Join us as Luca Buvoli talks about the inspiration behind Picture: Present. Buvoli will be in conversation with Taras Matla, Associate Director of the University of Maryland Art Gallery.
The Phillips Collection's first digital Intersections project, Picture: Present by Italian-born, New York-based artist Luca Buvoli, builds on the contemporary art series in which artists are invited to create new work in dialogue with the Phillips’s collection and architecture. Picture: Present is part of the artist’s ongoing series Astrodoubt and The Quarantine Chronicles that features tragicomic visual narratives commenting on the covid-19 health and social crisis.
At the UMD Art Gallery, Matla oversees its day-to-day operation and a permanent collection of over 3,000 works of art. Matla has also curated and coordinated several key exhibitions at the Art Gallery, including: Pause, Play: Selected Works by Jonathan Monaghan (2020), Lia Halloran: The Same Sky Overarches Us All (2019), Here and Now: Recent Acquisitions (2019), Glances From Infinity (2018), Laid, Placed, and Arranged (2017), Wynn Bullock: Revelations (2016), Process It All: Selected Works by Chip Lord (2014), and John Baldessari: Four Short Films, 1972-1973 (2014). In addition to his curatorial work, Matla established the Visiting Artist Lecture-Project (VALP) initiative in 2015. The initative's aim is to bring emerging and mid-career artists from diverse backgrounds to UMD and allow them to work collaboratively with the Art Gallery, students, faculty, and surrounding community on a site specific project on campus. A member of Wikimedia DC, Matla also instituted the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at UMD in 2016―an event held annualy in March (Women's History Month)―which involves training new student editors on improving coverage of cis and transgender women, non-binary folks, and feminism and the arts on Wikipedia.