A Free, Public Lecture by Artist Mike Cloud

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Painting by Mike Cloud

The School of Art is pleased to present an artist lecture by Mike Cloud, Alex Katz Chair in Painting (Spring ’18).

A New York-based painter, Cloud’s work examines the conditions of painting in its contemporary life among countless reproductions, symbols, and descriptions. Cloud asserts that “paintings are always objects within a system of objects, and my paintings create a kind of microcosmic system of objects (toys, mazes, symbols, and painting materials), which although familiar within their own contexts, might combine into an overarching system of familiarities that create a kind of transparency of their own.”

Cloud earned his MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago. A selection of exhibitions include: 'The Myth of Education' at the Logan Art Center, IL; ‘Special Project: Mike Cloud’ at P.S.1, NY; ‘Agreement and Subjectivity’ at Max Protetch, NY; ‘Jesse Chapman/ Mike Cloud’ at Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY and ‘Bad Faith and Universal Technique’ at Thomas Erben Gallery, NY. His work has been included in group exhibitions such as ‘Frequency’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; at Apexart, NY and Honor Fraser Gallery, CA. Cloud’s works and writing have been featured in the New York Times, Art in America, Art Review and in the painting survey Painting Abstraction by Bob Nickas, published by Phaidon Press. He has been awarded the inaugural Chiaro Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, CA; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and residencies at the Meulensteen Art Centre in the Netherlands as well as the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in New York. Cloud has lectured extensively on his work and issues of contemporary art theory at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, NJ; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, MA; Yale University, CT; Cooper Union, NY; Bard College, NY and The University of Illinois- Chicago, IL, among others. He is currently an assistant professor at Brooklyn College/ CUNY in New York.

General public should reserve a space here. Please note first come, first seated; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

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