Feb 15, 2:30pm
The Depot, VCUarts
814 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220
Aliza Nisenbaum (b. 1977, Mexico City) has presented her paintings in solo shows at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mary Mary, Glasgow; White Columns, New York; Lulu, Mexico City; Julius Caesar, Chicago; and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago. National and International group exhibitions have included the Whitney Biennial 2017; The Flag Art Foundation; The ICA at MECA, Maine; Biennial of the Americas, MCA, Denver; the Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; T-293 gallery, Rome; Hannah Hoffman Gallery LA; Gallerie Nachst St. Stephen Rosemary Shwartzwalder, Austria; Wilkinson Gallery, London; Slopes Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; Princeton University School of Architecture; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; Green Gallery, Yale School of Art; The Poor Farm, Wisconsin; The University of Wisconsin; and The University of Texas at Tyler, among others. She has curated an exhibition named “Intimisms” at James Cohan Gallery in 2016.
Aliza lives and works in New York, and is currently Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Visual Arts at Columbia University School of the Arts. She received her BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been an artist in residence at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Artist-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee; and SOMA Summer, Mexico City. Fellowships and grants include the Rema Hort Mann NYC award, and the Fellowship for Immigrant Women Leaders from NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). She has also been a participating artist at Immigrant Movement International, Corona Park, Queens. She has been widely reviewed, and is included in the book Vitamin P3, New Perspectives in Painting.
Laurie Jo Reynolds
Feb 21, 12:00pm
VCU Student Commons
907 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
Laurie Jo Reynolds is an artist, policy advocate, and researcher who has dedicated two decades of work to addressing the negative representations of people in prison. Her “Legislative Art” participates and intervenes in government systems, with the goal of concrete political change. Reynolds has focused on Tamms Correctional Center, the notorious supermax prison in southern Illinois designed for sensory deprivation. In 2007, she collaborated with former and current inmates at Tamms, their families, and other artists to launch Tamms Year Ten, a volunteer grassroots legislative campaign seeking to reform or close the prison. Tamms supermax—which came to symbolize our increasingly punitive, dehumanizing, and counter-productive criminal justice system—was shuttered on January 4, 2013, in part due to Reynolds’s efforts. The campaign featured relentless lobbying and cultural projects, such as Photo Requests from Solitary, which invited men in isolation to request a photograph of anything, real or imagined. Her previous work includes the 2007 cult classic Space Ghost, an experimental video depicting a series of telephone calls from prison juxtaposed with found footage of astronauts and prisoners; and ASK ME!, a 2001 installation that placed Tamms family members and others affected by the prison system behind wooden booths to facilitate conversations with gallery visitors. As a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow, Reynolds researched and advocated for best practices to stop sexual abuse and reduce crime recidivism. She produced cultural events and conceptual art objects as part of an education program to open dialogue about the unintended consequences of the public sex-offender registry and residency restrictions. Reynolds was awarded a 2013 Creative Capital grant for the Honey Bun Comedy Hour, a video and performance variety show depicting the horror, boredom, and small mercies of prison life. The work was named after a packaged dessert that is one of the rare joys in prison, but which also constitutes an addiction and a form of currency. Individual segments from this work will be shown to decision makers as part of targeted campaigns for policy change.
lecture: Nov 6, 2:30pm
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
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.
ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS
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 lecture
Oct 25, 2:30pm
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.
lecture: Oct 18, 2:30pm
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.
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’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.