Art lectures kick off spring semester

In February and March, the art department will bring various artists and art scholars to the UNC campus through the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series and the Bettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art.

Anthony van Dyck's painting, Charles I in the hunting field. Maria Hayward will discuss Charles I in the Rand Lecture.

The first, part of the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture, is an opera-masquerade titled “Four Electric Ghosts” by Mendi + Keith Obadike.

Mendi + Keith Obadike are versed in an interdisciplinary practice that spans music, art and literature. Their work has been commissioned by The New York African Film Festival and Electronic Arts Intermix, Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), and The Whitney Museum of Art, among other institutions.

The lecture will be Feb. 7 in Hanes Auditorium at 6 p.m. “Four Electric Ghosts,” an opera-masquerade, will be presented as part of Carolina Performing Arts’ Loading Dock Series on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

The following week will feature Becca Albee, who received her MFA in studio art from UNC in 2000 and is currently an associate professor of photography at The City College of New York, CUNY. She employs photography, appropriation, video, sculpture, performance, sound, collaboration and found objects to explore a wide range of subject matter.

Albee’s lecture, “E.A.R. To the Ground,” will be presented in the Hanes Art Center Auditorium on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. An opening reception will follow. Her work will then be exhibited in the Allcott Gallery until March 6.

On Feb. 28, Amanda Ross-Ho will also give a Hanes Art Lecture at 6:00 pm in Hanes Art Center 121. Ross-Ho’s solo exhibitions include Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Hoet Bekaert, Ghent, Belgium; Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York; The Visual Arts Center, Austin; and The Approach, London, UK. The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles will present a solo exhibition of her work in June 2012.

Amanda Ross-Ho's Expose For The Shadows

Ross Ho’s work has been featured in publications like The New York Times, ArtReview, Modern Painters and Art in America, among others.

The 2011-2012 Rand Lectures in Art, with the theme of “Arrayed in Splendor: Art, Fashion and Textiles in Early Modern Europe,” will continue with lectures by Maria Hayward and Evelin Wetter.

Hayward will give a speech titled “Virtue and Vice: Clothing and Kingship at the Courts of Charles I and Charles II (1625-1685).” The lecture will explore how Charles I and Charles II used clothing and portraiture to cultivate specific images of themselves and how this fit with contemporary views on kingship, political power and morality.

Hayward is a history professor at the University of Southampton and the head of studies and research at the Textile Conservation Centre.

The final Rand Lecture will be March 22 at 5:30 p.m. Wetter from Abegg-Stiftung in Riggisberg, Switzerland, will speak on “Attires of a celestial marriage: The role of textiles in ecclesiastical consecration rites.”

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