Boston University College of Fine Arts Welcomes Vik Muniz

in Visual Arts
October 3rd, 2012


Vik Muniz, The Mask, after Oscar Rejlander

Boston, MA – The School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts (CFA) at Boston University is excited to welcome multi-media artist, Vik Muniz, as the first artist in this year’s Contemporary Perspectives Lecture series.

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Vik Muniz of “Waste Land”
Dates and Events: Friday, October 5, 4:30pm
Location: Morse Auditorium (602 Commonwealth, Ave.)
All Contemporary Perspectives Lectures are Free and Open to the Public

“We are thrilled to welcome this critically acclaimed multi-media artist to CFA,” says Lynne Allen, Director, School of Visual Arts. “Using unexpected materials, Vik Muniz delights in subverting a viewer’s expectations. His work challenges familiar notions of art, and CFA is proud to bring this contemporary perspective of art into our own studios, and share it with the BU and Boston Arts community.”

Vik Muniz, often hailed as a master illusionist, uses whimsical materials such as chocolate syrup, diamonds, and trash. His latest work, “Pictures of Garbage,” a series of photographic portraits made from trash and captured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Waste Land.

Originally a sculptor, Muniz gradually became more interested in photographic reproductions of his work, eventually turning his attention exclusively to photography. He incorporates a multiplicity of unlikely materials into his photographic process.

Often working in series, Muniz has used dirt, diamonds, sugar, string, chocolate syrup, and garbage to create bold, witty, and often deceiving images drawn from the pages of photojournalism and art history. Describing the history of photography as “the history of blindness,” his images simply, but powerfully remind a viewer of what it means to see, and how our preconceptions can color every experience.

In 2006, the School of Visual Arts at CFA launched the Contemporary Perspectives Lecture series to provide the opportunity for students to work in both lecture and studio settings with artists who offer diverse and multicultural perspectives. Through this series, CFA students benefit from exposure to artistic diversity, and engaging to contemporary artists in dialogue about the art-making process, individual studio visits, and critiques.

2012–13 Visiting Artists
Dona Nelson: Contemporary Perspectives Lecture

Oct. 18, 6:30pm
Jacob Sleeper Auditorium

Amy Franceschini: Contemporary Perspectives Lecture

Mar. 26, 6:30pm
Morse Auditorium

Andrea Zittel: Tim Hamill Lecture

Apr. 3, 6:30pm
Morse Auditorium

Chris Jordan: Contemporary Perspectives Lecture

Apr. 18, 6:30pm
Morse Auditorium

Institutional Biography
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

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