Conversations in Contemporary Art


Conversations in Contemporary Art is a free event series sponsored by Concordia University's Studio Arts MFA Program. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear artists, designers, critics, writers, educators, and curators share their practice(s) and perspectives.  


2021-22 Programming

Conversations in Contemporary Art | 2021 - 2022
The Conversation Continues! CiCA is happening.
 

The Department of Studio Arts MFA Program is pleased to invite you to a season of talks, demos, studio visits, dialogues and more!

This year, we are collaborating with a number of local centres and cultural organisations including EAHR | MediaDiagonaleMOMENTA x Leonard & Bina Ellen Art GalleryFoFA GalleryMcClure Gallery, to bring together a rich program with varied perspectives. Happily, we are also returning to your Internet ether via  4TH SPACE, who are our digital-co-hosts: the Conversation Continues, online.

Winter 2022 Events

Event Recording: 20 January 2022 Mark Igloliorte, in conversation with M.E. Sparks, Maggee Day, Matthis Grunksy and Shoor Majedian discussing their studio practices and pedagogy

Postponed to Fall 2022: Mara Eagle (2020 Bronfman Fellow ) discusses new work

Event Recording17 March 2022, 5:00pm EST: Maria Hupfield invites CiCA for an artist walk through and talk at Diagonale

Past event: 24 March 2022, 6:00pm EST: Ashley James, Associate Curator in Contemporary Art, Guggenheim, delivers this year’s Mary Ann Beckett-Baxter Lecture, “Source/Material : Notes on (Black) Photography and the Referent,” co-hosted with the Department of Art History

Event Recording31 March 2022, 4:30pm EST on Zoom:  Nicole Burisch, Director, FoFA Gallery, discusses her new position and recent work. 
 

Fall 2021 Events

Event Recording  - 16 September 2021: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz delivers an artist talk in connection with ‘Poetic Disorder’ an exhibition curated by MOMENTA x Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery

Event Recording  - 14 October 2021, 6:00pm: Mat Karas joins for a demonstration and invites attendees to the XYZ Symposium hosted by the McClure Gallery, including contributions from Jeanne Quinn

Event Recording - 25 October 2021, 6:00pm: Zainub Verjeehosted with EAHR | Media, reflects on artists’ labour and her multi-hyphenate practice

Event Recording  - 4 November 2021, 4:30pm: New Faculty member in the Department of Studio Arts, Jaret Vadera returns to the CiCA guest-spot with Tairone Bastien. They will discuss mutual concerns and their respective practices.

Event Recording - 18 November 2021, 4:30pm: Join GRAFT Collective, the first CICA in [Remote] Residents, as they share their project work from their 2020-2021 residency. 


Previous Seasons

2020-21 

Seminar leader: Maya Rae Oppenheimer, Assistant Professor, Department of Studio Arts + Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts
Speakers: Elaine Lopez; Keli Garrett and Noorafshan Mirza; Michèle Pearson Clarke, Michaëlle Sergile and Ashley Raghubir; Hannah Claus and Peter Morin; Juan Ortiz-Apuy and Zinnia Naqvi, Deanna Bowen with Rachelle Dickenson, Maddy Mayo

2019-2020 

Seminar leader: Maya Rae Oppenheimer, Assistant Professor, Department of Studio Arts + Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts
Speakers: Ursula Johnson, On est tu heureux hen., Aaron McIntosh, Crystal (Mikinaak) Migwans, Alastair MacLennan, Javier González Pesce

2018-19

Seminar leader: Sky Goodden, Artist-in-Residence, Department of Studio Arts/MFA
Speakers: Dean Baldwin, Andréanne Abbondanza-Bergeron, Jaret Vadera, Erin Schirreff, Ben Davis, Kazuhiro Soda, Saelan Twerdy, Bridget Moser, Mat Chivers, Amanda Dawn Christie, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Krysztof Wodiczko

2017-18 

Seminar leader: Tammer El-Sheikh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Studio Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies and Art Theory/Criticism
Speakers: Kevin B. LeeChloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau, Marnie Weber, Suzy Lake, Bea Parsons, Hugues Charbonneau, Walter Scott, Hajra Waheed, Heather Davis, Roxanne Jackson, Micah Lexier

2016-17

Seminar leader: Tammer El-Sheikh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Studio Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies and Art Theory/Criticism
Speakers: Dineo Seshee Bopape, David Joselit, Walter McConnellVelibor Božović, Sky Goodden, Spring Hurlbut, Ken Lum, Haig Aivazian, Philippe Pirotte, Althea Thauberger

2015-16

Seminar leader: Tammer El-Sheikh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Studio Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies and Art Theory/Criticism
Speakers: Surabhi Ghosh, Daniel Barrow, Erin Gee, Kamal Aljafari, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Shary Boyle, Rebecca Belmore, Sandra Ramos, Yassin "Narcy" Alsalman, Chantal Pontbriand, Nikhil Chopra

2014-15

Seminar leader: Ingrid Bachmann, Associate Professor, Department of Studio Arts
Speakers: Ed Pien, Tema Stauffer, Del Harrow, Raymonde April, Ivana Ivkovic, James Benning, Diane Morin, Simon Denny, Angela Grauerholz, David Balzer, Nadia Myre


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