Hosted by the graduate programs in Painting and Sculpture at Boston University, the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series brings practicing artists to campus to present their work.

The lecture series is an integral component of the MFA programs in Painting and Sculpture, which provide two years of intensive studio practice and artistic community in the heart of Boston University’s urban campus. “This series brings students into conversation with artists who are defining and redefining contemporary art,” says Josephine Halvorson, Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting. “An integral part of the curriculum, it teaches the importance of community and of the diverse approaches to painting and sculpture in the 21st century.”

In addition to a public lecture on their work, visiting artists meet with students for individual and group critiques as well as hands-on workshops.

The Spring 2019 MFA Lecture Series visiting artists are:

January 29: Jim Skuldt

Interested in the mediated realities we construct, normalize and inhabit, Jim Skuldt’s work probes our dwindling relationship with physicality: from the construction (and locking) of a renegade structure in the back yard of his Art school, to the acquisition and distribution of the 48-foot-diameter circular rotating touring stage formerly belonging to Neil Diamond, to the cataloguing of each piece of his neighbors’ profuse trash droppings over the course of a year, to the ongoing quest to ship himself worldwide within a modified shipping container.

February 5: Troy Michie

Working in collage, painting, and sculptural assemblage, Troy Michie engages with the presence and absence of body through a queer lens. His work deconstructs the codes that inform our understanding race, gender, sexuality, and other fields of identity and power.

February 12: Emily Mae Smith

Emily Mae Smith’s crisply imagined paintings reference classic animation, art history, mythology, and science-fiction kitsch as tools for tongue-in-cheek reflections on gender, the gaze, and the role of the artist.

February 26: Rochelle Feinstein

Rochelle Feinstein explores and collapses the history of painting, including text-based work, Neo-Expressionism, and collage, to create her distinctive and varied oeuvre.

March 5: Tammy Nguyen

Tammy Nguyen is a multimedia artist working with geopolitics, fiction, and lesser-known histories.

March 19: Steve Locke

Steve Locke is an artist and educator based in Boston. Portraiture is a central concern of Locke’s paintings, which deconstruct the codes of masculine desire, intimacy, and violence.

March 26: Catherine Sullivan

Catherine Sullivan creates ensemble work in film, theater, and visual art. She is concerned with the ways in which history is projected through the body, and with questions of redress in American social life.

April 9: David Brooks

David Brooks’ sculptures and installations are concerned with humans’ relationships to both the natural world and the built environment. His work investigates how cultural concerns cannot be divorced from the natural world, while also questioning the terms under which nature is perceived and utilized.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Past visiting artists included, Meriem Bennani, Jennifer Bornstein, Jordan Casteel, Mira Dancy, Keltie Ferris, Dana Frankfort, Chie Fueki, Corin Hewitt, Steffani Jemison, Vishal Jugdeo, Allison Katz, Caitlin Keogh, Ulrike Müller, Aliza Nisenbaum, Jennifer Packer, Karthik Pandian, Alexandria Smith, Peter Saul, Didier William, Paula Wilson, Caroline Woolard, and Lisa Yuskavage.

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