The First ARTSpeak Lecturer: David Diao

The first ARTSpeak lecture will feature artist David Diao. He will be speaking on Monday, October 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, in FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (also known as the “D Building”). The building’s entrance is on the northwest corner of 7th Avenue and 27th Street.

David Diao was born in China, and emigrated to the U.S. at the age of twelve. Diao is an influential painter and teacher, whose work melds personal and art historical references. His 2009 New York solo exhibition was based on his return to his childhood home in Chengdu and finding it destroyed. Through the use of text, drawing, images, and painterly surfaces, his work explores the intersection of the history of art, culture, and personal meaning.

David Diao, Slanted MoMA, 1995, Vinyl and acrylic on canvas, 46 x 70 inhces.

David Diao, Slanted MoMA, 1995, Vinyl and acrylic on canvas, 46 x 70 inches

David Diao in Dessau, Germany, 2009

David Diao in Dessau, Germany, 2009.

David Diao, Odd Man Out, 1974, Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 84 inches

David Diao, Odd Man Out, 1974, Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 84 inches

What is ARTSpeak?

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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