VIEWPOINT 2009: 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 public lectures, seminars and studio critiques by Los Angeles Times visual arts writer and author Leah Ollman, and artist, writer and curatorial adviser Phong Bui. Admission to the lectures and seminars is free and open to the public.

When: Public lectures will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursdays: Feb. 5, March 26 and April 16.
Seminars will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Fridays: Feb. 6, March 27 and April 17.

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 18th annual VIEWPOINT presented by the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. VIEWPOINT 2009 is a series of concentrated visits by leading curators, critics and scholars who are involved in the diverse and multifaceted contemporary art world. Ollman and Bui are this year's invitees.

Leah Ollman has been writing criticism and features on the visual arts for the Los Angeles Times for more than 20 years. She is a corresponding editor for Art in America and the author of numerous catalogue essays. Her publications include: "Strangely Familiar" (2008), "The Photography of John Brill" (2002) and "William Kentridge: Weighing...and Wanting" (2001). She lives in San Diego and is working on a project exploring the affinities between poetry and photography.

Phong Bui is an artist, writer and curatorial adviser at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Modern Art affiliate. His numerous installations over the last two years have earned the Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Eric Isenbeurger Annual Prize for Installation from the National Academy Museum. He is the editor and publisher of the monthly journal The Brooklyn Rail, a critical perspective on arts, politics and culture in New York City and beyond.