Calder - Capturing Movement - 8 & 9 April 2010
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    Guest participants
   
  Žilvinas Kempinas
Artist

Žilvinas Kempinas, artist, uses unspooled videotape and electric fans to create installations that sculpt and redefine space, conjuring transfixing visual conundrums. Kempinas was awarded the Calder Prize in 2007, and thereafter completed a residency at the Atelier Calder during which he created TUBE, an installation presented in the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial 53rd International Art Exhibition in 2009. Kempinas' other solo exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Wien (2008), Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania (2007), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006), Flying Tape, Spencer Brownstone Gallery (2004) and a site-specific installation at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC (2003). Selected group exhibitions include BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, UK (2010), Futurity Now, Transmediale 10 Festival, Berlin (2010), Espèces d'espaces, Yvon Lambert Gallery, NYC (2009), Immediate Future, Lund Konsthall, Lund, Sweden (2009), Now Jump, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yong-in City, Republic of Korea (2008), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008), MANIF D’ART 4: La Biennale en Art Actuel de Québec (2008), and MANIFESTA 7, Bolzano, Italy (2008). Born in Lithuania and based in New York, Kempinas is represented by Yvon Lambert in Paris and New York, and Vartai Gallery in Vilnius.

  Žilvinas Kempinas

Žilvinas Kempinas
Photo credit: Angela Okajima
 
   
  Mark Mitton
Magician

Mark Mitton is a professional magician who is fascinated by using magic to better understand how we see the world. In addition to creating magic for film, television, and the Broadway stage, Mitton tirelessly explores the theme of perception from an interdisciplinary standpoint. He has participated in a panel with Chuck Close and Adam Gopnik, was filmed by Bruce Nauman for a work featured at last year's Venice Biennale retrospective, and has performed with Nobel laureate Dr. Gerald Edelman at The Neurosciences Institute. Last summer, he made a presentation to the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness in Berlin. Mitton frequently moderates panel discussions on perception at the Philoctetes Center, and regularly performs at one of the hottest night clubs in New York City, where he has entertained Sting, John Mayer, Beyoncé and many others.

 

Mark Mitton
Photo: Rainer Hosch
   
   
    Arnauld Pierre
Professor, Art History, Université de Paris - Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Arnauld Pierre is professor of art history at the Université de Paris – Sorbonne (Paris IV). Pierre recently published a book dedicated to Calder’s oeuvre entitled Calder: Mouvement et réalité (2009), which won the Syndicat national des Antiquaires's 2009 Art Book Prize. He is also the author of a book on Picabia and many other texts and studies on the Avant-garde artists, from the birth of abstraction to kinetic art. He is currently organizing an exhibition entitled Fernand Léger et le langage du signal at the Musée national Fernand Léger, Biot (June- Sept 2010) and is about to publish a book entitled Maternités cosmiques. La recherche des origines, de Kupka à Kubrick. Also an art critic, Pierre is the co-director of the contemporary art review 20/27.

  Arnauld Pierre

Arnauld Pierre
Photo credit: © Enrique Domínguez Uceta /
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    Alexander S. C. Rower
President, Calder Foundation

Alexander S. C. Rower is President and founder of the Calder Foundation and Alexander Calder’s grandson. Since 1987, the Foundation has documented more than 22,000 works by Calder and established an extensive archive dedicated to all aspects of Calder’s career. Rower has curated and co-curated many exhibitions, including Calder: Sculptor of Air (2009), Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Calder Jewelry (2008), Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Calder: Gravity and Grace (2003), Guggenheim, Bilbao and the Reina Sofia, Madrid; and Alexander Calder: 1898-1976 (1998), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Rower has published many texts on Calder’s life and work including the monograph Calder Sculpture and frequently lectures on the subject.

  Alexander S. C. Rower

Alexander S. C. Rower
Photo credit: Pat York
   
   
    Peter Steinberg
Physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Peter Steinberg is a nuclear physicist from Brookhaven National Laboratory, located on Long Island, east of New York City. A graduate of Yale, with a doctorate from MIT, Steinberg has been participating in experiments at Brookhaven and CERN since 1994, most recently working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. His primary field of study involves the collision of heavy atomic nuclei very close to the speed of light. These collisions form droplets of what has been called "the perfect liquid," an exotic state of matter not seen since the first few microseconds after the birth of the universe, and one of the few systems for which string theory calculations can be applied. While his scientific work has brought him to conferences all over the world, Steinberg is also well known as a physics blogger and writer for both the Quantum Diaries project in 2005 as well as his own blog, Entropy Bound. He has been quoted recently in stories in Scientific American, Ars Technica, and other publications, and was featured in the 2008 National Geographic documentary "Monster Black Holes."

