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Visiting Artist: CASSILS

Published October 9, 2019

On October 10th, at 7pm visiting artist, CASSILS will give a lecture in Room #249 of the Fine Arts Building. CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. CASSILS has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics; CASSILS forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes. It is with sweat, blood, and sinew that CASSILS constructs a visual critique around ideologies and histories.

Recent Solo exhibitions include Perth Museum of Contemporary Art, Perth, Australia; The Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX; Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; MU Eindhoven, Netherlands; and Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada. Cassils’s work has been featured as key art for blockbuster group exhibitions at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, AZ; Oakland Museum of California, CA; Kunstpalais, Erlangen, Germany;  MUCEM, Marseille, France; Deutsches Historisches Museum and the Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany; MUCA Roma, Mexico City, Mexico; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT; and Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica.

Cassils’s performances have been featured at The Broad, Los Angeles, CA; The National Theatre, London, UK; ANTI Contemporary Performance Festival, Kuopio, Finland; Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria; Dark Mofo, MONA, Hobart, Tasmania; and Queer Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. Cassils’s films have premiered at Sundance International Film Festival, Park City, UT; OUTFest, Los Angeles, CA; Institute for Contemporary Art, London, UK;  Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, Brazil; International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands; M+, at West Kowloon, Hong Kong, China; and Outsider Festival, Austin, TX for Early Career Retrospective: Cassils.

Cassils is the recipient of the USA Artist Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, the inaugural ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, California Community Foundation Grant, Creative Capital Award, and Visual Artist Fellowship from the Canada Council of the Arts. Cassils’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, The Guardian, Art Forum, and academic journals such as Performance Research, TDR: The Drama Review, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, Places Journal, and October. Cassils was the subject of the monograph Cassils, published by MU Eindhoven in 2015; and is the subject of a forthcoming monograph published by The Station Museum of Contemporary Art. They are represented by Ronald Feldman Gallery, NYC.

When: October 10th, at 7pm

Where: Fine Arts Building, Room #249

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