April 22, 2014: 8pm Joan Jonas

Mirror Check, 1970

Joan Jonas was born in 1936 in New York. She received a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College in 1958, studied sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and received an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Columbia University in 1965.

A pioneer of video and performance art, Jonas belongs to a group of artists whose use of live action and video beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s gave rise to contemporary genres of video and performance art, which are embraced by younger generations of artists. From her seminal performance-based excercises of the 1970s to her later televisual narratives, Jonas engages viewers in an elusive theatrical portrayal of female identity. Employing an idiosyncratic vocabulary of ritualized gesture and symbolic objects that include masks, mirrors, and costuming, she explores the self and the body through layers of meaning.

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Vertical Roll, 1972

View Volcano Saga and Lines in the Sand 

Read about Joan Jonas being selected to represent the US in the Venice Biennale: New York Times

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April 8th, 2014: 8pm Ryan Johnson

Cart (Red), 2006

Ryan Johnson was born in 1978 in Pakistan.  He grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and graduated from Jakarta International School.  He holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Columbia University.

Through his playful use of materials, Johnson’s work creates a theatrical tension between ‘stuff’ and its implied function.

He has been exhibited at Sikkema Jenkins and Co, Suzanne Geiss Company, White Flag Projects, Saatchi Gallery, Horton Gallery, and many more.

One Point Perspective, 2010

Sentinel Orange, 2008


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March 25th, 2014: 8pm Arthur Jafa

Daughters of the Dust, 1991

Arthur Jafa born 1960, in Mississippi, and studied Architecture and FilmHoward University in Washington, D.C.  Jafa is a cultural critic/worker, visual artist and African diasporic organic intellectual.  He often uses film to investigate issues surrounding black cultural politics and black cultural nationalism; is known for his longterm quest for an “authentic” black cinema. In his words “the idea(s) is obvious, the implementation is not.”

He is the director of Slowly This (1995), Tree (1999), and Deshotten1.0 (2009). His cinematography credits include Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991), John Akomfrah’s Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993); Spike Lee’sCrooklyn (1994), and Manthia Diawara’s Rouch in Reverse (1995).

Arthur Jafa’s essay “69″: http://www.blackculturalstudies.org/a_jafa/69.html

Deshotten (1.0) 

Lecture at M.I.T : http://mit.tv/YiRxqB

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March 11th, 2014: 8pm Matthew Day Jackson

Everything Leads to Another, 2011

Matthew Day Jackson was born in Panorama City CA, 1974, and graduated with an MFA from Rutgers University in 2001, following his BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and in 2009.  He received his NHRA License, from Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, in Gainesville, FL. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Jackson works in a multidisciplinary practice of sculpture, painting, collage, photography, drawing, video, performance and installation. His work explores a concept that he terms ‘the Horriful’, the belief that everything one does has the potential to bring both beauty and horror.

The Immeasurable Distance Between Eye and Fingertip, 2008

Chariot, 2008


Body Pressure, 2008

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MDJ Racing <— Check that out!



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March 4th, 2014: 8pm K8 Hardy

Fuck you, 2009

K8 Hardy was born in 1977 in Fort Worth, Texas, and began spelling her name K8 as a teenager while working on, and publishing various zines.   She holds a BA from Smith College, studied at the Whitney Independent Study Program, and holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College, she is currently represented by Reena Spauldings in New York.

Hardy is a founding member of the queer feminist journal and artist collective LTTR, and has directed music videos for groups including Le Tigre, Lesbians on Ecstasy, and Men.

Wikipedia says, “Hardy works through performance art without allegiance to any particular medium. She mines pop culture for material and eschews craft based virtuosity in photography, sculpture, and video. Hardy believes in the power of flamboyant and bold gestures, and in conversations of play, which constitute her endeavors toward total expression.”

Credit Default Swap, 2012

Interview with K8 Hardy: http://bombsite.com/issues/119/articles/6429


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February 25th, 2014: 8pm Liz Magic Laser

Tell me what you want to hear, 2013, Performance and three-channel video

Liz Magic Laser (b. 1981, New York) lives and works in Brooklyn. Her performances and videos intervene in semi-public spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms, and have involved collaborations with actors, dancers, surgeons, and motorcycle gang members. Her recent work appropriates the dominant performance techniques and psychological strategies used by the media and politicians to sway public opinion. She earned a BA from Wesleyan University (2003) and an MFA from Columbia University (2008).

