Michael Petry, the Texas-born multimedia artist, author and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, London, will headline Rice Universityâ€™s Campbell Lecture Series April 7-9.
This yearâ€™s program, titled â€śThe Trouble with Michael: Artist and Rice Alumni Michael Petry Discusses His 30 Years of Art Production,â€ť will feature three lectures: â€śGrowing Up in Publicâ€ť (April 7, 2015), â€śReading a Lifeâ€ť (April 8, 2015) and â€śThe Art of Ethicsâ€ť (April 9, 2015).
The lectures are free and open to the public and will begin at 6 each night in the Rice Media Center auditorium, 6100 Main St. Each lecture will highlight a particular aspect of Petryâ€™s art and writing and will be approximately 45 minutes, followed by a Q-and-A with the audience.
A coinciding exhibition of Petryâ€™s work, â€śAt the Core of the Algorithm,â€ť will open April 11 at Hiram Butler Gallery, 4520 Blossom St., and be on view through May 30.
Petry, who was born in El Paso, Texas, and earned his bachelorâ€™s degree at Rice in 1981, has lived in London since 1981. He is an internationally exhibited artist and guest curator for the London-based culture agency Futurecity. He co-founded the Museum of Installation, was a guest curator at the Kunstakademiet in Oslo, Norway, a research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton and a curator of the Royal Academy Schools Gallery.
Petry is a fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and a brother of the Art Workers Guild. Petry co-authored â€śInstallation Artâ€ť (1994) and â€śInstallation in the New Millenniumâ€ť (2003) and authored â€śAbstract Eroticismâ€ť (1996) and â€śA Thing of Beauty Is â€¦â€ť (1997). â€śThe Trouble with Michael,â€ť a monograph of his practice, was published in 2001.
Petryâ€™s book â€śHidden Histories: 20th-Century Male Same-Sex Lovers in the Visual Artsâ€ť (2004), was the first comprehensive survey of its kind and accompanied the exhibition â€śHidden Historiesâ€ť he curated for The New Art Gallery Walsall. His two-volume book â€śGolden Rainâ€ť (2008) accompanied his installation for the â€śOn the Edgeâ€ť exhibition for Stavanger 2008, European Capital of Culture. Petryâ€™s book â€śThe Art of Not Making: The New Artist Artisan Relationshipâ€ť was published in 2011.
His recent-one man show, â€śThe Touch of the Oracle,â€ť at the Palm Springs Art Museum (2012) was accompanied by a 10-year career-review book distributed by Thames & Hudson. His new book, â€śNature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still-Life Tradition,â€ť was published in 2013.
Petry has a masterâ€™s degree from London Guildhall University and a doctorate from Londonâ€™s Middlesex University.