Basim Magdy

Basim Magdy

lecture: Nov 6, 2:30pm

The Depot
814 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Basim Magdy was born in 1977 in Assiut, Egypt, and lives and works in Basel and Cairo. His work appeared recently in solo and group exhibitions at Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York; Arnolfini, Bristol, UK; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Castello di Rivoli, Torino; Mathaf, Doha (2017) MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome; Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux; Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York; Salt Ulus, Ankara; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE; Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Warsaw; HOME, Manchester, UK; The Green Parrot, Barcelona; Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland (2015); La Biennale de Montreal, Montreal; Art in General, New York; Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, Melbourne, Australia; MEDIACITY Seoul Biennial, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch (2014); 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The High Line, New York (2013); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; La Triennale: Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2011); Mass MOCA, North Adams, USA and Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale dʼart contemporain, Rennes, (2010). He was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, Kiev (2012) and won the Abraaj Art Prize, Dubai and the New:Vision Award, CPH:DOX Film Festival, Copenhagen (2014) and the Experimental Award at the Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, Portugal (2015), Deutsche Bank’s 2016 Artist of the Year (2016).


This lecture is co-sponsored with the Dept. of Sculpture and Extended Media


Galit Eilat

Galit Eilat

lecture: Nov 9, 2:30pm

1000 W Broad St, Room 301
Richmond, VA 23220

Galit Eilat founded, and directed from 2001 to 2010, the Israeli Center for Digital Arts in Holon, which under her leadership became one of the pre-eminent sites for genuine collaborations between Israeli and Palestinian artists, as well as with art organizations from the Near East, former Eastern European bloc, and the Balkans. In 2004, she co founded Maarav, an online arts and culture magazine, which she went on to edit until 2010. She was part of the team that developed a series of traveling seminars entitled “Liminal Spaces” (2006–09), which aspired primarily to establish an absent but essential platform for joint work, action, and dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian art communities. Between 2010 and 2013, she collaborated with the Van Abbemuseum on several projects, including Play VanAbbe, Picasso in Palestine, and the collection presentation. She served as artistic director of the Akademie der Künste der Welt, in Cologne, from 2012–13. She has curated and co curated many exhibitions, including the Polish Pavilion in Venice Biennale (2011), 32nd October Salon Belgrade (2011), and she was a member of the 31st Sao Paulo Bienal curatorial team between 2013–15, and involved in projects from Kosovo, Ljubljana, Turkey, Poland, and elsewhere. She has taught and lectured in a range of universities, museums, and galleries, and has written extensively about art and politics. She is the 2017-18 Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism at Bard College.


Alternative Endings, Racial Beginnings


Anderson Gallery

907 1/2 W. Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284

Newly commissioned videos by Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell premiering on World AIDS Day 2017.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is the 28th annual iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With(out) Art project. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans people.

The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.


Mark Dion

Mark Dion lecture

Oct 25, 2:30pm
The Depot
814 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Mark Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkammen of the 16th and 17th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. Dion also frequently collaborates with museums of natural history, aquariums, zoos and other institutions mandated to produce public knowledge on the topic of nature. Dion has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001) The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award (2008). He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum, Miami (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); Tate Gallery, London (1999), and the British Museum of Natural History, London (2007). “Neukom Vivarium” (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum. Dion produced a major permanent commission, ‘OCEANOMANIA: Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas’ for the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco. In 2016 Dion and his curatorial collaborator Sarina Basta produced the large scale exhibition, ExtraNaturel: Voyage initiatique dans la collection des Beaux-Arts de Paris, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In October 2017, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston will host “Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st Century Naturalist”, the largest American Survey to date of the artist work. Dion has also produced large scale permanent commissions for Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, the Montevideo Biannale in Uruguay, The Rose Art Museum, Johns Hopkins University and the Port of Los Angeles. Mark Dion is also co-director of Mildred’s Lane an innovative visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.

Ryan Lucero

Ryan Lucero

lecture: Oct 18, 2:30pm

The Depot
814 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Ryan Lucero is a New York based artist and musician. He recently graduated from the Bard
MFA program in painting. He has shown work at Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York, Falcon’s Nest in Los Angeles and has performed at MOMA PS1 and The Kitchen, NYC. He is currently a VCU Fountainhead fellow in painting and printmaking.

News: Barbara Tisserat


We mourn the loss of Barbara Tisserat

The Department of Painting + Printmaking is deeply saddened by the recent loss of Barbara Tisserat who died on October 1, 2017 after a long battle with lung cancer.  She was at her home in Colorado and her two brothers were with her. Barbara earned a BFA with an emphasis in printmaking and graphic design from Colorado State University, and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended technical workshops at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque and Crown Point Press in San Francisco. In conjunction with the VCU Department of Painting and Printmaking’s visiting-artist program, she printed editions for Richard Artschwager, James Drake, Rainer Gross, Theresa Pollak, Keith Sonnier, Francesc Torres, William Wegman, among others. Tisserat’s prints were included in group exhibitions nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at the Genkan Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Galeria ICPNA Miraflores in Lima, Peru; Hunt Gallery at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia; and Reynolds Gallery in Richmond. In 2005 her prints were the subject of a retrospective, Lessons: 30 Years of Printmaking, at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Her work is represented by Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA and in the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the New York Public Library. Barbara was so important to many of us – she was a wonderful artist, amazing teacher and a dear friend who died too soon.  The family is dealing with this privately, as Barbara wished.

Kanishka Raja Lecture

Kanishka Raja
Lecture: Sept 7, 3pm             
The Depot
814 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220


Kanishka Raja’s practice explores the intersection of representation, craft, technology, and the gaps that occur in the transmission of information. In composite fields that tap into oppositions of the technological versus the handmade, original versus reproduction and neutral versus contested, Raja’s paintings and their woven, scanned, printed, embroidered and reproduced counterparts interlock in complex visual fields that consider the translation and transposition of visual data and are charged with colliding realms of the foreign and the familiar. Raja’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Asia Society Museum, NY, the ICA Boston, Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz, ICA Philadelphia and the Rose Art Museum, among others. Selected solo gallery exhibitions include Greenberg van Doren, Jack Tilton Gallery and Envoy, in New York and Galerie Mirchandani + Steinrücke, Mumbai. In 2016, Raja completed work on a major Percent for Art commission from the Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City for a permanent public Artwork. Raja is the recipient of a 2011 Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and winner of the 2004 ICA Artists’ Prize awarded by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. He has been awarded a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Workspace Residency, been a Fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbertide, Italy and a recipient of an NEA funded residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York. Raja received his BA from Hampshire College, an MFA from the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The artist was born in Calcutta and lives and works in New York and Kolkata.


Robert Pruitt Lecture

Robert Pruitt
lecture: Sept 20, 2:30pm
The Depot                                    
814 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220


Born in Houston in 1975, Robert A. Pruitt received a BA. from Texas Southern University (2000) in Studio Art and an MFA from The University of Texas in Austin(2003) with a concentration in Painting. He has exhibited his work locally, nationally and internationally most notably at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and the Studio Museum of Harlem. He has participated in influential residencies such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ArtPace, Fabric Workshop Museum, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. He has received numerous awards including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, The Joan Mitchell Artist Grant, The Artadia Award, a project grant from the Creative Capital Foundation and the William H. Johnson award. Pruitt works in a variety of materials but his practice is largely centered on rendering portraits of the human body, specifically the black body. He projects onto these bodies a juxtaposing series of experiences and material references, denoting a diverse and radical black past, present and future. Pruitt is currently living and working in New York City.


Torkwase Dyson Lecture

Torkwase Dyson (with sculpture)
lecture: Sept 25, 12pm
student commons                           
907 Floyd Ave
Richmond, VA 23284


Torkwase Dyson was born in Chicago Illinois, and spent her developmental years between North Carolina and Mississippi. Traversing these regions helped develop a fundamental sensitivity towards urban development, southern landscape and black spatial justice. During her years at Tougaloo College where she majored in Sociology and double minored in Social Work and Fine Art, she began to examine the spatial dynamics of black history and environmental justice. Over the next 10 years, Dyson traveled to Africa and South and Central America to strategize with communities of color on ways to attain resource equality. During this time she earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Masters in Fine Arts in Painting from Yale School of Art. In 2016 Dyson designed and built Studio South Zero (SSZ) a solar-powered mobile studio where the context of nomadicity became the framework for learning and making art about the environment. It was traveling with SSZ that inspired her experimental project The Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Justice where she explores contemporary theorizations of space, architecture and the infrastructure of extraction economies. Though working through multiple mediums, Torkwase Dyson describes herself as a painter who uses distilled geometric abstraction to create an idiosyncratic language that is both diagrammatic and expressive. The works are deconstructions of natural and built environments that consider how individuals negotiate and negate various types of systems and spatial order.


Dyson’s work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Dyson is the recipient of Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors award, Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Visiting Artist grant to the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center Fellowship, and the FSP/Jerome Fellowship. Dyson’s work has also been supported by The Drawing Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, The Laundromat Projects, the Green Festival of New York, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, The Kitchen, and the Rebuild Foundation. In 2016 Dyson was elected to the board of the Architecture League of New York as Vice President of Visual Arts. Torkwase is now based in Brooklyn, New York and is a visiting critic at Yale School of Art.


NYC MFA show


August 26- September 17,2017

Opening Reception August 26, 2017 6:00-8:00 pm


254 Johnson Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11206

Whateverbeing showcases artwork from 15 graduates of the Painting and Printmaking MFA program.

Artists: Saulat Ajmal, Carolina Aranibar-Fernande, Wesley Chavis, Sarah Coote, Eric Diehl, Mat Gasparek, Devin Harlerode, Will Matherson, Beatrice Modisett, Jon Rehwoldt, Jake Reller, Ricardo Ruiz,  Kristen Sanders, Ryan Syrell, Maria Tinaut

Curated by Owen Duffy