Join Classless Society artist Jason Simon and co-curator John Weber for a conversation on the intersections of American identity, consumerism, branding, class, video art, and more.
John Weber is an educator, curator, and the Founding Director of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at University of California, Santa Cruz. From 2004 through 2012, Weber served as the Dayton Director at the Tang Teaching Museum and Professor of Liberal Studies at Skidmore College. At the Tang, Weber curated the exhibitions Molecules That Matter (with Raymond Giguere), Environment and Object: Recent African Art (with Lisa Aronson), and Joachim Schmid Photoworks. He previously held positions as Curator of Education and Public Programs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. Weber received his BA from Reed College and his MFA from the University of California, San Diego and has taught at numerous universities.
Jason Simon is a media artist whose work in film, video, photography, and installation combines documentary and conceptual art interests. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the Whitney Biennial, Neue Galerie Graz, New Museum, and National Museum of Osaka. In addition, Simon has published writing in the art journals Frieze, Parkett, and Afterimage and curated projects for Exit Art, Artists Space, and MoMA PS1 in New York. From 1989 through 1991, he worked to establish the Art and Technology Department at the Wexner Center for the Arts. From 2003 through 2012, he co-organized the One Minute Film Festival, an annual festival in upstate New York that featured a one-minute movie by a range of different artists, writers, and film- and video-makers. An exhibition of the One Minute Film Festival is currently on view at MASS MoCA. Simon received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College and his MFA from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently an assistant professor at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island.
Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley, ‘80.