The Carnegie Mellon University Spring 2013 School of Art Lecture Series starts Feb. 5. The illustrated talks, which are free and open to the public, begin at 5 p.m. in the Kresge Theater, College of Fine Arts, CMU. Information: www.cmu.edu/art/lectures or 412-268-2409. Speakers are:
Feb. 5 -- Shana Moulton, a video and performance artist who has exhibited or performed at premier venues such as The New Museum, P.S.1, The Kitchen, Electronic Arts Intermix, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Palais De Tokyo in Paris and the Times Museum in Guangzhou. Her protagonist investigates everyday objects of her home, developing relationships with consumer products that are perhaps more than they are generally presumed to be. A California native, she earned her B.A. in art and anthropology from U Cal Berkeley and her M.F.A. from CMU.
Feb. 12 -- Charles Atlas, seminal filmmaker and video artist, maker of pioneering media/dance works, multi-channel video installations, documentaries and live electronic performances. Projects include recent solo shows at De Hallen Museum, Holland and The South London Gallery, "In Residence" at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, and "Ocean," a film of Merce Cunningham's epic dance at the Walker Art Center. His honors include three "Bessie" (New York Dance and Performance) Awards and the 2006 Foundation for Contemporary Art's biennial John Cage Award.
Feb. 19 -- Tehching Hsieh, Taiwanese native and performance artist who sustained two broken ankles during his first performance, "Jump Piece," in 1973. A sailor who left his ship in Philadelphia in 1974, he made his name in the art world with a series of "One Year Performances" during the 14 years that he was an illegal immigrant. He was granted amnesty in 1988. He has lectured and exhibited globally, including at Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Liverpool Biennial, the Gwangju Biennial, and the Sao Paulo Biennial. He received the United States Artists award in 2008.
Feb. 26 -- Diana Al-Hadid, a sculptor and Brooklyn resident who was born in 1981 in Syria. Her work comprises commonplace materials and explores towers as a central theme, making associations with issues such as power, wealth, technological development, cultural difference and conflict. She earned her B.F.A. in sculpture and art history from Kent State University, an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. Her two-person exhibition with Medardo Rosso will be shown during the 2013 Venice Biennale.
March 5, the 2013 Lepper Lecturer -- Otto Piene, a pioneering figure in multimedia- and technology-based art known for smoke and fire paintings and sky art. Born in Germany in 1928, he was drafted when he was 15 and spent part of World War II in a British POW camp. Postwar he studied art and philosophy, and co-founded the Dusseldorf-based Group Zero. He was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, director of the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies until his 1994 retirement, and director of five International Sky Art Conferences. He continues painting with fire, as in the early Zero days.
March 26 -- Carrie Mae Weems, an African-American artist who has for a quarter century investigated gender, racism, sexism, class and family through a variety of media including text, fabric, audio, installation and video. Her new video, "Lincoln, Lonnie and Me -- A Story in 5 Parts," is on view at the Mattress Factory, North Side. A major retrospective, "Carrie Mae Weems: 3 Decades of Photography and Video," is at The Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville and will travel to the Cleveland Museum of Art and The Guggenheim among other venues. She is represented in collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and The Williams College Museum of Art.
April 2 -- Pyuupiru, Tokyo-based performance and installation artist whose work has been commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum and exhibited at the Yokohama Triennial. The artist draws on personal experience to explore concepts such as life and death, men and women, one and other, and hurt and damage.
April 9, the 2013 Orville M. Winsand Lecturer -- Allan Sekula, a historian, critic and artist who uses photography to create exhibitions, books and films that are an ongoing critique of contemporary capitalism. His film, "The Forgotten Space" (co-directed with Noel Burch), on the seagoing global supply chain, won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. He has received Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and is on the faculty of the Program in Photography and Media at California Institute of the Arts. Co-presented with University of Pittsburgh Department of Art, Art History & Architecture.
Also at CMU
Feb. 7 -- 5 p.m. in McConomy Auditorium, University Student Center, "Interactive Art and Computational Design" by Golan Levin, associate professor of computation arts and director of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. His areas of interest include gestural robotics, the tactical uses of digital fabrication, novel aesthetics of nonverbal interactivity and information visualization as a mode of arts practice.