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April 1, 2010

John Newsom

John Newsom



'Valentines from a violent world, John Newsom's paintings and works on paper, which draw on sources such as natural history displays and antique field guides, are laced with dangerous beauty. Meticulously rendered bats and insects materialize amid branches, vines and fleshy blossoms, while myriad birds of prey tear at carrion or snatch up smaller creatures.' - Frieze

Born in 1970 in Kansas, Newsom earned his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA at New York University. Since his debut in the early 90s, Newsom's work has been displayed in 15 solo exhibitions, including recent shows in New York and Milan, Italy. His work has been included in over 50 group exhibitions, including shows at the Guggenheim. - Patrick Painter Inc

Conversation will ensue after artist talk with ATOA's Director of Programming, Peter Duhon, followed by questions and answer session with audience.

Organizer: Peter Duhon, ATOA Program Director
John Newsom
John Newsom

Rescheduled from February 25, 2010, which was canceled due to snow.
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April 8, 2010

James Wines

James Wines

He is the founder and president of SITE, the former Chair of Environmental Design and Parsons School of Design and currently a Professor of Architecture at Penn State University.

He has given lectures at more than one thousand colleges, universities and conferences in twenty-four countries, and written many essays for books and magazines in the USA, Europe and Asia. His book DE-ARCHITECTURE was published in 1987 by Rizzoli International and, in 2000, Taschen Verlag in Germany released his book GREEN ARCHITECTURE.

During the past decade, there have been twenty-two monographic books and museum catalogues produced on Mr. Wine’s projects for SITE and their related models and drawings. He has designed more than one hundred and fifty architecture, landscape, interior and exhibition projects for both private and municipal clients.

Winner of twenty-five art and design awards, including the 1995 Chysler award for Design Innovation, he is also the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Kress Foundation, The American Academy in Rome, The Guggenheim Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Graham Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and the Pulitzer Prize for Graphics.

Organizer: Peter Duhon, ATOA Program Director


Highrise of Homes
James Wines
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April 15, 2010

Danto had to cancel for medical reasons. Rescheduled for Fall 2010.

Arthur Danto
Arthur Danto
in dialog with Vernita N’Cognita

Philosopher, author, and former art critic for The Nation, Arthur Danto has been a major shaper of recent aesthetic theory. Some say he is best known for a contemporary version of Hegel's "end of art" thesis, first enunciated by Danto in a 1984 essay called "The End of Art". Danto has written more than a dozen books on art and philosophy on subjects as diverse as Nietzsche and Warhol. Wikipedia states that Danto “is best known as the influential, long-time art critic for the Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history... His interests span thought, feeling, philosophy of art, theories of representation, philosophical psychology, Hegel's aesthetics…” The state of philosophy and art today and Danto’s most recent Book, “Andy Warhol”.and more will be discussed.

Artist/performer/poet Vernita Nemec AKA Vernita N’Cognita, has long been an advocate for fellow artists: as former Director of ATOA and former Director of Viridian Artists (an artist owned gallery in Chelsea), and as founder and curator of “Art from Detritus”, through which sha has been creating exhibitions of art made from recycled materials since 1994. Deeply concerned with environmental and feminist issues, she is on the Board of Directors of Soho 20 Gallery, the recipient of grants for her curatorial efforts and for her performance art, from the Puffin and Kaufmann Foundations, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and Movement Research’s Monday Night Series to name just a few. The “Endless Junkmail Scroll” is an ongoing artwork that she has shown throughout the U.S and continues to create.
Vernita N’Cognita
Vernita N’Cognita
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April 22, 2010

gel

"Between the Social and the Public: Dialogic Action in Third-Space"
Recent theoretical shifts in relation to a collective perception of social engagement have underlined a growing distinction between social and public spaces, bringing new attention to the importance of singular difference.

In contrast to a growing prescribed urban design whose aim is on trivial consumption, the presence of a collective of similitude has become a representation of the global collective, an anonymous mark in the urban flux. With that in mind, the aim of many contemporary artists today is to address this place of in-between-ness as crucial for a critical rethinking of social space.

It is through the collective mechanisms of insertion, interference, intervention, action, performance and projection that artists have fostered contingency within public social awareness and participation. These mechanisms, originated in the language of media culture, have since their inception become the official representatives of the corporate society, and their mission is simply that of marketing projections of excessive consumption, while monopolizing the public space.

The corporate monopoly of public space, which replaced the "middle space" of dialogue between the people and the city, produced an offspring: the concept of membership. Now, we no longer choose to participate in public space, we have been summoned to become members, to pay dues, to act same; all in the name of entertainment, of trivial consumption, of a passive participation of culture.

Our intention in this panel is to highlight this "middle space," to reclaim and articulate it through a growing discursive awareness, and through artistic disturbances and interferences in space.

Panelists: Denise Carvalho
Iain Kerr (Spurse)
Jill McDermid (Grace Exhibition Space / Alice Chilton Gallery)
Petia Morozov (Spurse)
Sara Reisman (Department of Cultural Affairs' Percent for Art)
Chen Tamir (Flux Factory)
Alex Villar

Moderator: Ginger Shulick

Opens with short performance piece by Adina Bier

Alex Villar
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April 29, 2010

Athena Tacha

Athena Tacha: Public to Private
Athena Tacha was born in Greece and received M.A.s in sculpture (Athens) and in art history (Oberlin College), and a Ph.D. in aesthetics (Sorbonne, Paris).

She settled in the U.S. in the 60's and taught sculpture at Oberlin College, OH, 1973 - 2000, when she moved to Washington, DC (and became affiliated with UMD, College Park).

Since 1970, Tacha has done environmental sculpture and conceptual/photographic art, and has executed over 40 large commissions for public sites throughout the U.S.

She is represented in many museums, and has exhibited widely (2007 last solo show in New York), with a large solo exhibition at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta in 1989, and a traveling 40-year retrospective in Greece through 2010.

Most recent books on her work: Dancing in the Landscape: the Sculpture of Athena Tacha, Washington, 2000, and the bilingual catalog of her Greece show, Athena Tacha: From Public to Private.
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