Takahiko Iimura @ Nobi’s Studio in Manhattan Saturday, April 22 from 7pm

Film Viewing Event with Takahiko Iimura: Saturday, April 22 from 7pm

Location: 315 7th Avenue 19D/corner of west 28th (Nobi’s studio) 5 min. walk south from Penn Station 7th ave. exit

Refreshments and discussion to follow after the viewing. Please sign up-so that I can get the headcount. http://doodle.com/poll/5czddkan8tnupbc6

George Maciunas, Jeff Perkins and critic Jerry Saltz may join us.

A pioneering figure in the New York and Japanese film and video undergounds, Taka iimura has had a tremendous impact upon the development of experimental cinema in both the U.S. and Japan. iimura’s work in video has concentrated on deconstructing the language of video, especially video’s power to obscure the author of the image, through the audience’s immediate acceptance of what is shown on screen as true. iimura establishes a relation between the self-reflexive nature of language and the simultaneous feedback characteristic of video, exploiting this relation to investigate the shifting position of video’s subject (who is behind the camera) and object (who is in front of the camera). Through his videos, which read like elaborate semiotic riddles, iimura has educated audiences to the structure of video in a way that has profoundly changed the way the medium is viewed.

He is a widely established international artist, having had numerous solo exhibitions in major museums such as the Musem of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Centre Georges Pompidou, the National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Reina Sofia National Museum, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, in addition to artist residencies at the German Academy of Arts and Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation Study Center. Recently he has been involved in using computers, publishing more than 20 DVDs/CD-ROMs, and writing several books on film, video, and multimedia, including a book published in English, “The Collected Writings of Takahiko iimura”. “I am concerned with the whole system of video, not just what you see on the screen, but including the camera, monitor, the whole system.”
—Takahiko iimura

Jorge Fernandez Torres, curator, art critic, and professor based in Havana, Cuba. @ Stony Brook University Art | Tuesday, October 25th | 12pm – 2pm

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Staller Center for the Arts 2nd Floor Art Seminar Room

Jorge A. Fernandez Torres is a curator, art critic, professor at the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, Director of the National Fine Arts Museum of Cuba, and the Havana Biennial. He is a former director of the Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art, member of the Commission for Cuban Cultural Development of UNESCO, and the Advisory Council for the Arts on the National Library of Cuba. He curated and authored exhibition publications including: “Art Practices and Social Imageries” for the 2012 Havana Biennial, “Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba” (Havana), and “El Lugar Construido” (Spain). Jorge A. Fernandez Torres will be speaking about contemporary art in Cuba today, and present artists and projects he experienced while staging the Havana Biennial.

Guest Critic: Murtaza Vali @ Stony Brook University | Monday, March 28th, 2016 2pm – 6pm

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Monday, March 28th, 2016  |  2pm – 6pm

The Department of Art at Stony Brook University Studio Art MFA invites guest critic Murtaza Vali.

Murtaza Vali is a Brooklyn-based writer, art historian, and curator. An independent critic since 2005, his reviews, essays, profiles, and interviews have appeared regularly in Artforum.comArtReviewArt IndiaBidoun Magazine, and ArtAsiaPacific, where he is contributing editor and was co-editor of their 2007 and 2008 Almanac, a year-end review of contemporary art across Asia. He has written essays for nonprofits and galleries around the world, most notably for monographs on Emily Jacir, Reena Saini Kallat, and Laleh Khorramian. He has been a visiting critic at Yale’s School of Art and Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. As winner of the Winter 2010 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellowship, Vali curatedAccented at Brooklyn’s BRIC Rotunda Gallery (2010) and recently edited Manual for Treason, a multilingual publication commissioned bySharjah Biennial X (2011). He holds an MA in art history and archaeology from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.


Robert Whitman: Swim and Local Report @ Stony Brook Manhattan — Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 7pm

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Multimedia artist Robert Whitman will discuss his two latest projects: Swim (2015) and Local Report (2012). Whitman’s career spans multiple decades and disciplines. In the 1960s, he associated with a group of artists, including Alan Kaprow, Jim Dine, and Claes Oldenburg, who staged innovative theatrical performances on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In 1966, Whitman joined ten other New-York-based artists to work with Billy Klüver at Bell Laboratories, creating artwork which utilized computer media and other emergent technologies. He received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in 1976, and has been the subject of retrospectives at such prominent institutions as DIA and MoMA. His recent theatrical performances employ telecommunications networks and multisensory elements to conceive new communities of spectatorship in the theater and gallery alike. For more information on LOCAL REPORT you can visit the projects’s website: http://whitmanlocalreport.net

This event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) founded by Robert Whitman among others. It is a vibrant community of artists that redefined what constituted art in the twentieth century.

Stony Brook Manhattan is located in midtown 387 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016. Please use the entrance around the corner at 101-113 East 27th Street.

For more information contact: SbArhLectureSeries@gmail.com or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StonyBrookArtHistoryCriticismLectureSeries

Lev Manovich: Instagram as a Medium and Message: Art History Meets Data Science @ Stony Brook Manhattan — Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 7pm


Lev Manovich, “Instagram as a Medium and Message: Art History Meets Data Science”

Lev Manovich will discuss his latest project SELFIECITY, a data science investigation of self-portraiture in five cities around the world. For more information on SELFIECITY you can visit the project’s website: http://selfiecity.net

Stony Brook Manhattan is located at 387 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016. Use entrance around the corner at 101-113 East 27th Street.

