Jan 2021 public programs

Art Talk: Rebecca Belmore

Art Talk: Ruth Erickson

Art Talk: Eric N. Mack

Art Talk: Doris Salcedo

Faculty Panel: Imaginative Practices

for Survival

Art Talks speaker bios







A member of the Lac Seul First Nation (Anishinaabe), Rebecca Belmore's work is rooted in the political and social realities of Indigenous communities, Belmore’s works make evocative connections between bodies, land and language. Belmore participated in Documenta 14 and represented Canada at the 2005 Venice Biennale.

Nikita Gale's practice is often structured by long-term obsessions with specific objects and the ways these objects gesture towards particular social and political histories. Recent shows of Nikita's include those at MoMA PS1, Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Hammer Museum. 

Ruth Erickson is the Mannion Family Curator at the ICA Boston - her scholarly work has a specific focus in film and performance, art collectives, institutional critique, and social art practices. Recent exhibitions include Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century NaturalistNari Ward: Sun Splashed, and Hesam Rahmanian: The Birthday Party.

Eric N.




Self described as a painter, Eric N. Mack pushes past the medium’s traditional canvas-to-stretcher
format with mixed media tactile assemblages. His recent shows include those at the Brooklyn Museum, Mass MoCA, Kunsthalle Basel, MoMA PS1, and the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

 Doris Salcedo’s sculptures and installations embody the silenced lives of the marginalized, from individual victims of violence to the disempowered of the Third World. Solo exhibitions include those at the Guggenheim, MUAC, and Tate Modern. 

January 2021

Visiting Faculty:

Nikita Gale

Nikita Gale is a Los Angeles based artist who uses ubiquitous consumer technologies as frameworks to consider how individuals potentially reproduce their relationships to objects within their relationships to psychic space and political, social, and economic systems.

In Conversation: Cameron Shaw and Nikita Gale

January 2021 residency thematic:

"Transformation and Crisis"

"How long do I have to say, ‘Look at us and listen to us’? I think the Indigenous viewpoint in North America is often dismissed as being trivial. We’re nothing, we’re of no consequence. That’s insane. I am insisting we have a voice and a whole history, we have a point of view and something to offer. We are part of the global human consciousness."

- Rebecca Belmore

"Shadows of the Absent Body" lecture by Judith Butler on Doris Salcedo and grievability - Harvard Art Museums, March 2017

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


By Luci Tapahonso


This winter
I have spent many hours driving
the road between Santa Fe and Albuquerque
early morning late afternoon

It must be tiring, people say
about 100 miles a day
nothing much on that road

But I enjoy it
that road had a lot
of good poems and songs
discovered while driving
through softly curving hills
dotted with tufts of piñon and tumbleweeds.
I even left some thoughts musing,
lingering around a small white cross
beside the northbound lane
and I say:
                  bless me hills
                  this clear golden morning
                  for I am passing through again.

I can easily sing
for this time is mine
and these ragged red cliffs
flowing hills and wind echoes
                  are only extensions
                  of a never-ending prayer.

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