Art, Hoax, and Provocation: Artist Conversations with Antoinette LaFarge

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May 18th at 12pm with Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick

Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick are a collaborative artist team who have been working together since the early 1980s, hailing from New York City and London respectively. They specialize in fictitious histories set in the past or future, represented through documentary-style photographs (especially panoramas), paintings, drawings, and elaborately crafted artifacts and costumes, often constructed of unlikely materials such as bread or fur. The result is a uniquely mesmerizing combination of absurdist fantasy and speculative anthropology.

April 13, 2022 with Lenore Malen

Lenore Malen is an interdisciplinary artist and professor in the Art/Media/Technology Program at Parsons/The New School, based in New York. She is perhaps best known for her dystopian works exploring virtuality and the post-human as well as her creation of The New Society for Universal Harmony, a fictionalized utopian society supported by a written manifesto, pseudo-documentary photos, and other archival documents, displayed at various international exhibitions. A recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Malen is also an art critic and the former executive editor of the College Art Association’s quarterly publication Art Journal.

February 9, 2022 with Greg Cohen

Greg Cohen is an artist, curator, and scholar of visual culture with a particular focus on moving-image and photographic media. His work in video, photography, and installation has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he is the creator of numerous ongoing multi-media and multi-platform projects, including Grupo Anarquitectura (rama argentina) and The Valaco Archive. Cohen is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and has served as an Associate Programmer for Los Angeles Filmforum as well as Co-Curator ofThe Festival of (In)appropriation, a periodic international showcase of experimental found-footage film and video.

January 12, 2022 with Beauvais Lyons

Beauvais Lyons is an artist and professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who is best known as the Director of the fictional Hokes Archives, which focuses on exploring invented ancient civilizations. He has also created the Association for Creative Zoology to highlight nonexistent ‘extinct’ species, and a number of other projects that examine the ways in which we construct knowledge. The comprehensive Hokes Archives includes fictitious works of art dating back to 1901. With special guest David Daly, whose father Norman Daly was a pioneer of archaeological fiction with his long-running project, The Civilization of Llhuros.

December 8, 2021 with Iris Häussler

Iris Häussler is a Canadian-German artist based in Toronto, who has had several controversial exhibitions across Canada and at the Art Gallery of Ontario that question the presumed assumption artists must be truthful to their audiences. Häussler’s genre-defying art is often interactive and immerses audiences in the fictional worlds of invented artists from past eras such as Mary O’Shea and Sophie La Rosière.

November 10, 2021 with Peter Hill

Peter Hill is a pioneering artist of fictive works who coined the term “superfictions” and is known for creating the fictitious Museum of Contemporary Ideas and a great many artistic alter egos, each with their own styles and often intersecting back stories. His exhibitions have been showcased at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, the Glasgow School of Art, Dublin’s National College of Art and Design, Shanghai Normal University, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

October 5 at 5pm with Heather Jessup (presented by UCI Illuminations)