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ARTSpeak is a project created at the Fashion Institute of Technology – it’s intended to foster a conversation about the constant interplay between art and life. ARTSpeak  consists of a number of different forums, including, but not limited to: A lecture series featuring distinguished artists whose work speaks about their own diverse lives, an FIT blog site where anyone in the FIT community can contribute commentary, and exhibitions of FIT student artwork.

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ARTSpeak 2013-2014 is an interdisciplinary program presented by the Departments of Fine Arts and History of Art.  This program has been made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts.  The series is open to the FIT community and the public.

You can now watch videos on the ARTspeak blog! Go to the tab (at the top of this page) that says Watch Videos! and click on that. You will be able to watch a video of ARTspeak lecturer Nayland Blake giving his talk at FIT. Or just click here to get to the video: http://www.kaltura.com/index.php/kmc/preview/partner_id/483591/uiconf_id/6652122/entry_id/0_t8b1l82o/delivery/http

 

Panel Discussion: Outside Traditions with Brad Kahlhamer, Lauren Luloff, Amber Hawk Swanson

On Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 6:30-8pm, ARTSpeak hosts a panel on the theme of Outside Traditions, in FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphatheatre, 27th Street and 7th Avenue.

The panel discussion features artists Brad Kahlhamer, Lauren Luloff, and Amber Hawk Swanson.

This event is open to the FIT community and the public!

Brad Kahlhamer works with a range of media, from sculpture and painting to performance and music, to explore what he refers to as the “third place”—a meeting point of two opposing personal histories. He was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 2006 and his work is in the Museum of Modern Art. Born in Tucson, Kahlhamer lives in New York City. More info. at his website.

Lauren Luloff is a Brooklyn-based artist known for her elegant syntheses of painting and assemblage that bring together a diverse range of influences and materials. She received her MFA in painting from Bard College and has exhibited at Marlborough Chelsea in New York, among many other galleries. More info. at her website.

Amber Hawk Swanson is a video and performance artist living and working in New York City. Her work explores issues of gender and sexuality at the shifting boundaries between the animate and inanimate. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her work has recently been exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Denny Gallery in New York City, and Momenta Art in Brooklyn. More info. at her website.

The event has been made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts.ARTSpeakPanel15m2

ARTSpeak Studio Visit: Dannielle Tegeder

On March 25, 2014, the artist Dannielle Tegeder generously opened up her studio in The Elizabeth Foundation to FIT Fine Arts students and faculty. She spoke about her artwork, her process, her life, and the connection between all.

Dannielle Tegeder is a contemporary artist who works with installation, animation and sound and is best known for her abstract paintings and drawings. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and maintains a studio at The Elizabeth Foundation in Times Square, Manhattan. She has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad and has received numerous grants and fellowships.

Dannielle Tegeder’s website: http://www.dannielletegeder.com/

Dannielle Tegeder, Transmission Music Contraption Machine Plan with Flowing Code, 2009-11

Dannielle Tegeder, Transmission Music Contraption Machine Plan with Flowing Code, 2009-11

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Dannielle Tegeder

ARTSpeak Lecturer: Oliver Herring

Artist Oliver Herring, speaks on his work on Monday, March 23rd from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, in FIT’s Pomerantz Center, entrance on the corner of 27th Street and 7th Avenue.

This event is open to the FIT community and public.

ARTSpeak 2014-2015, presented by the departments of Fine Arts and History of Art, includes a series of events on the theme of Outside Traditions.

Oliver Herring work has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

More information and images of Oliver’s work can be see at his website, oliverherringstudio.com, and you can also watch a profile of Oliver and his work at Art21.

Artist Oliver Herring working on a video.

Artist Oliver Herring working on a video.

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ARTSpeak Studio Visit: Brad Kahlhamer

On November 3, 2014, Artist Brad Kahlhamer generously opened up his studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, to FIT Fine Arts students and faculty member Jean Feinberg.

He spoke about his work, studio practice, and life.

More info. on Brad Kahlhamer and his work can be found at his website: www.bradkahlhamer.net, and on the website of Jack Shainman Gallery.

Artist Brad Kahlhamer.

