ARTSpeak Lecture: Artist Yashua Klos

Artist Yashua Klos speaks on Tuesday, September 13th, 2022, 3-4:30pm, in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, 27th Street and 7th Avenue.

In his multi-media practice, Yashua Klos explores themes of identity, memory, and African Americans’ relationship to American labor, His large-scale works are created from the intricate formation of woodblock prints, representing ideas of Blackness through multi-dimensional , fragmented portraits. Unlike traditional collage arranged from ready=made source material, Klos creates all his collage material through woodblock printing and monotypes. His work reimagines the Black body as an alchemical being, surviving and existing with intertwined networks of history, myth and lived reality.

Yashua Klos was born in 1977 in Chicago, IL, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been shown in museums and galleries across the U.S. and abroad, including the Studio Museum of Harlem, NY; What If The World Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa; Tilton Gallery, NY; and UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA. He has been awarded artist residences at Skowhegan, The Vermont Studio Center, and Bemis and was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Fellowship and a NYFA grant.


ARTSpeak Lecture: Doron Langberg

Artist Doron Langberg speaks about his work in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, 27th Street and 7th Avenue, on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, 3-4:30pm.

Doron Langberg’s vibrantly colored, sensual paintings celebrate queer pleasure, friendship, and intimacy. The artist blurs distinctions between abstraction and figuration, subject and setting in his work as he depicts his friends and lovers in translucent layers of oil paint. Since graduation with an MFA from Yale in 2012, Langberg has exhibited extensively in galleries in London, New York, Milan, Shanghai, and Berlin. In 2019, he was awarded the John Koch Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

ARTSpeak Lecture: Artist and Historian Nell Painter

On Wednesday, April 7th 2021, 5-6:30pm, artist and historian Nell Painter talks about her work virtually.

Nell Painter is a distinguished and award-winning scholar, historian, writer and visual artist. Author of seven books, her most recent, Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over (2018), recounts her experiences as an art student at Rutgers University (BFA 2009) and Rhode Island School of Design (MFA, 2011) after retiring as a professor from Princeton University. A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, her highly acclaimed book, The History of White People (2010), is a myth-destroying exploration of “whiteness.” Her most recent solo exhibition Freedom from Truth: Self-Portraits of Nell Painter was featured at the Smith Center, Harvard University, 2019.