Lesley MFA January 2022 residency

Art Talk archive:
Mika Rottenberg

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Art Talks speaker bios

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Nicole Cherubini is a mixed media ceramicist and sculptor. In a review in Art in America, her work was described as follows, ”the combination of glazed ceramics with the painted wood structures they are encased in or accompanied by creates a satisfying push-pull between flatness and depth, spontaneity and  deliberation.” Her solo shows include those at the ICA in Philadelphia, Perez Art Museum in Miami, the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles, and the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga, NY.

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Gerald Sheffield’s work reflects on the nuance of contemporary US history - representing the precarious state of national identity, freedom, and democracy through the shifting intentions of material artifacts. A graduate of SVA and Yale, Sheffield served in the United States Army for eight years as a Visual Communications and Military Intelligence Public Affairs specialist in Paraguay, Guatemala, Brazil, and Kuwait. His work has been shown at the New Museum in New York, BODEGA in Philadelphia, Zevitas/Marcus Los Angeles, and Xouthou Street in Athens, Greece.

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Jordan Weber is a sculptor who works in the cross-section of social justice and environmental racism based in Des Moines, Iowa. Last year the Walker Art Center commissioned Jordan to create a large land-based artwork in North Minneapolis. He is currently a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.

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Bree Edwards is Director of the ArtLab at Harvard University, a new facility designed to support visiting artist residencies, art research, and production by Harvard students and faculty. She was previously Director of the Northeastern Center for the Arts in Boston, and Program Director of the Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston.

Tauba Auerbach


Tauba Auerbach has described their work as an attempt to reveal “new spectral and dimensional richness…both within and beyond the limits of perception.” Engaging a variety of media, ranging from painting and photography to book design and musical performance, Auerbach explores the limits of our structures and systems of logic (linguistic, mathematical, spatial) and the points at which they break down and open up onto new visual and poetic possibilities. Solo exhibitions of their include those at the ICA London, MOCA Cleveland, Malmo Kunsthal, Standard (Oslo), and SFMoMA.

Jan 2022
Visiting Faculty:
Gerald Sheffield

Conversation between MFA faculty Alex Jackson and Gerald Sheffield, 2020

Jan 2022 residency thematic:

Considering how various cultural elements, materials,
and dimensions of our personal lives stand side by side.

The Auerglass is a two person pump organ created by Tauba Auerbach and Cameron Mesirow (aka Glasser).. The instrument cannot be played alone. Each player has a keyboard with alternating notes of a four octave scale. Each player must pump to supply the wind to the other player's notes.

Essay on Craft

by Ocean Vuong

Because the butterfly’s yellow wing

flickering in black mud

was a word

stranded by its language.

Because no one else

was coming — & I ran

out of reasons.

So I gathered fistfuls

of  ash, dark as ink,

hammered them

into marrow, into

a skull thick

enough to keep

the gentle curse

of  dreams. Yes, I aimed

for mercy — 

but came only close

as building a cage

around the heart. Shutters

over the eyes. Yes,

I gave it hands

despite knowing

that to stretch that clay slab

into five blades of light,

I would go

too far. Because I, too,

needed a place

to hold me. So I dipped

my fingers back

into the fire, pried open

the lower face

until the wound widened

into a throat,

until every leaf shook silver

with that god

-awful scream

& I was done.

& it was human.

Michelle Grabner, 2021

"Art as a Civic Practice" Symposium, 2020 

Trenton Doyle Hancock & JooYoung Choi,


Doris Salcedo, 2021

Mark Dion, 2018