The Kansas City Art Institute's spring lineup of artists, designers and scholars that spoke as part of the college's "Current Perspectives" lecture series during the spring 2009 semester are listed below.
Tumelo Mosaka is curator of contemporary art at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining KAM, he was the associate curator of exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, where he organized the exhibitions "infinite Islands: Contemporary Caribbean Art" (2007) and "Passing/Posing: Kehinde Wiley" (2004); co-curated "Open House: Working in Brooklyn" (2004); and organized the presentation of Alexis Rockman's monumental mural "Manifest Destiny" (2004), "Petah Coyne" (2008) and co-organized "@Murakami" (2008). Previously he worked for the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., where he co-curated the exhibition "Evoking History" (2002). Mosaka has organized several national and international exhibitions for other institutions, such as the National Center for Afro-American Arts (2004) and the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum (2003). He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Champaign, Ill. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a graduate degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies.
Marc Fischer is a member of the long-running Illinois-based group Temporary Services. Since 1998, Temporary Services has produced more than 75 publications and organized or participated in dozens of exhibitions, projects, and events. Temporary Services' projects include Prisoners' Inventions (a collaboration with an incarcerated artist named Angelo that resulted in a book and a full-size recreation of Angelo's cell that was created from blueprints sent through the mail) and The Library Project, where the group surreptitiously added 100 artist books into the holdings of the main Chicago library branch. Fischer also is a co-founder of Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. Most recently, Fischer launched the new participatory initiative Public Collectors. Public Collectors consists of informal agreements where collectors allow the contents of their collection to be published and permit those who are curious to directly experience the objects in person so that knowledge, ideas and expertise can be freely shared and exchanged.
Keetra Dean Dixon is a designer and artist who works under the handle "FromKeetra." She has been featured in numerous publications and has spoken and exhibited widely. Her works were exhibited for the 2009 U.S. Presidential Inauguration and have been highlighted in several publications by Die-Gestalten. Her first solo exhibit opened in November 2009 in London's Kessell Kramer Gallery: KKOutlet. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1977, she lives in Baltimore, Md., where she has a studio and teaches as an associate professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She holds a master's degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has gained notoriety for its "friendly, sincere absurdism." "Her objects of social agency aim to involve the viewer as an active participant or ask an audience to imagine themselves in relation to another. The pieces create or exemplify heightened emotional moments and often rely on context or unique interactions to complete the work's narrative. Recent works utilize typographic messaging partnered with material studies as an investigation into the fallibility of communication, understanding and intention." (quoted material is from information provided by the artist)
Born in 1961 in Indonesia, Tiong Ang was raised and educated in the Netherlands. Most of his works incorporate footage taken during his nomadic travels throughout the world. His work has been shown in many international exhibitions, including the 2001 Venice Biennale in Italy. He has exhibted with many galleries, including the Florence Lynch Gallery in New York and the Lumen Travo Gallery in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Amsterdam.
Rebecca Sack lives and works in Philadelphia, where she is adjunct assistant professor at the University of the Arts. She holds a B.F.A. degree from The Cooper Union in New York and an M.F.A. degree from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Elkins Park, Pa. In 2004-05, she studied at Temple University in Rome. In 2011, she will have a solo exhibition at the Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York, and her work has appeared previously at that same gallery as well as in solo exhibitions at Galleria Glance in Torino, the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and Temple Gallery in Philadelphia (for her master's thesis). http://rebeccasaylorsack.com/paintings.html
San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit is the author of 13 books about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie and memory. They include November 2010’s "Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas," a book of 22 maps and nearly 30 collaborators; last year’s "A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster," and many others, including "Storming the Gates of Paradise;" "A Field Guide to Getting Lost;" "Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities;" "Wanderlust: A History of Walking;" "As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender and Art;" and "River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West" (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and the Lannan Literary Award). She has worked with climate change, Native American land rights, antinuclear, human rights, antiwar and other issues as an activist and journalist. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a contributing editor to Harper’s and frequent contributor to the political site Tomdispatch.com and has made her living as an independent writer since 1988.
Painter Wendy White lives and works in New York. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago and Leo Koenig Inc. in New York (2010); Galeria Moriarty in Madrid (2009); and Solomon Projects in Atlanta and Sixtyseven in New York (2006), among others. In 2008, she received an Artists’ Fellowship Inc. grant, and in previous years she has received grants from the George and Helen Segal Foundation in New Jersey, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in New York and the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, Hungary. Her work is in the collections of the ARCO Foundation, the UBS Art Collection, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Savannah College of Art and Design. (Photo by Robert Teten)
Amanda McDonald Crowley is executive director of Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York. She is a cultural worker, curator and facilitator who specializes in creating new media and contemporary art events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange. She moved to New York in October 2005, relocating from her native Australia, where she had been based while working nationally and throughout Europe and Asia. She was executive producer for ISEA2004, the International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2004, held in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, and on a cruiser ferry in the Baltic sea. She was associate director, Adelaide Festival 2002, and in this position was also co-chair of the working group that curated the exhibition and symposium 'conVerge: where art and science meet."
Eric McDade earned a B.F.A. degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and an M.F.A. degree from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He received a 2005 Mural Arts Program Grant and a 2001 Mural Arts Program Grant. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Basekamp in Philadelphia; the University of Delaware in Wilmington; the Oulous Repair Shop in Los Angeles; the Philadelphia Art Alliance; the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia; and the Spector Gallery in Philadelphia. Pictured: Untitled, by Eric McDade, 2008, diazotype print, 18 inches by 24 inches.
Born in San Francisco, Peregrine Honig attended the Kansas City Art Institute and currently lives and works in Kansas City, Mo. She has had recent solo shows at The Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, Dwight Hackett Projects in Santa Fe., N.M., and JetArtworks in Washington, D.C. Her work has been shown internationally with Gallery Akinci in Amsterdam and Gallery Arcaute in Monterey, Mexico. Honig's work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, the Fogg Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Kansas City Art Institute. A portfolio of lithographs, "Father Gander," published by the Lawrence Lithography Workshop, was recently acquired by the 21C Museum in Louisville, Ky., and the Ball State University Museum of Art. "Widow," her most recent project, published in collaboration with Landfall Press, is a one-volume, limited-edition fashion magazine. In fall 2010, she appeared on the Bravo Channel's "Work of Art: Next Great Artist" reality show.