Dewey Crumpler, Carol Becker, John Priola, and Gordon Knox will discuss the future of art school as institutions like SFAI face possible closures. The conversation will be led by Dore Bowen. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Marie Buck.
Dewey Crumpler is an Associate Professor of painting at San Francisco Art Institute. His current work examines issues of globalization/ cultural co-modification through the integration of digital imagery, video and traditional painting techniques. Dewey’s works are available in the permanent collections of the California African American Museum, Triton Museum of Art Los Angeles and the Oakland Museum Of California. Crumpler received the Flintridge Foundation Award, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, as well as The Fleishhacker Foundation Fellowship Eureka Award. Currently represented by Jenkins Johnsons Gallery, Collapse was Dewey Crumpler’s most recent exhibition at Seattle University, with The Hedreen Gallery.
Carol Becker is Professor of the Arts and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts. Before holding this position she was Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of numerous articles and several books including: The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change; The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society and Social Responsibility; Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art; Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institution, Gender and Anxiety; Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production; and Losing Helen.
J. John Priola, received a B.A. from Metropolitan State College, Denver and an M.F.A. from the SFAI. His work has been shown in major exhibitions such as, “In A Different Light” University Art Museum, Berkeley and “Prospect ‘96”, at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany. His work is included in numerous Museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and SFMOMA, and recently received a Svane Foundation Commission. Priola has taught at SFAI for twenty-four years, is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer and for the last 3 years served as Director of the Low-Residency MFA Program, and is a faculty trustee to the board. He is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery, Joseph Bellows Gallery and Weston Gallery.
Gordon Knox is an educator, a cultural innovator, and an institution builder. Knox’s work relocates the critical, disciplined investigation and knowledge production of art and art-making back to the core of social interpretation and cultural transformation. His primary means of accomplishing this is by conceptualizing and building effective cultural institutions that support artists as agents of social change suspended in a global network of public intellectuals, educators, and creative practitioners of all sorts. Knox served as president of the San Francisco Art Institute (Jan 2017 – May 2020), as Director of the Arizona State University Art Museum (2010 – 2016), and as a core collaborator at the Stanford Humanities Lab. Knox has built organizations supporting the individual creative process by founding the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, establishing the Lucas Artists Programs at Montalvo in California, and the Combine Artist Residency program at Arizona State University.
Dore Bowen writes on modern and contemporary art, focusing on practices that probe the texture of ordinary life with new methods of creative production and distribution. She has written on an international group of artists—such as Yael Bartana, Dan Graham, Akram Zaatari, Bruce Nauman, Elin Hansdottir, and Lydia Ourahmane, among others—and her research areas include Fluxus, photography, interdisciplinary art, phenomenology, and queer feminism. Recently, Bowen served as lead curator for the reinstallation of Bruce Nauman’s 1970 San Jose Installation, which culminated in Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters (with Constance M. Lewallen, University of California Press, 2019), and is completing a book on the history of the diorama from the 19th century to contemporary installation art. She is Associate Professor of Art History at San José State University.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
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Marie Buck is the author of Portrait of Doom (Krupskaya 2015), Goodnight, Marie, May God Have Mercy on Your Soul(Roof 2017), and Unsolved Mysteries, which is forthcoming from Roof this September. She is the managing and web literary editor at Social Text.