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World-famous artists and curators come to Phoenix for ASU School of Art’s Visiting Artist/Scholar Series

January 13, 2015

Tempe, Ariz. – The Arizona State University School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts announces its Spring 2015 Lecture Series, featuring internationally renowned artists and curators whose work reflects the most pressing issues of our times. Lecturers from as far away as Vietnam and Palestine will share work in a range of media and styles, from needlepoint to iPhone apps.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Most lectures will be held in ASU’s new graduate studios at 603 E. Grant St. in downtown Phoenix. Locations, times and artist information are posted online at

Questions about the series can be directed to Hilary Harp at 412.860.3296 or The schedule and artist briefs follow.

Ricardo Dominguez: Jan. 22 
Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT). His recent project, the Transborder Immigrant Tool (a GPS cell phone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S. border), won the Transnational Communities Award.

Afghan War Rugs panel: Jan. 29 (in collaboration with Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)
Join Dr. Annemarie Sawkins, exhibition curator; Erika Lynne Hanson, fibers artist and assistant professor at Arizona State University; and Claire C. Carter, SMoCA curator, as they consider the complex origins and growing popularity of war rug motifs since the 1980s.

L.J. Roberts: Feb. 5 
L.J. Roberts’ studio practice primarily consists of large-scale site-specific knitted installations and detailed embroideries that explore the intersections of feminist queer and trans politics.

Pepón Osorio: Feb. 26 
Pepón Osorio, best known for large-scale installations, was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, in 1955. Osorio’s pieces, influenced by his experience as a social worker in the Bronx, usually evolve from an interaction with the neighborhoods and people among which he is working.

Allison Smith: March 5 
Allison Smith’s diverse practice investigates the cultural phenomenon of historical reenactment and the role of craft in the construction of national identity.

Emily Jacir: March 19 
Palestinian artist Emily Jacir is best known for presenting issues related to transformation, questions of translation, resistance and the logic of the archive.

Dinh Q. Lê: March 26 
Dinh Q. Lê uses documentary video, animation and photography to explore the history and people of his native Vietnam, usually set against impressions and representations from America.

Anne Rorimer: April 2 
Anne Rorimer is an influential curator and author who served as curator of contemporary art at both the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., and the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author most recently of “Michael Asher: Kunsthalle Bern, 1992” (Afterall, 2012).

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