Artist on Art: Art as Social Practice

October 16, 2013
Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Farnsworth Auditorium
What political issues inform your work? How do you see your role as an artist in terms of social justice and political activism? How effective can artists truly be in promoting social change?

Artists: Kenny Cole, Alan Magee, and Pilar Nadal.
Moderator: Alexis Iammarino.
Born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Alan Magee attended art school in Philadelphia and, in 1969, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York. Among his regular clients were Time magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Atlantic, Playboy, and  Simon & Schuster Books. In the late 1970s Magee began to concentrate on his personal paintings and in 1980 presented his first solo exhibition at Staempfli Gallery in New York. Magee’s works can be seen in many public collections including The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The National Portrait Gallery. Magee’s images can invite quiet contemplation, evoke empathy, or spark political controversy. Archive, the artist’s ongoing series of black and white faces asks that we remember the distant victims of war. Magee’s relief sculptures (the War Toys) critique our culture’s glorification of war and militarism, and his recent music video, Gun Shop (2013), addresses America’s love of guns and our nation’s epidemic of gun violence. Magee lives in Cushing, Maine.
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After winning a Charles Burchfield scholarship in 1976, Kenny Cole studied drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, earning a B.F.A. in 1981. He joined the planning committee of City Without Walls Gallery in 1983 and exhibited extensively in alternative spaces in and around New York City until moving to Maine in 1994. Here he has continued to exhibit in alternative spaces, has helped organize political art actions with the Union of Maine Visual Artists and served for 10 years on the board of directors at Waterfall Arts in Belfast. Cole was awarded the 2012 Spring Monhegan Artists Residency and will be exhibiting an interactive solo installation at the University of Maine Museum of Art’s Zillman Gallery in January 2014.
Pilar Nadal

Join emerging and mid-career artists for this 3-part series covering topics relevant to artists living and working today. Artists such as Kat Buchanan, Kenny Cole, Alexis Iammarino, Mark Kelly, Alan Magee, Kathryn Oliver, Colin Page, Jessica Stammen, and Andy White will engage each other and the audience in conversation.
Individual evenings: $5 for Collective members, $10 members, $15 nonmembers




Gun Shop from Alan Magee on Vimeo.




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