02/03/2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sun, Feb 3+10 2pm-5pm
Milan Kohout (now a US citizen) is originally from The Czech Republic.
Here he got his M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He was an independent underground artist in so-called “Second Culture”. Later he becomes a member and art activist of the dissident human rights organization CHARTER 77 (group was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1985 and initiated non violent Velvet Revolution).
He was forced by CZ security police to leave his country in 1986 due to his political art activism. After two years in a refugee camp he was granted asylum in the United States.
In 1993 Milan received his Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Since 1994 Milan has been a member of the Mobius Artists Group (www.Mobius.org).
His work concentrates mostly on the subject of human rights (recently rights of refugees and Roma/ Gypsies) and politics (critique of totalitarian capitalism and religions)
As Mobius Artists Group member he has participated on numerous international art exchange programs and festivals around the world (China, Thailand, Croatia, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Poland, Cuba, USA, Israel, Sweden, etc). and has been the recipient of number of awards, grants, residencies (Grant from The Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, Tanne Foundation Annual Award, First Prize at International Theater Festival in Pula, Best National Czech Independent Film Award, Arizona State University residency, PSi conference in London, Curator of Open International Performance Art Festival in Beijing, Main prize in the competition Hatefree Art, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague etc.)
He has performed many exclusive interviews with world-reknown personalities including Kurt Vonnegut and Noam Chomsky, among others.
He published a university textbook about Performance Art for the University of Ostrava, and bestseller book „Proveď vola světem,volem zůstane“, ISBN 978 -80-904455-4-3
He has been teaching classes of Performance Art & Politics at TUFTS University, Massachusetts College of Art, West Bohemian University, The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław and video classes at The New England Institute of Art.
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