PULLMAN, Wash. — Art critic and writer Matthew Kangas and artist Norman
Lundin, both from Seattle, will be the featured speakers for Washington State
University’s 2000 John Mathews Friel Memorial Art Lecture.
The Jan. 20 program, set for 7:30 p.m. in Bryan Hall Auditorium, is hosted by
the WSU Museum of Art. The two speakers will participate in a dialogue titled
“Redefining Representation,” moderated by Museum Director Dyana
Curreri-Ermatinger. Kangas will address issues and concepts involving the
redefinition of representation in the work of Lundin in dialog with the artist.
Both critic and artist will also investigate the ideas and concepts related to
representation as a theme in contemporary modern painting.
The program is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition, “At 60:
Norman Lundin, Landscapes and Still Lifes,” organized by Seattle’s Frye Art
Museum. The exhibition will be on display at the WSU Museum of Art from
Jan. 19-March 26. It is part of the museum’s spring lecture series, “Redefining
Landscape,” which also features lectures by WSU faculty members Paul Hirzel,
architecture, Feb. 3; Chris Watts, fine arts, Feb. 17; Kenneth Struckmeyer,
landscape architecture, March 9; and environmental sculptor Doug Hollis on
March 23. The Hollis lecture is presented as part of the campus dedication for
his sculpture “Oionos,” which was recently installed atop the Holland Library.
Kangas is an independent art critic and exhibitions curator. He has written for a
variety of publications including Argus, Seattle Weekly, The Seattle Times and
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Currently corresponding editor for Art in
America and contributing editor for Sculpture magazines, he writes regularly
on art in the northwest, around the nation, and in Asia and Europe.
He is the author of more than 30 museum and gallery exhibition catalogues,
and has curated or juried more than 30 separate exhibitions around the nation.
A graduate of Reed College and Oxford University, his awards include the
Manufacturers Hanover/Art World Award for distinguished art criticism, and
the Everson Medal for his contributions to American ceramics.
Lundin is a nationally recognized artist whose work has appeared at galleries in
New York, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. His work is also
represented in a number of museum and private collections, including the
Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art
Gallery and the Tacoma Art Museum. A graduate of the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago, the University of Oslo and the University of Cincinnati,
his career as an artist has spanned more than three decades. He is the recipient
of a number of grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Grant for Painting,
a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant for Painting and a National Endowment for the
Arts Visual Arts Fellowship. Lundin is currently an art professor at the
University of Washington.
“Redefining Representation” is the 23rd John Mathews Friel Memorial Art
Lecture, which has brought important critics, theorists, artists, curators and
cultural historians to WSU to discuss issues affecting fine art and culture
since its inception in 1973.
Recent Friel lecturers have included art historian Robert Farris Thompson and
artist Mel Chin. The biennial lecture series is named for John Friel, a 1962 WSU
Fine Arts graduate. The series is funded by an endowment established by
John’s parents, Jack and Catherine Friel of Pullman, in memory of their son.