Art and Design Lecture Series
David Bate is an artist and writer based in London, UK. His photographic work has been exhibited internationally in art galleries, photography festivals, and public spaces. Zone, his photographic work on memory, image, and narrative in post-Soviet Europe, was published in 2012 by Artwords Press in London. His writings include the widely-translated books Photography: Key Concepts (Bloomsbury, 2016), Art Photography (Tate, 2015), and Photography and Surrealism (IB Tauris, 2004). He is co-founder and co-editor of the journal photographies and Professor of Photography at the University of Westminster in London, UK.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 5pm, JCM 2121
Robyn O’Neil is a Los Angeles based visual artist who solely makes drawings. Her work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. She has had several traveling solo museum exhibitions in the United States, and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Her work is included in noted museums throughout the world. O’Neil has been included in numerous acclaimed group museum exhibitions both domestically and internationally including the highly anticipated exhibition "Dargerism" at The American Folk Art Museum, featuring Henry Darger's influence on contemporary art. She received a grant from the Irish Film Board for a film written and art directed by her entitled “WE, THE MASSES” which was conceived of at Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School. She also hosts the weekly podcast “ME READING STUFF.”
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6pm JCM 2121
I was born in Canada in 1950 into a family of sign-painters and opticians. In 1993 I was offered a professorship in Visual Communications at the Bauhaus University Weimar. I'm active in international co-operation and exchange programmes and was instrumental in developing the Bauhaus University’s Masters in Visual Culture programme. I've been active on design juries and am a member of professional associations related to typography, design history and information design. I have spoken at numerous conferences and symposia: Vision Plus (Austria), TypeCon (USA), ATypI (international), “Looking Back, Looking Forward” (Bangalore, India), and the St. Bride’s Conferences (London) and have taught typography and information design in Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, India and China.
Mario Ybarra Jr.
Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Mario Ybarra Jr. is best known for installations that Suzanne Hudson described as “notable for combining critical and institutional recognition with a deep-rooted connection to the social spaces to which it so often refers.” In 2002, Mario Ybarra Jr. and Karla Diaz founded Slanguage, a socially-engaged artist group headquartered in Wilmington, CA, who practice a three-pronged approach to art-making based on art education, community building, and the production of interactive exhibitions and performance projects.
Recent one-person exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles. His work has been included in Made in L.A., the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART; Whitney Biennial, New York; and Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement at LACMA, Los Angeles among many others.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:30pm in JCM 2121
Sean Ripple is an artist, writer, and curator based in Austin, TX. HIs projects are often improvisational and interventionist in nature and rely heavily on social media and the Internet to frame the outcomes of a feverish dedication to an idea. His aesthetic inclinations are informed by music video television programming from the ‘80s and ‘90s, the DIY approach of mid-‘90s lo-fi/punk rock culture, early mainstream Internet culture, film, advertising, and administrative processes. Recent projects have explored a perceived lack of commitment to interactivity and participation across a number of digital platforms as well as the destabilization of meaning that seems to trail technological innovation and advancement. His work has been featured in regional publications including …might be good, Glasstire, Austin American Statesman, and Conflict of Interest. Recent exhibitions include illiterate – a bookstore… an exhibition at Pump Project and t e x t s c a p e (with Susan Scafati) at Co-Lab Projects. His essay on the work of Francis Alÿs is featured in the forthcoming catalogue for the Fall 2017 University of Buffalo exhibition, Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, and Journeys 1967-2017 (MIT Press, 2017). He holds a BA in Organizational Communication from St. Edwards University.
Dr. Andrea Kantrowitz
Monday, November 27 and Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Dr. Andrea Kantrowitz is an artist, researcher, and educator, and has published, lectured and given workshops internationally on drawing and cognition. Through the Thinking through Drawing Project, Kantrowitz co-organized four international symposia on “Thinking through Drawing,” in NYC and London, along with partners at the University of the Arts London, the Drawing Research Network and The Metropolitan Museum. She holds a B.A in Art and Cognition from Harvard University, a MFA in Painting from Yale, and an Ed.D. from Columbia University in art education and cognitive studies. Currently, she is the Graduate Program Coordinator and an assistant professor of art education at the State University of New York, New Paltz, and has taught foundation drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and art education at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Her own artwork is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art.
