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Current Welch Visiting Artists and Scholars

Nnenna Okore, Artist Talk, "Going Down Memory Lane"
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Ernest G. Welch Galleries, 10 Peachtree Center Avenue SE, 4:00 pm
Relying heavily on past memories, Nnenna Okore's works and concepts have depended on rich visual imagery based on various forms, textures and processes from her Nigerian experience.  Also essential to her works is the occurrence of material memory, which engages a spontaneous layer of fibers, processes and events.  Her presentation will highlight the role that past experiences and material memories have played in her artistic practice.  Ms. Okore is associate professor of Art at North Park University, Chicago, IL.

Yong Min Moon, Lecture, "Failure, Trauma, and Silence in Contemporary South Korean Art"
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Arts & Humanities Room 339, 10 Peachtree Center Avenue SE, 3:45 pm
The lecture examines some of radical contemporary South Korean art vis-a-vis modern Korean history, which may be characterized in terms of succession of collective failures and traumatic memories.  Some of the most compelling examples of art in the post-Minjung (grassroots) era that pursue radical democracy in South Korea represent the social underclass and subalterns forsaken during the Minjung era.  Critically responding to specific historical contexts, the artists present antagonistic resistance against he legacies of the militarism and imperialism, and the politics of the Cold War that still grip the nation.  Mr. Moon is an associate professor in the Department of Art, Architecture and Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Lauren Levato Coyne, Lecture, "Professional Practices Workshop for Undergraduates"
Friday, September 19, 2014
Arts & Humanities 667, 10 Peachtree Center Avenue SE, 2:00-4:30 pm
In this hands-on workshop, Lauren Levato Coyne will share the practical skills and insights she's gained from working for galleries, art publications and most recently the international granting organization the Virginia Groot Foundation.  After 16 years working as an arts administrator, artist and writer Lauren Levato Coyne has a unique skill set and perspective on the business side of the arts; she's worked for five galleries, two international expositions, three art publications and now works for the Virginia Groot Foundation.  In these various positions, she has worked in public relations, sales, grant writing for individuals and no-profit organizations, with theaters and artists, galleries, magazines, international arts organizations and small cultural centers.  Her professionalism workshop will cover all of these areas.  Ms. Coyne is based in Chicago.  

Bibiana Obler, Lecture, "Lynda Benglis and Ceramics"
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Troy Moore Library, 25 Park Place NE, 23rd floor, 3:00 pm
Lynda Benglis has been written into the canon of twentieth-century art history as a feminist heir to Jackson Pollock's painting.  This lecture explores an unacknowledged lineage between Lynda Benglis and the "father" of modern ceramic sculpture, Abstract Expressionist potter Peter Voulkos.  Integrating the contributions of "craft" into the teleological drive of art-historical narrative reveals subtleties in Benglis's practice that we might otherwise miss.  Ceramics provides a distinctive site for the investigation of gendered bodily relations.  Dr. Obler is an assistant professor of Art History at George Washington University.

Ryan McLaughlin, Artist Talk, "Art, practice and the state of painting today"
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Location: TBD, 6:30 pm
Ryan McLaughlin was born in 1980 in Worcester, MA.  He now lives and works in Berlin, Germany.  He graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.  Recent solo exhibitions include Raisins, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY (2013), Barbara I and II, Luttgenmeijer, Berlin, DE 2012/2013, Farley, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, DE (2014), The Made-up Shrimp Hardly Enlightens Some Double Kisses, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY (2013), The Big Picture, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY (2012).  

Lucas Blalock, Artist Talk
Thursday, October 30, 2014 (rescheduled from 2013-2014 season)
Troy Moore Library, 25 Park Place NE, 23rd floor, 6:00 pm
Lucas Blalock is a photographer who lives and works in New York and Los Angeles.  He holds a BA from Bard College, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and earned an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Blalock has had solo shows at Ramiken Crucible (NY), White Cube (London) and Peder Lund (Oslo), as well as group exhibitions including shows at MoMA PS1, the deCorday Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA), CRAC Alcase (Altkirch, FR), Wallspace (New York) and Marian Goodman Gallery (Paris).  Blalock's work has been featured in The New YorkerMousseApertureFriezeand Art in America, as well as on Art 21's web series "New York Close-Up."

Karsten Lund, Lecture
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Arts & Humanities 257, 10 Peachtree Center Avenue SE, 12:00 pm 
Based in Chicago, Karsten Lund has worked as a curator and writer since 2007, both in a museum context and independently. His recent exhibition Phantoms in the Dirt, as guest curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) in Chicago, featured sixteen artists whose work deals with enigmatic traces and the interplay of photographic imagery and the rough world of matter.  In his current position at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Lund has organized two solo exhibitions featuring emerging Chicago artists and a focused look at the work of Andy Warhol and Marisol in the 1960s.  Additionally at the MCA, Lund has assisted curators Dieter Roelstraete and Naomi Beckwith on a dozen other exhibitions, including The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology, Goshka Macuga: Exhibit A, Martin Creed Plays Chicago, and Simon Starling: Metamorphology, as well as assisting Helen Molesworth on This Will Have Been: Art, Love and Politics in the 1980s.  As an essayist, curator, and editor, he also has a strong interest in the exhibition catalogs and artist-driven publications, often reconsidering their structure to suit a given project while working closely with artists to determine their form and content.  

Claire Pentecost, Artist Talk, "The Quick and the Mudd"
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Troy Moore Library, 25 Park Place NE, 23rd floor, 3:30pm
Claire Pentecost's work engages diverse strategies - collaboration, research, teaching, field work, writing, lecturing, drawing, installation and photography - in an ongoing interrogation of the institutional structures that order knowledge.  Her work has long addressed the contested boundary between natural and artificial, focusing the last fifteen years on food, agriculture and bio-engineering.  Recently, Pentecost has exhibited at dOCUMENTA(13) Whitechapel Gallery, and the 13th Istanbul Biennial.  Represented by Higher Pictures in New York, she is a professor in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and often collaborates with Compass in the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor.