VALS Lecture—Abigail DeVille—Thursday March 14, 6:30pm

VALS: Abigail DeVille
Thursday, March 14th
Prentis 101

Abigail DeVille was born in 1981 in New York, where she lives and works. Maintaining a long-standing interest in marginalized people and places, DeVille creates site-specific immersive installations designed to bring attention to these forgotten stories, such as with the sculpture she built on the site of a former African American burial ground in Harlem.

DeVille often works with objects and materials sourced from the area surrounding the exhibition site, and her theatrical aesthetic embodies the phrase, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Though collected objects are essential to her installations, DeVille’s priority is the stories her installations can tell. DeVille’s family roots in New York go back at least two generations; her interest in the city, and her work about it, is both personal and political.

Artist Abigail DeVille’s Critique Of The American Paradox                   

Abigail DeVille Listens to History, Art21 New York Closeup, March 7, 2018

VALS Lecture—Shirin Neshat—Tuesday March 12, 6:30pm


VALS: Shirin Neshat

Tuesday, March 12th

Prentis 101



Shirin Neshat is an Iranian-born artist and filmmaker living in New York. Neshat’s early photographic works include the Women of Allah series (1993–1997), which explored the question of gender in relation to Islamic fundamentalism and militancy. Her subsequent video works departed from overtly political content or critique in favor of more poetic imagery and complex human narratives. Neshat continues to explore and experiment with the mediums of photography, video and film. Her most recent bodies of work include the photographic series The Book of Kings (2012), The Home of My Eyes (2015) and the trilogy Dreamers comprised of three video installations: Illusions and Mirrors (2013), Roja (2016), and Sarah (2016).

Neshat has held numerous solo exhibitions at galleries and museums worldwide, including the Museo Correr in Venice, Italy, to coincide with the 2017 Venice Biennale; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Doha; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, Michigan; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Serpentine Gallery, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, among others.

Neshat has participated in major international group exhibitions, including the 48th Venice Biennale of Art (1999), the Whitney Biennial (2000), Documenta XI (2002) and LACMA (2015). Neshat was the recipient of the Golden Lion Award – the First International Prize at the 48th Venice Biennial (1999), the Hiroshima Freedom Prize (2005), The Crystal Award (2014), and the Praemium Imperiale (2017). Her work is included in the collections of museums and public institutions around the world.

In 2009, Neshat directed her first feature-length film, Women Without Men, which received the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. She has recently completed her second feature-length film, based on the life and art of the legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum. Neshat is represented by Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

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Women Without Men Discussion (Walker Art Center)

Shirin Neshat on the video art that reconnected her with Iran (the Guardian)

Day in the Life: Shirin Neshat (Kinfolk)

poster by Esteban Jefferson, MFA ’19

VALS Lecture—Guadalupe Rosales—Tuesday, March 5, 6:30pm


VALS Lecture: Guadalupe Rosales

Tuesday, March 5

Prentis 101



Guadalupe Rosales (USA b. 1980) is an artist based in Los Angeles.  She is the founder and operator of Veteranas & Rucas and Map Pointz, digital archives accessible through Instagram. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Aperture Foundation, NYC; The Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, California; Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; Spazio Maiocchi, Milan Italy; and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. In 2016, Rosales took over the New Yorker’s social media for a week and was one of the top-rated takeovers of the year. Her subsequent role as the inaugural Instagram Artist in Residence at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was featured in the Los Angeles Times, Artsy, and Artforum. She has lectured at numerous museums and academic institutions, including the University of California, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; New York University; and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016.
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poster by Jessica Martinez, MFA ’19

VALS Lecture—William Cordova—Tuesday Feb 12, 6:30pm


VALS: William Cordova

Tuesday, February 26


Prentis 101


William Cordova is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner born in Lima, Peru. Lives and works Lima/Miami/New York City. Cordova’s work addresses the metaphysics of space and time and how objects and perception change when we move around in space. He received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago,1996, and an MFA from Yale University, 2004.

William Cordova has been an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, American Academy in Berlin, Germany, Museum of Fine Art in Houston’s CORE program, Headlands Center for the Arts, Artpace, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, LMCC among others. He has exhibited in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. His work is in the public collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru, Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, PAM Museum, Miami, FL, La Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba. Cordova was represented in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, 2010 Museum of Modern Art/PS1 Greater New York. Cordova was included in Prospect.3 New Orleans Triennial; 2014 and the 12th Havana Biennial in 2015 at Casa de Africa, Havana, Cuba. 2016 included, SITE Santa Fe Biennial, New Mexico, Southern Accents, Nasher Museum, Durham, NC. In 2017 Cordova was awarded the Michael Richards Artist Award by LMCC, NY and the Florida Prize by the Orlando Museum, Orlando, FL.

Recent solo exhibitions include kuntur: sacred geometries, Illinois State University, IL, now’s the time: narratives of southern alchemy, Perez Art Museum; Miami, FL. Group shows include Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay, Whitney Museum of American Art. Forthcoming group exhibitions include Henry Art Gallery at University of Washington and the 13th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (2019).

