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ART 281 Lecture Series

Contemporary Art Forum | Spring 2017 Series


January 26: Jed Perl - 2017 Young Painters Competition Juror

"Authority and Freedom"Jed Perl

Jed Perl is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and has over the years been the art critic for Vogue and The New Republic. A reviewer in the Atlantic, writing about Magicians and Charlatans—Perl's most recent collection of essays—observed that he "may be the finest American critic at work today in any field." And the poet John Ashbery, writing of Perl's criticism, has said that he is "an almost solitary, essential voice."

Jed Perl's other books include Antoine's Alphabet, Paris Without End, and New Art City, which was a 2005 New York Times Notable Book. He is currently working on the first full-length biography of the sculptor Alexander Calder, to be published by Knopf.

Perl is the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, the Leon Levy Biography Center at the City University of New York, and the Ingram-Merrill Foundation. He has appeared on Charlie Rose, the McNeil Lehrer News Hour, CNN, and National Public Radio; he teaches at The New School in New York City, where he lives.

February 2: Zeke Leonard - Furniture Designer and Maker

Artwork by Zeke Leonard Meditation Chime 2008 Reclaimed Long-Leaf Pine, Steel, Drill Bit

Meditation Chime, 2008
Reclaimed Long-Leaf Pine, Steel, Drill Bit
12" Tall

Zeke Leonard is furniture designer and maker living in Syracuse, New York. His former career as a theatrical set designer was a continuous cycle of making beautiful things and then putting them in the trash. Now he is trying to reverse that process, by taking cast-off objects and making them into beautiful things. He works on commission, using locally found objects and materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces that will live on for generations.

The hammer hanging on the back of the piece shown is used to strike the drill bit to make it chime. The drill bit belonged to one of the artist's grandfathers. This piece was made for a very good friend as a "thank-you" gift.


Friday, February 10: Field Trip

5:30pm – 10:30pm
Exterior of Cincinnati Contemporary Arts CenterField trip to Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, 21C Hotel, and Weston Art gallery.

February 16: Marni Shindelman - Photographer, Collaborative Practitioner


Marni Shindelman artwork #HowToKeepARelationshipWithMe Everything You Say Emotionally You Have to Mean it and Make Sure I'm Happy and Your Happy With Me

Everything You Say Emotionally You Have
to Mean it & Make Sure I'm Happy & Your
Happy With Me

Marni Shindelman ('99) will speak about her collaborative work, which memorializes the ephemeral online data in the real world and questions the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks. Her project, Geolocation uses publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and make photographs to mark the location in the real world.

Marni Shindelman's collaborative practice investigates the data tracks we amass through networked communication. Numerous publications have featured her work including Wired, NPR, the New York Times, and the British Journal of Photography. Her collaborative work is in the permanent collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, the Orlando Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Portland Art Museum. Shindelman is an assistant professor of art at the University of Georgia, where she chairs the photography and graphic design areas.

February 23: Emily Hanako Momohara - Department of Art Faculty

Emily Momohara artworkEmily Hanako Momohara creates photographs and videos that act a s metaphoric heirlooms and physical constructions of legacy. She will discuss her work as a cross-pollination of Japanese and American culture and her creative process including research, experimentation and inspiration.

Momohara grew up near Seattle, Washington and earned her BFA in Photography and her BA in Art History from the University of Washington. She went on to receive her MFA in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas. She is Associate Professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where she heads the photography major.

Emily Momohara has exhibited nationally, most notably at the Light Factory with Artists: Mary Ellen Mark, Sara Moon and others. She has been a visiting artist at several residency programs including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Headlands Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Work Center and Red Gate Gallery Beijing. She received a 2011 Ohio Arts Council Excellence Grant. This year, her work was included in the Chongqing Photography and Video Biennial.

March 2: Annie Dell'Aria - Department of Art Faculty

"Picturing Contemporary Warfare: Art in the Age of the Drone"
(Lecture at Miami Art Museum)

Annie DellAriaMany contemporary wars are fought at a distance far removed from everyday American life. Though battlefields and war heroes were once a central subject of art history, contemporary artists instead seek to render visible that which we often ignore: the personal experiences of veterans and the remote victims of drone warfare. This talk explores the practices of contemporary artists who engage directly with veterans or invert military surveillance networks in order to render visible the human experiences often absent from the headlines.

Annie Dell'Aria is Assistant Professor of Art History at Miami. Her research explores the intersection of contemporary art, public space, and media technologies.She has published in Moving Image Review and Art Journal, Public Art Dialogue, and other venues. Her current book project explores the use of moving image media in public art. She holds a PhD from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a BA from Harvard University.

March 30: Jennifer Farrell - Printmaker

"Print Like It's 1929"

Jennifer Farrell print Cooper Black by Starshaped Press

Cooper Black by Starshaped Press

The ornate and the everyday architectural ornament of Chicago are both are at home together, as if they recognize their disparate elements and accept that it takes all types to build a city. Using a centuries old process to establish the contemporary visual vernacular of letterpress, Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press respects the traditions of printing as she builds elaborate ornamental architecture and characters out of metal and wood type. From The Well-Traveled Ampersand series to her miniature Dollhouse Gig Posters and the Chicago Collection, a new set of metal type ornaments, Farrell shares her research and process, challenging letterpress conventions and creating a place for 19th century design in the modern day.

Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago for over 15 years, focusing on printing everything from business cards and social stationery to music packaging and posters, as well as custom commissions and wholesale cards and prints. All work in the studio is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials.

As a self-sustaining business owner, she has had to balance the struggle between art and commerce. Her studio has become a fixture in Chicago and the letterpress world and has helped to launch careers of other artist printers who have worked as interns in her studio.


April 6: Jesse Ring - Sculptor

"Strangely Familiar"

Scuplture by Jesse Ring

Trained as a ceramic artist, Jesse Ring's interdisciplinary sculpture practice approaches material as image, and meaning, by transmuting it into representational form. His finished sculptures are composed as scene, still life, or collection; intended to present a narrative structure through material, image, and space.

Jesse Ring received his BFA in 2006 from the Kansas City Art Institute. Over the next seven years he moved twelve times between nine states to pursue artist residencies and other opportunities that expanded his studio practice. In 2015 he received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Jesse was a 2016 visiting artist at CAFA City Design School in Beijing China, and recipient of the Windgate Fellowship for craft media artists at the Vermont Studio Center. Currently he is a visiting artist and professor of ceramics at the University of Cincinnati in the College of Design Art Architecture and Planning.


April 20: Christian D. Schmit - Miniaturist

"Mysteries of the Mundane"

Magnum Opus, a miniature writers desk scene sculpted by Christian Schmit

Magnum Opus

Can the miniature express profundity? Do unremarkable objects hold great mystery? Can commonplace materials be transcendent? Out of materials such as cereal boxes and junk mail, Christian D. Schmit builds tableau, dioramas and theatrical models that hopefully are possessed of condensed and complex meaning.

Christian Schmit is an artist and teacher living in Northern Kentucky. His work has been shown at various places around Cincinnati, Ohio, most recently at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Gallery.


April 27: Maria Seda-Reeder - Artist and Curator

Maria Seda-Reeder art installationIndependent curator, freelance writer, and adjunct instructor Maria Seda-Reeder has been working with and on behalf of artists for nearly 15 years. She actively pursues a multi-faceted career that allows her to dissect, write about, and seek out critical perspectives on our role as consumers and co-creators of visual culture.