She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2008) and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2009). Most recently, her work was the subject of solo exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2013) the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (2013); DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas (2013) and Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012).

Public Relations / Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, 2013, two-channel video installation

Prison Score, video still, 2012

Interview with Liz Magic Laser:


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February 18th, 2014: 8pm Richard Tuttle

For Ron, 2009

Richard Tuttle was born in Rahway, New Jersey, in 1941, the artist lives and works in Mount Desert, Maine; Abiquiu, New Mexico and New York City.

Tuttle’s work exists in the space between painting, sculpture, poetry, assemblage, and drawing. He draws beauty out of humble materials, reflecting the fragility of the world in his poetic works. Without a specific reference point, his investigations of line, volume, color, texture, shape, and form are imbued with a sense of spirituality and informed by a deep intellectual curiosity. Language, spatial relationship, and scale are also central concerns for the artist, who maintains an acute awareness for the viewer’s aesthetic experience.

Richard Tuttle’s work is held in nearly every collection worldwide, including in Europe at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution; the National Gallery of Art, DC; Museum of Modern Art, among many others.

Richard Tuttle currently has a show up at Pace Gallery, February 7th- March 15th.

System 2, Winter, 2011

Purple Octagonal, 1967


Boys Let’s Be Bad Boys (3), 1998

Interview with Richard Tuttle: http://bombsite.com/issues/41/articles/1580

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February 11th, 2014: Sangram Majumdar

Jessica’s Hair, 2011

Sangram Majumdar was born in Kolkata, India and received an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.  He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  Since 2003 he has been teaching painting and drawing full time at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is represented by Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, NY.

Sangram Majumdar is a studio-based painter whose work is rooted in careful and daily observation of his surroundings.  Done from perception and over multiple sessions, his subject ranges from found and fabricated objects, to people who are both familiar and strange, and the studio itself. Some of the paintings hold on to their naturalistic origins, an echo of the original experience. In others, the once found object or seen moment is transformed in favor of a place that is neither/or and both here and there.

Office Space, 2012

New Hair Cut, 2013

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Sangram Majumdar talking about his work.

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February 4th, 2014: 8pm Brody Condon

To prove her zeal one woman ate mud, 2012

To prove her zeal one woman ate mud, 2012


Brody Condon (born 1974 Mexico) is an artist based in New York and recieved him MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Condon creates performances, videos, and sculptures that relate to obsession with fantasy in contemporary culture, exploring the world of games, fiction, and collective experience.

He has exhibited at On Stellar Rays, Aldrich Contemporary Museum, LACMA, PS1 MoMA, and Hammer Museum. His awards include the Creative Capital Grant, the Franklin Furnace Grant, and the Interpolis N. V. Grant.

Daughters of Decayed Tradesmen, 2013

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Interview with Brody Condon


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January 28, 2014, 8pm: Michael Jones McKean

Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms, 2012


Michael Jones McKean (b. 1976, Truk Island, Micronesia) lives and works in Richmond, VA. He received a MFA from Alfred University, Alfred, NY and a BFA from Marywood University, Scranton, PA.  Since 2006 he has taught in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department at Virigina Commonwealth University where he is an Associate Professor.

Functioning as a central location – where things are collected, moved, and absorbed –Michael Jones McKean’s work explores states of in-between-ness; the spaces between experience and perception, understanding and meaning, fantasy and reality, success and failure. Similarly, through his specific and eclectic ordering of materials and techniques, the artist’s work roams in the margins of theater, folklore, science, architecture, mysticism and sculpture itself. For McKean, the gaps between these coordinates become poetically charged spaces, harnessing an unseen valence momentarily bonding disparate objects in crystalline unison. The results of this process create a bridge allowing entrance to a world flickering between meaning, complexity, representation, and materiality. McKean’s manipulation of such pedestrian yet fantastic organic processes as rainbows also demonstrates our innate desire to physically seize and understand the natural world.

The Religion, 2013

Circles Become Spheres, 2012


Certain principles of light and solidarity between forms, 2008

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