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The Wondrous Alchemy of William Cordova’s Sculptures

poster by Rafael Domenech, MFA ’19

VALS Lecture—Marie Lorenz—Thursday Feb 21, 5PM


VALS: Marie Lorenz

Thursday, February 21

Prentis 101

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Marie Lorenz (b. 1973, lives and works in New York City) roots her work in exploration and narrative. In her ongoing project ‘The Tide and Current Taxi’ Lorenz takes participants through New York waterways in boats that she designs and builds, using tidal current to propel the boat. Recent solo exhibitions include Marie Lorenz: Ezekia at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Flow Pool at Recess Activities, New York, The Valley of Dry Bones at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, Wanderlust at High Line Art,New York,  and Erie Canal at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, an exhibition about her month long journey down the Erie Canal. Group shows include Providence, at Musee International des Arts Modestes, Sete, France, Future Nature at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, Public Works: Artists’ Interventions 1970s – Now at Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA, Arcadia: Thoughts on the Contemporary Pastoral curated by Steve Locke at Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA. Residencies include International Artist-In-Residence at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, and John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome. Lorenz received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Yale and is represented by Jack Hanley Gallery in New York.


poster by Susanna Koetter, MFA ’19

VALS Lecture—Korakrit Arunanondchai—Tuesday Jan 22, 6:30pm

VALS: Korakrit Arunanondchai
Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:30-8pm
Prentis 101
Bangkok-raised artist Korakrit Arunanondchai engages a myriad of subjects such as history, authenticity, self-representation, and tourism through the lens of a cultural transplant. His work seeks to find a common ground in artistic experiences through a pastiche of styles and mediums. In his wide-ranging practice, Arunanondchai puts a premium on collaboration—whether it’s photographing fellow downtown characters or combining music, video, and performance. Arunanondchai discovered art in high school, when he saw Olafur Eliasson’s Sun on a visit to London; soon after he moved to the U.S. to attend RISD and Columbia, where he studied under Rirkrit Tiravanija. Along with his blends of pop culture and music—he had a close call with rock stardom in his native Thailand—Arunanondchai cites a range of artistic references, from a remix of Hieronymous Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights and a feature film featuring Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty to a series of paintings based on an act from Thailand’s Got Talent.

Poster by James Mercer, MFA ’20

VALS Lecture—Dara Birnbaum—Tuesday Dec 4, 6:30pm


VALS: Dara Birnbaum
Tuesday, December 4th, 6:30-8pm
Prentis 101
Dara Birnbaum is an American video and installation artist. Birnbaum entered the nascent field of video art in the mid-to-late 1970s challenging the gendered biases of the period and television’s ever-growing presence within the American household. Her oeuvre primarily addresses ideological and aesthetic features of mass media through the intersection of video art and television. She uses video to reconstruct television imagery using materials such as archetypal formats as quizzes, soap operas, and sports programmes. Her techniques involve the repetition of images and interruption of flow with text and music. She is also well known for forming part of the feminist art movement that emerged within video art in the mid-1970s. Birnbaum currently lives and works in New York.

Poster by Rachel LaBine, MFA ’19

VALS Lecture—Lynne Tillman—Tuesday Nov 27, 6:30pm




VALS: Lynne Tillman
Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30-8pm
Prentis 101
Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. Her novels are Haunted HousesMotion SicknessCast in DoubtNo Lease on Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and American Genius, A Comedy. Her nonfiction books include The Velvet Years: Warhol’s Factory 1965–1967, with photographs by Stephen Shore; Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co.; and What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Her most recent short story collections are Someday This Will Be Funny and The Complete Madame Realism. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writing Fellowship. Tillman is Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at The University of Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts’ Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program in New York. She lives in Manhattan with bass player David Hofstra.

Poster by Kate Liebman, MFA ’19

VALS Lecture—Alex Da Corte—Tuesday Nov 20, 6:30pm

VALS: Alex Da Corte
Tuesday, November 20th, 6:30-8pm
Prentis 101
Alex Da Corte was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1980. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Art. His most recent solo exhibition THE SUPƎRMAN, was held at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, Germany (2018) Other recent solo exhibitions include C-A-T SPELLS MURDER, Karma Gallery, New York, New York (2018) Slow Graffiti, Secession Building, Vienna, Austria; A Man Full Of Trouble at Maccarone Gallery, New York; 50 Wigs at the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark; A Season in He’ll at Art + Practice, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Free Roses MASS MoCA, North Adams (2016); Die Hexe at Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, New York; Devil Town at Gio Marconi, Milan; Le Miroir Vivant at The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2015); Easternsports at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2014, together with Jayson Musson). Da Corte’s work was also included in 57th Carnegie International. Past group exhibitions include Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; the 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France among many others. In 2012, Da Corte was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


Poster by Cara Lynch, MFA ’20