For more information, please contact: SbArhLectureSeries@gmail.com or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StonyBrookArtHistoryCriticismLectureSeries

Rob Storr: Louise Bourgeois and the Privilege of Sublimation @ Stony Brook Manhattan — Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7pm


Renowned art critic and curator Robert Storr derives his lecture from his forthcoming book, Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois (2014). Storr was curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1990 to 2002, where he organized exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman. In addition to writing for numerous art publications, he has taught at the Institute of Fine Arts, CUNY graduate center, and the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, as well as the Rhode Island School of Design, New York Studio School, and Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Painting/Printmaking and Dean of the School of Art at Yale University.

Stony Brook Manhattan is located at 387 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016. Use entrance around the corner at 101-113 East 27th Street.

PAUL CHAN at Stony Brook Manhattan: Odysseus as Artist — Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7pm

Stony Brook Art History & Criticism Lecture Series presents
PAUL CHAN: Odysseus as Artist
Friday, October 17, 2014
7pm at Stony Brook Manhattan
3rd Floor, Room 321, 101-113 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Paul Chan Sade for Sade's Sake, 2009

© Paul Chan, Sade for Sade’s Sake, three-channel animation projection, 5hr45mins. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali Gallery; Image reposted from initiartmagazine.com

Paul Chan is a renowned artist and founder of the publisher Badlands Unlimited. Working in drawing, video, installation, and collaborative performance, Chan targets sites of societal conflict such as war, religion, and pornography. His book, Paul Chan: Selected Writings 2000-2014, was recently published in conjunction with his exhibition Selected Works at Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland (April 11–October 19, 2014).

For more information, please contact: SbArhLectureSeries@gmail.com or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StonyBrookArtHistoryCriticismLectureSeries

lya and Emilia Kabakov at the Stony Brook University Pollock Krasner House. Saturday, September 20th, 3-4pm


Saturday, September 20th, 3-4pm at the Stony Brook University Pollock Krasner House in East Hampton on Long Island, New York. Pollock Krasner House Google Map

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are Russian-born, American-based artists that collaborate on environments which fuse elements of the everyday with those of the conceptual. Ilya Kabakov was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, in 1933. He studied at the VA Surikov Art Academy in Moscow, and began his career as a children’s book illustrator during the 1950’s. He was part of a group of Conceptual artists in Moscow who worked outside the official Soviet art system. Emilia Kabakov was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, in 1945. She attended the Music College in Irkutsk in addition to studying Spanish language and literature at the Moscow University. She immigrated to Israel in 1973, and moved to New York in 1975, where she worked as a curator and art dealer. Their work has been shown in such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Documenta IX, at the Whitney Biennial in 1997 and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg among others. In 1993 they represented Russia at the 45th Venice Biennale with their installation The Red Pavilion. The Kabakovs have also completed many important public commissions throughout Europe and have received a number of honors and awards, including the Oscar Kokoschka Preis, Vienna, in 2002 and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Paris, in 1995. The Kabakovs live and work in Long Island.

Guest Critic: Boshko Boskovic

MFA Final Critiques  |  Saturday, May 17th, 2014  |  10am – 4pm

The Department of Art at Stony Brook University Studio Art MFA invites guest critic Boshko Boskovic.

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Boshko Boskovic is the Program Director of Residency Unlimited, a New York based residency program for international artists and curators. He curated numerous exhibitions such as Videozones 2012 at Interstate Projects, New York, Paint Me Sculpturly 2013, Artopia Gallery, Milan, Italy, Sara Bichao & Manon Harrois – Soundless Harmonies 2014, Artopia Gallery, Milan, Ellie Krakow – Bring the Lights Into the Shot 2013, Cuchifritos Gallery & Project Space, New York. Boskovic previously worked at the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation managing the European retrospective Specific Objects Without Specific Form 2009-2010, an exhibition that traveled to the Wiels Contemporary Art Center in Brussels, The Beyeler Foundation in Basel and the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt. During his tenure as Associate Director at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York he worked closely with artists such as Los Carpinteros, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov and Johan Grimonprez.


MFA Final Critiques

At the end of each academic year the MFA candidates and Art Faculty meet for critiques at the artists’ studio spaces located in Nassau Hall, south campus, Stony Brook University. Accompanied by Adjunct Faculty, select Art History Faculty and peers, and invited Guest Critics, these sessions are an intensive day of presentations and critical discussions.

DOUG ISCHAR @ Department of Art, Stony Brook University

Friday, May 2, 2014  |  Stony Brook Manhattan  |  3:00pm  |  room 321A

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Doug Ischar is a contemporary artist known for his work in documentary photography, installation art, sound art and video art. Following large multi-media installations such as Orderly (1994) and Wake (1996) Ischar turned to more minimal forms. His 1997 work for InSite (San Diego/Tijuana) used a high school basketball court as locale for a multimedia meditation of adolescent homosexual desire. His 2001 work ground uses twenty-four channels of audio to replicate the sound of a gallery floor being swept. His 2005 public installation Water Music explores the relationship between personal and artistic histories of the Pacific Rim cultures in which Ischar lived as a child. Since 2008, he has been producing highly complex single-channel videos around issues of cross-generational male intimacy and psychological/social loss.

Doug Ischar will be speaking and screening three recent video works, come lontano (2010), Alone With You (2011), Tristes Tarzan (2013) currently showing at the Whitney Biennial 2014.

Stony Brook Manhattan is located at 387 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016. Use entrance around the corner at 101-113 East 27th Street.