Regine Basha is the Director if the Residency Program at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY. Since 1993, Regine Basha has been curating innovative exhibitions for public institutions, civic spaces, magazines and private galleries nationally and internationally. Basha was born in Israel to Iraqi parents, she grew up in Montreal and Los Angeles and attended New York University, Concordia University (Studio Art and Art History) and graduated from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies’ inaugural class of 1996.
Her exhibitions have received grant awards from The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts as well as critical press in The New York Times, Artforum, Modern Painters, Art Papers, Wire, Bidoun, Art Lies, Artforum and NPR Radio. She currently sits on the board of Art Matters and Aurora Picture Show.
Gemma-Rose Turnbull & Anthony Luvera
Gemma-Rose Turnbull is an artist, writer, Senior Lecturer in Photography at Coventry University, United Kingdom, and PhD candidate at The University of Queensland, Australia. She was a Scholar in Residence in the Art and Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University, Oregon USA 2013-2014. Turnbull’s research interests lie with the ways in which photographers integrate co-productive methodologies into their projects––particularly when authorship structures are revised so people who may have previously been ‘subjects’ of photographic texts become co-creators. She has collaborated with street-based sex workers, elderly people who have suffered from abuse, and children. She writes about her research at Photography as a Social Practice (www.asocialpractice.com) and developed the MA in Collaborative Photographic Practices at Coventry University in conjunction with Anthony Luvera.
Anthony Luvera is an Australian artist, writer and educator based in London. His photographic work has been exhibited widely in galleries, public spaces and festivals including the British Museum, London Underground’s Art on the Underground, National Portrait Gallery London, The Lowry Manchester, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography, PhotoIreland, Malmö Fotobiennal, Goa International Photography Festival, and Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie. His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications including Photoworks, Hot Shoe, Source, and Photographies. Anthony is Principal Lecturer and Course Director of Photography at Coventry University. He facilitates workshops and gives lectures for the public programs of the Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, Photofusion, and community photography projects across the UK.
Adrian Anagnost is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Tulane University. Her research addresses issues of urban space, architectonic form, and theories of the social in modern and contemporary art. Anagnost earned a PhD in art history from the University of Chicago, and an MA in Modern Art from Columbia University. Anagnost’s writings on figures including Polish Constructivist Teresa Żarnower, Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, Brazilian artist Waldemar Cordeiro, and U.S. contemporary artist Carol Bove have appeared in Woman’s Art Journal, Chicago Art Journal, Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas, and ArtUS. An essay on the work of Theaster Gates and Tania Bruguera is forthcoming in Beyond Critique: Contemporary Art in Theory, Practice, and Instruction (Bloomsbury Press, 2017). Anagnost’s current book project is entitled Real Architectures, Invented Sites: Art, Space, and the Social in Modern Brazil.
Jake Dunagan is an experiential futurist, governance designer, and teacher. He is Director of Design Futures for verynice.co—a design, strategy, and foresight social enterprise that gives half of its work away for free. He is adjunct professor of Strategic Foresight in the Design Strategy MBA program at the California College of the Arts, and International Mentor for the Deseño de Mañana program at CENTRO, Mexico City.
Jake’s work centers around the concept of social invention. He develops futures concepts and participatory platforms to help people and organizations around the world re-imagine and re-design their futures. Jake creates tools to increase citizen participation in social system design, and he produces visual media, interactive experiences, and public engagement projects that inject alternative visions of the future into the present. Major areas of research and practice include neuropolitics, social enterprise, embodied cognition, judicial foresight, kid’s technologies, intellectual property law, and the future of work.
