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October 21, 2011


Hans Hofmann:
Defender of Aesthetics and Plasticity

Ken Jacobs
Ken Jacobs
Paris Cinematheque, 2010
photo by Christine Huang

The panel will discuss Hofmann's teaching in relation to specific works.

Book signing: Color Creates Light: Studies with Hans Hofmann by Tina Dickey (Victoria, BC: Trillistar Books, 2011)
From how Hofmann taught to what he taught, artists talk shop about the visual language.


Moderator: Tina Dickey, author, "Color Creates Light: Studies with Hans Hofmann" www.colorcreateslight.com
Panelists: Ken Jacobs, film artist, former Hofmann student
Max Spoerri, painter, former Hofmann student

Organized by: Doug Sheer, artist and chairman ATOA

Max Spoerri


Max Spoerri studied with Hofmann on a monitor scholarship in the last years of the school (1956–58) in New York and Provincetown. Prior to his work with Hofmann, he studied at the Art Students League, Cooper Union, and Adelphi University and was a member of the Artists’ Club on Eighth Street. In 1956, Spoerri was hired with Bill Freed and James Gahagan to assist Hofmann in the creation of a mosaic mural to be wrapped around the elevator core in the lobby of 711 Third Avenue in New York. While in Provincetown in 1958, Spoerri was given his first solo show at the Sun Gallery. After a series of solo shows in New York and the University of Oregon Art Museum in the 1960s, he was awarded a solo exhibition in a museum in Antibes, France (1966), and another at the Fries Museum, Netherlands (1983). Spoerri exhibits in galleries in New York and Easthampton, including the Landmark Gallery and Goethe Institute, but is most widely known in the Netherlands, where he has exhibited in galleries and museums since 1980. He has taught at University of Oregon, Adelphi University, Brooklyn College, and Guggenheim Museum, and as Artist Mentor in the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

Ken Jacobs started making films in 1955, prior to his studies with Hans Hofmann 1956-57. He created/directed The Millennium Film Workshop, N.Y.C.1966-68; started the Dept.of Cinema at S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton, 1969; Professor of Cinema 1974-2000; Distinguished Prof. of Cinema, 2000; and Distinguished Prof. of Cinema Emeritus since 2002. He is the director of Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son (1969, USA), which was admitted to the National Film Registry in 2007, and Star Spangled to Death (2004, USA), for which he received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association -The Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award in 2004 and special mention at Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards 2006 III edizione, Bologna. Ken Jacobs received numerous grants and awards internationally, including a Guggenheim Fellowship 1995; N.E.A. 1995; Rockefeller Foundation 1999 and 2007; Fund For Jewish Documentary Filmmaking 2003; Stan Brakhage Vision Award 2004; Oberhausen prize of the Jury of the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, May 2007; Great Prize –15th Curtas Vila do Conde, Portugal, July 2007, Best Experimental short film Curta Cinema, December 2007. The National Society Of Film Critics Annual Awards of 2008 awarded RAZZLE DAZZLE The Lost World Best Experimental Film. He is the subject of OPTIC ANTICS The Cinema Of Ken Jacobs, published in 2011 by Oxford University Press.

Tina Dickey has just released Color Creates Light: Studies with Hans Hofmann (Victoria, BC: Trillistar Books, 2011). Artist and author, she studied painting with former Hofmann students prior to conducting an oral history now in the Archives of American Art, and exhibited with them at Copenhagen City Gallery in 1993 (USA on Paper). During her nine years as Editor of the Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné (1997-2006), she was chief research consultant for the PBS documentary Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher/Artist (2002), while editing the journals of painter Myron Stout (Midmarch Arts Press, 2005). She has contributed to numerous books and exhibition catalogs related to Hofmann and his former students in the United States, Canada, Spain, and Germany.







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