LOGAN LECTURE SERIES
The Logan Lecture Series brings outstanding Latin American artists to Phoenix to give public lectures on their practice and engage with our community.
In 2017-2018, the series affords our visitors direct contact with a ground-breaking artist from Venezuela and three of the most innovative Brazilian artists working today. These artist talks take place within the context of three major exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum: the Video Crossings Series spotlighted in Border Crossings: Mexico and the American Southwest; Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art From The Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo; and Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now.
Featured artists Magdalena Fernandez, Vik Muniz, Cássio Vasconcellos, and Valeska Soares embrace different means of art-making, but all are internationally renowned for their radical innovations and experimental approaches to artistic practice, which they will explore in their talks.
The 2017-2018 Logan Lecture Series will be held at Phoenix Art Museum's Whiteman Hall.
Tickets are $5 for non-Members and free for Members.
Spaces are limited and expected to sell out prior to the lecture, advance purchase is recommended.
Generously sponsored by Kent and Vicki Logan
Since the early 1980s, photographer Cássio Vasconcellos has trained his camera on sites around the world, from his native São Paulo to Paris, New York, and Shanghai. His evocative imagery deconstructs traditions of landscape photography, often by turning buildings, skylines, monuments, and urban spaces, as well as topographical features of the land, into abstract elements.
Exploring themes of memory, time, and the sensorial, Valeska Soares reconfigures the esthetic of minimalism into interactive installations and sensory experiences. Her work demonstrates a fascination with space and time, as well as what occurs beyond their perceived limits. Directly engaging visitors’ subjectivities, she emphasizes personal experience and also universal knowledge, and explores how each of these affects the other. Assemblages of book pages, covers, and bindings weave meanings between different texts that viewers connect by association. Soares also renders experiential qualities in her work through suspended mirrors, perishing flowers, and vessels of perfume and liquor that slowly evaporate over the course of the exhibition, inviting visitors’ active engagement.
Valeska Soares, Untitled (from Detour), 2004. Serigraph on mirror. Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo Collection, Gift of the artist through the MAM Engraving Collectors Club. Photo by Edouard Fraipont.
PAST LECTURES IN THIS SERIES
Logan Lecture Series: Vik Muniz
Wednesday, November 8 | 6:30 P.M.
Photographer and mixed-media artist Vik Muniz is renowned for his visionary engagement with conceptual photography and international art histories. Creative appropriation and subtle subversions are consistent strategies that define his work. He is best known for repurposing everyday materials into intricate recreations of canonical artworks, which he photographs before destroying the originals.
Vik Muniz, The Descent From the Cross (After Caravaggio), 2000. Color photograph (Cibachrome). MAM-SP Contemporary Nucleus Acquisition. Photo: Romulo Fialdini.
Logan Lecture Series: Magdalena Fernández
Wednesday, October 11 | 6:30 P.M.
Currently on view, Magdalena Fernández’s video installation 2iPM009 uses digital media to create light, sound and movement to evoke a rain soaked night. Fernandez’s work is informed by the Constructivist tradition in Latin America, which was partly inspired by the non-representational forms of the De Stijl art movement that developed in the Netherlands in the early part of the 20th century.
Magdalena Fernández, 2iPM009, 2009. Video installation with sound. Installation view at Phoenix Art Museum, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Sicardi Gallery.