BARI ZIPERSTEIN (aka Zippy) has a multidisciplinary practice of fine art, public art and a design line under BZIPPY & CO based in Los Angeles, California. Born in Chicago, she was raised by design collectors and architecture enthusiasts where they traveled across the U.S. just to find the ideal Bakelite Radio, Boomerang Lamp or 60s ceramic cookie jar. Born in Chicago, she attended Cal Arts (2004) for her MFA and attended Ohio University (2000) graduating with a BFA in Painting and a Women's Studies Certificate. She lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband a home brewer/aerospace engineer and their toddler boy Lawrence.
BZIPPY & COMPANY is a design line by artist Bari Ziperstein, made by hand in Glassell Park, CA in North East Los Angeles. Her unique editions of slab built ceramic floral vases, planters, and lamps are inspired by the rich ceramic history of Southern California, Brutalist / Cold War Architecture, Finnish patterns, and the California deserts. The ceramic jewelry line consists of bits and parts of Ziperstein's totemic sculptures, reformed into breast plates, beads and pendants.
Since 2004, she’s been included in prestigious group and solo fine art exhibitions nationally and internationally, many of which were reviewed in the LA Times, New York Times, Architectural Digest, Vogue, SightUnseen, and Flash Art. BZIPPY & CO was named to the SightUnseen 2016 Hot List of Top 20 American Designers to watch. Her investment in collaborative teaching and art practices can be seen in several recent projects which have been formative to my interest in sculpture, design, and public art including: Fair Trade (2017) at UCSB Museum of Art Architecture & Design; Vision in Motion (2015) at Curator’s Cube in Tokyo; Totems in Indigo (2013) commissioned by the LA County Arts Commission Civic Art Program; Decorative Protection (2013) at Emma Gray HQ; Bristol Biennial (2012); Zippy's Nicknacks, Tonics, and Magical Gadgets (2010) at Santa Monica Museum of Art; 1,095: One Year's Worth of Other People's Plates (2010) was featured in Let Them Eat LACMA; and This House Has a Bright Future with Survey West Collaborative at Side Street Projects.
Monica Haller & Matthew Rezac
Monica Haller works on long-term collaborations with individuals and small groups, often using photography, video and writing. Her artistic practice is rooted in social justice concerns and attempts to mobilize information by amplifying the materials and technologies that her collaborators have turned to along the way. Drawing from the experiences of the individuals and communities with whom she works, Monica reactivates their personal histories, and in so doing, hopes to provoke critical dialogue around them and their larger social contexts. Monica has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, an MFA in Visual Studies and has received fellowships from foundations including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.
Matthew Rezac is an independent graphic designer living and working in Minneapolis, MN. He holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design where he studied both Graphic Design and Photography. From 2004 – 2006 he served as a Graphic Design Fellow at the Walker Art Center
Founded in 2006, his studio practice focuses on print and publication design for a variety of clients — from artists and art institutions to small businesses. Select clients include Blu Dot, Chronicle Books, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Lucia | Marquand, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Northern Lights, Poor Farm Press, SVA MA in Design Research, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, and ZER01.
His work has received numerous honors and awards including the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers and AIGA 365 Awards.
Prior to joining Glasstire full-time in 2014, Christina Rees served as an editor at both The Metand D Magazine, as a full-time art and music critic at the Dallas Observer, and has also covered art and music for the Village Voice and other publications. Rees lives in Dallas, where she was previously the owner and director of Road Agent gallery and the curator of Fort Worth Contemporary Arts.
Maru Calva is a graphic designer based in Mexico City who designs book projects, exhibitions, and websites for cultural institutions, including The Museum of the City of Mexico, the Mexico City Mayor’s Office, the Museo Experimental El Eco, the Museo Universitario del Chopo, and Celda Contemporánea gallery. She regularly collaborates with contemporary Mexican artists; one such collaboration was included in the 55th Venice Biennale. She is the designer of Sur, a contemporary arts journal published in Mexico City, and studied typography and publication design at the prestigious international Werkplaats Typografie workshop in 2012.