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Lesley MFA June 2023 residency

Art Talks speaker bios

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Loren Erdrich uses organic and synthetic dyes and raw pigments on canvas to create atmospheric images that drift in and out of focus and wholly embody the unpredictable nature and fluidity of water. Erdrich's work has been shown at SHRINE, NY; Blank Gallery, Shanghai; Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles; Primary Projects, Miami; NBB Gallery, Berlin; Bricks Gallery, Copenhagen; and Galleria Richter, Rome. 

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Jessica Hong is a curator and cultural worker who has dedicated her practice to highlighting narratives overlooked and revealing and shifting the colonial frame of institutional sites to ultimately implement long-lasting change. She is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Toledo Museum of Art, and has held positions at the Hood Museum at Dartmouth, the ICA Boston, and Harvard Art Museums.

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Arlene Shechet

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Cauleen Smith

Arlene Shechet is a sculptor known for her effortless combination of disparate elements, precarious and provisional arrangements, and boundary-collapsing visual paradoxes. Solo museum presentations of her work include those at the RISD Museum; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Nerman Museum, Kansas; MoCA Denver; Frick Collection, and the ICA Boston. Her show, "Disrupt The View", is on exhibit at the Harvard Art Museums until 2025.

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants. Solo museum shows of hers include those at the MCA Chicago; the Art Institute of Chicago, ICA Philadelphia; LACMA; CAM Houston, and Mass MoCA.

June 2023
Visiting Faculty:
Jessica Hong

June 2023 residency thematic:
"Bodily Intelligence"

Beyond the body as a figurative subject, what are the visceral or bodily understandings that come into play within an artistic practice and in responding to artworks?  

"Shechet’s work is as physically immediate as it is art historically resonant." - LA Times, 2019

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Wild Geese   by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

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