Koonswhose art often dI follow from popular culture, will discuss his practice and personal trip in the panel.
“We are grateful to Jeff Koons for his willingness to share his professional journey with our students,” Peg Faymon, Founding Dean of on Eskenazi School said at IU press release. “As an artist who has always embraced technology and been attuned to market forces, KuhnwithThe insights of will complement the spirit of innovation and professional understanding we foster among the artists, designers and retail leaders of the future.“
Koons, a native of Pennsylvania, lives in New York. He received his BA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1976 and also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His worklike Balloon dog and Rabbit, is featured in galleries around the world.
“I consider him one of the artists who define art, contemporary art, in the last twenty years,” David Brenneman, the Wilma E. Kelly Director at the Eskenazi Museum Art, said.
Brenneman served at Eskenazi Museum since then 2015. He leads the museum’s curatorial team and manages partnerships around the world. For him, the idea of a discussion with Koons developed rapidly. Brenneman and a colleague visited Koons in the spring and asked him if he would do it visit IU. Koons agreed with the idea.
Koons is cocontroversial and surprisingof the artist, Brenneman said. Koonswith practice and style receive much criticism. He said he’s excited for the Bloomington community and IU students to hear directly from the artist.
“He plays with materials and with our expectations of what art should be,” Brenneman said. “He does it in such a way that some people find it engaging, they find it funny and they find it profound.“
Brenneman will serve as the panel‘c leading and said the discussion will explore Koonswith an interest in technology and art, especially art’s ability to connect.
David Crandall, professor and director of the Luddy Center for Artificial Intelligence, and Caleb Weintraub, associate professor at on The Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture and Design will serves as additional panelists in Koonswith discussionn.
Crandall served as on director of the IU Computer Vision Lab. The lab’s research focuses on computer vision and data mining, which includes parsing large quantities data. Many of his students work for companies like Facebook, Google and Blackmagic Design.
Weintraub taught drawing and painting at on Eskenazi School and serves as Director of the School of Undergraduate Studies.
“I think it’s a good opportunity to hear one of the most influential living artists in the world,” he said.
Weintraub he said is curious to hear Koons reveal the ideas behind his work, explain his process and discuss how he thinks about technology in the arts. He also wants to know how Koons thinks his work fits into culture.
“A lot of people are projecting ideas onto his work,” Weintraub said. “A lot of my interaction with his work is in my own head, and I’m curious to hear him talk more about his process.“
Weintraub co-hosts a symposium at IU called Creativity in the Age of AI and teaches a course on AI and his studio practice. He he said plans to teach the course again next year.
“My use of technology is more as a tool, as an augmentation,” he said. “I use a lot AI as a brainstorming device and conversational tool to bounce ideas around … My own practice is very traditional. I still use material. Although I have digital processes in my thinking and in my sketch practice, the end results are many handmade.“
Some of Weintraub’s ex students have worked under Koons. That connection, combined with Weintraub’s interest in art and technology, made him a natural fit for the group.
“Most of all, we hope to hear his think,” he said. “Okay have prepared questions but were they don’t care about our thoughts. They were I’m just interested to hear it.“
Participation in the discussion is free, but there are reservations it is required and space is limited. It will be streamed live for those unable to attend.