Ease into your summer mornings with MFA Art Practice in a series of free online “brunch” lectures every Tuesday in July from 9:30-11:00am (this shortened post-holiday week being the exception). Pour a cup of coffee and settle in for these stimulating talks with a diverse group of visual artists and writers who will be offering insight and discussion about their work and the industry:
- July 8, Panel Discussion: What Is A Museum? Art, Artists and Audience - This panel gathers critics, scholars and museum professionals to ask what a museum is and can be in the third decade of the 21st Century. How can museums balance their responsibilities to, and demands from, artists, audiences, and the collections with which they are entrusted? How do they plot their course when these needs are in conflict? Moderated by MFA Art Practice Chair David Ross with panelists Tyler Green, Kelli Morgan, and Allison Hewitt Ward.
- July 13, Practice Lecture Series: Wura-Natasha Ogunji - Visual artist, performer and founder and curator of experimental art space The Treehouse Lagos, Wura-Natasha Ogunji leads this discussion. Her work includes drawings hand-stitched into tracing paper, videos, and public performances, deeply inspired by the daily interactions and vibrant frequencies in Lagos, Nigeria, from the epic to the intimate.
- July 20, Practice Lecture Series: Seph Rodney - Critic, writer and opinions editor for Hyperallergic, Seph Rodney writes on visual art and related issues. He has also written for the New York Times, CNN, NBC Universal and American Craft magazine and can be heard weekly on the podcast “The American Age.”
- July 27, Practice Lecture Series: John Yau - Poet, critic and professor of critical studies in the visual arts department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, John Yau's recent publications include Further Adventures in Monochrome (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), and the chapbook Egyptian Sonnets (Rain Taxi, 2012). He has written monographs including Catherine Murphy (Rizzoli, 2016), Richard Artschwager: Into the Desert (Black Dog Publishing, 2015), and others on A. R. Penck, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol. In 1999, he started Black Square Editions, a small press devoted to poetry, fiction, translation and criticism.