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DIY MFA: Alternatives in Arts Education

  • RedLine 2350 Arapahoe Street Denver, CO, 80205 United States (map)

Free & Open to the Public  

Black Cube and ArtPlant are collaborating to host a four-day symposium, "DIY MFA" focused on the topic of higher educational models generated by artists. Representatives from artist-founded and operated schools including SOMA (Mexico City), The Mountain School (Los Angeles) and Bruce High-Quality Foundation University (New York City) will all be in attendance as participants and catalysts for engagement in a series of discussions and events surrounding strategies for alternative approaches to arts education. 

The Symposium will start with a panel discussion this Wednesday, January 11 on 6:30 pm at Redline. The conversation will continue at Sputnik during “office hours” from 4:00-6:00 pm on Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13. Office hours are moments for 1-on-1 conversations with the participants of the DIY MFA symposium. The symposium will close with a participatory gathering and performance event on January 14 from 7:00-10:00 pm at a Dateline Gallery. 

Program Schedule

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, January 11th | 6:30pm – 8:00pm, doors 6:00pm
@ RedLine Denver 2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205
(casual pizza and conversation post-lecture)

Office Hours 1
Thursday, January 12th | 4:00pm-6:00pm
@ Sputnik Bar, 3 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

Office Hours 2
Friday, January 13th | 4:00pm-6:00pm
@ Sputnik Bar, 3 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

Open Mic
Saturday, January | 14th 7:00pm-10:00pm
@ Dateline 3004 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205


Program Participant Bios:

Andrew Berardini, The Mountain School (Los Angeles, CA)
Andrew Berardini. Born in California. Lives and works in Los Angeles. Formerly held curatorial appointments at LAXART and the Armory Center for the Arts and the editorial staff of Semiotext(e). Recent author of Danh Vo: Relics (Mousse, 2015) and currently finishing another book about color. Regular contributor to Artforum, Spike, and ArtReview and an editor at Mousse, Art-Agenda, Momus, and the Art Book Review.  Faculty at the Mountain School of Arts since 2008 and the last three years at the Banff Centre.

Sean J Patrick Carney, BHQFU (New York, NY)
Sean J Patrick Carney is an artist, comedian, and writer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is a member of Bruce High Quality Foundation University. In 2009, Carney founded Social Malpractice Publishing, an independent artist book label that has published more over 50 different artist books and editions. He is a regular contributor to Art in America and VICE. His works and performances have been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Marlborough Gallery, New York; The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles; and Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, Netherlands to name a few.

Seth Cameron, BHQFU (New York, NY)
Seth Cameron is a painter, writer and educator. As a founding member of The Bruce High Quality Foundation, he has used installation, video, painting, sculpture and musical theater to call into crisis the role of art in the world. The Foundation has exhibited in The Whitney Biennial, the Venice Bienniale, the Lyon Bienniale, as well as museums, galleries, sidewalks and waterways the world over. As President of BHQFU, Cameron has overseen the growth of the Foundation’s alternative education initiative, realizing hundreds of free classes, exhibitions and programs including the MFU. He also teaches the Interdisciplinary Seminar at the Cooper Union School of Art.

Carla Herrera Prats, SOMA (Mexico City, MX)
Carla Herrera-Prats is a practicing artist, exhibiting her work internationally both individually and as a member of Camel Collective, which she co-founded in 2005. She is also currently the director of SOMA summer in Mexico City. She was previously the co-director of the gallery Acceso A in Mexico City. Herrera-Prats has recently taught at the Cooper Union, the California Institute of the Arts, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She received her BFA at "La Esmeralda," in Mexico City, and her MFA in Photography at CalArts, Los Angeles. She has been a participant at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.