  Peter Steinberg

Peter Steinberg
   
   
    U.Va. participants
   
    Matthew Affron
Associate Professor, Department of Art & Curator of Modern Art and Academic Curator

Matthew Affron is curator of modern art and academic curator at the University of Virginia Art Museum and associate professor in the McIntire Department of Art. He most recently organized the exhibition Fernand Léger: Contrasts of Forms (2007). Affron's publications deal with diverse aspects of the work of Léger, French art and politics in the 1920s and 1930s, and the emigration of artists from Europe to the United States during the Second World War. His current project is an exhibition about the American artist Joseph Cornell and Surrealism. Affron is a co-curator of Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris and general editor of the exhibition's catalogue.

   
   
   
    Hilary Bart-Smith
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
See web page, bart-smith labs* >

 

   
   
   
    Rose Beauchamp
Lecturer in Dance

Rose Beauchamp is heading the Dance Program in the Drama Department. She teaches courses in Technique, Choreography, and Special Topics. Rose is a dancer, choreographer, and somatic body practitioner. In addition, she is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Bartenieff Practitioner (CLMA). Prior to coming to U.Va., Rose was teaching at Franklin School for the Performing Arts and Emerson College in Boston where she was also pursuing her career as Founder/Director of inFluxdance, a release-based Dance Theater company. Rose's choreography is influenced by her experience in Contact Improvisation, her love of being off-vertical, and her exploration of LMA theory. Her full-length work has been featured in Boston, Montreal, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and in San Francisco while excerpts have been seen in performances such as Boston’s Tens the Limit and Green Street Performance Works, and the Bay Area's Marin 21st Century Dance Collaboration, Women's Work, and the 23rd Annual Celebration of Craftswomen in SF. inFluxdance made their international debut in 2006 at the St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival with their full length work entitled 'This Fairytale is not Working out.’ After receiving a Fringe award, the company returned to the fringe circuit this summer performing in Orlando, Montreal, Toronto, Boulder, and San Francisco. Rose's most recent collaborative project was entitled 'Found and Lost' which was a dance theater piece incorporating American Sign Language while exploring communication and accessibility. She has danced with Annie Rosenthal and Co, Patricia Jiron, Rosemary Hannon, Ipswich Moving Company, Alysia Woodruff, Emily Randolph and Dancers, Miki Lizst Dance Company and Keira Hart as well as various Contact Improvisation Projects.

   
   
   
    Silvia Salinas Blemker
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Silvia Salinas Blemker leads the Multi-scale Muscle Mechanics Lab at the University of Virginia. The goal of Dr. Blemker’s research is to identify the principles of skeletal muscle design by characterizing the relationships between muscle structure, mechanical properties, biology, and function. Her lab group is currently applying these findings to variety of areas, such as to improving the treatments for musculoskeletal impairments and to understanding the mechanisms underlying skeletal muscle injury. Dr. Blemker joined the University of Virginia faculty in January of 2006. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Before joining the faculty at U.Va., Dr. Blemker worked as a post-doctoral Research Associate at Stanford University’s National Center for Biomedical Computation.

   
   
   
    Edward Ford
Vincent and Eleanor Shea Professor, School of Architecture

Edward Ford is the author of The Details of Modern Architecture (MIT, 1990) and The Details of Modern Architecture, Volume 2 (MIT, 1996) and has published articles in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Inform, B, eAV, Detail, Harvard Design Magazine, The Oxford American and Perspecta. His architectural work is the subject of the monograph Five Houses, Ten Details (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009) and his design work has been published in The New American House, Japan Architect, Competitions, 18 Houses, ARQ, Inform, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Oculus and has been exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Foundation for Architecture. He won second prize in the 1990 Matteson Library Competition and third prize in the 1990 Japan Architect Competition. In 2002, the Ford house won an Honor Award for Design from the Virginia AIA. In 1997, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University and in 2004, he was the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow at Downing College at the University of Cambridge. 

   
   
   
    LaVahn Hoh
Professor, Associate Chair

Well-known for his expertise in technical theatre and special effects, LaVahn has created scene designs using non-traditional materials for many of his designs. LaVahn teaches a course on special effects in the theatre and has created special effects for many regional and university theatres. In addition to teaching theatre technology courses, he is a nationally known circus historian and teaches the only accredited course in America on the history of the American circus. He co-authored a book entitled Step Right Up! The Adventure of Circus in America and has produced a video on the Clyde Beatty Circus, which was screened at The Virginia Film Festival. LaVahn taught circus history and was the archivist for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He has appeared on a two-hour documentary on the Arts and Entertainment Network commemorating 200 years of Circus in America. LaVahn was also seen on an A&E special looking at the world of Dare Devils and on A&E's Biography The Flying Wallendas. LaVahn wrote the history of clowning for the 1998 version of Microsoft's Encarta. He was featured in an article in USA Today about his class and his affiliation with Clown College. LaVahn was seen on an A&E documentary The Great Wallendas and was featured in People Magazine. Recently he was seen on the History Channel's Suicide Mission. LaVahn wrote the history of the circus for the 2001 edition of the World Book Encyclopedia. LaVahn was awarded a Faculty Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities in 2002 where he is developing a data base on the History of the American Circus: 1793-1940. LaVahn was the commissioner of Health and Safety for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Prior to joining the University of Virginia's faculty, he served on the faculties of Northern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He is a member of USITT, SETC, VTA.

