MoFA is excited to announce that our public programs will be hosted in the digital space this spring! These events are free and open to the public. Please register up until the time of the event to receive the link to attend.
On Thursday, April 29th at 6:00 PM EST, join us for What It Takes: A Creative Conversation!
In this What It Takes inspired event, Dr. Erika Loic from the Department of Art History, Dr. Aaron Thomas from the School of Theatre, and Daniel Luedtke from the Department of Art will lead a conversation about their creative research practice and academic careers. Learn more about the incredible work happening in the College of Fine Arts and the many paths available in the creative arts. Audience questions are encouraged. This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. Registration is required.
Learn more about the exhibition here: https://whatittakes.show/.
Daniel Luedtke is an interdisciplinary artist and musician. His work addresses how illness affects a person’s experience of the world. Within a range of formal strategies, from printmaking, drawing, mixed media sculpture, installation and video, he uses collage and assemblage to illustrate how medical and insurance industries create and arrange our understanding of health and wellness.
Dr. Erika Loic specializes in global medieval art history, manuscript illumination, and the Iberian Peninsula. She is especially interested in materiality and the effects of translating word and image across media, not only historically but also in Digital Humanities initiatives. Before joining the art history faculty at Florida State University in 2020, she held the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Art and Digital Humanities in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Dr. Aaron C. Thomas is an assistant professor in the School of Theatre. His major research area is theatrical discourse surrounding sexuality and violence, and he writes primarily about images of violent masculinity in contemporary culture. As an antidote to writing about violence, he also writes extensively in the field of musical theatre studies, where his work, again, focuses on theatrical discourse surrounding sexuality, masculinity, and violence.
In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Contrasting Contexts: Life through Objects, this public event invites participants to pick an object from their own home to reinterpret for display in a museum. Graduate students from this semester’s Museum Object class will talk with the audience about changing interpretive language within the museum. Additionally, there will be a virtual tour of the exhibition Contrasting Contexts where students will take you behind the interpretive processes involved in curating this show.
This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. Registration is required.
On Thursday, April 15th at 6:00 PM EST, join us for Make It With MoFA: Memory Maps!
In this special What It Takes inspired event, interns Alice Fabela, Ava Romano, and Madison Hayes will lead you through an activity in which you’ll turn memories and goals into creative maps. As you craft your memory map, they will take you through some of the amazing CFA faculty research featured in MoFA’s current exhibition, What It Takes: Creative Research in the College of Fine Arts. You’ll need coloring utensils or collage materials, and paper. This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. Registration is required.
Learn more about the exhibition here: https://whatittakes.show/.
Join us for an asynchronous screening of three Indigenous short films followed by a discussion with the filmmakers on April 8th at 6:00 PM!
From April 1st to April 9th, you will have the opportunity to screen three Indigenous films: Cedar Tree of Life directed by Odessa Shuquaya (Kluane First Nation), ?E?anx: The Cave directed by Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in), and Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) directed by Amanda Strong (Michif). The films will be available to watch asynchronously, and you will receive viewing instructions following your registration—check out trailers for all three films at https://whatittakes.show/artist/kristin-dowell/.
After viewing the films, you will have the opportunity to hear from two of the filmmakers on April 8th at 6:00 PM EST. Facilitated by longtime collaborator Dr. Kristin Dowell, Odessa Shuquaya (Kluane First Nation) and Amanda Strong (Michif) will discuss their work and film practice. A member of FSU’s art history department, Dowell is a settler scholar who has dedicated twenty years to amplifying the work of Indigenous filmmakers and artists. ASL interpretation will be provided. You can learn more about Dowell’s research at https://whatittakes.show/artist/kristin-dowell/. The screening and discussion are both free, virtual, and open to the public.
Odessa Shuquaya is an award-winning filmmaker whose first documentary short, Cedar Tree of Life, follows three Indigenous women from the West Coast as they explore their relationship with the sacred material, Cedar bark. Cedar Tree of Life was produced by Sha Sîkwan Productions Inc. as part of the National Screen Institute’s IndigiDocs Program, with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, CBC Documentary Channel, Creative BC, and the National Film Board of Canada.
Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in) is an award-winning director who creates experimental film that explores land and language, including ?E?anx: The Cave, which was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. ?E?anx: The Cave is inspired by Haig-Brown’s great-uncle’s telling of a Tsilhqot’in tale in which a bear hunter on horseback accidentally discovers a portal to the afterlife.
Amanda Strong (Michif) is a director, producer, and owner of Spotted Fawn Productions, an Indigenous-led production company that focuses on community-driven and collaborative-based illustration, stop motion, 2D, 3D, and virtual reality animations. 2018’s Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) follows Biidaaban, a young Indigenous gender-fluid person, and Sabe, a Sasquatch shapeshifter, set out to harvest sap from Sugar Maples, a timeless Indigenous practice. Biidaaban continues the work of their ancestors, finding connection through Ghost Caribou and Ghost Wolf, figures only Biidaaban can see.
Make It With MoFA events are instruction-based distance learning programs to teach art-making techniques to lifelong learners and build relationships between creative communities.
On Thursday, March 18th, at 6 PM, join us for an evening full of floral fun, Make it With MoFA: Pressed Flowers. In this virtual workshop-style event, MoFA interns Cole Hancock, Lydia Liu, and Cay Davis will lead you through the process of pressing flowers using the microwave method and tour a few of the works featured in our current exhibition #MementoVitae. You’ll need flowers, a microwave, paper, and a heavy flat weight like a brick or casserole dish. If you don’t have access to a microwave, no problem! We’ll go over two additional methods of pressing flowers for you to try out after the event. This event is free, virtual, and open to the public.
The Museum of Fine Arts is excited to announce a series of guest lectures co-sponsored by the Department of Art and the Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies (MCHS) program in the Department of Art History. These events, which will all be conducted online, are free and open to the public. Each speaker utilizes diverse approaches to their creative practice, leading discussions that are vital to the arts and our community.
On Thursday, February 4th at 6:00 p.m. join us for a conversation between Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, hosts of Ear Hustle.
We are proud to welcome the creators of the internationally acclaimed podcast Ear Hustle, the first podcast created and produced in prison, featuring stories of the daily realities of life inside California’s San Quentin State Prison, shared by those living it. Co-founded by San Francisco Bay Area artist Nigel Poor alongside Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams — who were incarcerated at the time — the podcast now tells stories from both inside prison and from the outside, post-incarceration. In 2020, Ear Hustle was named a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in audio reporting — the first time the category was recognized — for bringing audiences “a consistently surprising and beautifully crafted series on life behind bars.”
On Thursday, February 18th, join us for a virtual talk featuring conceptual artist and activist Hank Willis Thomas.
Hank Willis Thomas is an internationally renowned conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His photographs, sculptures, videos, and public art projects confront histories of inequality and injustice through common visual language. His work has been shown and collected by nearly every major museum in the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
March 11, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST
On March 11th at 6:00 p.m., you are invited to a conversation between artist Wendy Red Star and curator Dr. Jordan Amirkhani.
Wendy Red Star uses photography, performance, fiber arts, and video to recast and interrogate historical narratives. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, she draws upon deep research in archives to re-examine primary source photographs and cultural heritage. Her work has been shown and collected by the Met, MASS MoCA, the Portland Museum of Art, and the St. Louis Museum of Art. She guest-edited Aperture’s September 2020 issue on Native American photography.
Jordan Amirkhani‘s research and writing reflect her commitment to intersectional feminist critique and the contextualization of issues of gender, class, and race within the development of European and American art from the nineteenth century to the present. She is a regular contributor to Daily Serving, Artforum, and Burnaway, and serves as a Professorial Lecturer in Art History at American University in Washington, DC.
MoFA’s Spring Virtual Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Council on Culture and Arts (COCA), the Knight Foundation, the Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies (MCHS) Program in the Department of Art History, and the Department of Art.