The Baker Museum Lecture Series Invisible Thread Artist Talk
Neha Vedpathak, artist Aaron Levi Garvey, independent curator
Exhibiting artist Neha Vedpathak will join Invisible Thread curator Aaron Levi Garvey in conversation to discuss her work, which seeks to broaden the dialogue and understanding of issues related to identity and spirituality. Vedpathak and Garvey will also discuss the major themes of the Invisible Thread exhibition, which brings together 12 contemporary artists whose work relates to spirituality, transcendence and the subconscious.
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Neha Vedpathak employs ‘plucking,’ a rigorous, self-invented process to create works that aim to broaden the dialog and understanding of issues related to identity, spirituality, social and gender politics. Vedpathak has been an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch Art Center; Fountainhead Residency; Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Greece; Bharat Bhavan Graphic Studio, India; and CAMAC, France. Vedpathak's works have been exhibited at Arizona State University Art Museum, Arizona; The Weatherspoon Museum, North Carolina; The Poetry Foundation, Chicago; The Detroit Institute of Arts; National Indo American Museum, Illinois; and Flint Institute of Arts, among other galleries and institutions. Vedpathak was awarded the Gilda Snowden Award by the Kresge Foundation in 2021. Vedpathak currently lives and maintains a studio in Detroit.
Aaron Levi Garvey
Aaron Levi Garvey
Aaron Levi Garvey is a Jewish-American curator and historian working and lecturing in modern and contemporary arts and culture. Currently, Garvey is the chief curator and program director of Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation and the director and curator of Long Road Projects. Recent exhibitions and projects include: The Hudson Eye, a 10-day and 24-venue arts-focused program in Hudson, New York, which has featured the work and performances of notable artists such as David Hammons, Allora and Calzadilla, Terence Koh, Marina Abramović, Shikeith, Rachel Libeskind and Ana Mendieta; The Drowned at Alabama Contemporary in Mobile, Alabama; Chiharu Shiota’s site-specific installation Infinity Lines at the SCAD Museum of Art; Ephemera Obscura at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans and Manon Bellet's MEMO and Shikeith’s notes towards becoming a spill, both at Atlanta Contemporary. Additionally, Garvey curated We Are What You Eat, the inaugural art exhibition at the United Nations headquarters in New York City in 2016, and co-curated the Atlanta Biennial (ATLBNL): Recent Correspondence at Atlanta Contemporary in August 2016. Garvey has worked with Creative Capital for the Visual Arts Grant Award review panels as both an evaluator and grant reader and most recently has been a visiting curator and lecturer the Joan Mitchell Center, a grant reviewer for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, grants nominator for United States Artists and collaborating curator with Independent Curators International. A passionate baseball fan, Garvey is also the curator of the forthcoming exhibition Flashing the Leather: Baseball and Contemporary Art (dates and venues TBA).
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