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  • Leslie Lyon, Director of Public Affairs, College of Fine Arts, (512) 475-7033

Distinguished Curators, Scholars and Critics of Contemporary Art Present at Viewpoint 2009

The 18th annual Viewpoint Lecture series will be presented by the Department of Art and Art History this spring. Viewpoint 2009 is a series of concentrated visits by leading curators, critics and scholars who are involved in the diverse and multifaceted contemporary art world. The lectures occur over the course of the entire spring 2009 semester, allowing students to share critical dialogue and network with industry experts. Viewpoint is the only major lecture series of its kind in the United States.

This year's invitees are internationally-recognized artists Phong Bui and Leah Ollman. Bui is an artist, writer and curatorial adviser at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Modern Art affiliate. His numerous installations over the last two years have earned the Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Eric Isenbeurger Annual Prize for Installation from the National Academy Museum. He is the editor and publisher of the monthly journal The Brooklyn Rail, a critical perspective on arts, politics and culture in New York City and beyond.

Leah Ollman has been writing criticism and features on the visual arts for the Los Angeles Times for more than 20 years. She is a corresponding editor for Art in America and the author of numerous catalogue essays. Her publications include: “Strangely Familiar” (2008), “The Photography of John Brill” (2002) and “William Kentridge: Weighing…and Wanting” (2001). She lives in San Diego and is working on a project exploring the affinities between poetry and photography.