Location: Walters’ Graham Auditorium
Join us for a series of talks featuring the artists in Activating the Renaissance, an exhibition that seeks to illustrate the connections between the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods and contemporary art, each offering insights into the other. In this second of three interviews, artists Ventiko and Bernhard Hildebrandt are in conversation with Bill Gaskins, Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Photography + Media & Society at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and Joaneath Spicer, the James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Walters. The speakers will discuss the themes in the show, including the role of photography. This program was developed in conjunction with the exhibition Activating the Renaissance, currently on view at the Walters Art Museum through February 26.
About the Guest Speakers:
Bernhard Hildebrandt is a first generation American artist of German descent based in Baltimore. Hildebrandt’s work is conceptually informed by the relationship of painting and photography. He is represented by Barbara Mathes Gallery in New York where his recent solo show “On the Lagoon: Venice Recalled” was exhibited. His solo show “A Conjugation of Verb” was presented at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. Hildebrandt received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting, studying with Grace Hartigan, and a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design.
Bill Gaskins explores the myth and realities of American life as a thoughtful producer of photography, video, and non-fiction writing that is a deep and broad tapestry of practice merging the visual and liberal arts through the history of photography, American and African American Studies.
Gaskins’ relevance as a contemporary artist is reflected through solo and group exhibitions at major venues including the Crocker Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of the groundbreaking monograph, Good & Bad Hair: Photographs by Bill Gaskins, and the inventive short film The Meaning of Hope.
His essays and photographs appear in a wide range of journals, magazines, anthologies, exhibition catalogs and other publications, including, NKA; Journal of Contemporary African Art, Artsy, Aperture, Nature, and The New Yorker Magazine. Also known for his engaged teaching and innovative curricular vision, Bill Gaskins is founding director of the Graduate Program in Photography + Media & Society at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Ventiko is a critically acclaimed conceptual artist working in photography, film, performative experiences and, social practice. Her/their work focuses on de/re-constructing societal positions on identity, specifically sexuality, persona, gender, and the state of the modern woman. Ventiko’s works have been exhibited and experienced internationally at art fairs (PULSE, Select, Korean International Art Fair, Sluice, Photo LA), institutions (Tate Modern, MOMA) and in the public sphere. She/they have been featured in Interview Magazine, Quiet Lunch, Korea Monthly Photo, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Vulture, T Magazine, Frieze Magazine, The Creator’s Project, Artnet News, Marie Claire Australia, and Vogue Italia among others.