The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies is pleased to announce our Summer 2020 Visiting Faculty!

February 28, 2020

The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies is pleased to announce our Summer 2020 Visiting Faculty!

We will be hosting: Kyung Me, Biquini Wax EPS, Miguel A. López, Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour, Maricel Alvarez, Ruth Noack, and Prem Krishnamurthy.

There will be a public lecture given by our Visiting Faculty every Wednesday night during the summer intensive. Our students will also be interacting with our guests for seminars, workshops and studio visits.

Kyung Me Kyung Me (b. 1991; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2018. Her work explores potential architectures of the subconscious and how images, objects and memory are intertwined to conjure complex and spiritual spaces. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Coniunctio with Harry Gould Harvey IV, Bureau, New York, NY, 2019; Poor Thing with Sydney Shen, Hotel Art Pavilion, Brooklyn, 2018; Brooklyn, 2018; Copy Kitty, Selena Gallery, Brooklyn, 2017; and Bad Korean, 17 Essex Gallery, New York, 2016. She is the author of Bad Korean, published by Spaceface Books (2016), and Copy Kitty (2020), forthcoming from 2d Cloud. Her drawings have been published by The New York Times and BOMB Magazine.

Biquini Wax EPS Biquini Wax EPS is an interdependent lab based in Mexico City. Contemporary art exhibitions, poetry readings and discussion sessions about economy, philosophy, politics, aesthetics, art history and other bioalchimist invocations take place in our middle class household. Four hundred people, the ghost of a small turtle and a extraterrestrial form of life work together as a team without being a collective and welcoming whoever wants to join our activities or propose a patahistorical sacrifice.

Miguel A. López

Miguel A. López (b.1983) is a Peruvian writer, researcher, and co-director and chief curator of TEOR/éTica, a center for exhibitions, research, and publications on Central American and Caribbean contemporary art in San José, Costa Rica. His work investigates collaborative dynamics and transformations in the understanding of and engagement with Latin American politics, and feminist re-articulations of art and culture in recent decades. His texts have been published in journals such as Afterall, Artforum, E-flux Journal, ramona, Art in America, Art Journal, and Manifesta Journal, among others. He has curated "Cecilia Vicuña, a retrospective exhibition" at Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2019; "Social Energies/Vital Forces. Natalia Iguiñiz: Art, Activism, Feminism (1994-2018)" at the ICPNA, Lima, 2018; "Teresa Burga: Structures of Air" (with Agustín Pérez Rubio) at MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2015; and the "God is queer" section for the 31st São Paulo Biennial, 2014, among others. He has recently published the books Ficciones disidentes en la tierra de la misoginia (Dissident Fictions in the Land of Misogyny, Pesopluma, 2019); and The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War (together with Ruth Estévez and Agustín Diez Fischer, REDCAT and JRP-Ringier, 2017). He is co-founder of the independent art space Bisagra, active in Peru since 2014. In 2016 he received the Independent Vision Curatorial Award from Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.

Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour

Jackie Im is a curator, writer, and editor based in Oakland, CA. She currently serves at the Associate Curator of the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries. She is also the co-founder and Director of Et al. and Et al., etc. in San Francisco, alongside Aaron Harbour and Kevin Krueger. Im has organized exhibitions at the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art (SF), Queens Nails (SF), The Lab (SF), Important Projects (Oakland), Royal NoneSuch Gallery (Oakland), Holiday Forever (Jackson Hole, WY), and SFAC Galleries. Her writing has appeared in Fillip Magazine, Art Practical, Curiously Direct, SFAQ, and various exhibition catalogues. Im is currently a lecturer at California College of the Arts and at Mills College. She holds a BA in Art History from Mills College and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.

Aaron Harbour was born in San Antonio, Texas. He does a few too many things. He is a curator, writer, DJ, and author operating out of Oakland, CA. He is co-director of Et al. and Et al. etc., a gallery program with two locations in San Francisco, and has additionally curated exhibitions across the Bay Area and in New York, Mexico City. Two and a half, as the home gallery Cassie's recently had its first exhibition. He runs Journal.fyi, an art blog covering the international art scene with a special focus on what happens locally. Previously he ran Curiously Direct, an art criticism website and newsletter where he wrote about hundreds of exhibitions in short-form, and he has additionally written for SFMOMA's Open Space, Fillip Magazine, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, Art Practical, Decoy Magazine, Art Cards, several small publications/artist catalogues. He has authored several books on subjects ranging from ghosts to artificial intelligence.

As an artist his work concerns identifying ‘misbehaving objects’, words and things acting against expectation with which he attempts to collaborate. He has exhibited at 100%, San Francisco; City Limits, San Francisco, NIAD, Richmond, and CCA Wattis, San Francisco.

