Internationally-exhibited photographer lectures at Butler

"Tornado House"

“Tornado House” by photographer Chris Venere, who lectures this week at the Butler Institute of American Art.

Chris Verene, a photographer, performance artist and educator widely known for his multi-decade long documentary project chronicling the lives of his family and friends in Galesburg, Ill., will lecture at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Butler Institute of American Art’s Zona Auditorium.

The lecture, presented by Youngstown State University’s Department of Art, is free and open to the public.

Verene’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and others. His work is also featured in two major books with Twin Palms Press: Chris Verene, published in 2000, and the sequel, Family, in 2010. Verene is also known for his series and book, Camera Club, which was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2000, and is represented currently in SF MoMA’s Exposed: Voyeurism book and touring exhibition. This coming summer, Verene will be working with the New York City Department of Parks on a large-scale interactive outdoor installation, entitled The Self-Esteem Salon.

Verene is on faculty at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, teaching in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program, and has taught art at many institutions at all levels since 1995. In 2002, he was the first photographer to receive a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation for full support. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Emory University and a master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Georgia State University.