Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series

Hosted by the MFA programs in Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Design at Boston University, the Tuesday Night Lecture Series brings practicing artists and curators to Boston University to present their work. The series is an integral component of the MFA programs in Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Design which provide two years of intensive studio practice and artistic community in the heart of Boston University’s urban campus. In addition to a public lecture on their work, visiting artists meet with students for individual and group critiques as well as hands-on workshops.

All lectures listed below will be held virtually.

Dream Cosmography 2015 / 2019 edit, Digital Video 7″30

Adrian Wong
Tuesday, January 26, 7:30 pm EDT

Adrian Wong was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois in 1980. Originally trained in psychology (MA, Stanford ‘03), he began making and exhibiting work in San Francisco while concurrently conducting research in developmental linguistics. He continued his post-graduate studies in sculpture (MFA, Yale ‘05). Wong relocated his studio to Hong Kong in 2005, but recently returned to Chicago, where he currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at The Drawing Center (New York), Kuandu Museum (Taipei), Kunsthalle Wien, Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunstverein (Hamburg), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Palazzo Reale (Milan), Saatchi Gallery (London), and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam)—and can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including the 21C Collection (Chicago), DSL Foundation (Paris), K11 Art Foundation (Shanghai), Kadist Foundation (San Francisco), M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Sifang Museum (Nanjing), and the Uli Sigg Collection (Lucerne).

Orange Sunshine crochet (installation view), 2017. Andrew Rafacz Gallery.

Caroline Wells Chandler
Tuesday, February 2, 7:30 pm EDT

CW Chandler is a Bronx based artist who explores ecology, community, gender and queer iconography through the mediums of crochet, embroidery, drawing and cake.  He received his MFA from Yale University in 2011 where he was awarded the Ralph Mayer Prize for proficiency in materials and techniques.  From 2016-17 he was a recipient of the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Galerie Eric Mouchet (Paris, France), MOCA Tucson (Tucson, AZ), Mrs. (Maspeth, NY), Union Gallery (London, England), and Andrew Rafacz (Chicago, IL).  Recent group exhibitions include Choi and Lager (Cologne, Germany), Nathalie Karg (New York, NY), Marinaro Gallery, (New York, NY), Crush Curatorial (New York, NY), Dio Horia (Mykonos, Greece), Kate Werble Gallery (New York, NY), and 11R (New York, NY).  His work has been reviewed by Roxane Gay, Art Forum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, TimeOut, Modern Painters, Maake Magazine, Two Coats of Paint and AEQAI.  Chandler is a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase.

“Vista 3: Emerging Properties A” (detail) 2013, mixed media on synthetic paper, 25 x 28 in.

Nicole Awai
Tuesday, February 16, 7:30 pm EDT

Nicole Awai is a multi-media artist. She earned her Master’s Degree in Multimedia Art from the University of South Florida in 1996. She attended the Showhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency in 1997 and was artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2000. Awai was a featured artist in the 2005 Initial Public Offerings series at the Whitney Museum of American Art and was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2012.

Her work has been included in seminal museum exhibitions including Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, at P.S. 1/ MOMA (2000), the Biennale of Ceramic in Contemporary Art, Italy (2003), Open House: Working in Brooklyn (2004), Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007) both at the Brooklyn Museum; the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea; The Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA II, the Getty Foundation Initiative exhibitions Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean at the California African American Museum and Circles and Circuits II: Contemporary Art of the Chinese Caribbean at the Chinese American Museum, along with Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago at the Museum of Latin American Art and the High Line Network exhibition New Monuments for New Cities. Currently, Awai’s work can be seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in the group exhibition Citizenship: A Practice of Society.

​Her work has also been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary, Portland Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Philip Frost Art Museum FIU, the Vilcek Foundation and the Biennale of the Caribbean in Aruba(2013). Other recent exhibitions include Splotch at Sperone Westwater, NY. Figuring the Floral, Wave Hill, NY; Summer Affairs at Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX and Nicole Awai: Envisioning the Liquid Land at Lesley Heller Gallery, NY. Awai was a Critic at the Yale School of Art in the Department of Painting and Printmaking from 2009-2015 and is currently faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Awai is represented by Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, TX.

Untitled, 2020, Oil and Wood on Canvas, 9 × 11 in.

Yevgeniya Baras
Tuesday, March 9, 7:30 pm EDT

Yevgeniya Baras is an artist living and working in NY. She has exhibited her work in several New York City galleries and internationally. She is represented by Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in NY and the Landing Gallery in LA. Yevgeniya is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019, the Pollock-Krasner grant and the Chinati Foundation Residency in 2018, and the Yaddo Residency in 2017. She received the Artadia Prize and was selected for the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program and the MacDowell Colony residency in 2015. In 2014 she was named the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Emerging Artist Prize. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, LA Times, ArtForum, and Art in America. 

Yevgeniya’s current exhibitions are at Inman gallery in Houston and Station gallery in Sydney. Yevgeniya co-founded and co-curated Regina Rex Gallery on the Lower East Side of NY  (2010-2018). Yevgeniya has curated and co-curated over twenty exhibitions at Regina Rex and other galleries in NY, Chicago, and Philadelphia. 

Yevgeniya has a BA and MS from the University of Pennsylvania (2003) and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). Yevgeniya teaches at RISD and Sarah Lawrence College.

Closed Down Clubs, 2020. New Low (Rampart).

