Adjunct Associate Professor of Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism
Lorne has written and published more than 60 essays and produced 19 catalogues and books. He has curated more than 150 exhibitions, including 8 major projects. His roots in cyberspace go back to the early 1980s, when he curated the exhibition Chicago - Biographies of an Interactive Life Style. Lorne received his B.A. in biology from the University of Winnipeg, and pursued doctoral studies in autopsy pathology at the University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan before switching to art. He later completed course work for an M.A. in art history at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
Lorne was Dean of Faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in Boston from 2001 to 2008. From 1997 to 2000, he was associate professor (design theory and criticism) at the School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. From 1989 to 1994, he was a program director at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he created and directed an international multidisciplinary residency program for artists and scholars with themes such as Rhetoric Utopia and Technology, Nomad, and Living at the End of Nation States. From 1978 to 1985, he was director and chief curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. He was Director-Curator of The Photographers Gallery in Saskatoon, Canada from 1973 to 1977.
This course will look at globalization and contemporary art through the lens of border culture, a term that refers to the deterritorialized experience of people when they move or are displaced from their context or place of origin. Their experience of belonging and understanding of identity are affected by borders within the realms of language, gender, ideology, race, and genres of cultural production as well as geopolitical locations. Border culture emerged in the 1980s in Tijuana/San Diego in a community of artists who had spent many years living outside their homelands or living between two cultures-an experience that in 2017 might well represent the nature of contemporary life as well as art praxis. Readings will include the voices of artists, critics, historians, theorists, anthropologists, and philosophers.
Images dominate our cultural imaginations with such intensity some cultural theorists describe their affect in pathological terms: "the hypertrophy of visual stimulation" (Martin Jay), "a topographical amnesia" (Paul Virilio), "excremental culture" (Arthur and Mary Louise Kroker), "our narcotic modernity" (Avital Ronell). Other critics say the explosion of visual cultures is so influential that it represents a paradigm shift-that is, a shift from the domination of language to the domination of images over our lives. This course will examine the theoretical, social and cultural issues and contexts influencing the formation of visual cultures, by dissecting specific examples from contemporary photography, film, architecture, new media and literature that problematize visuality. The implications of new models of spectatorship and visual literacy will also be considered.
In his last interview Fluxus artist Dick Higgins said, ".one of the areas that has been understated since the immediate post-war era has been ethics. Exploring the nature of kindness or of cruelty, or of the various implications of Bosnia or of militarism or things like that. Ethical exploration is an area of subject matter that has to be dealt with." More recently, Canadian cultural critic and psychoanalyst Jeanne Randolph has explored how we act morally and ethically while participating in a culture of abundance, opulence and consumerism. This course will explore ethics as a subject in the work of contemporary artists and thinkers in different media and disciplines, and across different cultures. It will explore ethical imagining as a cultural practice-how the imagination is elusive, contingent, yet exceedingly precious, and how it helps us understand changes in human relations and in culture that have evolved with 20C and 21C materialism.