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MFA Visual Art Research

A research guide created for students in the MFA program at Lesley University College of Art and Design.

Makeda Best

Artist Talk: Tuesday January 9, 7-9pm, UHall Ampitheatre (room 2-150)

"Scholar, artist, and curator, Best is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Previously, Best has been faculty at the California College of Art and the University of Vermont, and an assistant curator at San Francisco MoMA. She is co-editor and contributor to Conflict, Identity and Protest in American Art, which explores the powerful relationship between artistic product and cultures of conflict in the United States. Best earned an MFA at Cal Arts, and an MA and PhD at Harvard University."

Marc Handelman

Artist Talk: Monday January 8, 7-9pm, UHall Ampitheatre (room 2-150)

"Working primarily in painting, but also across media such as film/video, installation and book arts, Handelman explores a complex variety of landscape, abstract, and cultural imagery in his work. He has shown his work at venues such as PS1 MoMA, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Royal Academy of Art in London. Handelman is on the faculty at Rutgers University, and is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co, NYC; Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, Los Angeles; and RECEPTION, Berlin." -

Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, 2015


Mika Rottenberg

Artist Talk: Wednesday June 21st, 7-9pm, UHall Ampitheatre (room 2-150)

"In his photographs, Dawit L. Petros employs geometric forms and desolate landscapes to explore the specificity of place. Petros travels widely to produce his work, capturing scenes from around the world, like a grey day on a Santa Barbara, California beach or fields of withered trees in Nazareth, Ethiopia. He brings focus to the subtleties of these sites, using the recurring image of a cardboard box to anchor the various settings he explores."

Edward H. Linde Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2013



Mark Dion

Artist Talk: Thursday January 11, 7-9pm, UHall Ampitheatre (room 2-150)

"Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkammen of the 16th and 17th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. His work has been shown at major exhibitions at institutions such as the Miami Art Museum, MoMA, and the Tate Modern. His largest American survey of work opened at the ICA Boston in October 2017."

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