September 2nd, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu-Daniel


Flatland, 2009-2010, drawing with collage and silkscreen

Tomas Vu-Daniel

Tomas Vu-Daniel received a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and an M.F.A. from Yale University. His work has recently been exhibited in “Orpheus Selection: In Search of Darkness” at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York; “Boston High Tea: Master Print Series” at the Sunshine Museum in Songzhuang, China; and “Organische Abstraction” at the Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Black Ice in New York, Flatlands I and Flatlands II in Milan and Rome, and Opium Dreams at the Museum Haus Kasuya in Yokuska, Japan. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship award in 2001.



Paint on newspaper

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Winner of the 2004 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, his exhibition there consisted of a pirate radio (with instructions on how to make one for yourself). Tiravanija
was also awarded the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucelia Artist Award.

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May 1st, 2014: 8pm Keltie Ferris

[to be titled], 2014

Keltie Ferris was born in Louisville, KY in 1977 earned a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design  in 2004 and an MFA from Yale University in 2006.  She lives and works in Brooklyn.  Ferris is known for large paintings that lap, layer upon layer, into glimmering pictorial spaces.  She is a natural born colorist and her surfaces, while densely layered, rarely feel labored.

Ferris has received grants from the Rema Mann Hort Foundation (2006), Jacob Javits Fellowship (2005) and the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for excellence in painting at the Yale School of Art (2005).

Interview with Keltie Ferris at Interview Magazine

Manuscript, 2012

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April 29th, 2014: 8pm Deborah Kass in conversation with Gaby Collins-Fernandez

Day After Day, 2010

Deborah Kass, born 1952 and received her BFA in Painting at Carnegie Mellon University, and studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.  Her work employs the visual motifs of post-war painting to explore the intersection of politics, popular culture, art history and personal identity.

Kass’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, among others.

Read more about Deborah on Hyperallergic

Daddy, 2007


Double Double Yenti (My Elvis), 1993


 Gaby-Collins Fernandez was born and raised in New York City. She received her BA from Dartmouth College and her MFA from Yale University in 2012. In 2013 she received a Rema Hort Mann Foundation award. This fall she will be in a group show about mermaids and tides curated by Jarrett Earnest at Diet Gallery in Miami.

First Blue Velvet Piece, 2012

Blue Burlap Stacked Piece, 2013


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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″:

Deshotten (1.0) 

Lecture at M.I.T :

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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:


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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:

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