September 7, 2011 – Brian Newell (Wingate Artist-in-Residence)
A woodcarver since he was 8 years old, Newell was enticed by the romance of studio furniture after discovering James Krenov’s A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook. Eventually studying with Krenov, Newell began his career in Chicago after graduating from the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in 1990. Now located in Fort Bragg, California, after spending 10 years in Atsugi, Japan (where he still maintains a studio), Newell’s originality and finesse have established him as one of the pre-eminent studio furniture makers working today. Represented by Pritam & Eames Gallery, his work is in numerous private collections and a growing number of museums. Newell is the Fall 2011 Windgate Artist in Residence at the Purchase College School of Art+Design.
September 14, 2011 – Glen Cummings, MTWTF (Graphic Design Visiting Artist)
Glen Cummings is a graphic designer, design critic and the principal of MTWTF, a graphic design studio on Manhattan's Lower East Side. MTWTF works together with its clients, partners, consultants and vendors to collaboratively create publication systems, identity systems, signage systems and environmental graphics that aim to influence, or at least to participate in, our shared visual culture. MTWTF believes that conversation and negotiation are essential to the design process. Current MTWTF clients include Lincoln Center Theater, Columbia University, The City of Newark, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Studio Museum in Harlem, The New Museum, Citizens Housing and Planning Council, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, among others. Prior to founding MTWTF, Cummings was a designer and art director at 2x4 in New York City leading identity, publication, broadcast, signage, environmental projects for MTV, Prada, Chanel, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, and the Muhammad Ali Center. www.mtwtf.org
September 21, 2011 – Bongoût (Printmaking Visiting Artist)
Bongoût is Christian ‘Meeloo” Gfeller and Anna Hellsgård. They create silkscreen artist books and prints. They are also commissioned to do design work for everyone from underground record labels to skateboard brands, from illegal noise concerts to world music festivals, movie productions, corporate clothing companies, and tobacco companies. Started in 1995 in Strasbourg, Germany, the name “Bongoût” was inspired by ‘The Cramps” song “You Got Good Taste”. Translating this into French, they came up with the combination ‘bon goût’. Now located in Berlin, Bongoût is both a shop and gallery that showcases original art works, as well as selling books, multiples and prints. This space is considered a place where contemporary art meets underground art, as well as numerous forms of sound and visual culture.
September 28, 2011 – Michael Mahalchick (MFA Visiting Artist)
Michael Mahalchick was born in Pottsville, PA and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. His visual and performance work has been presented by PS1, Sculpture Center, Movement Research, Museum 52, Cuchifritos, David Zwirner, among others. He was a co-curator of the 2009 Movement Research Spring Festival and recently received a 2010 New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award for his work with choreographer Luciana Achugar.
October 12, 2011 – Sonya Blesofsky (MFA Visiting Artist)
Sonya Blesofsky is an installation artist who works with easily recognizable and disposable materials such as paper, aluminum foil, tape and glue. Her work deals with urban anxieties related to construction, development, urban renewal, and collapse. The fragile architectural structures she creates serve as metaphors for memory and loss, and each piece will fall apart, decay or eventually be deconstructed. Blesofsky received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BA from UC Santa Cruz. She has held residencies at CUE Art Foundation, Artist’s Alliance, Smack Mellon, Dieu Donne Papermill, Chashama, LMCC’s Workspace:120 Broadway, Plane Space, and the California Legion of Honor. Blesofsky’s work has been shown in New York at Mixed Greens, Plane Space, Cleopatra’s and Smack Mellon, and in San Francisco at Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Swarm, Mission 17, and Pond. Born in Boston and raised in California, she currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
October 19, 2011 – Travis Spangler (Graphic Design Visiting Artist)
As a founding partner and Creative Director of The Lifelong Friendship Society, Travis helped nurture TLFS from its infancy as a design collective into a dynamic design-driven, live action and post-production company. The company includes directors, animators, designers, artists, and producers united by an intense passion for visual storytelling and quality of craft. Their clients include: Levi's, NBA, VH1, and Starbucks. Travis brings to the directing table an extensive background in art direction, design, animation, and writing as well as several awards. He is a Purchase College Art+Design alum and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
October 26, 2011 – Dana Schutz (Painting & Drawing / Neuberger Visiting Artist)
Dana Schutz combines fantasy and reality, humor and horror, to create figurative paintings that abound with expressionist energy. She holds an MFA, Columbia University (2002) and BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art in 2000. Her work has been recognized with the Columbia University Medal for Excellence, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant. Dana Schutz: If the Face had Wheels, a ten year survey is on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art from SEPTEMBER 24-DECEMBER 10, 2011. Schutz will speak with poet, sculptor and critic, Jeremy Sigler. Sigler is Associate Editor of Parkett and has published five books of poetry, most recently Crackpot Poet (Black Square Editions/Brooklyn Rail 2010).
November 9, 2011 - Nick van Woert (MFA Visiting Artist)
Nick van Woert is a sculptor based in Brooklyn, NY. Van Woert uses icons from the past, which for him index the ideals of former generations, and overlaps them with materials and ideas more familiar to his generation. The work makes visible a chronology of forms and ideas that bridge Classical sculpture to the Donner Party, Henry David Thoreau to Ted Kaczynski, the Bildersturm to the Luddites and Pruitt-Igoe to 6221 Osage Avenue.
November 16, 2011 - Brody Condon (MFA Visiting Artist)
Concerned with the over-identification with fantasy in contemporary culture, Condon’s process often finds its final form as performative situations and video installation. The work re-contextualizes and then modifies existing pop culture and historical events, as well as other artworks. Steeped in dark humour and a unsympathetic gaze into his own unreliable post traumatic memories, the work directly engages with various modes of “projection of self” into other spaces via computer and live role-playing games, religious experience, psychoactive substances, and dissociative disorders.
November 30, 2011 – Laura Letinsky (Photography Visiting Artist)
Laura Letinsky is a Professor at the University of Chicago, Department of Visual Arts. She received her her M.F.A. from Yale University, 1991. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants including awards from the Guggenheim Fellowship and Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation. Her work is included in the J.P. Getty Museum, MFA, Houston and San Francisco MoMA. She has had four published books: After All, Damiani Publishers, 2010, Now, Again, Galerie Kusseneers, Hardly More Than Ever, Renaissance Society, and Venus Inferred, University of Chicago Press. She is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.