VALS Lecture—boychild—Tuesday April 9, 6:30pm

VALS: boychild
Tuesday, April 9
Prentis 101, 6:30pm

boychild is a movement-based performance artist whose work operates through improvisation as a mode of survival and world building in the liminal, performative space where becoming meets representation. Adamant about the visceral experience of live visual performance, she makes a case for how the movement of form can communicate what remains impenetrable in images, and through language. Her performances have been presented at MoMA PS1, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, MOCA Los Angeles, MOMA Warsaw, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, ICA London, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, MACBA, ICA London, the Sydney Biennial and Berghain. boychild has toured with Mykki Blanco, and collaborated with Korakrit Arunanondchai, Wu Tsang, as well as the streetwear label Hood By Air.

all about the boychild
Hand dances. 1,000 Caresses.
Wu Tsang & boychild by Tess Altman

poster by Vikram Ashvin Divecha, MFA ’19

VALS Lecture—Katherine Bradford—Tuesday March 26, 6:30pm


VALS: Katherine Bradford

Tuesday, March 26th

Prentis 101, 6:30pm


Katherine Bradford is a figurative painter represented in New York by CANADA and in Berlin by Haverkampf Gallery.  In June she will have a solo show in London with Campoli Presti Gallery.

In 2011 she received a Guggenheim and in 2012 a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.  She has been a Senior Critic at Yale School of Art and a Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School in Maine.

This past season she has exhibited her work at Pace Gallery in New York, Union Gallery in Cologne, Chrystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas and the Nerman Museum in Kansas.

“My paintings as a whole celebrate the mystery of ceremony, the directness of folk art and the immediacy of expressionistic mark making.  They hint at stories of survival and escape as well as our desire for community on the one hand and quiet solitude on the other.  I mean to call attention to both image and mark as a way to prolong the act of looking and to convey the excitement of embarking on a quest where the outcome in unknown.”

A Conversation: Katherine Bradford (New American Paintings)

The Amazing Katherine Bradford (Hyperallergic)

Katherine Bradford “Friends and Strangers” at CANADA (YouTube)

poster by Esteban Jefferson, MFA ’19



VALS Lecture—Fred Wilson—Thursday March 28, 6:30pm


VALS: Fred Wilson
Thursday, March 28th
Prentis 101, 6:30pm

Fred Wilson (b. 1954, Bronx, New York) challenges assumptions of history, culture, race, and conventions of display with his work. By reframing objects and cultural symbols, he alters traditional interpretations, encouraging viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives. Since his groundbreaking and historically significant exhibition Mining the Museum (1992) at the Maryland Historical Society, Wilson has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, including the retrospective Objects and Installations 1979-2000, which was organized by the Center for Art and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and traveled to Saratoga Springs, Berkeley, Houston, Andover, and Santa Monica, before closing at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Other solo presentations include So Much Trouble in the World—Believe It or Not! at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (2005); Works 2001–2011 at the Cleveland Museum of Art (2012); Local Color at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2013); Black to the Powers of Ten and Wildfire Test Pit at Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio (2016); and Fred Wilson at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, New York (2017). In 2003, Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition Speak of Me as I Am. His many accolades include the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius” Grant (1999); the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (2006); the Alain Locke Award from The Friends of African and African American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts (2013); and a Lifetime Achievement Award, Howard University, Washington, D.C. (2017). He was honored by The Black Alumni of Pratt Institute during their 2017 Celebration of the Creative Spirit.

Fred Wilson in “Structures” (Art21)

Fred Wilson: Afro Kismet at Pace Gallery (Hyperallergic)

How Mining the Museum Changed the Art World (BmoreArt)

poster by Esteban Jefferson, MFA ’19

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