The Kansas City Art Institute is pleased to announce the spring 2015 lineup of artists, designers and scholars who will speak as part of the college's "Current Perspectives" series.
Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays in Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
Sarah K. Rich is an associate professor of art history at Penn State University. She specializes in art after 1940, with particular emphasis on art produced in the United States and France during the 1950s and 60s. Her current book project, forthcoming with the University of California Press, is titled "Past Flat: Other Sides to American Abstraction in the Cold War." Rich is a frequent contributor to Artforum, and her scholarly publications have appeared in American Art, Art Bulletin, October, Perspective, and the Oxford Art Journal, as well as in many exhibition catalogues and compendia of essays.
Pictured: Sarah K. Rich
Kelly Shindler has worked in the field of contemporary art exhibition and programming for over ten years. Shindler is an associate curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis where she has organized a number of solo exhibitions. Prior to joining CAM, Shindler was an independent curator, organizing such exhibitions as Chicago-Scope: The Films of Tom Palazzolo 1967-1976 at the Art Institute of Chicago and curating for art spaces and festivals worldwide.
Samuel Bak is an artist and writer. Bak's art weaves together personal and Jewish history to articulate an iconography of his Holocaust experience and his perceptions of a world that lives in the shadow of the crematoria chimneys. Across seven decades of artistic production, Bak has explored and reworked a set of metaphors, a visual grammar and vocabulary that ultimately poses metaphysical questions. His art depicts a world destroyed, and yet provisionally pieced back together.
Pictured: Samuel Bak
Elana Herzog is a New York-based installation artist and sculptor, who also creates handmade paper and books. For the last two decades, Herzog has been the subject of museum surveys and solo exhibitions in over 20 cities in the U.S. and numerous cities in Europe. Her installations are characterized by playful, context-sensitive experimentation.
Pictured: "Valence," Elana Herzog
Dawn Clements is an artist who uses Sumi ink and ballpoint pen on small to large-scale paper panels as her primary medium and scale. She often cuts and pastes paper together to edit and compose a completed drawing, adding paper as necessary to create the desired scale. Through her active process, which is almost performative, the paper becomes distressed with folds, wrinkles and seams.
Craig Richardson is an artist, curator, writer and scholar. He is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art where he earned a degree in Environmental Art in 1988 and an MFA degree in 1990. He is currently the professor of art at the University of Northumbria. In 2011, Richardson published his prominent book "Scottish Art Since 1960: Historical Reflections and Contemporary Overviews." His writing has been published in a number of catalogue essays for contemporary artists. He has exhibited his own work widely including New York, London and Dusseldorf.
Amanda Lechner is a visual artist based in New York, New Mexico and Iowa. Her studio practice primarily revolves around drawing and painting. Lechner’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States. She received a BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in painting and an MFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. Lechner is presently a visiting assistant professor of painting and drawing at the the University of Iowa.
Pictured: "Oracle," Amanda Lechner, 2014, egg tempera on panel.
April 23: Casey Whittier
Casey Whittier grew up in Maine and through a handful of states and years of training, her love for the process and products of her artistic toils has never changed. She received a BFA degree from the Kansas City Art institute in ceramics and an MFA degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently teaches as Johnson County Community College, Park University and KCAI.
Pictured: "Reflecting Pools," Casey Whittier, 2014, porcelain daisies, mirrored plexi, monofilament, music wire, paint
Photo Credit: Brandon Forrest Frederick
April 30: Richard Hull, Distinguished Alumni Speaker
Richard Hull's work combines personal narrative with formal abstract painting. He received a BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hull's work has been exhibited across the United States. His paintings may be found in many private and public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; and the San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas.
Pictured: "Number 4," Richard Hull, 2013, crayon on paper