Distinguished Curators, Scholars and Critics of Contemporary Art Present Public Lectures and Seminars

EVENT: The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin will present a series of visits by leading curators, critics and scholars from the contemporary art world. The series will run from February through April with presentations by ArtForum Contributing Editor Katy Siegel and Wade Saunders who writes for Art in America. Siegel and Saunders will present public lectures and seminars. These events are free and open to the public.

WHEN: Public lectures will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursdays: Feb. 14, March 20 and April 17. Seminars will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Fridays: Feb. 15, March 21 and April 18.

WHERE: Art Building 23rd and San Jacinto streets, ART 1.102 (lectures), ART 3.206 (seminars). A map of campus is online.

BACKGROUND: This is the 17th annual VIEWPOINT presented by the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. VIEWPOINT 2008 is a series of concentrated visits by leading curators, critics and scholars who are involved in the diverse and multifaceted contemporary art world. Siegel and Saunders are this year's invitees.

Katy Siegel is an associate professor of art history at Hunter College, CUNY and a contributing editor to ArtForum. She is the co-author of "Art Works: Money," and more recently, the curator of the traveling exhibition: High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-1975, which is touring in Europe. She is the author of a major essay on Jeff Koons' new monograph, and has written widely on contemporary art and artists, including Takashi Murakami, Lisa Yuskavage, Rineke Dijkstra, Bernard Frize, Dana Schutz and Richard Tuttle.

Wade Saunders is a sculptor and critic and teaches at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design and at the Institut des Etudes Politiques. He has written for Art in America for the past 30 years, focusing on emerging artists and sociological aspects of the art world. Saunders has exhibited since 1975 and recently showed his work at the Galerie Jean Fournier in Paris. His last U.S. exhibition was at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.