicate and powerful. Born in 1970, Braman grew up in Ashfield, Massachusetts. She resides in Amherst, but also spends time in New York City, where she is a founder and co-director of the artist-run gallery CANADA, which opened in 2000. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe, including solo exhibitions at MACRO, Rome, Italy; International Art Objects, Los Angeles; Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; Le Confort Moderne, Paris, France; and the Armory Fair, New York, as well as group exhibitions including the 2010 Lisbon Biennial, the De la Cruz Collection in Miami, and the Zabludowicz Collection Inaugural Installation in Sarvisalo, Finland. She received a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore in 1992 and an M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia and Rome in 1998. Recipient of the Maud Morgan Prize in 2013, Braman will be exhibiting her work at the ICA in Boston in 2014.

Public Lecture

Tues, Nov 11
5pm
Art Building, Room 1.102

Public Seminar

Wed, Nov 12
2:30pm
Art Building, Room 3.206