Stauffer Lecture: “How Art Becomes,” Ken Fandell

July 12, 2019 Add to Calendar

11 a.m.–12 p.m.


Galileo Hall
240 Platt Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711


Chris Clark


A few years ago a mathematician asked me about two nearly identical pictures of snakes moving through water. One was classified as art and the other was classified as science. She wanted to know why. Other than “because one was made by an artist,” I didn’t have a short or particularly clear answer. I still don’t. But I am interested in looking at and talking about some other similar examples, and examining the creative arc of some of my own recent projects, to see if they shed any light on the question.

Ken Fandell is professor of art and holds the Michael G. and C. Jane Wilson Chair in Arts and the Humanities. He makes photographs, videos, collages, sculptures, sounds, drawings, performances and text based works and has had the opportunity to exhibit nationally and internationally at diverse venues.

This address is part of a series of talks and open house events for those participating in Harvey Mudd's undergraduate Summer Research Program. Refreshments are available in the Galileo Foyer.