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Boston University Announces Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series for Spring 2020

The series brings renowned visual artists to the Boston University campus for talks throughout the semester. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Posters from previous Tuesday Night MFA Lectures at Boston University (image courtesy Boston University College of Fine Arts)

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 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 2020 Visiting Artists include:

February 4: Gala Porras-Kim

Gala Porras-Kim is an interdisciplinary artist living in Los Angeles. Her work is made through the process of learning about the social and political contexts that influence how such intangible things as sounds, language, and history have been represented through methodologies in the fields of linguistics, history, and conservation.

February 11: Sangram Majumdar

Sangram Majumdar’s paintings engage deeply with the sensory experience of the world. While rooted in direct observation, his work often veers into the territory of abstraction by utilizing darkness, reflective glare, and refraction, all of which serve to dissolve the unity of the subject and disorient the viewer.

February 25: Adam Milner

Adam Milner draws from personal and historical archives to create highly poetic sculptures and assemblages. His practice draws upon personal exchanges with people, things, and institutions to examine systems of intimacy, value, and power.

March 4: Tschabalala Self

Tschabalala Self creates large-scale figurative paintings that integrate hand-printed and found textiles, drawing, printmaking, sewing, and collage techniques to tell stories of urban life, the body, and humanity. Her paintings and sculptures represent personal avatars, couplings, and everyday social exchanges inspired by urban life.

March 17: Marc Handelman

Marc Handelman is an American painter living and working in Brooklyn, New York known for large scale paintings, landscapes and abstract images. Drawing from popular cultural and art historical visual references, he crops, reframes, and deconstructs iconic images to explore politics, spirituality, and ideology.

March 24: John C. Welchman

John C. Welchman is Professor of Modern Art History in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. He writes regularly on modern and contemporary art, critical theory, and the postwar European avant-garde.

April 7: Gordon Hall

As a sculptor, performer, and writer, Gordon Hall examines the personal, relational, and political effects of the ways we relate to objects and to each other. Using both abstract forms and re-constructed copies of found objects, the artist asks how we might use such things and how they solicit bodily engagements from us.

April 14: Ella Kruglyanskaya

Ella Kruglyanskaya is a contemporary painter known for her stylized depictions of female figures. Characterized by splashy colors and patterns, her paintings depict women in revealing and exuberantly styled clothing, engaged in leisure activities or absurdist scenarios punctuated by visual puns and physical confrontations.

April 21: Akili Tommasino

Akili Tommasino is the Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. An advocate of emerging artists and a scholar of the 20th-century avant-garde, he has curated and collaborated on numerous exhibition projects at institutions internationally.

April 27: Peter Halley

Peter Halley is a contemporary American artist best known for his neon-colored geometric paintings. Since the early 1980s, Halley has honed in on motifs related to barred windows, prison cells, and the conduits and grids composing cities.

Past visiting artists include Meriem Bennani, Jennifer Bornstein, Esteban Cabeza de Baca, Jordan Casteel, Mathew Cerletty, Mike Cloud, Mira Dancy, Abigail DeVille, Rochelle Feinstein, Keltie Ferris, Corin Hewitt, Steffani Jemison, Vishal Jugdeo, Allison Katz, Caitlin Keogh, Ulrike Müller, Aliza Nisenbaum, Jennifer Packer, Karthik Pandian, Matt Saunders, Alexandria Smith, Emily Mae Smith, Peter Saul, Didier William, Paula Wilson, Caroline Woolard, and Lisa Yuskavage.

All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, visit bu.edu/lecture-series.