**NEW DATE & TIME** "Fear and Cultural Production," lecture by Dr. Steven Kurtz, visiting artist in Intermedia
Friday, December 3, at 10:00 am, in Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library (map)
** Due to weather delays in Buffalo, Steve Kurtz's visiting artist lecture has been rescheduled for 10 AM on Friday, December 3 in Shambaugh Auditorium.
Steven Kurtz is Professor of Art at the University at Buffalo and a founding member of the performance art group, Critical Art Ensemble. He is internationally renowned for his work in bio-art and new media. He gained general celebrity in 2004 following his arrest by the FBI on baseless bioterrorism charges that were downgraded to mail fraud and eventually thrown out in 2008. His artwork and legal ordeal, along with the complex issues they raise, were the subject of the 2007 film Strange Culture, directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson and starring Tilda Swinton, Peter Coyote, Thomas Jay Ryan, Josh Kornbluth, and Kurtz himself.
Since its formation in 1987 in Tallahassee, Florida, the Critical Art Ensemble has exhibited and perform projects examining issues surrounding information, communications and bio-technologies at countless museums and other cultural institutions. These include The Whitney Museum and The New Museum (New York City); The Corcoran Museum (Washington D.C.); The Institute for Contemporary Art (London); The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt); MusÃ©e d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; The London Museum of Natural History; and the Kunsthalle Luzern. Steven Kurtz and the Critical Art Ensemble are the recipient of many awards, including the Andy Warhol Foundation's 2007 Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Grant, the 2004 John Lansdown Award for Multimedia, and the 2004 Leonardo New Horizons Award for Innovation. The collective has written six books, and its writings have been translated into 18 languages.
Kurtz's visit is co-sponsored by the School of Art and Art History, Graduate Art Congress, the Student Assembly Budgeting and Allocating Committee, the Institute for Cinema and Culture, the Department of Communications Studies, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art.