The Kansas City Art Institute's fall lineup of artists, designers and scholars that spoke as part of the college's "Current Perspectives" lecture series during the fall 2009 semester are listed below.
Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, simulated time, transport systems, borders and frontiers. His current multi-faceted project, "Tracking Transience," was inspired by Elahi's experiences being investigated by the FBI.
Krista A. Thompson is an associate professor of art history at Northwestern University. She is the author of An Eye for the Tropics: Tourism, Photography, and Framing the Caribbean Picturesque (Duke University Press, 2006). Thompson's presentation is entitled "Photography and the Art of Being Seen in the African Diaspora."
Cauleen Smith is a filmmaker, screenwriter and video installation artist. Her short films include "Daily Rains," selected for Sundance Film Festival, and "Chronicles of a Lying Spirit," which screened twice by demand at The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Exhibition.
Rain Harris is a sculptor and installation artist who was born in Oakland, Calif. She received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997 and her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University in 2008.
Hank Willis Thomas was raised in New York. His photographs have been published in numerous books and publications including "Reflections in Black: A History of African America Photographers," "25 under 25: American Photographers" and "Black: A Celebration of a Culture." He also is one of the artists included in the "Black Is, Black Ain't" exhibition currently showing at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Nina Katchadourian was born in Stanford, Calif., and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. Her work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound.
Tracy Templeton teaches printmaking at Southern Oregon University. Templeton's work chronicles several years among abandoned, rural homesteads where she grew up on the prairies. Specializing in photographic etching, she has lectured extensively on the technique at Anchor Graphics, Chicago; Black Hills State University, South Dakota; and Lane Community College in Oregon; among others.
Chris Martin is an abstract painter who was born in 1954 in Washington, D.C. He lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in 1992 and attended Yale University from 1972 to 1975. Martin received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in 1990 and 1993.
Claudia Hart has been active as an artist, curator and critic since 1988. She creates virtual paintings that take the form of 3-D imagery integrated into photography, animated loops and multi-channel animation installations. Hart is currently a visiting artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jordan Bass and Chris Ying from McSweeney's, a quarterly journal that features art and fiction from both new and established artists and writers, will co-present this lecture. Chris Ying is an editor and designer for McSweeney's and the magazine Meatpaper. He is also the co-author of a children's book titled, "109 Forgotten American Heroes and Nine or so Villains," as well as the upcoming McSweeney's book, "What If I Ate this Boot?" Jordan Bass is the managing editor of McSweeney's Quarterly, for which he also does a great deal of design.
Dan Cameron is founding director and chief curator of Prospect New Orleans, a new international biennial whose first edition opened in November 2008 at multiple sites around the city and closed in January 2009. He also serves as director of visual arts for the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Cameron was senior curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York from 1995 to 2006, where his exhibitions included survey or new-work exhibitions by Eugenio Dittborn, Carroll Dunham, Teresita Fernandez, William Kentridge, Los Carpinteros, Nalini Malani, Paul McCarthy, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Marcel Odenbach, Pierre et Gilles, Faith Ringgold, Doris Salcedo, Carolee Schneemann, Francesco Vezzoli, David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong and Xu Bing. In 2003 Cameron was the artistic director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial, and in 2006 he co-organized the 10th Taipei Biennial. In 2006 he was the curator of "New York, Interrupted," the inaugural exhibition for pkm Gallery Beijing. In 2008, as guest curator for the Orange County Museum of Art, he organized a retrospective of the American painter Peter Saul. Cameron also serves as senior curator for Next Wave Visual Art at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and is a member of the graduate faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York.