Valerie Cassel Oliver will lecture April 18th at 5:30 in room 107 of A&D.
Public Studio Critiques will take place Friday the 18th at the Krannert Museum and South Studios. For a detailed schedule click here.
Valerie Cassel Oliver is senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, where she has worked since 2000. She has organized numerous exhibitions that have earned national and international acclaim including Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 (2005) with Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee; Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image (2007), which was nominated for an AICA Award and presented at the 11th Havana Biennial in 2012; the retrospective Benjamin Patterson: Born in the State of Flux/us (2010); and the 2011 survey, Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein (2011). Recently, she organized a posthumous survey of photographs by Alvin Baltrop entitled Dreams Into Glass. Another exhibition, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, open from November 15, 2012 to February 13, 2013, chronicled the history of black performance in the visual arts from the 1960s to the present. She’s a contributor to Pigeons on the Grass, Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field, published by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in 2013.
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Sheila Pepe will be lecturing April 3rd at 5:30 in room 107 of A&D.
Public Studio Critiques will be held April 4th building #5 at the South Studios.
To celebrate the release of Anonygon Studio’s new game Ascended Saga, Armored Gopher Games is hosting a showing of artwork by Krystal Harper. The artwork exhibited is an eclectic mixture of naturalist documentation and fanciful daydreaming all centered around the fantasy world of Asura where Ascended Saga takes place.
The game release and reception is Saturday, April 5th at 5:00pm. During the reception, Ascended Saga will be released for sale, and the Ascended Saga Kickstarter, a crowd sourcing event for raising funds to print the three hardback game books, will open. The Kickstarter offers a wide range of incentives including signed books with custom artwork, full digital copies of the books ahead of printing, and even the massive original map of Asura created by Krystal.
Anonygon Studios is an indie game company based in Urbana, Illinois and run by Justin and Krystal Harper, Parker Norman, and Mike Stowe.
Armored Gopher Games is a local game store in Urbana, Illinois focused not only on selling quality games, but on bringing the community together through fundraising, sponsorship, and providing a safe and open game space for people to meet and share the games they love.
Parsing Desire Showcases work by current MFA students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, assembled from heirlooms, gathered on expeditions, collaged from site-specific locations, or autobiographical. These works span the gamut of mediums, methods, and practices to negotiate the experiential traces and fractures of embodiment, fantasy, memory, sexuality, history, craft, ritual. Together, the communicate: longing, always wanting, never having completely, or missing entirely. A study in haunting desire, hopes, and wishes.