“Emergent Futures Now” features four lectures

“Emergent Futures Now,” a lecture series presented by Youngstown State University’s Department of Art, begins this week and runs through the end of April.

In addition, the department presents a lecture by Dan Byers, the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 24, in YSU’s McDonough Museum of Art Lecture Hall.

The “Emergent Futures Now” lectures, which are part of the Beecher Art + Technology Series, are dedicated to the structures that promote creative people to create and imagine for the changing world: collaboratives, cooperatives, collectives, hacker spaces and open source culture are included as topics of interest. The Beecher Center provides opportunities for the creation, exhibition, archiving and dissemination of technology-based art.

The lectures:

  • Thursday, March 20, 2 p.m. in the Butler Institute of American Art, Zona Auditorium, Dana Bishop-Root (Transformazium, General Sisters) and Ginger Brooks Takahashi (General Sisters)

Transformazium is an artist collaborative based in North Braddock, Pa., where Dana Bishop-Root, Ruthie Stringer and Leslie Stem moved from Brooklyn in 2007 to pursue their shared interests in community agriculture, political and cultural activism, youth development, and education. Since 2009, the Braddock Carnegie Library Association has partnered with Transformazium to develop and coordinate new creative learning programs and build relationships with cultural institutions. These programs include the Neighborhood Print Shop, a fully operational screen-printing studio where residents of Braddock can learn to make prints for creative or entrepreneurial purposes, and the Resident Artist in Residence program, which has provided studio space and public engagement opportunities for established artists with ties to Braddock, including Tony Buba, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Jim Kidd.

general sistersGeneral Sisters is a General Store, open and wide, designed so that a shared space is formed shifting the emphasis from consumerism to that of producers and the possibility that all of us can be producers. General Sisters will make use of color and formal design elements and redefined resources to communicate expansive thinking and emancipated grocery shopping.

  • Wednesday, April 2, 5:30 p.m. in YSU’s McDonough Museum of Art, Lecture Hall,  Sabhia Basrai, Design Action Collective.

Design Action Collective began in 2002 as an independent design and communications spin-off of Inkworks Press Collective. This has allowed them to better serve the movement for social justice by expanding their design capabilities to provide web and other interactive and “new media” services, and continue to expand to include strategic communications and messaging. Design Action now consists of a multi-lingual, diverse 11-person shop.

  • Monday, April 7, 5:30 p.m., in YSU’s McDonough Museum of Art, Lecture Hall, Jeremy Beaudry, Meredith Warner and Katie Hargrave: The Think Tank That Has Yet To Be Named.

The Think Tank That Has Yet to be Named is a social practice and artistic research studio. It initiates research, conversations and actions that explore contemporary sociopolitical issues. Whether physical sites, institutional structures, or social systems, they address these contexts as manifestations of models and metaphors that inescapably impact their lives.

  • Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 p.m., in YSU’s McDonough Museum of Art, Lecture Hall, Shaun Slifer, Just Seeds Cooperative.

Just Seeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 24 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental and political stance. With members working from the United Sates, Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. For more information, call the Department of Art at 330-941-3627.

Meanwhile, Dan Byers, the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, presents a free lecture 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the McDonough Museum of Art Lecture Hall.

Byers is co-curator, with Daniel Baumann and Tina Kukielski, of the 2013 Carnegie International. His recent projects at the museum include solo exhibitions of Cathy Wilkes, Ragnar Kjartansson, and James Lee Byars, as well as the group exhibitions Reanimation—featuring William E. Jones, Joachim Koester, and Nashashibi/Skaer; Ordinary Madness, a large-scale, wide-ranging exhibition drawn from the Carnegie’s collection of contemporary art; and the Pittsburgh Biennial, which featured artists such as Lenka Clayton, Zak Prekop, Peggy Ahwesh, and Frank Santoro.

Before joining the staff at the Carnegie, Byers was curatorial fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and assistant to the directors at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.