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Public Lecture Series

NSCAD has a long and rich history of bringing world-renowned lecturers to the university community, Halifax and Nova Scotia.


The Public Lecture Series:

  • provides the opportunity for world-renowned artists to visit NSCAD and share their experience and expertise with students, staff, faculty and the greater Halifax community;

  • provides an opportunity to enhance NSCAD's presence while engaging the public; and,

  • enhances academic programs through the enrichment of learning opportunities by superb, master artists during their visit to NSCAD.


2015-2016 Public Lecture Series Presents:

Mark Lewis

Friday, March 18, 2016

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Mark Lewis is a Canadian artist who lives and works in London. His film and digital moving image works are frequently depictions of everyday life produced through the use of cinematographic techniques and they make subtle and often accidental allusion to the wider tradition of film, photography and painting. His most recent works include a series of films shot in the Korean DMZ and the film project Invention that imagines a contemporary city with no cinema or moving image devices. In this scenario, the city itself is the cinema, focussing on the intense concentration of moving bodies, shadows and reflections. The project spans exhibitions Mark Lewis had at the Musée du Louvre in October 2014 and at the 31st Bienal de São Paulo and culminated in a feature film titled Invention which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015.

Lewis is also a co-founder and co-director of Afterall, a publication and research organisation based in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. In 2009 he represented Canada at the 53rd Venice Biennale and he has exhibited at the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), National Gallery of Canada, MoMA (New York), BFI Southbank (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris) amongst others.

Admission is free - a reception will follow at the Art Bar +Projects, located in the Granville Mall.

 

When: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 7.00 pm

Location: Bell Auditorium, 5163 Duke Street, NSCAD University, Halifax 

 

Please note: members of the public are asked to bring a government-issued photo ID in order to gain access to NSCAD facilities.


2014-2015 Public Lecture Series Presents:

Tim Rollins & Angel Abreu, K.O.S. (Kids of Survival)

Friday, February 27, 2015

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Tim Rollins (BFA, SVA) launched the Art and Knowledge Workshop in 1984 with at-risk students in the Bronx who called themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival). The group has exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2011), Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, (2011), Museum fur Gegenwartskunst (2012), and Hayward Gallery (2012). Their work is included in collections at the Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Hirshhorn Museum of Art, and the Tate Modern. Tim Rollins and K.O.S. are based in New York City.

Admission is free - a reception will follow.

 

When: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 7.00 pm

Location: Bell Auditorium, 5163 Duke Street, NSCAD University, Halifax 

For more information about the Public Lecture Series, please contact: smason@nscad.ca.

Please note: members of the public are asked to bring a government-issued photo ID in order to gain access to NSCAD facilities.



2013-2014 Public Lecture Series Presents:

Spencer Finch 

April 4, 2014

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Spencer Finch was born in 1962 in New Haven, CT and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Hamilton College, and Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.  Finch has exhibited internationally since the early 1990s. He has completed recent projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, FRAC Basse-Normandie and the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ.  

His solo museum exhibitions include Following Nature at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2013, Painting Air at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art in 2012, My Business with the Cloud at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 2010, and What Time Is It On The Sun? at MASS MoCA in 2007. The MASS MoCA survey exhibition was accompanied by a monograph with essays by Susan Cross, Suzanne Hudson, and Daniel Birnbaum. Finch was included in the 2009 Venice Biennale exhibition, Making world, and the 2004 Whitney Biennial. His recent public projects include Vital Signs for Quadrant 3 in London (2013), the glass facade design for the Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore (2012) and The River that Flows Both Ways for The High Line in New York City (2009). His work is held in numerous museum collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; the Glasgow Museum of Art, Glasgow; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Upcoming public projects are underway in London, Stockholm, Seattle, and New York. Upcoming solo museum exhibitions in 2014 include the Morgan Library in New York and the Turner Contemporary Museum in Margate, UK.

When: Friday, April 4, 7.00 pm

Location: Bell Auditorium, 5163 Duke Street, NSCAD University, Halifax 

For more information about the Public Lecture Series, please contact: smason@nscad.ca.

Please note: members of the public are asked to bring a government-issued photo ID in order to gain access to NSCAD facilities.


  

Oliver Ressler - Artist and Filmmaker

February 27, 2014

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ARTIST BIO: Oliver Ressler, born in 1970, lives and works as an artist and filmmaker in Vienna, Austria, and produces exhibitions, projects in the public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, global warming, forms of resistance and social alternatives. His projects have been in solo exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid; Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt; Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow and The Cube Project Space, Taipei.

Ressler has participated in more than 250 group exhibitions, including the MASSMoCA, USA; Itaú Cultural Institute, Sao Paulo; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven and at the biennials in Prague (2005), Seville (2006), Moscow (2007), Taipei (2008), Lyon (2009), Gyumri (2012), Venice (2013) and Athens (2013). A retrospective of his 17 films took place at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève throughout 2013. For the Taipei Biennale 2008, Ressler curated an exhibition on the alter-globalization movement, A World Where Many Worlds Fit, which in 2010 traveled to the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop University, Sherbrooke, Canada. A traveling show on the financial crisis, It’s the Political Economy, Stupid, co-curated with Gregory Sholette, was presented at the Centre of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki and Pori Art Museum, Finland. Their book, It’s The Political Economy, Stupid: The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory, was published by Pluto Press in 2013. For more information, visit:  www.ressler.at.

When: Thursday, February 27, 6:30 pm,

Location: Bell Auditorium, 5163 Duke Street, NSCAD University, Halifax 

For more information about the Public Lecture Series, please contact: smason@nscad.ca.

Please note: members of the public are asked to bring a government-issued photo ID in order to gain access to NSCAD facilities.