   
   
   
    Jody Kielbasa

 

   
   
   
    Ricky Patterson
Senior Scientist, Department of Astronomy

Ricky Patterson works with a large research group studying the origins and evolution of our Milky Way Galaxy, especially through the ongoing process of cannibalization of captured dwarf galaxies. He is also involved in the public outreach and preservation efforts at the 125-year-old Leander McCormick Observatory.

While living and working in Australia for three years, he developed an appreciation for Australian Aboriginal Art. When the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection opened at U.Va., he was able to combine his two interests while working with curator Margo Smith to bring a show of astronomically-themed Aboriginal Art (paired with photographs of astronomical objects) to a new audience at McCormick Observatory in Under Southern Skies:Aboriginal and Western Scientific Perspectives of the Australian Night Sky.

  Ricky Patterson

Ricky Patterson
   
   
    Petra Reinke
Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Petra Reinke is an associate professor in Materials Science at the University of Virginia where she has conducted research in Nanoscience since 2003. She began her career at the University of Konstanz in Germany where she majored in Chemistry, and then moved to Munich to obtain her PhD in Physics at the Mac-Planck Institute. She then pursued a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Ecole Polytechnique at Montreal, and the Habilitation in Experimental Physics in Basel, Switzerland. She has published extensively in scientific journals, has given numerous lectures, and has taught several Nanoscience classes at U.Va. Nanoscience is a truly interdisciplinary discipline, which is reflected in her research and teaching. She explores the formation of structure on the most fundamental level by observing the assembly with a scanning tunneling microscope. She is fascinated by the relation between atomic level structure and functionality and aims to design materials with a specific functionality in mind. A recent example of her work is the formation of fractal structures made of fullerene molecule, where the experimental observation was combined with a theoretical description of the fractals growth.

  Petra Reinke

Petra Reinke
   
   
    Thomas C. Skalak
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Vice President for Research

Thomas C. Skalak is Vice President for Research and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He served as Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at U.Va. from 2001-2008. He received his B.E.S. in Bioengineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from U.C.S.D. in 1984. Dr. Skalak is President of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and a past-President of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). As Vice President for Research at U.Va., Tom is responsible for the integration and enhancement of research activities across U.Va.’s eleven schools and multiple research centers. He is leading university-wide strategic planning activities, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, and biosciences. During the last year, he led the launch of the Science & Art Project, the U.Va. Venture Summit, and the U.Va. Bay Game. The University’s goal is to integrate the unique resources of a comprehensive research and learning organization to explore, discover, and invent, bringing diverse talents and approaches to bear on major on major societal problems and producing innovation that drives the creative economy.

   
   
   
    Elizabeth Hutton Turner
Vice Provost for the Arts

Elizabeth Hutton Turner is the University's first vice provost of the arts. Turner is the former senior curator of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. During her 18-year tenure at The Phillips Collection and as a member of their senior staff, Turner was involved in developing the strategic plan for the expansion of the Phillips and for the creation of its Center for the Study of Modern Art. She directed exhibits and wrote extensively on Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Jacob Lawrence, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian, Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz. Turner serves on the advisory board for the Alexander Calder Foundation and is currently working on a book about Calder. She is a native of Charlottesville and a member of the U.Va. family, having completed all of her degrees (B.A., M.A. and Ph.D.) at the University.

   
   
   
    U.Va. graduate student participants
   
    Michael Maizels

Mike Maizels was born and raised in Chicago, IL. After studying studio art and philosophy of mind at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, he received an MA in Contemporary Art History from the University of Chicago. He is currently working toward his PhD, under the direction of Howard Singerman, with a dissertation that will focus on theories of viewership in new media art.

   
   
   
    Emily Caplan Reed

Emily Caplan Reed is a Ph.D. student in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia. She is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B., 2004) and the University of Chicago (M.A., 2007). As Elizabeth Turner's student, she researched at the Calder Foundation in 2008 and wrote a paper on Calder's 1946 show at the Galerie Louis Carré, Paris; his first solo exhibition in that city since the 1933 exhibition at the Pierre Colle gallery, where he debuted Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere (1932). Emily is currently researching Calder's collaborations with architects including Frederick Kiesler, Paul Nelson, Wallace Harrison and I.M. Pei.

  Emily Caplan Reed

Emily Caplan Reed
   
   
    Jennifer Stettler

Jennifer Stettler has a BA in art history from the University of Delaware and an MA in art history from George Washington University. With a specialization in late 19th and early 20th-century modern art, her interests focus on artistic identity, pedagogy, and the intersections between fine arts, theater, and dance. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she served as a Research Assistant in conjunction with the Calders on the Parkway program and subsequently held positions in the Executive Office and Registrars Office. She also serves as a research assistant to art historians Roberta K. Tarbell and Elizabeth Hutton Turner, working on projects involving American modernism, including artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Alexander Calder.

  Jennifer Stettler

Jennifer Stettler