Fiona Connor
Tuesday, March 16, 7:30 pm EST

Fiona Connor (born in New Zealand) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Vital, recurring concerns in my practice include the social and psychological life of the object, the politics of camouflage and mimesis, and the ethics and aesthetics of the built environment. She has made solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna, SculptureCenter, New York, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne among others. She has been involved with various artist-run spaces, including the Laurel Doody Library Supply, a distribution project that places small run artist books in libraries located in the United States, Puerto Rico, New Zealand and France. Connor received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA/BFA from the University of Auckland.

Red Meryl (detail), 2020, acrylic on linen, 54 x 45 inches.

Barbara Takenaga
Tuesday, March 23, 7:30 pm EST

Barbara Takenaga is an American artist known for swirling, abstract paintings that have been described as psychedelic and cosmic, as well as scientific, due to their highly detailed, obsessive patterning. She gained recognition in the 2000s, as critics have placed her among artists renewing abstraction with paintings that emphasized visual beauty and excess, meticulous technique, and optical effects. Her work suggests possibilities that range from imagined landscapes and aerial maps to astronomical and meteorological phenomena to microscopic views of cells, aquatic creatures or mineral cross-sections. In a 2018 review, The New Yorker described Takenaga as “an abstractionist with a mystic’s interest in how the ecstatic can emerge from the laborious.”

Takenaga has had solo exhibitions at the MASS MoCA Hunter Center Lobby, Space 42 of the Neuberger Museum of Art, DC Moore Gallery, and a twenty-year survey at Williams College Museum of Art in 2017. She has participated in group shows at the Frist Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, deCordova Museum, and  American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. In 2020, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she has been recognized by the National Academy of Design. Takenaga lives and works in New York City and is the Mary A. & William Wirt Warren Professor of Art, Emerita at Williams College.

Candy At Home, 2019, Flashe and acrylic on canvas, 38 x 48.

Matt Bollinger
Tuesday, March 30, 7:30 pm EST

Matt Bollinger (b. 1980, Kansas City, MO) is an artist living in Ithaca, NY who works across painting, animation, sculpture and music. Bollinger earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2003 and his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. He has had 6 solo exhibitions at Zürcher Gallery, New York and 3 solo exhibitions at Galerie Zürcher, Paris. His animations have been included in numerous film festivals and screenings in the US and Europe. His work is in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO), Museum of Fine Arts (Dole, France), and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, ME) Recent solo exhibitions include Extended Present, at the South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, IN) and Labor Day at M+B (Los Angeles, LA). In 2020, Zürcher Gallery participated in the Armory Show for the first time with a duo-presentation of Staver and Matt Bollinger in the Focus Section, curated by Jamillah James. 

Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Mother’s Tankstation (London, 2021) and Zürcher Gallery (New York, 2021).

Transitions, 2018. Single-channel video, 17 seconds. Exhibited in Disrupt the Channel, curated by Adam Griffiths as part of the Design Manchester festival and presented at Transient Space, Manchester School of Art, 15–26 October 2018.

Sulki & Min
Tuesday, April 6, 8:30 pm EST

Choi Sulki and Choi Sung Min are graphic designers based in and around Seoul, South Korea. They met at Yale University where they both earned their MFA degrees. After working as researchers at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, they returned to Korea in 2005 to start their practice. Since then, they have created graphic identities, promotional materials, publications, and websites for clients including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Asia Culture Center, BMW Guggenheim Lab, Munhakdongne, and Mass Studies. Crossing the border between design and art, they have participated in numerous exhibitions in Korea and abroad. Their recent solo exhibitions in Seoul were held at Perigee Gallery in 2017 and Whistle in 2020. The first mid-career survey of their work has opened in 2021 at the Kyoto DDD Gallery, Japan. Their work is included in the permanent collection of MMCA, Gwacheon; M+, Hong Kong; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London. They have written and translated extensively on the subject of graphic design and typography and published artist books through their own Specter Press since 2006. They have lectured and taught internationally, at such institutions as Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno; Osaka University of Arts; China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Yale University; Central Saint Martins, London; and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam. Sulki is an associate professor at Kaywon University of Art & Design, and Sung Min is a professor at the University of Seoul.

Show Me I’m Not Shattered (Try To Ignore The Elephant Somehow), 2020, oil, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 66 x 81 in.

Arcmanoro Niles
Tuesday, April 27, 7:30 pm EST

Niles comes from Washington DC and graduated from New York’s Academy of Art in 2015. That same year, he paid a visit to the Brooklyn Museum and sat down to draw an Egyptian fertility sculpture. He’d never drawn anything like it before (Niles’s other major influences are Caravaggio and Rembrandt), but it was from these drawings that he developed a set of characters he now calls “seekers”: the magical beings that roam his otherwise realist paintings and surprise those who notice them. Niles’s seekers are pictorial manifestations of our various desires, like devils on our shoulders. He paints them as two distinct kinds: his see-through, red line drawing seekers are bawdy and sexual, while his more fleshly seekers are agents of chaos and often pictured harming themselves. “Seekers,” says Niles, “are more impulsive, chasing whatever they think will make them happy in that moment, with no fear of consequence, while the human subjects are more vulnerable and open with their feelings.” But all of these different characters are just trying to figure out how to feel good, how to get through the day; and, of course, they’re all interconnected and a part of one another.

Niles makes honest paintings about how it feels to be alive. He shows us more than we can see with our own eyes. He tells us stories about what lies beneath: how we feel in the moment, and how we replay those moments again and again in our heads and our hearts and in the things that we make.

Past Lectures