ARTSpeak Lecturer: David Mazzucchelli

On Monday, October 22nd, 2012, from 6:30 to 7:30pm, artist David Mazzucchelli will lecture on the unique aspects of storytelling in the medium of comics. He’ll speak in the Katie Murphy Auditorium in the Pomerantz Building (D Building) – enter at the Northwest corner of 27th Street and 7th Avenue.

The talk is open to the public!  Those not members of the FIT community should let the FIT guard know they’re attending the lecture in the auditorium.

Mazzucchelli has been creating comics since his youth, and recently has brought the graphic novel to a new level of literary seriousness and beauty.  Renowned for his collaborations on seminal Batman and Daredevil stories and on an adaptation of Paul Auster’s novel, City of Glass, he began publishing his own stories in 1991 in his anthology magazine, Rubber Blanket.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship.  His graphic novel, Asterios Polyp, was a NY Times Notable Book for 2009, and the winner of a LA Times Book Prize.


page from Asterios Polyp, 2010


ARTSpeak Lecturer: Vitaly Komar

On Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, from 2:30 – 3:30 pm, artist Vitaly Komar will speak in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (D Building), at the Fashion Institute of Technology, located at 27th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY. The event is open to the public. The ARTSpeak 2011-2012 Lecture Series is sponsored by the School of Art and Design and the School of Liberal Arts.

Vitaly Komar is a Russian painter and performance artist who was born in Moscow. He and fellow Russian artist Alexander Melamid collaborated as the conceptual art duo Komar & Melamid until 2003. In 1972, Komar & Melamid founded a movement they called Sots Art, a unique version of Soviet Pop and Conceptual Art that combines the principles of Dadaism and Socialist Realism. Komar currently resides in New York City, and has had solo exhibitions at the Moscow Biennale and the Galerie Sandmann, Berlin, Germany.

For more information on Vitaly Komar, go to his page on the website of the Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York City:

Vitaly Komar

ARTSpeak Lecturer: Tim Rollins + KOS (Kids of Survival)

On Thursday December 1st, 2011, from 1 – 2 pm, Tim Rollins + K.O.S will speak in D-211 Lecture Hall, in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (D Building), at the Fashion Institute of Technology, located at 27th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY. The event is open to the public. The ARTSpeak 2011-2012 Lecture Series is sponsored by the School of Art and Design and the School of Liberal Arts.

In 1984, artist Tim Rollins launched a workshop with a group of students in the Bronx who adopted the name K.O.S. (Kids of Survival).  Together the group has collaborated on art inspired by literary and historical texts.  They have exhibited at LA MoCA; the Tate Gallery, London; and the Whitney Biennial, among others.  A traveling retrospective of the group’s 20-year career opened at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in 2009.


Tim Rollins + KOS, Second Study for Amerika VII, 1987, Gold watercolor on book pages on linen, 24x24 inches, photo by Larry Qualls


Tim Rollins + KOS, Incident in the Life of a Slave Girl (after Harriet Jacobs), 1998, Satin ribbon on book pages on linen, 84 x 108 inches, photo by Larry Qualls



ARTSpeak Lecturer: Wangechi Mutu

Artist Wangechi Mutu will give a talk on her work and life on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, from 1 to 2 pm, in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. The Amphitheatre is located in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (also known as the “D” Building), 27th Street and 7th Avenue, at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Kenya-born Wanechi Mutu creates compelling and intricate artworks containing painted and collaged images, often using female figures constructed with photographic fragments of idealized women collected from print magazines. Her visually complex work can also be seen as a critique of the portrayal of black women as either tribal aborigines or hypersexualized pinups.

Mutu’s artwork has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and abroad. Her most recent solo shows include Hunt Bury Flee at the Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, My Dirty Little Heaven at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany, and the Wiels Contemporary Museum, Brussels, Belgium, and This You Call Civilization? at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada. She has won numerous awards including the Deutsche Guggenheim Artist of the Year for 2010, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, and a Cooper Union Urban Visionaries Emerging Talent Award.

You can find out more about Wangechi’s artwork by going to her website:

Wangechi Mutu, Before Punk Came Funk, 2010, Mixed media, ink, paint, collage on mylar, 54 x 51 inches

Wangechi Mutu, photo by Flora Hanitijo

What is ARTSpeak?


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: