MoFA is excited to announce that our public programs will be hosted in the digital space this fall! These events are free and open to the public. Please register up until the time of the event to receive the link to attend.
Inspired by our current exhibition, do it; you’ll have three opportunities to join us as we enact artist instructions included in the show. do it is an exhibition conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.
Join us Wednesday, November 11th at 6:00 PM as program coordinator Annie Booth and MoFA interns Carly Rudd and Emelia Porcaro lead you through a series of artist instructions by Koo Jeong-A, Annette Messager, and Uri Aran as a part of our current exhibition do it. You’ll need a pen, paper, ruler, and any other drawing utensils you have on hand (colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.). This program is free, virtual, and open to the public. Register here.
Join us Thursday, November 19th, at 6:00 PM as program coordinator Annie Booth and MoFA intern Madison Hayes lead you through a series of Alison Knowles’ instructions as a part of our current exhibition do it. You’ll need a small workspace, pen, paper, and some creative thinking. This program is free, virtual, and open to the public. Register here.
Join us Thursday, December 3rd, at 6:00 PM as program coordinator Annie Booth and MoFA interns Courtney Normandin and Emelia Porcaro lead you through a series of artist instructions by Jonathan Horowitz, David Lynch, and Nicolas Paris as a part of our current exhibition do it. You’ll need a small workspace, pen, paper (or cardboard if you have it), and some creative thinking. This program is free, virtual, and open to the public. Register here.
This lecture examines contemporary Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Sculpture for Strolling in relation to its precedents in the artists’ oeuvre: his pressed newspaper “spheres,” the Oggetti in meno (Minus Objects; 1965–66) of their association, and “Walking Sculpture,” first performed in 1967 in Turin, Italy. Drawing upon her interviews with the artist and from her own execution of Pistoletto’s work for do it at MoFA, Dr. Bick discusses the stakes of Pistoletto’s process in the context of mid-60s Italy and shares lessons from process-based art historical research today.
Tenley Bick, PhD (she/her) is Assistant Professor of Global Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History at Florida State University and was the 2019-2020 Scholar in Residence at Magazzino Italian Art. She is an art historian of global postwar and contemporary art, with focuses on European (especially Italian) and African art (continental and diasporic), and the history of Italian colonialism. Her work on Italian art focuses on Arte Povera, internationalism, and politics in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as contemporary art, race politics, and postcoloniality. Her current book project, Where There’s Everything: Michelangelo Pistoletto and World-Building in Arte Povera, examines the work of the contemporary Italian artist within the politicized cultural contexts of post-WWII Italy and Europe, and against the broader geopolitical horizon for art of the 1960s. Her research also includes a second book-length project in development on contemporary art and Italian colonial history.
Forthcoming publications include “Ghosts for the Present: Countercultural Aesthetics and Postcoloniality for Contemporary Italy. The Work of Wu Ming 2 and Fare Ala,” in Global Revolutionary Aesthetics and Politics after Paris ’68 (eds. W. Cloonan, B. Faulk, M. Munro, and C. Weber; Lexington Books, 2020, in press), and “Bochner’s Italian Picture” in the exhibition catalog associated with Bochner Boetti Fontana (curated by Mel Bochner and Magazzino Italian Art) at Magazzino Italian Art, NY. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Bick is the founder and curator of COSTELLAZIONE (Constellation), an online program of live conversations on contemporary Italian art and activism.
October 8, 6pm
Join us on October 8th from 6:00-7:00 PM for an evening with New Landscapes featured artist collective, the Wheelchair Highwaymen. In this talk, Max Lee, Gordon Palmer, and J.R. Harding will explore their passion for photography, its ties to Florida history, and discuss the ongoing battle for the Americans with Disabilities Act to be fully recognized as a Civil Rights law. You won’t want to miss this timely conversation! This event is free, virtual, and open to the public.
“Sometimes technology can be a double-edged sword. But for me, whether it is a drone, or my van, or the powered wheelchair, these are all tools that allow me to be free, to be independent, to be self-sufficient, to explore.” – J.R. Harding
October 15, 6pm
Let’s create collages! During this virtual Make it With MoFA, Program Coordinator Annie Booth and MoFA intern Courtney Normandin will assist you as you make your own collage landscape. While you are finding and cutting out your source images, Annie will lead a presentation and conversation exploring how work in New Landscapes transforms the familiar landscape into something new. This event is free and open to the public. All you need is scissors, paper, glue, and old books or magazines.
Image: “Tallahassee at Dawn.” This collage was made during our 8/20 session by participant Diane Dyal.
October 21, 6:30pm
Join us Wednesday, October 21st, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM as Department of Art Assistant Professor Jessica Ingram leads a conversation with New Landscapes featured artist, Dionne Lee.
Dionne Lee works in photography, collage, and video to discuss ideas of power, agency, survival, and racial histories in relation to the American landscape. Lee explores the relationship between Black bodies and the natural landscape as both a place of beauty and a site of intergenerational trauma and violence. Armed with a lexicon of survival techniques, Lee aims to subvert the colonial legacy of property ownership through the acts of reclamation and resistance.
In this discussion, Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham will shed light on her work through Museum Hue and share the ways that Culturally Specific Museums are boldly responding to the needs of their community and addressing current issues through their narratives, programs, exhibitions and services. She will share the critical ways museums help shape, define and preserve today for the future.
Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham works to paint a larger portrait of the museum sector and challenge racial inequities in the field. Her advocacy aligns with Museum Hue, an organization she co-founded and serves as Creative Director, supporting Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. As a United Nations Human Rights fellow, Stephanie applies the UN’s ratification of cultural rights to her work and calls for greater recognition and representation in the arts industry. She also received the Americans for the Arts 2019 American Express Emerging Leader Award for her work. As the United States reckons with a legacy of structural racism, oppression, and discriminatory policies and practices; Stephanie centers cultural equity as an essential part of achieving social justice. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from Brooklyn College and a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) from Rutgers University.
Co-sponsored by the FSU Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies Program.
September 10, 6pm
Join us Thursday, September 10th, at 6:00 p.m. for a virtual artist talk with “New Landscapes” featured artist Shoog McDaniel (they/them). Self-described as a fat queer, Floridian freak, Shoog will provide a glimpse into their photography practice, filled with alternative worlds, freedom, and joy for non-normative bodies. This event is free and open to the public.
“Bodies are maps filled with lakes and rivers and mountain ranges, topographies as varied as the stars in the sky.” – Shoog (@shooglet)”
September 24, 6pm
As a faculty member in the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Louden teaches professional practice and studio classes to all levels, and her work has been collected by and exhibited in numerous institutions. She is the editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life books, published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. The final in the series, Last Artist Standing, will be published in 2022. As a Glowtown facilitator for schools and non-profits, and the Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, where she organizes a popular lecture series, we are thrilled to host the accomplished and kind Sharon Louden.
Facilitated by Assistant Curator and Director of Galleries, Meredith Lynn, the conversation will address the art world’s state in this particular moment and how the economic downturn is impacting arts organizations, artists, and publishing.
September 26, 11am
Let’s make collages! During this virtual Make it With MoFA, Program Coordinator Annie Booth and MoFA intern Courtney Normandin will assist you as you make your own collage landscape. While you are finding and cutting out your source images, Annie will lead a presentation and conversation exploring how work in New Landscapes transforms the familiar landscape into something new. This event is free and open to the public. All you need is scissors, paper, glue, and old books or magazines.
Image: Collage made during our 8/20 session by participant Kristine Odahowski.