The third and final lecture in the Co-Evolution series, part of the Spring 2012 course Co-Evolution: Art + Biology in the Museum (UNM Bio 402/502 // ARTS 389/429/529 // UHON 402) and co-taught by Joseph Cook and Szu-Han Ho, features Brian Conley who will give a lecture titled "Morphology and Evolution" on Thursday, April 26 at 5 p.m. in rm. 102 at the Science Math & Learning Center (SMLC).

The theme of the seminar and workshop series is "Morphology and Geographic Variation" in terms of the relationship of form to place. With the natural history collection as the starting point, attendees hear from scientists, artists, designers, programmers, musicians and more on place-based study. The Visiting Artists have also led the class in two-day intensive workshops from the UNM Museum of Southwestern Biology as well as in the field.

Conley is an artist from New York currently living in San Francisco, where he is a professor in the graduate fine arts and sculpture programs of the California College of the Arts. From radio performance to sculptural, research-based, and collaborative installations, Conley's artistic practice operates across the divides between science, art, and politics. Drawing from an eclectic background that spans sculpture and performance, philosophy and behavioral science, Conley's work is centrally concerned with the roots of social violence, the origins of language, and the possibility of meaningful communication even across radical divides—for example, between human and animal.

Conley is also interested in creating institutional structures, like co-founding Cabinet magazine and participating in the startup of a remote-teaching art program and communication hub between artists in the diaspora and those at home in Baghdad. He has exhibited internationally, including exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, ArtBasel, and MassMoCA, as well as producing commissioned works at the Wanas Foundation in Knislinge, Sweden, and the ArtPace Foundation for Contemporary Art in San Antonio, Texas. Recent projects include exhibitions at Pierogi Gallery in Leipzig, Germany, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and at the Boiler/Pierogi Gallery, New York.

Conley holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota, and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Conley is founding co-editor with Sina Najafi of Cabinet Magazine, an international art-and-culture quarterly. From 2005 to 2008, he was Chair of the Graduate Fine Art Program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He is Educational and Curatorial Adviser to Sada (Echo) for Contemporary Iraqi Art.

The Co-Evolution Visiting Artist lectures and workshops are supported by the National Science Foundation AIM-UP! Research Coordination Network, UNM Department of Biology, UNM Art & Ecology and the UNM College of Fine Arts.

For information about upcoming lectures, relevant articles, artists and other resources on the intersection of art and natural history visit the course blog, Co-Evolution: Art + Biology in the Museum.

For more information, email Szu-Han Ho

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