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Communications Media lecture series enters fourth year

Posted 02/18/15

Bruce Myren triptych photos caption: N 40° 01’ 11.38” W 124° 02’ 48.59” Shelter Cove, California, 2012, by Bruce MyrenFitchburg State University continues its Communications Media Lecture Series this spring with presentations from noted professionals in the fields of photography, design and documentary filmmaking.

The series starts Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. with a presentation by photographer Bruce Myren in the Randall Lecture Hall in the Condike Science Building, 353 North St. Myren is an artist and photographer based in Cambridge. Shown nationally and published internationally, Myren’s work has been featured in Fraction Magazine, afterimage, and View Camera Magazine as well as group exhibitions at RISD Museum’s Chace Center, Providence, R.I.; Houston Center of Photography, Houston, Texas; and the William Benton Museum of Art in Connecticut, among others. His solo exhibitions include showings at the Workspace Gallery, Lincoln, Neb.; Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham; and Gallery Kayafas in Boston, where he is represented.

Myren is an adjunct professor at Lesley University College of Art and Design and a lecturer at Northeastern University. He was recently a visiting lecturer of art at Amherst College and critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the chair of the Northeast Region for the Society for Photographic Education.

In his work, Myren investigates issues of place and space, often via the exploration and employment of locative systems, either literal or metaphoric. His recent series include an investigation of the Fortieth Parallel of latitude; a piece that documents the view from every place he has lived to where he lives now; and a study of the poet Robert Francis’s one-person house in the woods of Amherst.

The series continues in March with a presentation by designers Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell on Wednesday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. The husband and wife pair work to diminish the boundaries between graphic design and photography—creating collaged three-dimensional images influenced by cubism, technology and architecture. With a home/studio halfway between Boston and Providence, they balance their commitments to professional practice and teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design, where Skolos is interim dean of Architecture + Design and Wedell is a senior critic in Graphic Design. The studio’s work has received numerous awards and has been widely published and exhibited. Skolos/Wedell’s posters are included in the graphic design collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland. Skolos is an elected member of the Allliance Graphique Internationale.

The series concludes Thursday, April 16 at 3:30 p.m. with a talk by filmmaker, teacher and film programmer Jeff Silva. Based in Boston, Silva’s recently completed projects include Ivan & Ivana (2011) and Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War (2008), which have been exhibited at festivals, and museums internationally, including: MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, The Viennale, Visions du Reel, Valdivia, Flahertiana, and DocAviv. Silva has also been programming cinema for the past 14 years at BALAGAN, the offbeat and alternative screening series which he co-founded in 2000. From 2006-09, Silva was a teaching fellow at Harvard University where he helped develop the Sensory Ethnography Lab curriculum with Lucien Taylor.  The SEL is a practice-­based program of visual anthropology exploring the interstices of art, anthropology and documentary film. Currently, he is a professor of film at the Massachusetts College of Art.

The lecture series, now in its fourth year, is organized by Professor Stephen Goldstein and presented with support from Fitchburg State’s Ruth Butler Grant.

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