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Hartford Art School Announces Spring Auerbach Lineup

February 15, 2021

Each year, the Hartford Art School has the opportunity to welcome visiting artists for a series of lectures through the Auerbach Lecture Series. Though the presentations look a little different this year by going virtual, the conversations and artists are as compelling as ever. The series kicked off in the fall with Gail Anderson, a New York City based designer, educator, and writer and continues through the spring with a number of incredible artists.

On February 25, the department of Integrated Media Arts will host American Artist, whose work considers black labor and visibility within networked life. Their practice makes use of video, installation, new media, and writing. Artist is a resident at Red Bull Arts Detroit and a 2018-2019 recipient of the Queens Museum Jerome Foundation Fellowship. Artist is a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design and teaches critical theory at the School for Poetic Computation. 

The First Year Foundation Program will also host Nina Chanel Abney on March 25, and the department of printmaking will host Althea Murphy-Price on April 13.

Combining representation and abstraction, Nina Chanel Abney’s paintings capture the frenetic pace of contemporary culture. Broaching subjects as diverse as race, celebrity, religion, politics, sex, and art history, her works eschew linear storytelling in lieu of disjointed narratives. Her distinctively bold style harnesses the flux and simultaneity that has come to define life in the 21st century. Her work is included in collections around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Rubell Family Collection, Bronx Museum, and the Burger Collection, Hong Kong.

Althea Murphy-Price’s work is inspired by the social implication of beauty and its relationship to female identity, women, and culture. Topics of real and false, decoration, and imitation are explored in two- and three-dimensional working methods, using traditional and non-conventional approaches to printmaking, and sculpture. Her artwork has been shown widely throughout the country as well as international cities in Spain, China, Japan, Italy, and Sweden. 

All presentations begin at 2:30 p.m., and will take place on the Zoom platform. More information about the artists and presentations can be found here.

The Auerbach Lecture series is made possible by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund of the Hartford Art School Endowment, Inc. 

Register today by emailing artschool@hartford.edu to receive the virtual access link.