Artist Brad Kahlhamer.

 

ARTSpeak Studio Visit: Ghada Amer

On November 12, 2013, the artist Ghada Amer generously opened up her studio in Upper Manhatan to FIT Fine Arts students and faculty. She spoke about her artwork, her process, her life, and their interconnectivity.

Ghada Amer is an internationally renowned artist of Egyptian descent, who now lives in New York City. Her work is represented by Cheim and Read gallery.

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Artist Ghada Amer (in red sweater) speaks with FIT Fine Arts students and Faculty member Sue Daykin in her studio. Photo: Kristin Gates

Watch Ghada Amer’s Lecture at FIT here:

 

ARTSpeak Lecturer: Abigail DeVille

Artist and FIT alumna Abigail DeVille, speaks on her work on Friday, October 24th from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, in FIT’s Pomerantz Center, entrance on the corner of 27th Street and 7th Avenue.

This event is open to the FIT community and public!

ARTSpeak 2014-2015, presented by the departments of Fine Arts and History of Art, includes a series of events on the theme of Outside Traditions.

Abigail DeVille received her MFA from Yale University in 2011 and her BFA from FIT in 2007.  She has exhibited a growing constellation of site-specific installations in the United States and Europe.  Her most recent exhibitions include Material Histories at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2014); Outside the Lines at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston (2014); Invisible Men: Beyond the Veil, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris (2013); and the Future Generation Art Prize at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013).  Her work has been written about in New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Artforum.com.  Ms. DeVille is a 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipient and is a 2014-15 fellow at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

The event has been made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts.

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ARTSpeak Film Screening: Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray

ARTSpeak presents a film screening of the film, “Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray”, on Wednesday April 23, 2014, 6 – 7:30 pm, in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center (D Building) of FIT, entrance on the northwest corner of 27th Street and 7th Ave. This event is open to the public.

ARTSpeak 2013-2014, presented by the departments of Fine Arts and History of Art, includes a series of events on the theme of the artist’s process in the studio. This event is a screening of a rough cut of the film, Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray, introduced by the filmmaker, Kristi Zea, and shows the artist Elizabeth Murray at work in her studio.

This event is open to the FIT community and public. In conjunction with this series, students have visited artists in their studios. Concurrent with this screening, ARTSpeak is also presenting “Making the Artist: Studio Practice,” an exhibition in the FIT Library of FIT junior and senior artwork curated by second-year students in the Art History and Museum Professions program.

These events have been made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts.

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Artist panel discussion: In the Studio: Illuminating Process

ARTSpeak presents an artist panel discussion on Monday April 21, 2014, 6:30 – 8 pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. This event is open to the public.

The panelists featured are  Arlene Shechet, Chuck Webster, and Charles Yuen, who will talk about their work in the context of the ARTSpeak 2013-14 theme, “In the Studio: Illuminating Process.” The panel will be moderated by FIT History of Art Professor Mari Dumett, and will take place during the collaborative exhibition of Art History and Museum Professions and Fine Arts students in the FIT Library.

Arlene Shechet has received broad recognition for her corporeal and suggestive ceramic work. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work is in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Shechet currently lives and works in New York City and upstate New York.

Chuck Webster is known for his playful quasi-abstract paintings and drawings. His work was exhibited in a solo show at ZieherSmith in New York in 2012, and is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the MFA Houston. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Originally from Hawaii, Charles Yuen moved to New York City after receiving an MFA from Rutgers University. He has had solo exhibitions at Elizabeth Harris Gallery; ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA; and the Downtown Gallery, Honolulu. Yuen has participated in community-based activities including being a founding member of Godzilla, an Asian American arts organization.

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Making the Artist: Studio Practice

As part of its 2013-2014 series  ”Illuminating Process,” ARTSpeak presents Making the Artist: Studio Practice, an exhibition of FIT junior and senior artwork curated by second-year students in the Art History and Museum Professions program. This is an interdisciplinary project involving students and faculty from Fine Arts, Art History, Photography and Graphic Design, complete with an exhibition catalogue. Please be sure to visit the show on the 5th and 6th floors of the FIT Library from March 24 – April 28, 2014.