The Griot, The Parrhesiac, The Cannibal, The Oversharer, The Artist, The Realist

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7 - 8:30pm

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In this free, public lecture, Devin Kenny A'09 will tease out links between various cultural personas over history, in an attempt to apprehend and elucidate art production in the age of "the Creative" by focusing largely on his own practice. In the past the "Artist" was one of the few people able to cultivate a mastery of materials, who would lend those skills towards communication, building connection amongst people (religiously, civically, and otherwise), and changing the ways one envisions the self. Now, in a vastly customizable, personalizable world of signification and certain kinds of visibility, how can the Artist navigate in a time when those tools and techniques are increasingly accessible and equally charged?

Devin KennyDevin Kenny is an artist, musician, and curator working across several mediums. Hailing from the south side of Chicago, he relocated to New York to begin his studies at Cooper Union. He has since continued his practice through the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, SOMA Mexico, the Whitney ISP and performances at various art and music venues in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and internationally including: Het Roode Bioscoop, Biquini Wax, Artspace Auckland, REDCAT, MoMa PS1, Freak City, and Santos Party House. He received his MFA in 2013 from the New Genres department at UCLA and is an alum of the Whitney Independent Study Program.

This lecture is part of the Spring 2016 Intradisciplinary Seminar, part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. We are grateful for major funding support from the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.

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

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.