Fall 2017 Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series

Hosted by the graduate programs in Painting and Sculpture at Boston University, the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture series brings practicing artists to campus to present their work. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Fall 2017 Lectures

Ryan Johnson sculpture
Ryan Johnson
Tuesday, September 19, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Ryan Johnson is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His sculptures, made from a variety of materials, among them wood, medical casting tape and sheet metal, have been described as having “strange spatial compressions, surreal displacements and quasi-Futurist illusions of movement.” Johnson grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Columbia University. His work has been featured in exhibitions at MoMA PS1 in New York, The Sculpture Center, Sikkema Jenkins, White Flag Projects, and the Saatchi Gallery in London, among others. He is represented by The Suzanne Geiss Company in SoHo, New York.

James Siena Painting
James Siena
Tuesday, September 26, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Based in New York, James Siena creates rule-based linear abstractions. His artwork is driven by self-imposed predetermined sets of rules, or “visual algorithms,” which find their end-result in intensely concentrated, vibrantly-colored, freehand geometric patterns. Siena works across a diverse range of media, including lithography, etching, woodcut, engraving, drawing and painting. He has been featured in more than one hundred solo and group exhibitions since 1981, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial. His work is included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Siena was inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000 and was elected an Academician at The National Academy in 2011.  He is represented by Pace Gallery.

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Caitlin Cherry
Tuesday, October 3, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Caitlin Cherry was born in Chicago and lives and works in Brooklyn. In a hybrid practice that combines installation and painting, Cherry weaves together references to art history and present day politics, expanding the formal and discursive spaces of painting. Her installations often involve the institutions in which they are shown, such as museums and galleries, to playfully suggest the ability to inflict damage on what could be regarded as bastions of cultural authority. Cherry received her MFA from Columbia University and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Cherry’s work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Brooklyn Museum, the University Museum for Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. She is a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship Residency.

Corin Hewitt installation
Corin Hewitt
Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Corin Hewitt is an artist working primarily in sculpture, photography and installation. Hewitt’s process-driven work is defined by a constant and open-ended manipulation of materials, spaces and images. His methods include cooking, sculpting, heating and cooling, casting, canning, eating, and photographing both organic and inorganic materials. The result is an intimate examination of the cycles of transformation and transience. Hewitt received a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, and the Seattle Art Museum, among others. He has been awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Rome Prize.

Tomashi Jackson painting
Tomashi Jackson
Tuesday, October 31, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Tomashi Jackson’s practice combines painting, textile, sculpture, video, and collage. Her works draw disparate connections between formal concerns such as Albers’ color theory and social realities such as police brutality and racism in America. Her visually and mimetically layered works explore the entwined relationships between the aesthetic and the political within society. Her work has been exhibited at MASS MoCA, the New Museum in New York, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard, the Walker Art Center, and MoMA PS1, among others. Jackson earned a BFA from The Cooper Union, an MS from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, and an MFA from Yale School of Art.

Mark Thomas Gibson print
Mark Thomas Gibson
Tuesday, November 7, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Mark Thomas Gibson is a Brooklyn-based painter. Gibson works with the visual language of comics and cartoons to wrestle with difficult historical and social issues. Working in open-ended series, his paintings feature recurring characters and settings that serve as allegories for the history of colonialism and its impact on the American cultural fabric. Gibson received a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale in 2013. His work has been exhibited at Matthew Mark Gallery, Fredericks & Freiser, and Salon 94, and he was recently featured in the group exhibition Black Pulp! at Yale University Art Gallery.

Peter Saul painting
Peter Saul
Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Long before Bad Painting became a central concern of contemporary art, San Francisco-born painter Peter Saul deliberately offended good taste. Employing a crossover of Pop Art, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, San Francisco funk and cartoon culture of the 1960s, Saul’s work addresses the pressing political and social issues that underlie American culture. Vietnam, Reagan, protests, sex, drugs, and the American dream clash in paintings rendered in screaming Day-Glo colors. Throughout his over fifty-year career, he has explored difficult subjects with transgressive yet engaging humor, influencing generations of young artists in the process. His work can be found in the collections of major museums across the world, including the Art institute of Chicago, Centre Georges Pompidou, Moderna Museet, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name just a few.

Ulrike Muller artwork
Ulrike Müller
Tuesday, December 5, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Avenue
Born in Austria and based in New York, Ulrike Müller works primarily in painting, pushing the tradition of hardedge abstraction beyond formal concerns to explore issues of identity and representation. Combining her painting practice with performance, sculpture, publishing, and textiles among numerous other media and approaches, oftentimes working collaboratively, Müller’s work explores questions of the body and identity politics from a queer perspective. She has been a coeditor of the queer feminist journal LTTR and organized Herstory Inventory. 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at mumok in Vienna, as well as inclusion in the 2017 Whitney Biennial and in Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age at Museum Brandhorst in Munich. Her work has also been exhibited at MoMA PS1, the Hessel Museum of Art, Dia Art Foundation and the ICA Boston. Most recently her work is included in the exhibition Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at the New Museum in New York. Müller teaches painting at Bard College and Yale University.

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