Visiting Artists 2009

Tower Auditorium

Since the late 1990s Ingrid Calame has been tracing stains, true-to-size, and creating large slick enamel on metal paintings, colored pencil and mylar drawings, or site-specific paintings on museum and gallery walls. Despite a formal echo reminiscent of Abstract Expressionists and color theorists, Calame's work is meticulous, representational, and far from spontaneous.

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Trustees Room, Tower Auditorium, 11th floor

Alec Soth has spent his career traveling the United States, and for a brief period Bogotá, Colombia, photographing people, landscapes, and ephemera that he encounters. Reminiscent of the American photographic traditions of Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Stephen Shore, Soth chronicles the people he happens upon in a search for the familiar in the unknown and everyday.

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Trustees Room, Tower Building, 11th floor

Los Angeles-based Pae White, creates whimsical works that combine handmade and natural elements in dazzling installations that amplify the "artfulness" of everyday things. Although exhibiting in museums and galleries around the world, she often positions her work in unconventional places: suspended in midair, in bookshop windows, offices, children's learning areas, or foyers.

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Tower Auditorium

In the span of her thirty-six year career, Mary McFadden has designed more than 100 collections.  Frequently referred to as a "design archeologist," McFadden's distinctive garments reflect an avid study of ancient cultures. She launched her first collection in New York in 1973, won her first Coty Award in 1976, and entered the Coty Hall of Fame in 1979. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including: a Lifetime Achievement Award during Fashion Week of the Americas, the Neiman Marcus Award of Excellence, and the President's Fellow Award from Rhode Island School of Design.

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Trustees Room, Tower Building, 11th floor

Allison Smith is a sculptor and installation artist whose body of work often features elements from history, craft, and queer culture.  Smith has exhibited her work widely, including venues such as P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York; Palais de Tokyo in Paris; MassMoCA in North Adams; and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

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Pozen Center, North Hall

DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) is a multimedia artist, writer, composer, and musician. Miller's work as a media artist and his multimedia performances have appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and many other museums and galleries.  His writings have been published by MIT press and have appeared in The Village VoiceThe SourceArtforum,and Raygun.   This semester, Miller is doing an artist residency with MassArt's Studio for Interrelated Media.

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Trustees Room, Tower Building, 11th Floor

Edgar Arceneaux searches incongruent sets of data or seemingly unrelated subjects for unexpected patterns and happy coincidences, finding beauty in the tangentially related. Through drawing, photography, sculpture, and filmmaking, he weaves together personal, cultural, and scientific cosmologies. Arceneaux, who lives and works in Los Angeles, was included in both the Whitney Biennial and California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in 2008. He has also exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, the Second Moscow Biennial, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and elsewhere.

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Tower Auditorium

Museum professional and Renaissance woman Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims has had a long and distinguished career in the arts. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, she is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native, and Asian American artists. She is currently the Charles Bronfman Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

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