Fall 2011

The Kansas City Art Institute is pleased to announce the fall 2011 lineup of artists, designers and scholars who will speak as part of the college's "Current Perspectives" lecture series.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall, 4415 Warwick Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo.

Fall 2011

Sept. 7: Mierle Laderman Ukeles (Wednesday)

Mierle Laderman Ukeles is an artist for whom maintenance, labor and the environment are central themes. She incorporates service work and the environment into her performances and public art works. Ukeles gained national recognition for her ongoing 30-year-long artist’s residency in the New York Department of Sanitation. Touch Sanitation, her large-scale citywide performance, 1979-1980, took 11 months; she shook the hand of each of the city’s 8,500 sanitation workers while saying “Thank you for keeping New York City alive.” Ukeles has focused on the transformation of degraded land of Fresh Kills (New York) and Danehy Park (Cambridge, Mass.) into safe public parks. She also has created six work ballets in the U.S. and internationally, choreographing them directly with the workers, in an attempt to ask: Can work be art? Ukeles’ work has been shown at Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York, the Jewish Museum of New York, the MMKA in Arnhem, Netherlands, the Kunstverein Wolfsburg and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among many others. Ukeles is a recipient of multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Andy Warhol Foundations.

Sept. 15: Harries/Héder Collaborative: Mags Harries and Lajos Héder

Mags Harries and Lajos Héder formed Harries/Héder Collaborative in Cambridge, Mass., in 1990 and since then have worked together on more than 25 major public commissions. The focus of their collaboration is to activate public space through art. They create public places that have ongoing practical use as well as strong metaphoric significance. Their projects focus on water, energy, transportation and other physical and performance elements that connect people and communities. Harries teaches courses on sculpture, installation and public art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and is chair of the Cambridge Public Art Commission. Heder’s publications include “Aesthetics in Transportation,” a guidebook for public art and design prepared for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Since 1992 he has been a member of the Boston Society of Architects Focus Teams, and he currently serves on the Public Art Network Council.


Sept. 22: KCAI Faculty Grant Recipient Presentations

This lecture will consist of presentations by KCAI faculty on how they utilized development grants they received during the 2010-11 academic year. Jessie Fisher will discuss her residency at AIA and Watershed Center for Ceramics Arts. Diana Heise will talk about the two new works she produced for a solo show at Review Studios. With funds from the grant, Phyllis Moore spent a month in Paris working on a novel. Miguel Rivera used the grant to pay for an artist residency at Proyecto´Ace in Buenos Aires. 

Sept. 29: Ryan Humphrey

Ryan Humphrey grew up in a small town in Ohio, building things in his yard, riding BMX bikes and skateboarding. After high school, he was a Freestyle BMX instructor at Woodward BMX Training Center. He then moved to Pittsburgh for the next three years to work at The Carnegie Museum of Art and obtain a commercial art degree. There he developed an interest in contemporary fine art. This, along with a scholarship, inspired him to attend Ohio University, where he earned his B.F.A. degree in sculpture.  After moving to New York, he received his M.F.A. degree from Hunter College, paying his way through school by working at The Dia Center for the Arts. After attending The Skowhegan summer residency program in Maine, he worked for The Andy Warhol Foundation and participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. He also was a contestant on Season One of Bravo’s “Top Design.” He has exhibited extensively and is represented by DCKT Contemporary. He lives and works in New York.


Oct. 6: Alicia Candiani

A graduate of the National University of Cordoba in Argentina, Alicia Candiani is an international artist and independent curator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the founder and current director of ’Ace, an international artist-in-residence center focused on contemporary artistic practices and located in her home city. Candiani has been artist-in-residence, visiting artist, guest professor and lecturer at numerous and prestigious institutions all over the world. She has been appointed as a curator as well as a member of the international jury at international exhibitions and biennials in China, Bulgaria, Cuba, Egypt, Puerto Rico, Czech Republic, the United States, Russia and Argentina. Her works are the recipient of major international awards, such as her most recent awards: first prize in the International Print Network Krakow-Oldenburg-Vienna (Germany, 2010) and the Turner Prize for Excellence in Visual Art, The Janet Turner Print Museum (United States, 2009). In 2010, she was honored as the Argentine artist at BIAB2010 (Beijing International Art Biennial). Candiani is also a member and active collaborator in the Southern Graphics Council International in the United States, where she served on the executive board, representing the international members, from March 2008 to March 2010. 


