The Purchase College School of Art+Design presents two visiting artist lectures in February. Installation artist Mika Rottenberg will speak on February 13. Painter Marilyn Minter will speak on February 20. The lectures will be presented in Room 1016 of the Art+Design Building at 6:30 PM and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-251-6750.
Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.
Mika Rottenberg imagines systems of production whose functions are tied to those of the human body. She has created a number of ambitious video installations, along with photographs and drawings, in which the viewer partially enters the cramped and bizarre factory environments occupied by the women on screen. Rottenberg’s actors perform seemingly futile tasks in the service of products whose use is unclear, as in the recent piece Dough, which depicts an elaborate process ending with shrink-wrapped lengths of dough and evaporated tears. Born in Buenos Aires, Rottenberg studied art and exhibited in New York and Israel before earning her M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2004. She continues to show internationally, and her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, among others.
Marilyn Minter’s images of glitz bordering on the grotesque are among the icons of contemporary photography and painting, most recently because of her much-reproduced contribution to the 2006 Whitney Biennial. But Minter’s photographs and hyper-realistic paintings in layered enamel comprise a nearly thirty-year exploration of glamour as the surface of deeper social machinations. Since earning her M.F.A. from Syracuse University, she has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and her work has been included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among many other institutions. Her first monograph will be published in February of 2007.