His ongoing music podcast series is called Timber. He received some modicum of education at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Maricel Alvarez

Maricel Alvarez is an actress, theatre director, choreographer and curator. Her practice develops at the intercrossing of theater, performance and visual arts, blending the boundaries where the body, as artistic and critical device, may reveal itself. This essentially interdisciplinary approach is reflected in her artistic and academic background: taking Literature at Universidad de Buenos Aires and courses with renowned masters in theater and contemporary dance.

Since 1999 she holds close artistic collaboration with playwright and director Emilio García Wehbi. She has also worked with El Periférico de Objetos, Sophie Calle, William Kentridge, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Santiago Loza, Woody Allen, Alejandro Tantanian, Nora Lezano, Iván Fund, Edgardo Cozarinsky, Ana Katz and Diana Szeinblum, among other artists.

Her work was showcased in stages, galleries and museums in Argentina and abroad, such as Teatro Colón, Teatro Argentino de La Plata, Teatro General San Martín, Centro Cultural Kirchner, Espacio de Arte-Fundación OSDE, Konzert Theater Bern (Switzerland), Berliner Festspiele (Germany), Akademie der Künste Berlin (Germany), Museo Universitario del Chopo and Teatro El Galeón in Mexico City.

As a lecturer, she imparted courses and seminars at Ludwig Maximilian Universität (Germany), Freies Universität Berlin (Germany), Kyoto University of Arts and Design (Japan), Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Theatertreffen in Berlín (Internationales Forum), Centro de las Artes de Guanajuato (Mexico) and Foro Shakespeare (Mexico).

Participated as performer and/or director in festivals in Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Spain, France, Japan, Mexico and Switzerland. In 2016 she was Artist in residence at Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City.

A faculty member at the Theatre and Performance art Master Program of the Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA), member of the Arts Council of the City of Buenos Aires and Senior Curator at the Bienal de Performance de Argentina (BP.17 & BP.19).

Ruth Noack

Ruth Noack, author, art critic, university lecturer and exhibition maker since the 1990s, trained as a visual artist and art historian. She is the Executive Director and Curator of The Corner at Whitman-Walker in Washington DC.

Noack was curator of documenta 12 (2007). Exhibitions include Scenes of a Theory (1995), Things We Don’t Understand (2000), The Government (2005) (with Roger M.Buergel), a solo show of Ines Doujak’s work (2012), and Notes on Crisis, Currency and Consumption (2015). In 2018, Noack presented the ongoing series Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life in Athens, Prague and Bejing in 2018 and is opening with a new iteration at Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart in October 2019. Research topics for future exhibitions and new institutions include Ghosting the Nation and A Museum in a School.

Head of the Curating Contemporary Art Program, Royal College of Art, London in 2012-13, Noack also acted as Research Leader for the EU-project MeLa - European Museums in an age of migrations. She was Šaloun professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (2013-14), lead the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course in 2014 and teaches at International Summer Academy in Salzburg (2017 and 2018). Between 2015 and 2019, she was responsible for one of the Dutch Art Institute's Roaming Academy tracks. Her most recent symposium "Between Resistance and Hallucination" (2018) was realised within the DAI Planetary Campus.

Next to articles and scholarly essays published widely and internationally, she has written Sanja Ivekovic: Triangle for Afterall Books and edited Agency, Ambivalence, Analysis. Approaching the Museum with Migration in Mind (both 2013).

Prem Krishnamurthy

Prem Krishnamurthy is a designer and curator based in between Berlin and New York. As a founding principal of award-winning design studio Project Projects, he has collaborated with clients including the Art Institute of Chicago, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Guggenheim Museum, Harvard University, Istanbul Design Biennial, The Jewish Museum, M+ Museum (Hong Kong), MoMA, RISD Museum, SALT Istanbul, Vera List Center for Art & Politics, Whitney Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and others. Project Projects is a two-time finalist for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s National Design Awards, the USA’s highest award for design.

Prem is also the director/curator of P!, a multidisciplinary exhibition space and gallery in New York City’s Chinatown. Since opening in September 2012, P!’s exhibitions with Åbäke, Mel Bochner, Judith Barry, Katarina Burin, Heman Chong, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Leslie Hewitt, Karel Martens, Moniker, Brian O‘Doherty, Sarah Oppenheimer, Amie Siegel, Société Réaliste, Philippe Van Snick, Wong Kit Yi, The Yams Collective, and others have been covered by publications such as Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, ArtReview, Design Observer, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. He has edited books including MATRIX / Berkeley: A Changing Exhibition of Contemporary Art (with Elizabeth Thomas) and Speculation, Now (with Vyjayanthi Rao and Carin Kuoni, forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2015). Prem is the Associate Editor of the art journal Paper Monument and serves on the Board of Directors of the online journal Triple Canopy. He is on faculty at the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies.

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