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Visiting Artist: Randal Thurston

Posted: 2011-02-25

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Cut-paper artist Randal Thurston makes intricate wall installations that expore mythology, history, and science. He will give a talk on March  10, at 3:30pm in Osher Hall. Thurston recently completed a public art project for Cambridge River Festival in Cambridge, MA. His artwork has been featured at the Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA and the Fuller Craft Museum. Randal currently teaches at New England School of Art Design at Suffolk University. .

Art History Faculty Member Publishes Book

Posted: 2011-02-18

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Art History faculty member Chris Thompson published "Felt: Fluxus, Joseph Beuys, and the Dalai Lama." Centered on a highly publicized yet famously inconclusive 1982 meeting between Beuys and the Dalai Lama, arranged by the Dutch artist Louwrien Wijers, Chris Thompson explores the interconnections among Beuys, the Fluxus movement, and Eastern philosophy and spiritual practice.

Andrew Murphie, co-author of "Culture and Technology" describes the book as "a letter lovingly recounting the often fragile moments in which artists have put themselves on the line to try to bring about a transformation in the human spirit. Thompson’s answer to his own question—‘what happens when nothing happens?’—seems to be, quite a lot."

Visiting Artists: February 2011

Posted: 2011-02-17

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MECA invites artists, curators, and scholars to the College to meet with students in classrooms and critiques. In addition, visiting artists are asked to deliver a lecture. These artist talks are free and open to the public.

Daniel Rozin
February 10, 3:30pm
Osher Hall

Daniel Rozin’s interactive mirrors combine an extraordinary range of materials, from wooden pegs to woven prints, to custom software and projection. The act of engaging one’s own slowly articulating image in Rozin’s work responds to the inherent nature of self-perception as performative, fascinatingly abstracted, and fleetingly resolved. Daniel Rozin is the recipient of numerous awards including the Prix Ars Electronica, I.D. Design Review, and the Chrysler Design Award. Rozin is a professor and the Director of Research at ITP in the Tisch School Of The Arts at New York University, where he earned an MPS. Previous teaching positions include the Jerusalem Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, where he also earned a BA in Industrial Design. Rozin is a participating artist in ICA at MECA exhibition “Fracturing the Burning Glass: Between Mirror and Meaning.”

Jennifer Gross
“Richard Artschwager: Out of Step and on Target”
February 22, 3:30pm
Osher Hall
Jennifer Gross, the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, recently organized the contemporary exhibition Continuous Present at the Yale University Art Gallery and the traveling exhibition The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America. Dr. Gross is a visiting critic at the Yale School of Art. She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has published numerous essays and exhibition catalogues on contemporary artists including Kristin Baker, David Ireland, Josiah McElheny, Jim Nutt, Mamiko Otsubo, Laura Owens, Richard Tuttle, and Rachel Whiteread.

James Voorhies
February 23rd, 6pm
ICA at MECA
Voorhies is the Director of the Bureau For Open Culture. The organization works intentionally to re-imagine the art exhibition as a discursive form of education that creates a kind of new public sphere or new institution.
Bureau for Open Culture

Jeremy Bailey
February 26, 6pm
ICA at MECA
Toronto-based Jeremy Bailey is a video and performance artist. His work is often confidently self-deprecating in offering hilarious parodies of new media vocabularies.
Jeremy Bailey

Image above: Mirror by Daniel Rozin.

MECA Students Design Museum Workshops

Posted: 2011-02-17

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This fall, the Portland Museum of Art wanted to give visitors the opportunity to see the creative process at work. To make the process visible, they turned to MECA for help  in creating educational programming from the emerging artist perspective. Based on the strength of their studio work and their aptitude for teaching, Painting faculty member Gail Spaien selected four seniors for the project: Maggie Muth, Nikki Stroumbos, Meghan Gervasio, and Hannah Godbey.

They spent months visiting the museum to find inspiration for their own work that will serve as the basis for a family workshop during February break. The workshop will help visitors see the life cycle of a work of art -- from getting inspired, to making sketches, to working on a piece, to the final product that hangs on the wall.

Gail noted, “There is an inner life to the artist’s process that museum goers usually don’t get to see. Museums present finished work. It’s when artists are making stuff that we are passionately engaged. Each time I produce work for an exhibit, as soon as it see it hung in the gallery I’m on to the next project. I experience an openness in my thought process when I’m designing a project or problem solving a painting. Seeing a piece completed uses my brain in a totally different way—much less fun. A family activity like this encourages adults and children to experience their own imagination. Instead of aiming for a single, correct solution to a problem, it’s okay to come up with multiple answers. Everyone accesses their intuition and reasoning skills. Those who come to this event get to be creative, create, and have a glimpse into what occurs in an artist’s studio.”

Read more on the museum's blog

Student Exhibition Compares Printmaking and Mealmaking

Posted: 2011-02-17

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Printmaking students explore the parallels between the practice, preparation, and tradition of the meal to the printmaking process in their exhibition "The Deconstructed Meal." The participating students in this thematic show depict the relationship through a diversity of media, using both the conceptual and satirical. Beyond the context of the meal, the pieces in this show expand the definition of the print. They illustrate inherent and contemporary topics within printmaking as they relate to activities as common as a meal.

The work will be on view on the first floor of Porteous for the month of March with an opening during the First Friday Art Walk on March 4.