June 2020 Art Talks with: 

Ben Sloat & Jerry Saltz                          

Carrie Moyer   

Ursula von Rydingsvard

Anthony Romero

JooYoung Choi & Trenton Doyle Hancock                                         

From our Video Archive

"Art as a Civic Practice" Symposium, 2020 

Trenton Doyle Hancock & JooYoung Choi,


Tehching Hsieh, 2019

Mika Rottenberg, 2018

Mark Dion, 2018

Diana al-Hadid, 2018

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An online exhibition curated by MFA students in Ellen Tani's "Anatomy of an Exhibition" curatorial seminar.

Welcome to the Lesley MFA June 2020 residency!

June 2020 residency thematic:

"Social Abstraction"

“I think there are other ways of looking through abstraction. To use the whole social fabric of our society as a point of departure for abstraction reanimates it, dusts it off. It becomes really interesting to me, and supercharged. I just find that chilling and amazing.”

- Mark Bradford

What is Social Abstraction?

Carrie Moyer

June 22, 12pm

Ursula von Rydingsvard                     Eric N. Mack


June 23, 12pm                                 June 25, 12pm

 Art Talks June 22-25 at 12pm 

Visiting Faculty

Anthony Romero

Art Talk

June 24, 12pm

Faculty Talk

June 21, 12pm

Ben Sloat

"Social Abstraction and Art Production""

Remarks by Jerry Saltz "Next Days in the Art World"

Faculty Panel  - June 20, 12pm

Jan Avgikos, Oliver Wasow,

and Marvin Heiferman

"Art In The Age of Quarantine"

Carrie Lam, Untitled, watercolor on paper, 2020

"Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower"

Rainer Maria Rilke


Quiet friend who has come so far,

feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

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