Visual AIDS | Day With(out) Art

Visual AIDS: Alternate Endings, Activist Risings
Dec 3, 2018, 12-2pm
Bowe Street Parking Deck, Room 535
609 Bowe St
Richmond, VA 23284

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS seeks to reflect the persisting urgencies of today’s HIV/AIDS epidemic by pointing to pressing and intersecting political concerns, including HIV criminalization, Big Pharma, homelessness, and the disproportionate effects of HIV on marginalized communities. At a moment of growing interest in the histories of AIDS activism, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS foregrounds contemporary engagements between activists, artists, and cultural workers on the front lines.

This program will include a 1 hour screening and a 1 hour discussion with Christine Cynn, VCU Dept. of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Ari Laoch, Health Brigade; Rodney Lofton, Diversity Richmond; and Noah Simblist, VCU Dept. of Painting + Printmaking. The panelists will respond to the screening, speak to local AIDS activism and advocacy and elucidate its relationship to other national communities.

Eugenie Tsai: Visiting Curator Lecture

Nov 5, 2018, 2:30pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Eugenie Tsai joined the Brooklyn Museum in the fall of 2007 as John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. She has presented a number of exhibitions highlighting the contemporary collection. She has also organized exhibitions including Sanford Biggers. Sweet Funk – An Introspective; Lee Mingwei: The Moving Garden; LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital; The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001-2013; Valerie Hegarty: Alternative Histories; Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (organized with Ru Hockley); and Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.

Previously she was Director of Curatorial Affairs at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, New York. She held several positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art prior to becoming Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs. Among the exhibitions and installations she has organized are the mid-career survey Threshold: Byron Kim, 1990-2004; the prize-winning Robert Smithson; and for Princeton University, Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered.

Department, Faculty, and Alumni updates

MFA alum Loie Hollowell’s solo exhibition at Pace Gallery in London just closed.

MFA alum Beatrice Modisett is included in the next Queens International, opening Oct 7.

Prof. Reni Gower has a solo exhibition, Tiles and Tessellations, Gorevin Gallery Cabrini University, Philadelphia (Radnor Township) PA, September 5 – October 5, 2018.

There will be an exhibition highlighting alumni from the Peru program run by Prof. Javier Tapia at Sacred Heart Center in Richmond, VA on Oct. 13th, 3-7pm.

VCUarts Undergraduate Open House, Oct 6 and Oct 27, details here.

Prof. Cara Benedetto will be visiting Boston on Oct 27 and Chicago on Nov 3 for the MFA National Portfolio Day. If you are an alum in the area please let us know. Contact papr@vcu.edu.

Sedrick Chisom: Fountainhead Fellow Lecture

Oct 31, 2018, 12pm
Bowe Street Parking Deck, Room 535
609 Bowe St
Richmond, VA 23284

Sedrick Chisom (b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA) is a painter and writer who lives and works in New York. His paintings reference the racialized idioms of Victorian Fantasy illustration, and use the romantic landscape as a site where the apocalyptic narratives of white supremacy, Christianity, and climate change intersect — a scenario in which most of the built environment has been obliterated and transformed into a toxic, hallucinatory wasteland. He has been included in group shows at JTT Gallery (Beside Myself), Signal Gallery (GDPR), and Abrons Art Center (Leap Century). His work has been featured in New American Painters (issue 134), and he has been written about in Forbes Magazine, Artnet, and Artsy. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union (2016), where he was awarded The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Award For Exceptional Ability, and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (2018).

