Critical Dialogues Visiting Artist Series

New York-based artist Ivan Monforte was born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, and an M.F.A. from New York University in 2004. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004. He has shown at Bronx Museum of the Arts, Longwood Art Gallery, Queens Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, Artists Space as part of PERFORMA05, Elizabeth Foundation Gallery, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, La MaMa Galleria, and Socrates Sculpture Park. He is the recipient of a UCLA Art Council Award, a Lambent Fellowship in the Arts from the Tides Foundation, and an Art Matters grant for research in Samoa. He has participated in residencies at Sidestreet Projects, Lower East Side Print Shop, and Center for Book Arts. And is currently an artist in residence at the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program.

Below you can find bios for upcoming visiting artists:

September 20th Patty Chang
Patty Chang is well known for her performative works, which deal with themes of gender, sexuality, language and empathy. Working predominantly in video Chang initially uses the medium to document her performances, often utilizing the camera’s potential to misrepresent. Her works often challenge viewers’ perceptions of what they see, frequently creating visual sleights of hand that highlight fantastical representations of “Asia”. More recently she has taken more of an off-screen role, shooting Shangri-La, a 2005 video documenting various attempts to recreate its eponymous subject, in the real life Shangri-La, a town in China’s Yunnan province renamed in 2002 to attract tourism. Continuing in this vein, her most recent exhibition The Product Love-Die Ware Liebe, explores the real life meeting and interview between Chinese American actress Anna May Wong and German critical theorist Walter Benjamin as the premise for a pornographic film. Her work has been exhibited internationally. In 2008 she was nominated for the Hugo Boss Prize and in 2009 was named the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow of Visual Arts at the American Academy in Berlin.

September 27th Kenji Fujita
Kenji Fujita is a visual artist who makes sculpture and works on paper. He was born in New York City. Education: BA, Bennington College; MFA, Queens College (SUNY); Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York. Selected solo exhibitions: Samson Projects, Boston; Galerie Jean Bernier, Athens; Cable Gallery, New York; Luhring Augustine, New York; Rosenberg Gallery at Hofstra University; Schmidt/Markow Gallery, St. Louis; Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles. Group shows include exhibitions at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Brooklyn Museum; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Venice Biennale. He is the recipient of grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Arts Magazine, Flash Art and Bomb Magazine.

Fujita is Co-Chair of the Sculpture Department in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College as well as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Studio Arts program at Bard. He is also an Instructor in the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Fine Arts Program in New York.

He lives and works in Staatsburg, New York.

October 4th Sigrid Sandström
Sigrid Sandström received her BFA from Academie Minerva in The Netherlands in 1997 and received her MFA from Yale School of Art in 2001. Ms. Sandström attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2000) as well as the Core Residency Program at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (2001-03). In 2008 Ms. Sandström was a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship as well as the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant.
Ms. Sandström’s work has been exhibited extensively with one-person exhibitions at Inman Gallery, Houston, Galleri Olsson, Stockholm, Sweden, Edward Thorp Gallery in New York and The Company in Los Angeles. In addition, she has had a major solo exhibition at The Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA (2004), for which a catalogue was published. Ms. Sandström’s work has also been exhibited at numerous art institutions including The Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the National Museum in Stockholm. She is currently having a solo exhibition at the Kajsa & Olle Nyman Cultural Foundation in Saltsjö-Duvnäs, Sweden for which a catalogue is published. Her work is included in collections such as: Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, Borås Konstmuseum, Sweden, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, USA, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS, USA, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, USA. Sigrid Sandström is currently a Professor of Fine Arts at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden and has previously taught at Bard College, Massachusetts College of Art, and the Glassell School of Art, Houston.

October 11th Siebren Versteeg
Siebren Versteeg writes computer programs that pull imagery from the Internet based upon subjects or criteria that he specifies. The images then appear on monitors within the gallery space. Although Versteeg determines the types of things that might appear on the monitors, the artwork—like the Internet it draws from—is constantly growing and changing. He has noted, “As the nature of the images presented by the work is random, the artist assumes both all and no responsibility for their presence and content.” This tension between creative control and the endless stream of images is of particular interest to the artist.

Siebren Versteeg was born in 1971 in New Haven, Connecticut. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the School of Visual Arts, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Max Protetch Gallery, New York; Bellwether Gallery, New York; Ten in One Gallery, New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; and 1R Gallery, Chicago. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; the National Museum of Art, Czech Republic; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Versteeg lives and works in New York.

October 18th Brent Green
Brent Green is a self-taught animated filmmaker and artist who lives and works in Cressona, PA. His films have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival (2006-9), MoMA, the Getty Center, Warhol Museum, IFC Center, the Walker Arts Center, the Kitchen, Hammer Museum, EMPAC and a ton of other museums and festivals around the world. He’s had solo shows at the Andrew Edlin Gallery (NYC), Bellwether Gallery (NYC), the Sculpture Center (Cleveland), CAM St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), Site Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), The Berkeley Art Museum, Matrix program, with upcoming solo shows at the ASU Art Museum (Tempe, AZ), DiverseWorks (Houston, TX) and HallWalls (Buffalo, NY). Green’s artwork is represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery, NYC and he is a 2005 Creative Capital grantee. His first feature, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, is currently on a screening tour.

