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John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series Fall 2017 Lineup

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The John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series sponsors an outstanding program of visiting artists and scholars who lecture, give master classes and workshops, and critique student work throughout the academic year. Beginning in September, the fall 2017 schedule will feature public lectures by four exceptional artists, critics, and scholars including: Ken Johnson, George Ferrandi, Deborah Brown, and SPURSE.

Kicking off our fall season is Ken Johnson., a writer, art critic, cartoonist, and painter. Interested in what art reveals about consciousness and its various possible states, Johnson is currently working on an extended essay on humor in contemporary art, which is a follow-up to his first book, Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art (Prestel Books, 2011). Johnson will give a lecture titled “Hilarious!: Humor in Contemporary Art” on Wednesday, September 20, at 3:00 p.m.

American artist George Ferrandi is currently working with communities around the country to develop an intergalactic cultural festival called JUMP!STAR. Its inaugural iteration has been awarded an NEA Our Town grant and will launch in Kansas in 2019. Ferrandi will be teaching a two-week workshop October 17-27 building one of 11 large-scale, illuminated paper sculptures for the festival. Her lecture titled “Introducing Jump!Star: an intergalactic social sculpture” kicks off the workshop and will take place Tuesday, October 17, at 11:15 a.m.

Deborah Brown works in Bushwick, Brooklyn, a neighborhood she helped pioneer as an artist and where she started Storefront, one of the first artist-run galleries in the neighborhood. Her lecture titled “Deborah Brown: Bushwick Artist” will be on Tuesday, November 7, at 3:00 p.m.

Ending the fall season is SPURSE. Matthew Friday and Iain Kerr are members of SPURSE, a collective of ecosystem artists and designers that works with those who are meeting complex environmental and social challenges. Their lecture titled “How to Eat Your Sidewalk: a radical rethinking of how we cook and eat as a pleasurable, political, and ecological act” will take place Tuesday, November 14, at 3 p.m.

Unless otherwise noted, lectures will take place in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.  Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For complete information regarding these amazing artists and scholars, visit:

The Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series was established in 2001 through the generous support of John M. Anderson, Penn State professor emeritus. The result of Dr. Anderson’s love of the philosophy of art and painting, his endowment contributes to the creative and intellectual life of the campus. Dr. Anderson, an Evan Pugh Research Professor of Philosophy, was a longtime faculty member and three-time department head in the Department of Philosophy and the first director of Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities.