Beginning in September 2018 through April 2019, the SPHERE SERIES: ART HISTORY LECTURES will travel to different cultural spaces throughout the city each month for a one-of-a-kind event. The casual and educational mini-courses focus on the cultural, political and historical context of a specific art movement led by Charlotte's most creative educators, academics and arts leaders. Museums, restaurants, bars and galleries! Professors, architects, artists and authors!
Berlin-based multidisciplinary artist Hiwa K will present on his solo exhibition at The Van Every/Smith Galleries. As a Kurdish Iraqi immigrant to Germany, Hiwa K creates powerful work inspired by political events, chance encounters, oral histories, and his own experiences, including fleeing Iraq on foot in the late 1990s.
Dr. Sudul Edwards will outline the development of performance art over the last century, beginning with the Dada movements in the United States and Europe and paying special attention to developments in North Carolina from the 1950s at Black Mountain College to the last twenty years in the Queen City. Multidisciplinary New York-based artist Jen Ray, whose work will be on view at SOCO Gallery, will then discuss her performances, paintings, and sound works that celebrate female self-determination.
Adam Justice, Director of Galleries at UNC Charlotte City Center, will present “All Art Has Been Contemporary”. Adam will discuss how Art History has been affected by contemporary perceptions. He will also explore what makes a historical work of art “popular”, and how we are shaping future generation’s views on art today.
Join us with Winthrop University professor and art historian Dr. Alice Burmeister for an in-depth conversation about West African factory-printed textiles. In addition to learning about the way women use these textiles to communicate, Dr. Burmeister’s talk will specifically reference both the exhibition on view at the Mint, African-Print Fashion Now, as well as Yinka Shonibare: The American Library, on view at the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College. Co-hosted by Davidson College and the Sphere Series.
"149 Paintings You Really Need to See in North America (So You Can Ignore the Others)" Public Lecture
Tour North America’s greatest museums and galleries in the company of two incomparable guides!
5:30pm Book Signing at Mint Museum Uptown Store (and cash bar)
6:30pm Presentation by authors in Level 5 Silverman Grand Room (and cash bar)
International authors (and Canadian litigators) Julian Porter and Stephen Grant will speak on their most recent publication 149 Paintings You Really Need to See in North America (So You Can Ignore the Others). This essential companion to all the major North American museums and galleries highlights some of the world’s greatest paintings, from Giotto to Robert Motherwell, and will be on sale at the Mint Museum Uptown Store.
On the previous book, 149 Paintings You Really Need to See in Europe, Maclean’s said: “Canada's most famous libel lawyer is also a perfect guide to Europe's museums.” Presented with originality, wit, and irreverence to complement Julian and Stephen’s comprehensive knowledge of the art world, here is the best that North American galleries have to offer. Focused and curated to give you everything you need to enjoy the greatest works of art in the best company, and save you the sore feet and superfluous information.
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Julian Porter brings a passion for art that began with a seven-year stint as a student tour guide in Europe, followed by countless tours he has conducted at galleries in Europe and North America. His co-author, Stephen Grant, brings a wealth of expertise in the twentieth-century artists, and presents them within the framework of a North American-led, sustained burst of originality and shock.
Stephen and Julian have given lectures to the ACTL in Chicago and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Julian has also presented at the ACTL in the Sistine Chapel, the National Gallery of London, and at most of the major art galleries throughout Europe, from Madrid to St. Petersburg. Both Julian and Stephen live and work in Toronto.
What happens to family photographs when the original owners lose them and once-private images come into public circulation? What shifts occur in what they represent - both as objects and as vehicles for meaning?
In 2012, Zun Lee found his first set of African American family snapshots in Detroit. Dubbed Fade Resistance, this collection of orphaned images has since grown to over 3,000 Polaroids. Depicting every facet of Black family life from the 1970s to the early 2000s, Fade Resistance illuminates how Black communities codified their own lives to generate specific meaning, and how recent social justice movements may help decode that context even if the original meaning is no longer accessible to us.
Join physician, visual artist and educator Zun Lee, as he shares a brief historical overview of the theory and practice of found photography. He argues for a recontextualization of the ways we look at found photographs beyond static sites of past memory and personal meaning. Using Fade Resistance, he invites us regard found photographs as relational prompts, and memory as a dynamic and social process that actively influences contemporary Black (self-) representation and identity formation.
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST ZUN LEE:
Zun Lee is a Canadian photographer, physician and educator whose practice revolves around the visual relevance of quotidian Black life. He is a 2018 Knight Foundation Grantee, 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario Artist in Residence, and a 2015 Magnum Foundation Fellow. He is currently in Charlotte, working with Jessica Moss’ The Roll Up, a Knight Foundation-funded artist residency that aims to activate Charlotte’s Westside with arts and culture interventions.
Lee’s work has been shown in various solo and group exhibits in North America and Europe and is featured in public and private collections in the US and Canada. He has given talks at Portland Art Museum, The New School, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, Annenberg Space for Photography, International Center of Photography, UNC Chapel Hill, NYU, Columbia University, and Duke University.
Selected honors and awards include: Knight Foundation Grant (2018), Ontario Arts Council Grantee (2018), Canada Arts Council Grantee (2017), Magnum Foundation Fellow (2015), Photo District News Photo Annual Winner (2015), Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook Awards Shortlist (2014), Photo District News’ 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2014).
Perry Poole Architects hosts a conversation at their acclaimed NoDa House on “Modern Architecture and Design”. NoDa House was awarded Charlotte Agenda’s 2018 “Home of the Year”. A tour of the house will be accompanied by an interactive discussion with creators Perry Poole, Drew Button, and Scott Newkirk of Perry Poole Architects.
The NoDa House was conceived as the first in a series of residential studies. The project served as an opportunity for Perry Poole Architects to experiment with a modified design-build method that could deliver a specific vision of design without compromise— to employ classic materials with a Modern point of view, making the most with simple gestures.
Integrated with the architecture, the studio brings that same philosophy to interior design. Complimenting their custom designed pieces- built by PPA and local craftsmen- they work with clients to curate and collect vintage pieces by American and European Modern masters.
PERRY POOLE ARCHITECTS
Perry Poole Architects is an architecture, interiors, and building collective. Practicing residential and commercial design from their studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, the firm has also worked in New York City, New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
The studio includes architect and founder Perry Poole, architect and managing principal Drew Button, interior designer Scott Newkirk, builder Aaron Price, designer Margaret Tugwell, and design assistant Martha Henry. When not drinking coffee or eating pie, the firm pursues design as an emotional, philosophical, and pragmatic study of man-made and natural environments.
Join Jessica Moss (ARTIST + CURATOR) at The New Gallery of Modern Art
Who is your favorite artist?
Who is your favorite Black artist under 45?
Across cultures, many young, emergent black artists- who are working diligently, making good work, and participating in industry norms- are ignored, misrepresented, over-looked or are only considered for 'opportunities' that focus on race and culture within the arts.
Esteemed American artist Martin Puryear does not speak frequently about his black identity, as he believes that it is not all that defines him. Whereas, artist like Kara Walker make work that can never be disconnected from black identity, because the belief is that the two are so intertwined that they can never be disjointed. This spectrum of black artists rejects the binaries we've created within black art. These artists are experimenting with the challenges of identity, blackness and representation (or lack thereof).
Join artist, scholar and arts educator, Jessica Moss, as she shines some light on the blackness that is emerging amongst the surface of contemporary high art. She will share a brief history of African-American art and then introduce 45 of the most technical skilled, conceptually-compelling, and often, difficult to witness works by young, emergent black artists.
Jessica Moss is a life-long student, artist and entrepreneur. She received a BFA in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a MA in Arts Administration and Policy Management from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her current research at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law is focused on the intersection of fine art, the public interest and sustainable redevelopment.
Jessica brings a broad range of professional experience in advocacy, education and the arts in both the public and private sector. Her commitment to public interest work is exemplified through the number of collaborative projects she has participated in including artist and urban planner Theaster Gates’ Retreat for Black Artists, the nationally-archived StoryCorps Story Share Booth project, and conceptual and visual artist Mel Chin's national FUNDRED Dollar Bill Project.
Jessica has worked for a diverse group of organizations including The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, Dreamworks Animation in Glendale CA, Rebuild Foundation in Chicago, IL and most recently, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC. Her interests in innovation, collaboration and the arts continue to influence her projects today.
Join Jen Sudul Edwards, Ph.D. (BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART) at LaCa Projects
Dr. Sudul Edwards will talk about feminism, how it relates to the history of art, and this social and political movement's influence on artists over the last century. Her talk will only take up the first half of the evening. For the second half, Dr. Sudul Edwards has curated an installation of Charlotte artists who will talk about their work and the influence of feminism on their practice.
Jennifer Sudul Edwards received her doctorate in 2014 from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, writing her dissertation on the early works of Niki de Saint Phalle with a fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dr. Sudul Edwards spent seven years in Los Angeles, finishing her graduate degree and holding curatorial posts at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Museum.
In June 2015, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to be the curator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Since arriving at the Bechtler, Dr. Sudul Edwards has organized twelve exhibitions, including her most recent Wrestling the Angel: A Century of Artists Reckoning with Religion.
In June 2017, Charlotte Magazine recognized her as the Best Curator in Charlotte.
Join Monica Friel (SOCO GALLERY) at Haberdish Restaurant
Monica King Friel is the Director of SOCO Gallery, a contemporary art space and bookshop based in Charlotte, NC. Prior to moving to Charlotte in 2016, the North Carolina-born supporter of the arts was the Director of Exhibitions for Pace Gallery and Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City, and was honored to organize exhibitions with artists including Chuck Close, Walton Ford, David Hockney, Sol LeWitt, Robert Irwin, Maya Lin, Bridget Riley, Joel Shapiro, Kiki Smith, and Fred Wilson, among others. She graduated summa cum laude with a MA in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis and received a BA in Mass Communications from UNC-Chapel Hill in a year that feels like ages ago. When she is not hanging out in artist studios or wandering the halls of art museums, she can be found running, cooking, writing, or otherwise pursuing her hobbies that include design, fashion, photography, travel, and long afternoon walks with her two energetic whippet puppies.
Join Tyler Starr (DAVIDSON COLLEGE)
Tyler Starr will discuss Japanese aesthetics, ukiyo-e prints and Americans fascinated by them. The presentation will range from Edward S. Sylvester Morse’s book Japanese Homes and their Surroundings (1886), the popularity of Koshiro Onchi’s abstract woodcuts among the U.S. occupying forces in post-WWII Japan, and the recent revival of interest in the Japanese photobooks of the 1960s.
Tyler Starr received his MFA from the University of Minnesota and his PhD in Studio Arts from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts where he was a recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship. In 1998, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland. He was a 2011 Grant Wood Fellow at the University of Iowa, a 2013 Christiania Researcher in Residence, Copenhagen, Denmark and a 2014 OMI International Arts Center resident. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Yale University’s Haas Arts Library, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Liège, Belgium, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Davidson College.
Join Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman, Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art at THE MINT MUSEUM Uptown Galleries.
Dr. Stuhlman will discuss how American artists encountered, embraced, and advocated for the Impressionist style during the final years of the 19th century. His talk is inspired by the museum’s recent acquisition of John Leslie Breck’s painting “Blanche Hoschedé-Monet Sewing,” completed in 1888 during Breck’s stay in Giverny, France.
Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman has been the Curator of American Art at the Mint Museum since 2006; he assumed responsibility for the museum’s Modern and Contemporary Collection and joined the museum’s Senior Leadership team in 2013. He was previously the Anne and Harold Berkley Smith Curator of American Art at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; a McIntire Curatorial Fellow at the University of Virginia Art Museum; a Curatorial Assistant in the departments of American Arts and Modern and Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; a Research Associate in the department of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Assistant Director of Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA.
Stuhlman has organized numerous traveling exhibitions and contributed to their accompanying catalogues, including: Georgia O’Keeffe: Circling around Abstraction; From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland; Double Solitaire: The Surrealist Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy; Seeing the World Within: Charles Seliger in the 1940s; and Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100. He also oversaw the reinstallation of the Mint’s collection of American Art at Mint Museum Uptown in 2010 and has brought works to the museum’s collections by artists ranging from John Singleton Copley, John Leslie Breck, and Alson Skinner Clark to Augusta Savage, Kay Sage, Grace Hartigan, Beauford Delaney, and Elaine de Kooning.
Stuhlman received a B.A. with honors in Art History from Bowdoin College; an M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a PhD in the History of Art at the University of Virginia, where his dissertation focused on the work of the Surrealist painter Yves Tanguy.
Join Marisa J Pascucci (NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART) at the private home of a Charlotte art collector.
Discover how the 15th-century invention of the printing press and wide-spread availability of paper the irrevocably changed art making. Such innovations allowed for art to be created in multiples beginning with intaglio printing processes where the image was cut or incised into metal or wood – think Rembrandt, Piranesi, and Mantegna. This was followed by the great scientific experimentations of the 17th and 18th centuries that brought about mezzotints and aquatints. In the 19th century came lithography with works by Delacroix, Daumier, Goya, and Toulouse-Lautrec leading up to the 20th and 21st centuries with silkscreens and digital prints by Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.
An experienced art curator, speaker, historian, and educator, Marisa J Pascucci enjoys a progressive career with renowned art institutions and organizations. Currently she is Director of Programs at the New Gallery of Modern Art and a member of the Advisory Board of the forthcoming Cornelius Arts Center. Most recently Marisa held a senior leadership role at the Boca Raton Museum of Art as the Curator of Collections and was charged with overseeing the care and development of the important permanent collection, assisting with the planning, organizing, and selecting the Museum's diverse exhibitions, and implementing
relevant programming for varied audiences associated with the exhibitions and collection.
Prior to the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Marisa was the Associate Editor of The Art Economist–a critically informative international publication pertaining to the global contemporary art market and adjunct faculty and career advisor at Palm Beach State College.
Her previous art museum experience includes serving as the Norton Museum of Art’s Smith Curator of American Art along with curatorial and educational roles held at the Everson Museum of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, MOCA, Cleveland, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Marisa graduated from American University with a Bachelors degree in art history and earned dual Masters degrees in art history and museum studies from the joint program between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Marisa regularly contributed to museum publications and co-wrote successful grants to the Museum Loan Network and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. Additionally, she is a member of ArtTable and Association of Art Museum Curators, where she also serves a juror for the organization’s Publication Awards.
Join Lisa Homann (UNCC) at GOODYEAR ARTS, Camp Northend
Masquerade objects form the foundation of African art history’s canon, yet are widely misrepresented. Based on over a decade of research in Southwestern Burkina Faso, West Africa, this talk will offer an overview of contemporary masquerade arts and practices, addressing the question, “What is masquerade?” While we might be accustomed to viewing and understanding African masks as wood headpieces displayed on walls in museums and private collections, Homann argues that masks are not just objects to be looked at. Rather, mask headpieces are just one element of masquerade, which is a thrilling interactive and multisensory experience. Her presentation will include photographs, videos, and eyewitness accounts of recent mask performances.
