Toledo Museum of Art’s Guest Artist Lectures Explore Violence, Exploitation and the Ancient World

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A “beautiful pig,” human exploitation in medical research and ancient Roman vessels are among the topics of discussion for the 2016-2017 Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) lectures at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Three contemporary artists from around the country will each give a free lecture as part of their participation in the GAPP program, which invites them to experiment with the medium of glass with Museum glass artists and share the results of and inspiration for their work.

On Aug. 12, photographer Ben Schonberger will discuss how artists can re-contextualize objects associated with violence through their work. Sculptor and performance artist Doreen Garner will talk about her research on Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were used without her knowledge, on Oct. 14. And then on Feb. 24, artist Shari Mendelson will share how ancient Roman objects have inspired her technique.

Since 2007, GAPP has given artists willing to explore the use of glass in their work access to resources so that they can experiment without restriction. The program features established and emerging artists residencies and free lectures with artists who share their techniques and ideas with the local community of glassblowers and art enthusiasts.

Ben SchonbergerBen Schonberger
Aug. 12: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Photographer and University of Akron instructor Ben Schonberger will discuss his projects “Beautiful Pig” and “Hammer.” Through his analysis of objects that connect us to violence, Schonberger aims to show that an artist can infiltrate and redefine the context of images. His GAPP talk will take place on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. in the GlasSalon. During his GAPP residency taking place Aug. 8-17, he will be recreating a series of handmade brass knuckles in glass in the Glass Studios.

Doreen GarnerDoreen Garner
Oct. 14: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Rhode Island-based sculptor and performance artist Doreen Garner surveys sexuality, gender and race in her beautifully grotesque work. In her lecture on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the GlasSalon, Garner will discuss her work in glass inspired by her research on HeLa cells and Henrietta Lacks. “HeLa cells were taken in the 1950s from a tumor inside the cervix of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman living in Baltimore,” Garner said. “They were used for medical advancement as the first and only immortal cell line without her knowledge.” Garner’s GAPP residency will take place Oct. 12-19.

NYT2010060218003082CShari Mendelson
Feb. 24: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Brooklyn resident Shari Mendelson will make a series of new, mold-blown glass vessels that reference Roman glass from the first through sixth centuries during her GAPP residency Feb. 18-24, 2017. Mendelson, previously a resident at the Corning Museum of Glass, uses plastic vessels that are inspired by ancient Roman glass as originals, making rubber and plastic molds that are used to make mold-blown glass vessels. She will give a lecture discussing these techniques on Feb. 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the GlasSalon.

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