2021-2022 Visiting Artists
Gina Beavers, Studio Art
Gina Beavers (b. 1974; Athens, Greece) creates paintings and installations inspired by photos culled from the internet and social media and rendered in high acrylic relief. Her series have included paintings that are based on body painting, social media snapshots of food, make-up tutorials, memes, and bodybuilder selfies.
Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at galleries including Marianne Boesky, New York; Michael Benevento, Los Angeles; GNYP Gallery, Berlin; Carl Kostyal, London and Milan; Various Small Fires, Seoul among others. In March 2019, MoMA PS1 opened Beavers’ first solo museum exhibition, Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve. Her work has also been included in group presentations at Kentucky Museum of Contemporary Art, Louisville; Nassau County Museum of Art, New York; Flag Art Foundation, New York; William Benton Museum of Art, Connecticut; and Abrons Art Center, New York. Exhibitions of her work have been reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Frieze, Artforum, Art in America among others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the ICA Miami and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Beavers currently has a solo exhibition of works entitled ‘Autofiction’ at the Neuer Essener Kunstervein in Essen, Germany and will have an upcoming solo booth at the Frieze Art Fair in London, UK in October 2021. Beavers holds a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from the University of Virginia (1996), an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000) and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College (2005). She served as an Adjunct Professor for Grad Studio in the Columbia MFA program in the 2019/2020 school year. She currently lives and works in Orange, New Jersey.
Clare Schweitzer, Dance
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Clare Schweitzer received her early training in ballet, and continued her dance training at Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Dance and Mathematics cum laude with high honors. In 2014, Clare moved to London to begin her postgraduate studies as a part of EDge, the repertory company associated with the London Contemporary Dance School, and had the opportunity to tour with the company around the UK and internationally in countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, France, Portugal and Austria. Clare has performed with groups such as Kinetech, Garrett+Moulton and Sarah Berges Dance and her films have screened at festivals such as screen.dance, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema and dança em foco. She currently works as a Production Associate with Dance Film SF and as a videographer/editor for Rapt Productions. She is also a co-host on Frameform with Jen Ray (Cascadia/Capitol Dancinema festivals) and Hannah Weber (Screendance Collective), a podcast that discusses dance and film.
Hamza Walker, Studio Art
Hamza Walker is the Director of LAXART, an independent nonprofit art space in Los Angeles. From 1994–2016, he was the Director of Education and Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, a non-collecting museum dedicated to contemporary art. Walker was a recent juror for the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion award. In 2019 Walker curated the talks and programs at the first edition of Frieze Los Angeles. In 2018 he curated Sperm Cult and Sol LeWitt, Page Works 1967 - 2007, an exhibition of works LeWitt made specifically for reproduction in magazines, journals and books. In 2017 he co-curated Reconstitution at LAXART. Walker co-curated the Made in L.A. biennial at the Hammer Museum. Recent exhibitions include A Painting Is A Painting Isn't A Painting (2015) at the Kadist Foundation in San Francisco; Wadada Leo Smith, Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores 1967 - 2015, which he co-curated with John Corbett at the Renaissance Society; Teen Paranormal Romance (2014) and Suicide Narcissus (2013) two thematic group exhibitions both mounted at the Renaissance Society. He has contributed reviews and art criticism to Parkett, and Artforum, and to numerous catalogue essays including seminal exhibitions such as; Freestyle, at the Studio Museum Harlem (2001), curated by Thelma Golden and most recently; With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 (2019-21). He is the recipient of the 1999 Norton Curatorial Grant and the 2004 Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. In 2010 he was awarded the Ordway Prize for contributions to the field in the form of writing and exhibitions.
Hannah Weber, Dance
Hannah M Weber is a freelance filmmaker and editor from the suburbs of Baltimore County, Maryland. After receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts for Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University-- her 15 years of dancing and choreographic artistry has moved from the floor to the screen. With a fascination in curation for making festival-worthy screendance films more accessible, she co-founded the social media based internet archive, Screendance Collective, along with friend and colleague, Stéphane Glynn. Screendance Collective fosters dance films that exhibit a high quality and creative form of filmmaking and choreography. Furthering her education in filmmaking and film theory, she received her MFA in Film and Media Arts from University of Utah, in Salt Lake City. Since graduating, Hannah has focused on creating dance films through the focus of editing. Her recognizable editing style has been featured in many artist collaborations and numerous dance film festivals. Since moving back to the East Coast, Hannah has expanded her passion for dance film into an audible format. Frameform, is a new weekly podcast, discussing trends, themes, and issues on the intersection of dance and film, co-hosted by Clare Schweitzer and Jen Ray. In all her years of creating dance for the screen, Hannah strives to normalize dancefilm for all audiences by crossing into media outlets that normally do not explore such topics.