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Art | Colloquia for Critical Inquiry, 2010-2011

Spring 2011 Series

Nina Katchadourian

February 8

Nina Katchadourian was born in Stanford, California, and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. Her work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, and the Palais de Tokyo. In January 2006 the Turku Art Museum in Turku, Finland featured a solo show of works made in Finland, and in June 2006 the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled "All Forms of Attraction." The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presented a solo show of recent video installation works in July 2008. Katchadourian is represented by Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco.


William Powhida

February 22

William Powhida is a habitual critic of the art world. Powhida lives in Bushwick, has a studio in Williamsburg, and exhibits in Chelsea. He received a BFA with honors from Syracuse University and an MFA from Hunter College. He has exhibited in New York, Los Angles, Seattle, London, Madrid, Miami, Chicago, and Copenhagen.

Powhida’s work involves socially-transformative narratives that explore the artist’s place in the market, from his “letters” to collectors, artists, and dealers, to painting his own press. Recently, his art has transcended the material and absorbed the artist himself. Powhida is a brilliant and paradoxical idea of success, represented by Schroeder Romero & Shredder in New York, Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, and Platform Gallery in Seattle. After being commodified and assimilated into the market, he has taken a step back and is wondering, “What the hell happened?”


Marina Abramovic

April 6

Abramovic has presented her work with performances, sound, photography, video, sculpture and Transitory Objects for Human and Non Human Use in solo exhibitions at major institutions in the US and Europe. Her work has also been included in many large-scale international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1976 and 1997) and Documenta VI, VII and IX, Kassel, Germany (1977, 1982 and 1992). In 1998, the exhibition Artist Body—Public Body toured extensively, including stops at Kunstmuseum and Grosse Halle, Bern and La Gallera, Valencia. In 2004, Abramovic also exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in New York and had a significant solo show, The Star, at the Maruame Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan.

Abramovic has taught and lectured extensively in Europe and America. In 1994 she became Professor for Performance Art at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Braunschweig where she taught for seven years. In 2004 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Institute in Chicago.

She was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale for her extraordinary video installation/performance piece Balkan Baroque and in 2003 received the Bessie for The House with the Ocean View a 12-day performance at Sean Kelly Gallery.

In 2005, Abramovic presented Balkan Erotic Epic at the Pirelli Foundation in Milan, Italy and at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York. That same year, she held a series of performances called Seven Easy Pieces at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She was honored for Seven Easy Pieces by the Guggenheim at their International Gala in 2006 and by the AICA USA with the "Best Exhibition of Time Based Art" award in 2007. Abramovic's work is included in numerous major public and private collections worldwide. She was the subject of a major retrospective at MoMA—The Artist Is Present—from March 14 through May 31, 2010.

Marina Abramovic lives and works in New York.


Fall 2010 Series,
RECALL: Looking Back Looking Forward

The series features a set of informal interdisciplinary conversations at the Katzen Arts Center.

Dan Steinhilber

October 12

AU alumnus Dan Steinhilber moved to Washington in 2000 to study in the MFA program at American University, where he turned his attention to the urban landscape, using mass-produced consumer items as his primary materials. His work has most recently been featured in the following group exhibitions: "CENSUS 03: New Art from DC" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington (2003); "Model Home" at Artscape in Baltimore (2003); "Fission/Fusion" at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington (2003); and "Artpoint" at Art Basel in Miami Beach (2002).


Gary Stephan

November 2

The work of former and current American University visiting artist in residence Gary Stephan can be found in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum in D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki; and many other locations. He has exhibited in dozens of major galleries internationally, and his work has been written about in all the major visual arts publications.


Robert Storr

November 4

Robert Storr is dean of the Yale School of Art and consulting curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Storr received a BA from Swarthmore College in 1972 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978. He was curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1990 to 2002, where he organized exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman, in addition to coordinating the Projects series from 1990 to 2000. In 2002 he was named the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of the Fine Arts, New York University. Storr has also taught at the CUNY graduate center and the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies as well as the Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, New York Studio School, and Harvard University, and has been a frequent lecturer in this country and abroad.


Art Colloquia Alumni Panel: Recall

Featuring Dorothy Frey, Alison Hall, Jeremy Long, and Amber Scoon
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center,
November 9

Dorothy Frey is currently chair of fine arts and instructor in the fine arts and foundation departments at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. She received her MFA from American University and her BFA from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Frey has been a visiting instructor at the Chautauqua Institution, and her most recent exhibitions include Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia (Four Ring Circus, July 2009) and Isadore Gallery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (The Inhabited Morphology, October 2008).  

