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Visual Culture Lecture Series

Department of Art & Design

All events are free and open to the public

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 | 6 pm | Patricia Marroquin Norby | Montague 70
George Morrison and Tonita Peña: the Presence and Absence of Water in Modern American Indian Painting

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Patricia Marroquin Norby is former Director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library, and former Director of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. She has served on the Administrative Oversight Committee for the Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative, a seventeen member organization that serves the needs of the Chicago American Indian community.  Dr. Marroquin Norby’s professional background includes exhibition and curatorial research for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian's inaugural exhibitions, an assistant professorship in American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, and professional consultation in Indigenous Studies for universities, museums, and other cultural institutions. An award-winning scholar of American Indian art and visual culture, she earned her PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and her Museum Studies training at Northwestern University. Her current book project Water, Bones, and Bombs: Three artists and the Fight for Northern New Mexico examines 20th-century art and environmental conflicts in the northern Rio Grande Valley and is under contract with the University of Nebraska Press. She also guest edited the special issue “Aesthetic Violence: Art and Indigenous Ways of Knowing” for the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, published by UCLA Press. Born in Chicago, Illinois she is of Purépecha and Nde heritage. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 6 pm |  Ásthildur Björg Jónsdóttir | Montague 70

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Ásthildur Jónsdóttir is an independent scholar living in Geneva Switzerland. She worked as an assistant professor at the Iceland Academy of the Arts for eight years until last August. She has a joint doctoral degree; a Ph.D. from the University of Iceland and a Dr. Arts from the University of Lapland, looking at the potential of art in education for sustainability. She is an artist/researcher interested in interdisciplinary approaches to artistic practice. Her research interests include arts and cultural movements that support Sustainability learning at all levels. In her works, she is concerned about places/ environment, memories, recollection and identity through authorship and collaboration, questioning individuality, what is unique and what is common. As an artist, she often works with installation in contemporary context and with the voices of participants from a selected place. Ásthildur has developed curricula, worked as curator and taught in schools at both lower and upper secondary level, colleges, universities and community centres.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 6 pm | Keri Pickett | Montague 70

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Keri Pickett is a producer, director and photographer. She is the recipient of a 2017 McKnight Foundation Fellowship in Media Arts. Her first documentary feature film The Fabulous Ice Age, winner of an audience award at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and best non-feature film and best non-feature director awards from both the Women’s Indie Film Festival and the Gwinnett International Film Festival. Her second documentary feature, First Daughter and the Black Snake, is an official selection of the Marfa Film Festival, Native Women in Film and Red Nation Film Festival. The film is the winner of the Best MN_Made Documentary Feature from the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival where it received standing ovations in multiple sold-out screenings including a Best of Fest screening. It is distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 6 pm | Tad Carpenter | Montague 70

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Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, author and teacher based in Kansas City, Missouri. Tad grew up the son of two artists smack dab in the Midwest. His father was an illustrator and a creative director for Hallmark Cards for over 40 years and his mother is a talented fiber artist. Tad has illustrated over twenty children’s books on the market today as well as designing over 200 gig posters for musicians, bands and tours. Tad is passionate about personal projects such as his weekly SUNday Suns and Made in the Middle. Since 2009, Tad has also been teaching Graphic Design at his alma mater, The University of Kansas and was named a Graphic Designer to watch by GDUSA in 2017.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 6 pm | Dr Jill Casid | Montague 70
"Working the Photogenic in the Field of Compulsory Visualization”

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Jill H. Casid is Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she founded and served as the first director of the Center for Visual Cultures. A historian, theorist, and practicing artist, she is the author of Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization and Scenes of Projection: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject and the edited collection Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn. Recent essays and articles have appeared in Women and PerformanceTDR, the Journal of Visual CultureMigration and the Contemporary MediterraneanThe Philosophical Salon, and Architecture is All Over. She is currently completing the two-book project Form at the Edges of Life.  Dr. Casid is the Clark-Oakley Fellow for AY18-19 at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 6 pm | Neil Mendoza | Montague 70

Neil Mendoza photoNeil was born and raised in the UK and is currently based in California. He has an MA in math and computer science from Oxford University and an MFA in design media art from UCLA. His work combines sculpture, electronics and software to bring inanimate objects to life. By decontextualizing objects with technology and vice versa, the constituent parts of his work can be looked at in a new ways. Using this medium, he explores themes of the absurd, the humorous, the futile and the surreal. 

His artwork has been exhibited by The Science Museum, The V&A, Watermans, Currents New Media Festival, PICNIC Festival, The AND Festival, ISEA, Kinetica, The Nottingham Playhouse, The Barbican, BBC Big Screens and The Museum of London, Young Projects Gallery, Arena 1 Gallery and Oi Futuro among others. He has also received media coverage from around the world from publications such as the BBC, Creators Project, Design Boom, Hyperallergic, Neural, This is Colossal, The Sunday Times and Wired. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 6 pm | Chris Monroe | Montague 70

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Chris Monroe is an artist, cartoonist, children’s book author, and illustrator, who lives in Duluth,MN. She is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.Chris is the creator of the “Monkey With A Tool Belt” children’s book series, as well as “SneakySheep,” “Cookie The Walker,” and “Bug On A Bike.” Her fifth “Monkey With A Tool Belt” picturebook “ Monkey With A Tool Belt And The Silly School Mystery,” was released in August, 2017. Her books are available in five languages, and have won numerous awards. Her characterswere featured in the sold-out theater production, “Sneaky Sheep and Friends,” at the Duluth Children’s Theater in spring of 2016. She visits schools, libraries and book events year-round, including a sister city exchange in Vaxjo, Sweden in 2012, where she spoke at several LinnaeusUniversity campuses, elementary schools, and libraries.
Chris’ award-winning comic strip “Violet Days” has been in print for over 21 years, and was featured in her 2004 book “Ultra Violet: Ten Years Of Violet Days.” The comic is a weekly feature in the Minneapolis StarTribune, and the Duluth News Tribune, as well as the national comics monthly “The Funny Times.” Chris is the recipient of the 2015 George Morrison Award for excellence in art. She received a 2014 Minnesota Artist’s Initiative Grant, as well as an ARAC Artist’s Grant in 2016. She won a 2016 Emmy Award for original artwork featured in the animation sequences of the Twin Cities Public Television’s documentary “ Kevin Kling: Lost and Found.” In 2017, she was inducted into the Duluth East High School Hall Of Fame. Her work has been shown in many galleries, museums, coffee shops, and dimly lit hallways. Several pieces of her art are in the permanent collection of The University of Minnesota Duluth’s Tweed Museum, as well as many private collections. She has won multiple awards at the Arrowhead Biennial, and the MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Chris has also illustrated books for other authors, including: Janice Levy’s “Totally Uncool,” Kevin Kling’s “Big Little Brother” and “Big Little Mother,” and Jane Yolen’s “Trash Mountain.”

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 6pm | Melanie Walby | Montague 70

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Melanie Walby is the Design Director of Pollen working to further a mission to change the world with art and storytelling. After six years of working as a designer and art director at various agencies and design firms, Melanie Walby made the switch to the nonprofit world working as communications manager of Juxtaposition Arts and now as the full-time design director at Pollen Midwest. She’s a former board member of AIGA Minnesota, was recently named one of AdFed’s “32 Under 32”, and her work has been featured in Communication Arts.