Martin Kersels

Zabar Visiting Artist

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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The Hunter College Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce a public lecture by Martin Kersels as part of the Fall 2016 Judith Zabar Visiting Artist Series, Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7pm at 205 Hudson Street. 

Martin Kersels was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended UCLA for both his undergraduate and graduate educations, receiving a BA in art in 1984 and an MFA in 1995. His body of work ranges from the collaborative performances with the group SHRIMPS (1984-1993) to large-scale sculptures such as Tumble Room (2001) to photographs of performative actions to kinetic and sound producing sculptures.

His interest in machines, entropy, sound, and dissolution has produced work that examines the dynamic tension between failure and success, the individual and the group, and the thin line between humor and misfortune. Since 1994, Kersels’ objects and projects have been exhibited at museums both nationally and internationally, including the 1997 and 2010 Whitney Biennials, the Pompidou Center, MOCA Los Angeles, the Tinguely Museum, Kunsthalle Bern, MAMCO in Geneva, and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. For nearly 14 years Kersels taught at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), only within the last few years joining the faculty at the Yale School of Art as Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture. Currently he lives and works in the New Haven area of Connecticut. His work is represented by the galleries Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, Redling Fine Art in Los Angeles, and Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois in Paris.

About the Judith Zabar Visiting Artists Program

In November 2007, Hunter College received a generous commitment to establish the Judith Zabar Visiting Artist Program Fund.  The Fund has allowed Hunter to bring a series of internationally recognized artists to campus to work directly with students in the MFA program, in master classes, critical seminars, and private tutorials, providing students with the unique opportunity to interact with top practitioners in the field.  Zabar Visiting Artists also present public lectures where they discuss their work, engage in conversation with members of Hunter’s faculty, and with Hunter’s broader student community and the general public.

Past Zabar artists have included: Vito Acconci, Janine Antoni, Julie Ault, Robert Barry, Mel Chin, Peter Doig, Charles Gaines, Alfredo Jaar, Joan Jonas, Jeff Koons, Glenn Ligon, Sharon Lockhart, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Tracey Moffatt, Wangechi Mutu, Gabriel Orozco, Laura Owens, Elizabeth Peyton, Paul Pfeiffer, William Pope L., Walid Ra’ad, Yvonne Rainer, Doris Salcedo, Shahzia Sikander, Fred Tomaselli, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Stanley Whitney.