BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Department of Visual
Studies, in partnership with New York City's Leslie Lohman Museum
of Gay and Lesbian Art, will present a lecture by internationally
acclaimed artist Ryan Trecartin, named one of the most influential
young artists in the world, and his collaborator, Lizzie Fitch.
Their wild and colorful interdisciplinary work has been said to
"blow consumer culture and intergenerational relations into huge
On April 6 UB will screen their film series "Any Ever," the
subject of their major exhibition last summer at the Museum of
Modern Art (MoMA). The screening will take place from 1-6 p.m., in
112 Center for the Arts.
On April 12 Trecartin and Fitch will present the second lecture
in a four-part annual UB Queer Art Lecture Series at 4 p.m. in 112
Center for the Arts on the UB North Campus,
Both events are free of charge and open to the public.
Further details and the program of screenings can be found at http://visualstudies.buffalo.edu/ubVSnews/2012/03/08/fitch-trecartin/.
Jonathan D. Katz, director the UB Visual Studies Department's
PhD program, serves as president of the Leslie Lohman Museum, and
curator of this series, which features talks by the world's most
significant queer contemporary artists who address the relationship
between their work and their sexuality.
He says, "This Queer Art Lecture Series, graciously underwritten
by the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, provides an
unparalleled opportunity to hear from artists working at the
cutting edge of contemporary practice.
"But the concerns explored by the artists featured in this
series are not limited to those in the LGBT community. The issues
of identity and representation that characterize their work are
shared by us all, regardless of sexual orientation," he says.
"Trecartin and Fitch are hailed as one of the most innovative
collaborative teams working with video and installation today,"
"They seamlessly meld the overheated immediacy of our
Internet-linked world with dissident politics -- including copious
drag and a strong bias against unchecked capitalism," he says,
adding that Trecartin's "wildly fantastical" narratives and
subversive characterizations launch a thoroughly unique perspective
on everything not-yet tomorrow.
Katz says Trecartin is widely credited as a past master of new
media's electronic techniques. His sophisticated digital
manipulations, performances and media, he says, are located solely
on the Internet and he merges them into surreal visions.
Trecartin and Fitch have worked together exclusively since they
met at the Rhode Island School of Design 2000, and have since
collaborated with an uncanny ensemble of family and friends. Their
work has been seen at MAMA, Rotterdam, Pays-Bas; MoMA PS1, New
York, N.Y.; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; New
Galerie de France; and Cour Carrée du Louvre,
Each of the lectures in the UB series also will be presented at
the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City,
the world's first museum dedicated solely to multidisciplinary work
by gay and lesbian artists that engages gay/ lesbian historical,
social or political issues still excluded from mainstream