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Visiting Artist Talk: Conrad Bakker


Conrad Bakker lives and works in Urbana, IL where he teaches at the University of Illinois and directs the MFA Studio program. Bakker makes carved/painted sculptures and paintings of everyday objects and positions them in consumer contexts and exhibition spaces to reveal and comment on the political economies and relational networks between persons and things. 


Thursday, May 3, 5pm
at Kresge Hall
Room 1410
1880 Campus Dr
Evanston, IL,  60202

Visiting Artist Talk: Helen Mirra

Helen Mirra is a walking experiment.
Along the way she undertakes to meet materials and non-materials.
She has been a guest of the DAAD Kunstlerprogramm in Berlin, the Laurenz Haus in Basel, IASPIS in Stockholm, and OCA in Oslo, a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Civitella Ranieri, and artist-in-residence with the Consortium of the Arts at the University of California at Berkeley, the Center for Book Arts at Mills College, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She has received awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Driehaus Foundation, and Artadia. She was a Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago with the Committees of Visual Art and Cinema & Media Studies.
Long-term subjects of particular interest include rocks, and current particular subjects of interest include slopes and other angles.


Thursday, April 19, 5pm
EVANSTON, IL,  60208

Visiting Artist Talk: Rodney McMillian

Rodney McMillian (b. 1969) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. McMillian received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002. He received the Contemporary Austin’s first Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize in 2016, and the resulting solo exhibition Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death  is on view through August 26, 2018. McMillian had three solo museum exhibitions in the United States in 2016: “The Black Show,” curated by Anthony Elms at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; “Views of Main Street,” curated by Naima Keith at the Studio Museum Harlem, New York, NY; and “Landscape Paintings” curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and Peter Eeley at MoMA PS.1, New York, NY. McMillian has previously had solo exhibitions at The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; the Kitchen, New York, NY; and at Triple Candie, New York, NY. His work has been featured prominently in many group exhibitions including the 12th Sharjah Biennial, “The past, the present, the possible,” curated by Eungie Joo; “Ruffneck Contstructivists,” curated by Kara Walker at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; “Blues for Smoke,” curated by Bennett Simpson at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; “BLACK IS, BLACK AIN’T,” curated by Hamza Walker at the Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL; “Painting in Tongues,” the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and “Uncertain States of America,” Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway. McMillian is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA and Maccarone Gallery, New York, NY.


Friday, March 2, 5pm
ROOM 1515
EVANSTON, IL,  60202

Visiting Artist Talk: Adam McEwen

Adam McEwen was born in London in 1965 and lives and works in New York. He received his BA from Christ Church, Oxford in 1987 and graduated from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA in 1991. Recent exhibitions have taken place at: Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2017); de la Cruz Collection, Miami; MoMA PS1, New York (both 2016); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo Civico Diocesano di Santa Maria dei Servi, Città della Pieve, Italy; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (all 2015); Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria (2014); and the Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas (2012). 


Thursday, February 22, 5pm
ROOM 1319,
EVANSTON, IL, 60202,

Visiting Artist Talk: Sky Hopinka, American Traditional War Songs


Sky Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation.  He was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent several years in Southern California, and Portland, Oregon and is currently based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In Portland, he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His work centers around personal positions of homeland and landscape, designs of language and facets of culture contained within, and the play between the accessibility of the known and the unknowable.  He received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

His work has played at various festivals and exhibitions including ImagineNATIVE, Images Festival, Courtisane, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, AFI, Sundance, Antimatter, Chicago Underground Film Festival, FLEXfest, Projections, Out of Sight Seattle, the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial and the 2017 Whitney Biennial.  He was awarded jury prizes at the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, the More with Less Award at the 2016 Images Festival, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, 3rd Prize at the 2015 Media City Film Festival, and the New Cinema Award at the 2017 Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival.


Thursday, January 18, 5pm
ROOM 108
EVANSTON, IL,  60208