lauren woods: Visiting Artist Lecture

image: Paula Kiley, Daily 49er

Oct 25, 2018, 12pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Lauren Woods is a conceptual artist whose hybrid media projects engage history as a lens by which to view the socio-politics of the present. Challenging the tradition of documentary/ethnography as objective, she creates ethno-fictive documents that investigate invisible dynamics in society, remixing memory and imagining other possibilities. She also explores how traditional monument-making can be translated into new contemporary models of commemoration, substituting the traditional marble and granite for new media. In 2013 Woods unveiled Drinking Fountain #1, a new media monument to the American civil rights movement, located underneath the remnants of a recently rediscovered Jim Crow “White Only” sign. Part sculpture, part intervention, located in the Dallas County Records Building in Dallas, Texas, the installation is part of the larger public artwork, A Dallas Drinking Fountain Project. Born in Kansas City, Mo. and raised in Texas, Woods has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally, including Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Miami, as well as Puerto Rico, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Mali and France. She has been the recipient of grants and awards from numerous institutions including the Creative Capital Foundation, The Tribeca Film Institute, College Art Association, Alliance of Artists Communities and The San Francisco Foundation.

Jennifer Lange: Visiting Critic Lecture

Co-sponsored: the departments of Painting + Printmaking and Photography + Film
Oct 15, 2018, 4pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Jennifer Lange joined the Wexner Center in 2001 and is Curator of the Film/Video Studio, an artist-in-residence program which offers in-kind post-production support to filmmakers and video artists. The program hosts approximately 25 residencies each year with artists coming from around the world to work on projects ranging from documentaries to gallery-based installations to experimental videos. Through the residency program, she has worked with hundreds of artists, including Deborah Stratman, Rineke Dijkstra, Phil Collins, Jennifer Reeder, Pilar Mata Dupont, Jonathas de Andrade, Sam Green, and Josiah McElheny. In addition to leading the Film/Video Studio, Lange curates The Box, the Wexner’s dedicated video exhibition space, which rotates monthly, and has shown works by such artists as Kevin Jerome Everson, Bouchra Khalili, Bruce McCLure, Pablo Lobato, Lucia Koch, and Jiwon Choi, among many others.  

Through an initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation, Lange curated the 2014 exhibition Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, an expansive survey of contemporary Brazilian art across all mediums, which included commissioned work and site-specific installations.  She also organized Shimon Attie: MetroPAL.IS (2013) and Sadie Benning: Suspended Animation (2007), the artist’s first-ever solo museum exhibition, which including paintings and video. She is currently working on a solo exhibition featuring recent work by Barbara Hammer that will open in the summer of 2019.

Lange regularly serves on panels and juries for regional, national, and international funding organizations and festivals. Prior to her time at the Wexner, she worked at Donald Young Gallery in Chicago. She has an M.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. from Connecticut College, New London, CT.

Stanya Kahn: Visiting Artist Lecture

Co-sponsored: the departments of Painting + Printmaking and Sculpture + Extended Media
Oct 4, 2018, 2:30pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in video with a practice that includes drawing, sound, writing, performance and sculpture/installation. Humor, pathos and the uncanny emerge as central modes in a hybrid media practice that seeks to re-work relationships between fiction and document, the real and the hyper-real, narrative time and the synchronic time of impulse. In a long-term investigation of how rhetoric gains and loses power, Kahn’s projects often situate language in the foreground of works that are dialectically driven by the demands and of the body.

Recent solo exhibitions include shows at the New Museum/NY, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Marlborough Chelsea/NY, Weiss Berlin, Cornerhouse/Manchester, UK. Kahn is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Film/Video. Select group exhibitions include the Gwanju Biennial (’18), Hammer Museum, New Museum, MOCA/SD, Fernley Astrup/Norway, The California Biennial (’10). Her collaborative work with Harry Dodge has shown at Elizabeth Dee Gallery/NY, the Whitney Biennial (08), Sundance Film Festival, MOCA/LA, MoMA/NY, ZKM/Karlsrüh, among others. She was a contributing writer and actor in feature film By Hook or By Crook. Her writings and drawings appear in multiple publications including Die Laughing (2nd Cannons), Moving Image (MIT Press), It’s Cool, I’m Good (Cornerhouse), and Abstract Video (UC Press.)