October 25th Marc Swanson
Form and content are deftly bridged in Marc Swanson’s visual vocabulary, as the artist’s carefully considered materials complement the deeply personal narratives that run throughout his work. Swanson was born in Connecticut in 1969 and grew up in rural New Hampshire where his father, a deer hunter and former Marine, attempted to instill in his son the rugged-yet somewhat romanticized- outdoorsman traditions of New England. Elements of East Coast wilderness inform much of Swanson’s work, juxtaposed with theatrical flourishes (glitter, rhinestones) and a sense of personal mythology and nostalgia.
Swanson has lived in Boston and San Francisco, where he became involved in various facets of gay subculture, experimenting in art, music, fashion, and performance. He studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2000 and received an MFA at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in 2004. Swanson currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He has had solo or two-person exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum; Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago; and Bellwether Gallery, New York. He has been included in exhibitions at MoMA P.S.1, The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, The Seattle Art Museum and The Miami Art Museum. Swanson currently has a solo exhibition on view at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri and has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston in 2011.

November 1st Rick Lowe (to be confirmed)
Rick Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural organization located in Houston’s historically significant and culturally charged Third Ward neighborhood. Developed as an “…art work that both engages the community… and celebrates African-American history and culture,” the New York Times has stated PRH “may be the most impressive and visionary public art project in the country.”
Project Row Houses was established in 1993 on a site of 22 abandoned shotgun houses (c. 1930) to connect the work of artists with the revitalization of the community. Ten of the twenty-two row houses are dedicated to art, photography, and literary projects, which are installed on a rotating six-month basis. Located in seven houses adjacent to those dedicated to art, The Young Mothers Residential Program provides transitional housing and services for young mothers and their children, and the after-School Arts Education program works intensely with 55 neighborhood children between the ages of 5 to 13 years old.
PRH has since spawned a sister organization, the Row House Community Development Corporation. Together the two organizations are expanding the original campus which now includes 13 units of low-income housing, two of which are long-term artists residencies and two commercial buildings, one of which houses the historic Eldorado Ballroom, an artist-initiated bike co-op, and an artist residency/gallery space.
Lowe was the year 2000 recipient of the American Institute of Architecture Keystone Award, and in 2002 he was awarded the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities. Lowe was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University from September 2001-June 2002, and in 2006 received the Brandywine Lifetime Achievement Award.

November 8th Jen DeNike
Jen DeNike places individuals in artificially staged social situations as a means of investigating the myriad ways in which we are socially conditioned. She does not
work with professional actors, instead discovering her subjects in everyday locations and situations. Trained as a photographer, DeNike’s videos are short continuous loops that focus on a single action or a series of singular actions.

DeNike has participated in numerous exhibitions and performances including solo shows at Smith-Stewart Gallery (New York, NY), MoMA, KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) and 404 Arte Contemporarie (Naples, Italy). She has been included in group exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum, The Company (Los Angeles), Zendai Museum
of Modern Art (Shanghai, China) and MoMA PS1. DeNike received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College and lives and works in New York, NY.

November 15th Naomi Beckwith
Naomi Beckwith is Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem whose particular concerns focus on conceptual practices in contemporary art. Her master’s thesis on Adrian Piper and Carrie Mae Weems earned Distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Prior to joining the Studio Museum, Beckwith was a project coordinator for BAMart at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a Helena Rubenstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and, most immediately, the Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Beckwith is a recent grant recipient of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and a guest blogger for Art21 at PBS.org. Beckwith sits on the board of the Laundromat Project and she has curated and co-curated several exhibitions at the ICA in Philadelphia and in New York at Cuchifritos, Artists Space and at the Studio Museum where she also manages the Artists-in-Residence program.

November 22nd Joe Havel (to be confirmed)
Joseph Havel has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe including solo museum exhibitions at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead U.K., The Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, The Center for Contemporary Art, Kiev, The Huntington Beach Art Center, California, The Bard Center for Contemporary Arts, New York, and The Dallas Contemporary. He has had recent gallery exhibitions at Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, and William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis. In November 2011 he will have his first exhibition with Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the 2000 Whitney Biennial of American Art. His work is in public collections in the U.S. and abroad including The Whitney Museum, New York, The Modern Museum of Fort Worth, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium, The Ministry of Culture, Paris, The Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, The Menil Collection, Fundacion Rouge, Paris, The Portland Museum of Art, The Dallas Museum of Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is Director of the Glassell School of Art where he has directed the Core Program since 1991.

November 29th Shana Moulton
Shana Moulton was born in Oakhurst in California, and lives and works in New York. B.F.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.F.A. Carnegie Mellon University and De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Solo exhibitions include: Art in General, New York; Broadway 1602, New York; The Wexner Center for the Arts; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; Pianissimo, Milan; The Bluecoat, Liverpool; Gimpel Fils Gallery, London; Broadcast Gallery, Dublin; Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld. Moulton has shown her work in group shows, screenings and performances at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Performa 2009, The Kitchen, Participant INC, Electronic Arts Intermix, The Museum of Contemporary Art Banjaluka, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Onion City Film Festival, Aurora Picture Show, PDX Film Festival, New York Underground Film Festival, Impakt Festival, Rencontres Internationales, European Media Arts Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Chicago Underground Film Festival and Migrating Forms.

December 6th Rashaad Newsome
Rashaad Newsome’s works dismantles power structures one shiny block at a time. Using the equalizing force of sampling, he crafts compositions that frequently surprise in their associative potential and walk the tightrope between identity politics and abstraction. Rashaad Newsome was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where he received a B.A. in Art History at Tulane University before studying Film at Film Video Arts in New York City. Newsome has exhibited nationally and internationally at such creditable institutions and galleries as: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; PS1MoMA, New York, NY; Glassbox Gallery, Paris, France and ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy. Recent awards include: 2010 The Urban Artist Initiative individual Artist Grant, UAI, New York, NY; 2009 Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Visual Arts Grant, New York, NY and 2009 BAC Community Arts Regrant, New York, NY.

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