Left: Judith Belzer. Courtesy of the speaker. Right: Lex Brown. Courtesy of the speaker.
Judith Belzer is a painter based in Berkeley, California. Her work explores human engagement with the natural world, often looking to man-made landscapes in order to consider this dynamic and sometimes uncomfortable relationship.
Belzer’s work has been shown regularly throughout the United States. Most recently her work was included in exhibitions at The Berkeley Art Museum, The San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the center for art + the environment at The Nevada Museum of Art. Belzer earned a B.A. in English from Barnard College and studied at The New York Studio School. The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation granted Belzer a fellowship in 2014.
Lex Brown is an artist, musician, and writer. Working fluidly across art forms, her work uses poetry and science-fiction to create an index for our psychological and emotional experiences as organic beings in a rapidly technologized world. She has performed and exhibited work at the New Museum, the High Line, the International Center of Photography, Recess, and The Kitchen (New York); REDCAT Theater and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; The Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore; and at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. Brown holds degrees from Yale University (MFA) and Princeton University (BA). She is the author of My Wet Hot Drone Summer, a sci-fi erotic novella that takes on surveillance and social justice, first edition published by Badlands Unlimited. Consciousness, a survey of Brown's work spanning the past 8 years, is available in limited hand-bound edition from GenderFail. Containing documentation from 46 different videos and performances, as well as 33 original song lyrics performed in artist-run spaces, museums, music venues, and galleries it is Brown's first book to have been acquired by the collections of the Met, MoMA, and Whitney museums amongst other notable collections. Brown teaches as a Media Fellow in Art, Film, & Visual Studies and Theater, Dance, & Media at Harvard University.