Alison Hall received her MFA from American University in 2004. She currently teaches at Hollins University, where for the past five years she has served as an art professor and thesis advisor in the master of arts and liberal studies program. Hall is also currently director and professor of summer study abroad in the Hollins University art program in Todi, Italy, which she established shortly after her experience in the AU Italy program. Since graduating from American University six years ago, Hall has exhibited her work at Anonymous Gallery, New York; Dialogue Gallery in Roanoke, Virginia; Herrit Gallery in Twin Falls, Idaho; Strohl Art Center Galleries in Chautauqua, New York; Fowler Kellogg Galleries in Chautauqua, New York; Demo Gallery in Todi, Italy; Sala Degli Archi in Corciano, Italy; and other locations.  

Jeremy Long is represented by Linda Warren Gallery in Chicago and has shown his work at Streeterville Gallery, Chicago; Sweldon Swope Museum of Art, Terre Haute Indiana; the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, St. Joseph, Missouri; American Academy of Art, Chicago; Bowery Gallery, New York City; and many other locations. Before graduating from American University in 2001, he exhibited his work in Art Romp 10 at Studio 7 Project Space; Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, D.C.; Art-o-Matic, Washington, D.C.; Logan Gallery, Chautauqua, New York; Commune di Corciano, Corciano, Italy; and Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. He is currently assistant professor of art at Ithaca College, and he has also taught at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and Knox College in Illinois.

Since graduating from AU in 2004, Amber Scoon has exhibited performance, video, and installations at Contini Sculpture Park, Florence, Italy; World Earth Day/ Video Exhibition, Scope Basel Biennale; Floating and Falling, in Sintra, Portugal; L'ambasciata Di Marte, Florence, Italy; Artemesia Galleria in Perugia, Italy; and at Galereya Arta, Sevastopol, Ukraine; and she has performed "The Souls of Dead Boats" in Sevastopol, Ukraine; Piramide Gallery and Gallery Il Labirinto, both in Rome, Italy; and the Commune di Corciano, Corciano, Italy. She is currently teaching at Syracuse University and has also been a professor and chair of the art department at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts; art department coordinator and King Gallery curator at the College of Southern Idaho, in Twin Falls, Idaho; adjunct professor of drawing and painting and co-program director in American University's Studio Art Abroad program in Italy. She is currently a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Her thesis, titled "Creation and Destruction," incorporates painting, mixed-media, performance, and video.


Susanna Coffey

November 30
The work of former and current American University visiting artist in residence Susanna Coffey can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Art Institute of Chicago; Minneapolis Museum of Art; and the National Academy of Design, New York, among many other institutions. Iconic figurative paintings of heads have also been exhibited in solo shows including Tibor De Nagy, the New York Studio School, and the Painting Center in New York City; Jaffe, Friede & Strauss Galleries at Dartmouth College; Maya Polsky and Lyons Weir Galleries in Chicago; Isabel Ignacio Gallery in Seville, Spain; and the Weatherspoon Art Gallery at the University of North Carolina. Coffey's work has been discussed in ABC Sevilla, Art New England, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, ARTnews, and Art in America. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and NEA and Tiffany Foundation awards, and she is a member of the National Academy of Art and Design.


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Nina Katchadourian, Genealogy of the Supermarket
Nina Katchadourian, Genealogy of the Supermarket (detail)

William Powhida, A Guide to the Market Oligopoly System
William Powhida, A Guide to the Market Oligopoly System (detail)

Marina Abramovic, Portrait with Scorpion (Open Eyes), 2005. Framed black and white photograph. Framed: 53 1/2 x 61 1/2 inches. Edition of 5 with 2 APs. © Marina Abramovic. Courtesy: Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.
Marina Abramovic, Portrait with Scorpion (Open Eyes), 2005. Framed black and white photograph. Framed: 53 1/2 x 61 1/2 inches. Edition of 5 with 2 APs. © Marina Abramovic. Courtesy: Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

Susanna Coffey, Transport, 2008
Susanna Coffey, Transport, 2008

Jeremy Long, Delivery
Jeremy Long, Delivery, 2009

Dorothy Frey, Spree
Dorothy Frey, Spree

Amber Scoon, Autoimmune/Iron
Amber Scoon, Autoimmune / Iron