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James Franco, Gus Van Sant and Ryan Trecartin Teach MoMA PS 1 Summer School

Friday, July 29, 2011

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Most kids can't stand the thought of summer school. But what if your teachers are James Franco, Gus Van Sant and Ryan Trecartin? All three are scheduled to lecture on making art, films, and the written word at MoMA PS 1's free Summer School next month.

The classes, the schedule for which has not yet been announced, are mainly taught by Franco, Van Sant and Francisco J. Ricardo, who is a media and contemporary art theorist at the Department of Digital and Media at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is also the co-founder of the Digital Video Research Archive.

Franco, an Academy Award- and Golden Globe- nominated actor, filmmaker, artist and writer, graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is best known for his acting roles in the "Spider-Man" film series, "Pineapple Express," "Milk," "Howl," and "127 Hours." The films Van Sant has directed include "My Own Private Idaho," "Good Will Hunting," "Drugstore Cowboy," "Finding Forrester," and "Milk," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. He is also a writer, musician and an artist.

Trecartin and Laurel Nakadate will act as visiting lecturers. Trecartin, a rising artist and filmmaker whose exhibition "Any Ever" is currently on view at MoMA PS 1, is the winner of the Jack Wolgin International Competition of Fine Arts, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and the Guggenheim's New Artist of the Year Award. Nakadate, a photographer and filmmaker, also has an exhibition, "Only the Lonely," on view now at MoMA PS 1.

MoMA PS 1's Summer School is meant to be a platform for discussion about contemporary practice between the teachers and the class, according to PS 1's Web site. Enrollment started on Thursday.

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