Image: Fred Willson, Guarded View. From the Adams-Tillim Lecture, 2013

2014 Fall Visual Arts Lecture Series

All lectures are held at 7:30PM in Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College.
For more information contact: Elizabeth Pellerin at 802-440.4549 or


September 23 - Lauren Ewing

Hosted by Sculpture

Lauren Ewing is a sculptor and installation artist. Her art addresses the relationship of individuals to institutions, the collapse of nature into culture and the vast construct of material culture in relation to memory and desire. Many of her site sculptures and installations are polyvocal. They involve image, materiality, simulation, language, sound and unique electronic texts, which are thematically provocative and richly poetic.

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in galleries and in museum installations, including Diane Brown Gallery, Castelli Graphics, John Weber Gallery, Sonnabend Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Decordova Museum, Massachusetts, Storm King Art Center, New York, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany; Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Denmark; Interim Art, London and the Sydney Biennale, Australia. Her work is in many private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, MoMA in New York, the Chase Manhattan Bank Collection in New York, the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, the Walt Disney Collection, the San Diego Contemporary, the Virlane Foundation in New Orleans and many others. Her site sculptures are located in many American cities including Seattle, Sacramento, Bernardsville and Bordentown, New Jersey, Atlantic City, Denver and Philadelphia.

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Image: Lauren Ewing For Margritte, digital print on archival paper, 2006-2007, collection MoMA.


Image: Blast Theory, I’d Hide You (2012), Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013

September 30 - Matt Adams, Blast Theory

Hosted by Digital Arts

Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, the group’s work explores the social and political aspects of technology. Drawing on popular culture and games, the work often blurs the boundaries between the real and the fictional. Blast Theory is based in Brighton, UK.

Matt’s first passion was theatre. Acting credits include The Ghost Of Oxford Street directed by Malcolm McLaren for Channel 4. He studied English Literature at University College London and co-founded Blast Theory in 1991 with a group of friends who worked at the Renoir Cinema in Bloomsbury.

Matt co-curated the Screen series of video works for Live Culture at Tate Modern in 2003 and curated the Games and War season at the ICA in London in 2003. He has had residencies at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, the Banff New Media Centre in Canada and Arnolfini in Bristol. He was a mentor for Crossover from 2003 to 2011. He has taught widely on performance, new media and interdisciplinary practice at institutions such as the Royal College of Art, the Australian Network for Art and Technology and Pace University in New York. He has contributed to research by Ofcom, the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and has co-authored over a dozen papers with the University of Nottingham. Matt has given talks at the Sorbonne, the Department of Cultural Affairs in Taipei, Stanford University and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney among others. He is a Visiting Professor at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter. He is a member of the South East Area Council for Arts Council England and is on the Board of Trustees for Lighthouse.

October 7 – Keith Mayerson

Hosted by Painting

Keith Mayerson has been professionally exhibiting his art in galleries and museums since 1993.

His exhibition are often installations of images that create larger narratives. Each work is imbued with allegorical content that relates to our world, yet allows through its formal nuances for the transcendent and the sublime. Like a prose poem of images on walls, seen in context as a series, the viewer creates the ultimate content of his installations as they experience how the images relate to one another to form meaning.

Keith Mayerson is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum ofArt, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Ohio, and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC.

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Image: Keith Mayerson, Abraham Lincoln, 2013.


October 14 – Roddy Schrock

Hosted by Digital Arts

Roddy Schrock curates creative work that critically examines culture and art, and their relationship to emerging technologies. At Eyebeam, he runs and develops its programs and residencies, bringing together artists, designers, and technologists to engage the public through implementation of often challenging new works. He is also an active sound artist having worked in the Tokyo-based “noise unit” Tog for several years and studied electronic music at Mills College.

Shrock is the guest curator for Slipped Gears on view at the Usdan Gallery, Sept 16 – Oct 16, 2014.

October 21 - Kukuli Velarde

Hosted by Ceramics

Kukuli Velarde is a Peruvian artist based in Philadelphia. Most recently her work was shown in the 2014 Ceramics Biennial of Taiwan, and the International Ceramics Biennial of South Korea in 2013 where she was awarded the Grand Prize. Her solo exhibitions include Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), Garth Clark Gallery (NY), Barry Friedman Gallery (NY) and John Michael Kohler Arts Center (WI) in the U.S. and ICPNA (Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano ) in Lima, Perú.

Velarde has received awards and grants such as Pollock Krasner grant, the United States Artists Knight fellowship, Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the Anonymous Was a Woman award, and the Joan Mitchell grant. In 1993, she received recognitions for Fighting for Freedom of Expression from Andy Warhol Foundation, Rockefeller and other foundations at MoMA.

Her work is in collections such as Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park Kansas; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Lima MAC, Lima, Perú; Maier Museum of Fine Arts, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA.

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Image: Kukuli Velarde, La Linda, GICB 2013.


Image: Pandora Media Headquarters, 2014.

November 4 - Andrew Bartle

Hosted by Architecture

Andrew Bartle, Principal in Charge, is a lifelong resident of New York City. Born in 1953, he graduated from the Dalton School in 1971 and Bennington College in 1976 with a BA, majoring in Fine Art and Literature. He received a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University in 1980 completing his thesis with Michael Graves. He began his professional career working for Peter Eisenman, and continued his apprenticeship with William McDonough, architect and author of Cradle to Cradle. Andrew began an independent career practicing architecture, teaching, and writing in 1983. He formed Architrope, a partnership with Jonathan Kirschenfeld in 1986 and successfully completed a number of public projects working together until 1999 when he established Andrew Bartle Architects. He has taught at Rice University, Pratt University and NJIT and given lectures at many architecture schools. His work has won numerous design awards and he has published articles about architecture in several journals.

Bartle is professionally licensed in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and holds an NCARB certificate. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional. He is active in the AIA as a member of the Committee for Education, along with several architecture advocacy organizations. He is also a founding member of Friends of Stuyvesant Baseball and has been a member of a number of community groups in Greenwich Village, where he has lived for the past 32 years.