Oct. 20: Frank Bramblett

Frank Bramblett lives and works in Philadelphia, where he served as a professor of painting at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University from 1972 to 2010 and is currently professor emeritus. He has shown his work nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at OK Harris Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery, Exit Art, the Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art and Design and the Galeria Arsenal in Bialystock, Poland, among others. He has received numerous fellowships, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and his work has been reviewed in The New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Out. He holds a B.F.A. degree from the University of Georgia and an M.F.A. degree from Yale University.


Oct. 27: Anne Lindberg

Anne Lindberg’s drawings and three-dimensional installations have been exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad, including at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Belger Arts Center, The Writer’s Place, Macalester College and North Carolina State University, as well as venues in New Zealand, Quebec and Japan. In 2004, she created a permanent collection installation at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2005, the Detroit Institute of Art purchased one of her drawings, and she had one-person shows at the Dennos Museum in Michigan and the Belger Arts Center in Kansas City. New work was included in a group exhibition “Decelerate” at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in 2006. Lindberg has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Charlotte Street Grant (1990) and Mid-America/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1993-94). She was visiting artist-in-residence/head of department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in 2005, and taught for nine years at the Kansas City Art Institute. She graduated with a B.F.A. degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, (1985) and received her M.F.A. degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1988).


Nov. 3: Julián Zugazagoitia

Julián Zugazagoitia is the fifth director of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Born in Mexico and educated at the Sorbonne Paris IV in France, he speaks six languages and has worked in the Americas, Europe and Africa. For the past seven years, Zugazagoitia has been the director/CEO of El Museo del Barrio in New York. He led the institution through a $44 million renovation project that resulted in new gallery spaces, a refurbished facility and a popular restaurant. He is known for his collaborations with other institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Before leading El Museo, Zugazagoitia worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York as executive assistant to the director. As a consultant and curator, he also worked with UNESCO and the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, organizing exhibitions, events and conferences internationally. He also curated exhibitions for the international art fair ARCO 2005, the 25th Sao Paulo Biennale in Brazil in 2002 and as director of visual arts with the Spoleto Festival in Italy.

Nov. 10: Carmon Colangelo

Carmon Colangelo is a pioneering printmaker whose work combines surrealism and abstraction with the exploration of art history, science and technology. He is known for large mixed-media prints that combine digital and traditional processes. He has exhibited widely, from Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., to Argentina, Canada, England, Puerto Rico and Korea. His works are in collections at the National Museum of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. He is the dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and holds the E. Desmond Lee Professorship for Collaboration in the Arts. Born in Toronto, he lives and works in St. Louis. He holds a B.F.A. degree in printmaking and painting from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, and an M.F.A. degree in printmaking from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Nov. 17: Alex Kanevsky

Alex Kanevsky was born in Rostvo-na-Donu, Russia, and studied at Vilnius University, Lithuania, and later at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he presently teaches. He has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the Pew Fellowship for painting; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Painting Fellowship; The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland; the Eagle Hill Foundation, painting residency; and the Frantz and Virginia Bader Fund Grant for Painting. In addition to exhibiting work across North America and Europe, his work has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Observer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Harper’s Magazine and New American Paintings. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Achenbach Collection, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, de Young Museum and Legion of Honor, all in San Francisco. He is represented by J. Cacciola Gallery, New York; Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco; Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia; and Victor Felix Gallery, London.