Wednesday October 28 – 12:00pm
Join us on Zoom for the Art Department’s fall lecture series. Pipo Nguyen-duy was born in Hue, Vietnam. Growing up within thirty kilometers of the demilitarized zone of the 18th Parallel, he describes hearing gunfire every day of his early life He immigrated to the United States as a political refugee.
Pipo has taken on many things in life in pursuit of his diverse interests. As a teenager in Vietnam, he competed as a national athlete in table tennis. He also spent some time living as a Buddhist monk in Northern India. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Carleton College. He then moved to New York City, where he worked as a bartender and later as a nightclub manager. While living in the East Village and meeting people such as musician Don Cherry and artist Keith Haring, Pipo interests turned to art. He earned a Master of Arts in Photography, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Photography, both from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.
Wednesday November 18 – 12:00pm
Join us on Zoom for the Art Department’s fall lecture series. Guen Montgomery is obsessed with the ordinary things of the material world. Her work looks at the life of objects, the longing to collect and acquire, and how possessions collaborate in our performances of identity. Materially, Montgomery’s work is located in the intersections between printmaking, performance, and sculpture. Recent pieces look critically at the relationship between possessions, historic privilege, and whiteness. Montgomery has work in multiple public collections including the Centre for Art and Design in Churchill Australia, and Mushashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan. In 2019, Montgomery started a new body of work during a residency at the Vermont Studio Center that will be exhibited in upcoming shows in St. Louis, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. She currently teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she lives surrounded by ordinary treasures with her wife, dog, and three cats. Learn more at guenmontgomery.com. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98131613995
Wednesday December 2 – 12:00pm
Join us on Zoom for the Art Department’s fall lecture series. Joe Saphire works in video, digital imaging, and installation. His projects explore the iterative nature of digital material, sourced from both popular culture and personal archives; and the ways in which narrative meanings are shaped and dismantled. He received his MFA in studio art from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and BFA in photography from the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. His work has been screened and exhibited in various New England venues, as well as festivals around the country. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA, and Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA. He lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts. Learn more at joesaphire.com. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98131613995