LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)

Spring 2018 Hoffberger Visiting Artists

Renée Stout

January 30: Renée Stout was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. Based in Washington, D.C., since 1985, she is the recipient of many awards including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, The High Museum of Art's Driskell Prize and the Sondheim Award. Stout has shown throughout the U.S.. Her work is in several national and international museum collections.

David Humphrey

February 6: David Humphrey is a New York artist who has shown nationally and internationally. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize among other awards. An anthology of his writing about art, Blind Handshake, was published by Periscope Publishing in 2010. He teaches in the MFA programs at Columbia and SUNY Purchase and is represented by the Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, NY and Marcia Wood, Atlanta.

Matvey Levenstein

February 13: Matvey Levenstein lives and works in New York City. Associated with the reemergence of representational painting in the 1990s, he has exhibited at museums and galleries in the US and Italy, and his work is included in several museums and public collections. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy of Rome, as well as awards from the Penny McCall Foundation and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. He currently teaches Fine Arts and Art History in the BFA program at the School of Visual Arts; he has also taught at the Pratt Institute, The Cooper Union, Yale University School of Art, New York University, Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, Princeton University, and was a Visiting Critic in the School of the Arts at Columbia University. He has been represented by Galleria Lorcan O'Neill in Rome since 2006.

Josephine Halvorson

February 27: Josephine Halvorson grew up on Cape Cod, where she first studied art in Provincetown. She attended The Cooper Union School of Art (BFA, 2003), and continued her interdisciplinary education at Columbia University's School of the Arts (MFA, 2007). Halvorson has been granted three-year-long fellowships in Europe: the Fulbright to Vienna ('03-'04), the Harriet Hale Woolley at the Foundation des États-Unis, Paris ('07-'08), and the Rome Prize at the French Academy at the Villa Medici ('14-'15). She is the first American to receive the French award. Halvorson is also the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2009) and a New York Foundation for the Arts award in Painting. Her first museum survey was in 2015 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC. Halvorson has had solo and group exhibitions in New York, London, Paris, Seoul, and Rome. She is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and Peter Freeman, Inc. Josephine Halvorson was appointed Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting at Boston University in 2016.

Patricia Treib

March 6: Patricia Treib was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and lives and works in Brooklyn. She has had solo exhibitions at Bureau, New York (2017), Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid (2016), Kate MacGarry, London (2015), and Wallspace, New York (2013). Recent group exhibitions include Quicktime, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia (2017) and Nice Weather, curated by David Salle, Skarstedt Gallery, New York (2016). Treib has had residencies at the Dora Maar House (2014) and The MacDowell Colony (2013) and is a recipient of the 2017 Artadia award. Her work has been written about in ArtForum, The New Yorker, Art in America, The New York Times, and Bomb Magazine. Treib received an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Judith Linhares

March 27: Judith Linhares grew up near Los Angles in the high desert. The way to school was always windy and fire ants were everywhere. She went to art school, read Simone De Beauvoir, painted and drew night and day, taught school, raised a child, and marched against the Vietnam War. In 1978 her work was included in "Bad Painting" at The New Museum. She received a National Endowment grant in 1979, which led her to move to New York. In 1984 she was included in the Venice Biennale, "Paradise Lost/ Paradise Regained, American Visions of a New Decade." Linhares is represented by Edward Thorp Gallery and has been included in many group shows. She has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998, a Gottlieb Foundation Grant in1993, an Anonymous Was a Woman Grant in 1999, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2013, and, most recently, a Legacy Award, honoring the artist's life s work. Her most recent shows were "The Way She Goes to Town" at Various Small Fires in Los Angeles and "Out of my Head" at Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco. Linhares' work was featured at the Frieze Art Fair in New York in 2017.

Phillip Taaffe

April 3: Phillip Taaffe was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1955, and studied at The Cooper Union in New York. His first solo exhibition was in New York in 1982. He has traveled widely in the Middle East, India, South America, and Morocco; where he collaborated with Mohammed Mrabet on the book Chocolate Creams and Dollars, translated by Paul Bowles (Inanout Press, New York: 1993). He has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including the Carnegie International, two Sydney Biennials, and three Whitney Biennials. In 1990 his work was the subject of an extensive critical study in Parkett no. 26 (Zürich & New York). Critical studies and appreciations of his work by a wide range of authors include Brooks Adams, Stan Brakhage, Robert Creeley, Oleg Grabar, Enrique Juncosa, Lisa Liebmann, Francesco Pellizzi, Rene Ricard, Robert Rosenblum, Colm Toibin, Marina Warner, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and John Yau, His work is in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Reina Sofia, Madrid. His work has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, including IVAM Valencia (2000), the Galeria Civica in Trento (2001), and the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2008), and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2011). Philip Taaffe is represented by Luhring Augustine, New York. He currently lives in New York City and West Cornwall, Connecticut.

Lisa Corine Davis

April 10: Lisa Corine Davis is an abstract painter exploring themes of racial, social and psychological identity. Born in Baltimore, MD, currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY, Davis received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 1980, and her MFA from Hunter College in 1983. Her paintings have been exhibited across the United States and in Europe, including one person shows at Gerald Peters Gallery (New York), Zolla/Lieberman Gallery (Chicago), and The Mayor Gallery (London). Her work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Davis is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowships. In 2017, she was inducted as a National Academician at the National Academy Museum & School. Her essays on art and culture have been published in the Brooklyn Rail and Art Critical. Davis has previously taught painting at the Cooper Union School of Art and Yale University; she is currently Professor of Art at Hunter College in New York.

Lloyd Wise

The Spring 2018 Hoffberger Critic-in-Residence, is a Senior Editor at Artforum. Wise will deliver a series of four lectures, each of which will take place in the Lazarus Auditorium.

  • January 23: Machine Learning
    A mid-century rebellion against the earnestness of Abstract Expressionism led to a revolution in art making. The ensuing experiments cast light on our own complex era of AI, automation, and algorithms. 
  • February 20: Sweet Little Lies
    Can expression be fraudulent? Can the gestural be faked? What happens when you can't tell the difference? Paintings such as Roy Lichtenstein's Brushstroke, 1965-and the art that followed in its wake-help reveal the politics of doubt and insincerity in our networked world.
  • March 20: Photoshoprealism
    Today, digital artifacts infiltrate painting like never before. But when an artist paints a pixel, a drop shadow, or a filter, what are the stakes? What is the pictorial space such paintings describe-and what are its limits?  
  • April 17: The LCD Picture Plane
    Digital screens, some say, put the world at a distance. And painting, with its messy tactility, brings us closer. But maybe that's missing the point. Painting can also let us see a "third place" between the virtual, the real, and the body.