Matt Mullican

Zabar Visiting Artist

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Zabar Visiting Artist Series at Hunter College
Public Lecture: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
7:00 PM

Hunter MFA Studios at 205 Hudson Street

The Hunter College Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce a public lecture by Matt Mullican, as part of the Spring 2017 Judith Zabar Visiting Artist Series, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 7:00 pm at Hunter’s MFA Studios at 205 Hudson Street in Tribeca (entrance on Canal just west of Hudson). 

Since the early 1980s, Matt Mullican has pursued an exploration of subjectivity in the public pictorial language of signage and design. Addressing systems of knowledge, meaning, and language and their representations, he has crafted a complex, personal cosmology in drawings and diagrams, pictographs and photographs. His wide-ranging body of work has embraced automatic drawing and graphic design, as well as collage, sculpture, performance, installation, and video. Born in Santa Monica, California in 1951, Mullican received his BFA from CalArts in 1974, and moved to New York shortly thereafter. He has exhibited internationally since the early 1970s in venues including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Haus Der Kunst, Munich; National Galerie, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Netherlands; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  His work was also included in the 1989 and 2008 Whitney Biennials and in the 2013 Biennale di Venezia, and in a number of major surveys of the art of the 1980s and ‘90s, including “A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (1989), “The Pictures Generation” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009); and “Take It Or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology” at the Hammer Museum UCLA (2014).


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.