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Visiting artists of diverse backgrounds frequently join the MassArt community for a few days, weeks, or months. Through lectures, slide talks, gallery walkthroughs, symposia, and residencies, these artists share their perspectives on practicing their chosen craft.
Visits often coincide with exhibitions of artists' work, granting MassArt students the unique opportunity to participate in mounting professional installations. While some visits are intimately tied to curricula, others are designed to fill a gap or broaden the student experience.
Lisa Yuskavage, one of the most acclaimed painters of her generation, creates sumptuous, self-aware, and boundary-pushing paintings that feature a familiar subject matter: female nudes, which have filled historical canvases for centuries.
Alec Soth has spent his career traveling the United States, and for a brief period Bogotá, Colombia, photographing people, landscapes, and ephemera that he encounters.
Los Angeles-based Pae White, whose work is on view in the 2009 Venice Biennale, creates whimsical works that combine handmade and natural elements in dazzling installations.
Mary McFadden will give an artist lecture and discuss her work and historic collections in conjunction with the opening reception for the exhibition Mary McFadden: Goddesses in the Sandra & David Bakalar Galleries from Sep 22 - Dec 5, 2009.
DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) is a multimedia artist, writer, composer, and musician. Miller's work as a media artist has appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and many other museums and galleries.