Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943, William Wegman is an artist best known for his portraits of his Weimaraner dogs. His work has been exhibited extensively in both the United States and abroad. The retrospective William Wegman: Funney/Strange, was held at the Brooklyn Museum, and traveled throughout the U.S. to museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. William Wegman: Being Human, an international touring exhibition of his large-format Polaroids, traveled to venues including Palais de L’Archevêché, Arles and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. His videos and photos have appeared in a variety of films, advertisements, books, and television programs such as Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live.
Working primarily in film, video, and performance, Andrew Lampert pursues the alchemy between artist, art, and audience in a public space, especially that of cinema. A trained film archivist, Lampert revels in cinema as a performative environment, and reclaims this space from a mass media culture to emphasize its potential for immediacy and accident. He regularly exhibits in national and international contexts, and has taught at CUNY City College, Purchase College, The New School, and Cooper Union. He frequently writes on art and cinema, is the coauthor of Art in America’s “Hard Truths” Column, and has edited multiple catalogues and volumes, most recently Tony Conrad: Writings (Primary Information, 2019).
Assistant professor of visual culture Charlotte Kent, PhD, has a particular interest in historical frameworks for assorted practices, digital culture, and the absurd. She writes for assorted magazines and publishes her research in various academic journals. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.
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Writer Jonathan Aprea currently lives in New York City. A graduate of Syracuse University’s MFA program, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Guernica, Washington Square Review, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. His chapbook _Dyson Poems was published by Monster House Press in 2018.