Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist series presents contemporary art advisor Arning Sept. 11

Bill Arning
Bill Arning

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist series presents contemporary art advisor Arning Sept. 11

calendar icon04 Sep 2019    

Lincoln, Neb.--Bill Arning, a contemporary art advisor based in Houston, Texas, will present the next Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar lecture this fall in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s School of Art, Art History & Design.

Arning’s lecture is Wednesday, Sept. 11. Each lecture takes place at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall Rm. 15. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Arning was the director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston from 2009-2018. While there, he organized solo exhibitions on Mark Flood, Marc Swanson, Melanie Smith, Matthew Day Jackson, and the late Stan VanDerBeek. In 2015, along with curator Elissa Auther and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, he co-organized the survey show Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty.

Currently Arning  has co-curated a Cheryl Donegan exhibition with Heidi Zuckerman of the Aspen Arts Museum and a full Mary Weatherford retrospective with Ian Berry of the Tang Museum. His upcoming commercial exhibitions include Stonewall 50/50 at 1969 Gallery in New York; Paulina Peavy at Andrew Edlin Gallery; Mark Flood/Sam Jablon at Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami; and Texas Extravagant Drawing at Fiendish Plots in Lincoln.

Previously, Arning was curator at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center (2000–2009), curating shows on AA Bronson, Cerith Wyn Evans, and Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler. From 1985 to 1996, Arning was director of White Columns in New York, where he organized groundbreaking first solo shows for artists such as John Currin, Marilyn Minter, Andres Serrano, Richard Phillips, Cady Noland, and Jim Hodges. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Apollo, Art in America, Out and Parkett.

The remaining lectures in the series are:
Sept. 18: Aleksander Wozniak, printmaker. Wozniak is a Poland-based artist, printmaker and teacher at the University of Warmia and Mazury in the city of Olsztyn.
Oct. 9: Dornith Doherty, photographer. A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Doherty’s work has been featured in exhibitions around the world and in publications such as American Way magazine, BBC’s Focus magazine, National Geographic and New Yorker.
Oct. 16: Suzanne Hudson, art historian and critic. A Los Angeles-based art historian and critic, Hudson is associate professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California. She writes on modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on abstraction, painting, art pedagogy and American philosophy.
Oct. 30:  Lauren Gallaspy and Sunkoo Yuh, ceramicists. These guest artists are also sponsored by the UNL Clay Club. Gallaspy is a studio artist in Los Angeles, who was recognized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as an Emerging Artist in the field in 2013. Yuh is professor at the Lamar Dodd School at the University of Georgia in Athens. His current focus is on type of architectural-scale sculpture and pushing his medium to its limits of size.
Nov. 6: Sara Langworthy, book artist. Langworthy lives and works in Iowa City, Iowa, where she maintains a private studio and is associate professor of practice at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

The School of Art, Art History & Design’s Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series brings notable artists, scholars and designers to Nebraska each semester to enhance the education of students.

Underwritten by the Hixson-Lied Endowment with additional support from other sources, the series enriches the culture of the state by providing a way for Nebraskans to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, art history and design. Each visiting artist or scholar spends one to three days on campus to meet with classes, participate in critiques and give demonstrations.

For more information on the series, contact the School of Art, Art History & Design at (402) 472-5522.