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Art & Art History
University of Mississippi

Art Talks 2021

February 24, 2021, at 5:00 pm

Margaret Vendryes, Art Historian, Artist, and Curator |

Margaret Rose Vendryes entered the faculty of York College and The Graduate Center in 2000. She is the author of Barthé, A Life in Sculpture (2008). Vendryes returned to York College, in 2013, as Distinguished Lecturer in Fine Arts and Director of the York College Fine Arts Gallery after a seven-year absence during which she established a successful studio practice. As a visual artist, Vendryes is best known for her painting series The African Diva Project which merges African masks with commercial images of popular black women soloists. She is currently Chair of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts.

March 03, 2021, at 5:00 pm

Ben Snell, Artist |

Ben Snell is an artist who listens to and amplifies the inner dialogues of machines. Using contemporary techniques and traditional motifs, he navigates the space between creation and automation, suggesting a humanist approach to technology.

April 07, 2021, at 5:00 pm

Karen Barber, Art Historian

Dr. Karen Barber received her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, with a dissertation entitled “Writing with Light: Cameraless Photography and Its Narrative in the 1920s.” She specializes in the history of photography and 20th-century art. Her work has been published in Exposure and Studies in Photography. With a background in museums, she has worked in photography collections at SFMOMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the California Museum of Photography. She is currently working on a manuscript on cameraless photography and its publications in the 1920s.