Lisa Homann is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Penn Humanities Forum (2013-2014) and holds an MA and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. She specializes in West African masquerade practices from the late 19th century to the present. Her research concentrates on performance, innovation, Islam and Muslim identities, and theories of representation. She serves on the editorial board of the journal African Arts, and has been conducting research in Burkina Faso since 2006.
Currently she is working on her first book, tentatively titled Visibly Muslim: White Mask Performance in Southwestern Burkina Faso. It considers how a masquerade, through its visual aesthetic and performance, can identify participants as Muslims and strengthen and challenge expectations of appropriate (public) behavior. While focusing on the history of this masquerade’s visual and performance aesthetics, the book project aims to problematize a perceived binary hostility between Islam and African art, particularly masquerade.
Video footage of ephemeral masquerades that Dr. Homann took in Burkina Faso was recently added to the North Carolina Museum of Art's permanent collection of African art, opening in a new expanded gallery in summer 2017.
Homann offers courses ranging from an introductory survey of visual and material culture in Africa to contemporary African art, West African art and display, African American art, and advanced topics on masquerade.
SPHERE: ART HISTORY SERIES presents "Hip Hop: The Last Total Art Movement" with Mike Wirth + Kia O. Moore
LOCATION: Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St, Charlotte, NC 28205
Designer and educator, Mike Wirth, and author and nonprofit leader, Kia O. Moore, are both some of Charlotte’s most accessible and knowledgeable Hip Hop aficionados. Their interests and curiosities led them both to Hip hop, a culture that continues to influence their lives and practices today.
"Hip Hop: The Last Total Art Movement" will examine the genre and cultural movement developed in the United States by African Americans in the 1970s. Generally, Hip hop culture is defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, breakdancing and graffiti writing. With its roots embedded in the late 20th century, the Hip hop of today continues to grow and evolve. It’s more than a global phenomena; it has become a shared, multi-generational language of both personal and communal expression. Anyone, anywhere and at anytime can participate and join in the movement.
On Monday, October 16th at Snug Harbor in Plaza Midwood, join us for The Sphere Series kick-off event, "Hip Hop: The Last Total Art Movement". Wirth and Moore will guide participants through the elemental history and the ‘Hip-hop Method’, local Djs will teach tips on the ones-and-twos, a few of Charlotte’s most live dancers will be breaking it down on the cardboard. Come dance with us, freestyle in a cypher and swap stories about Charlotte’s early Hip Hop roots.
Mike Wirth is the Director of the Department of Art & Design at Queens University of Charlotte, an award winning designer, and an exhibiting artist/muralist. As a true armchair hip-hop historian, Wirth’s connection to Hip hop begins in New York City and Long Island of the 1980s and 90s. Contrary to his parents wishes, Wirth was a first-hand consumer of rap music, graffiti and breakdancing as a child. As a young aspiring artist, the movement was accessible, inclusive, familiar and embracing to so many youth like Wirth. As a child, he found deep inspiration riding the intricately scrawled subway cars; frequented the PopShop!, a New York city store that was devoted to the work of graffiti artist and activist Keith Haring; and would obsess over his stolen library copy of Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant’s Subway Art, the 1984 photographic ‘bible’ of street art. The passion and love for this art and cultural movement continues to shape Wirth’s creative philosophies and methods of today.
Kia O. Moore has an innate need to create harmony and understanding between people. Hip Hop culture is the vehicle she uses to help to create this harmony. Moore serves as the Creative Director of Hip Hop University, a nonprofit focused on uplifting young scholars and their communities through Hip hop culture and mentorship. Her work with Hip Hop University led her to launch her own arts organization. Hip Hop Orchestrated blends Hip hop and Orchestral music to foster conversations between people of various backgrounds through shared musical experiences. Moore has been awarded two Knight Foundation supported fellowships, Emerging City Champions and National Art Strategies. Moore holds a B.A. in Communication Studies with a certificate in International Public Relations and a minor in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Now with her life's work aligning with her inner "WHY," she is working toward becoming the change she wants to see in the world.