Dunkerley Dialogue with Tenzin Phuntsog and Mary Kate Donovan

An image of a rural gas station at night with one car at the pumps.
Still image from Pure Land, Tenzin Phuntsog, 2022, Single-channel 4k video (35mm film transfer to digital), 15 minutes 27 seconds, courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery, New York

Join us Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 pm, for a Dunkerley Dialogue with artist Tenzin Phuntsog, whose work is on view in the exhibition Forms of Awakening: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection of Himalayan Art, and Mary Kate Donovan, Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Media and Film Studies.

Dunkerley Dialogues pair Skidmore professors with artists in a conversation format, which is often a catalyst for new connections and understandings across disciplines, and can spark new ideas for all participants. Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley ’80.

This event is free and open to the public. The program will include ASL interpretation by Liz Beauregard.

About the Speakers

Tenzin Phuntsog is a Tibetan-American artist living and working between San Francisco and New York and working with film, installation, multi-media, and performance. His works have previously exhibited and screened at The Rubin Museum, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York; The Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Galerie Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil; Video Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil; among others. Recent fellowships and residencies include a Marble House residency (2022), NARS Residency (2021), and a Flaherty Fellowship (2019). Tenzin Phuntsog received a BA in Media Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in New York.

Mary Kate Donovan is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Media and Film Studies at Skidmore College, where she teaches courses on Spanish literature, cinema, and visual culture. Her research focuses on race, migration, and popular culture in modern and contemporary Spain and has appeared in journals including the Arizona Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, among others. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript that studies representations of the Chinese diaspora in contemporary Spain, a project that was funded by the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant Program during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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