Kinetic Art and Art & Technology from a Curator’s Viewpoint

Sunday, July 28, 2002, 7:30 – 9:30pm

As a curator, Lanny Silverman is ringmaster of sorts: he choreographs shows that refuse to lie flat on the walls or sit quietly for contemplation. Lanny will discuss the ins, outs, downs and ups of orchestrating exhibitions that feature the works of contemporary and kinetic artists such as Jean Tinguely, Robert Rauschenberg, Dennis Oppenheim, Alice Aycock, Roxy Paine, and Michael Paha.

Lanny Silverman has been Curator of exhibitions at The Chicago Cultural Center for over ten years, curating over fifty exhibitions, including The Nature of the Machine, a major survey of kinetic and biokinetic art. Previously, he was Curator of Education and Programming at The Madison Art Center where he managed exhibits of art, new music, performance art and film. Larry has taught in the Education Departments of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Akron Museum of Art.


Rhythm, Labor, & Form: Utilitarian Pottery

Ceramic sculpture

February 24, 2002, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Alleghany Meadows seeks alchemy in clay. Join him as he discusses how he uses the plasticity and subtle responses of the medium to create objects that are intimately connected through size, form and surface to both the human body and to nature. His lecture will focus on the creative process within the context of utilitarian pottery, and how his studies in Nepal and Japan have influenced his work.

Alleghany Meadows is a studio potter in Carbondale, Colorado. He earned an MFA from Alfred University and a BA from Pitzer College in California. Alleghany studied indigenous pottery in Nepal as a Watson Fellow, and apprenticed in Japan to Karatsu potter Takashi Nakazato. He has taught workshops and lectures at Penland, Greenwich House Pottery, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, and the Mendocino Arts Center. His work is collected and exhibited nationally, and has been featured in over thirty group and solo shows.

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Metalsmithing & Postmodern Alchemy

March 24, 2002, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Susan Kingsley makes objects that play perversely with desire and culture of display, and with the constructs of self and sexuality. Join her as she discusses how she uses her work to destabilize accepted definitions or art, craft, gender and the body and to propel the viewer into spaces where meaning begins to fragment and metamorphose. Susan will focus on her recent work and her use of the hydraulic press to transform metal.

Susan Kingsley is an independent studio artist living in Carmel, California. She received a BA from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio and an MFA from Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont. A writer on art, craft and feminist issues, she is also the author of the technical book, Hydraulic Die Forming for Jewelers and Metalsmiths.

She has taught workshops and lectured throughout the U.S. and Canada and is a part-time instructor at Monterey Peninsula College. She received an NEA/Western states Arts Fellowship for her work, which has been exhibited and published internationally, and is represented in the collection of the Oakland Museum.

Monuments of Stone, Metal & Cement

April 28, 2002, 6:30 – 8:30pm

As a sculptor, Mike Hill coaxes stone to fly and steel to levitate, yet uses the inherent weight of these media to give the viewer the experience of monumentality. He will discuss his experimentation with varying materials and techniques to create works that at once defy and underscore their nature, and will talk about how exacting craftsmanship and dedication to process serve to maintain this dichotomy.

A full time artist since 1975, Mike Hill has created hundreds of works for individual collectors and numerous public commissions, including a large stained glass mural for the Ontario Airport. In recent years, he has focused on simple shapes of stone and steel ranging in size from small indoor pieces to large garden sculptures weighing several tons. His works are contemplative in nature, revealing new meanings with each viewing.