Intradisciplinary Seminar: William Villalongo

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 7:00 - 8:30pm

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'Father I Cannot Tell A Lie,' 2009 Acrylic, paper and velvet flock on wood panel.  40" X 72. Image courtesy of the artist

'Father I Cannot Tell A Lie,' 2009 Acrylic, paper and velvet flock on wood panel. 40" X 72. Image courtesy of the artist

In a free, public event, William Villalongo A'99, assistant professor in the School of Art, will present some of his works and discuss his co-curating the Black Pulp! exhibition at the International Print Center New York. "Black Pulp!" examines evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 2016 through contemporary works of art and rare historical printed media.

William Villalongo was born in Hollywood, Florida in 1975 and raised in the town of Bridgeton, NJ. His narrative and figurative works explore the mythical as a metaphor for the black presence in art and society. Villalongo's figures toil between various histories and an endless natural world, conscious of Painting as their condition of being. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.  He is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. His work resides in several notable public collections including El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum In Harlem, Princeton University Art Museum, The Weatherspoon Museum and The Whitney Museum of American Art. William Villalongo currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union School of Art.

The Intradisciplinary Seminar, sponsored by the The Cooper Union School of Art, presents a series of free, public lectures reflecting a broad range of contemporary art issues. Speakers include artists, writers, and thinkers currently engaged in a variety of practices. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary approaches, presenting new voices, international perspectives and scholarship across multiple fields. The series constitutes a lively forum for the exchange of ideas between practitioners, students, faculty and the public.

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

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

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