LECTURES + TALKS

Gallery Conversations

Too Close: The Ethics of Displaying Art in the Era of #MeToo
Sunday, September 8, 3 pm 

When high-profile artists are accused of sexual misconduct, how should the art world respond?  Inspired by CENTURY's Chuck Close photograph of Lorna Simpson, and John Berger’s provocative claim that “looking is a political act," we explore the ethics of promoting work by high-profile artists embroiled in the #MeToo controversy. Join us in a conversation with Jaime Ahlberg, UF Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Jillian Hernandez, UF Assistant Professor of Gender Studies about the complexities of this issue, ranging from the relationship between artists and their work to the responsibilities of museums and art enthusiasts in showing, interpreting, and praising works of art.

 

Transcultural Engagements
Thursday, September 12, 7 pm
 (during Museum Nights: Noche de Museo) 
María Rogal, Professor of Graphic Design and Heidi Powell, Assistant Professor of Art Education will discuss how collaborations in Guatemala (Powell) and México (Rogal) provide rich opportunities to explore complexity through a transcultural lens. Both Rogal and Powell are affiliate faculty in the Center for Latin American Studies and find commonalities in their approaches, which emphasize a profound respect for the people they co-create with, their cultures and knowledges, and how they can shape and understand identity through art and design practice. For this conversation, they seek to foster dialogue about place, identity, representation, and creative practice. This conversation is offered in conjunction with the SA+AH 53rd Studio Faculty Art Exhibition.

 

Reframing: Site, Culture, Data
Sunday, September 15, 3 pm

Meghan Moe Beitiks, Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studio Art; Jillian Browning, Teaching Lab Specialist in Photography, Painting and Drawing; and Lynn Tomaszewski, Director of SA+AH and Professor of Practice
will present and discuss their work and how each reframes site, culture, or data through their methods and approaches. This conversation is offered in conjunction with the 53rd SA+AH Studio Faculty Art Exhibition.

 

The Potential of Fragments and Loose Threads
Sunday, September 29, 3 pm

Sean Miller, Associate Professor of Sculpture and Bethany Taylor, Associate Professor of Drawing discuss the ontological and ecological ideas that fuel their work. Might temporal approaches to art making inform our understanding of the natural world and human nature? Miller and Taylor will introduce the gathered fragments and connected threads in their work(s) as systems for mapping impermanence and generating a nuanced understanding of our world (and beyond). This conversation is offered in conjunction with the 53rd SA+AH Studio Faculty Art Exhibition.

 

Mapping a Dialogue: Marginalized Youth and Literacy
Thursday, October 10, 7 pm
 (during Museum Nights: Art in Engineering) 
The collision of thought processes around innovative ways of visualizing social inequities often brings artists, educators, and engineers together. Join Michelle Tillander, Associate Professor of Art and Sally Crane, PhD candidate in the College of Education for a conversation ignited by the artwork Prison Searches in regard to the mediated sociocultural landscape, literacy, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Current research will be shared as well as some of the tensions (i.e. personal and political) that arise from dialogues and creative practices of artists and scholars who explore issues of youth inequity. This conversation is offered in conjunction with the 53rd SA+AH Studio Faculty Art Exhibition.

 

Concerning the Erotic 
Thursday, November 14, 7:30 pm
 (during Museum Nights: Creative Vibe) 
Bob Mueller, Associate Professor of Printmaking will discuss the direct link between the material and philosophical genesis of the work, delving deeper into erotic theory as the wellspring of idea in the contemporary landscape. Muller will explore print as the physical manifestation of a search for completion. This conversation is offered in conjunction with the 53rd SA+AH Studio Faculty Art Exhibition.

 

Pushing the Boundaries of Painting and Drawing
Sunday, November 17, 3 pm

Three SA+AH painting/drawing faculty — Professor Richard Heipp, Associate Professor Ron Janowich and Associate Professor Julia Morrisroe — will present and discuss the similarities and differences in their studio practice addressing, their concepts, process, and use of technology. This conversation is offered in conjunction with the 53rd SA+AH Studio Faculty Art Exhibition.