Lecture    Lecturer: Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock

10th (Fri) 15:30-17:00 1F Lecture Room


Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock is a New York City-based photographer and multimedia artist. He has recently exhibited at the Shanghai Zendai Moma, the Centro de Arte de Sevilla, the China International Gallery Exposition in Beijing, the Nuart Scandinavian Art Festival in Norway, and the Armory show in New York City. He has lectured about his work at Harvard University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and was a resident in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's WorldViews studio residency program at the World Trade Center. He received his B.A. from Hampshire College and his M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is an adjunct professor. He has taught at Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts, and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Fordham University in New York and in 2005-2006 he was the Foreign Guest Professor in this Department.


Have you ever seen Buster Keaton going out a doorway? He turns right, then he suddenly turns left, then, spinning on his heels, he abruptly reverses direction and heads off to the right as he initially started. It is impressive to see his original intention, his deviation, his realization, and his modification occur in the space of a few short moments. As well as the physical agility demonstrated in this comedic instant, one also might detect a compressed set of emotions in the scene that range from desire, to failure, to subsequent redemption – the fundamentals of a classic narrative. In a sense, the improvisations that occur when actuality tempers our wishes are a skeletal array of touchstones for this project; nevertheless, they are points transposed from the period of a few moments in the space of a doorway and stretched out into several years on the Tyrrhenian Sea.