Each term, Bennington offers a program of lectures by visiting arts professionals: artists, curators, historians and critics, selected to showcase the diversity of contemporary art practices. Designed to enhance classroom activities of various disciplines in the Visual Arts and to stimulate campus dialogue around topical issues of contemporary art, these thematically connected presentations will build on each other, offering students the opportunity to explore ideas from multiple perspectives over the course of the term. Events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held in Tishman Lecture Hall on Tuesday evenings, from 7-8:30pm. Please see the schedule below for specific dates
September 19, 6:30pm: Opening of “Gunnar Kaldewey Artist Books” (Usdan Gallery)
September 19, 7:30pm : Camille Hoffman
October 3: Namiko Kunimoto
October 26: Ellen Gallagher
October 31: Stephanie Dinkins
November 7: Opening of “Laura Gilpin/An Intrepid Woman” (Usdan Gallery)
November 28: Cannupa Hanska Luger
December 4: Nona Faustine
September 19, 7:00pm
Opening of “Gunnar Kaldewey Artist Books” (Usdan Gallery)
Since the 1985 founding of his handpress, which Gunnar A. Kaldewey set up in Poestenkill, in upstate New York, over sixty unique artist books have been produced in cooperation with artists such as Jonathan Lasker, Mischa Kuball, or Richard Tuttle. Among the authors are famous names such as Samuel Beckett, Paul Celan, Marguerite Duras, and James Joyce. Published in small limited editions, the books are produced according to the highest level of craftsmanship.
September 19 7:30 PM
A 2016/2017 fellow of New York’s Museum of Art and Design (MAD), Camille Hoffman is a multimedia painter who holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale. Her recent “layered geographies” are inspired by Chinese and Hudson River School landscape painting as well as the Philippine weaving and Jewish folk traditions of her ancestors. She is currently an artist in residence at Queenspace, Inc.
Thursday, October 26
In a body of work once described by Judith Wilson as “post-pop, post-minimal, and post-painterly” where the artist operates “in a space cleared by contemporary feminist, semiotic, black, and cultural studies,” Ellen Gallagher’s conceptually and materially complex mixed media works continue to trouble the binaries associated with figuration and abstraction. Awarded the American Academy Award in Art (2000), Gallagher has twice participated in the Venice Biennale (2003; 2015) and held solo shows at Tate Modern (2013) and New York’s New Museum. Her work is represented in numerous public collections including the Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, MoMA, The Whitney Museum, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others. Gallagher attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts (1992) and Skowhegan School of Art, Maine (1993).
October 3, 7 pm
Namiko Kunimoto’s new book The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Japanese Postwar Art (Minnesota UP, 2017) is the first English-language study of Japan’s best-known postwar artists. Kunimoto’s work expands the parameters of High Modernism, focusing not only on the shifting stakes of gender in mid-century Japan but also on the decisive role of female proto-performance artists such as Atsuko Tanaka. Kunimoto teaches art history at the Ohio State University.
A transdisciplinary artist and an associate professor at Stony Brook University, Stephanie Dinkins teaches digital art and interactive media. As part of an ongoing investigation of the intersection of race, discrimination, and artificial intelligence as well as “the space between life and death,” Dinkins has undertaken a series of conversations with the sentient robot, Bina48, modelled on the human woman, Bina Rothblatt. She earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is an alumna of the Independent Studies Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art and Artist in the Marketplace Program of the Bronx Museum of Art.
Opening of “Laura Gilpin/An Intrepid Woman” (Usdan Gallery)
This photography exhibition has been co-curated by Bennington students enrolled in the class, “Laura Gilpin & The Platinum Print”, offered Spring 2017. The exhibition explores the inner life of this 20th century photographer and her relationship to the Navajo Nation and the landscape of the desert Southwest.
A related student co-curated exhibit, “The Photographs of Laura Gilpin and Her Circle: Gertrude Kasebier, Clarence H. White, Clara Sipprell”, is on view at the Bennington Museum, October 7-December 15.
Cannupa Hanska Luger
Santa Fe-based Cannupa Hanska Luger, is the artist behind the ‘mirror shield project’ for protectors of Standing Rock, ND, where he was born. Trained as a ceramist (BFA, Institute of American Indian Arts, 2011), he creates socially conscious work telling the stories of Indigenous communities confronting “21st century imperatives, mediations and destructivity.” Luger’s work is in the permanent collections of The North America Native Museum Zürich, Switzerland; The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Santa Fe, NM; and The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Norman, OK.
Photographer Nona Faustine lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Begun in 2013, Faustine’s “White Shoes” series—in which she stages herself, often nude, in front of sites associated with slavery in New York—has received international acclaim. “Mitochondria,” a new series of family portraits recently profiled in the New York Times, documents three generations of a black family living together in New York. Faustine holds an MFA from Bard’s International Center of Photography.