The work of John Knight can be said to engage institutional critique in a particularly generative way. Through nuanced intercessions into the mechanisms of display and visual communication, his practice unpacks conventions and codes that give art its value, using art as a platform to reflect upon larger political and economic systems. Working "in situ," each project is based on analysis and intervention specific to the venue at hand; its aesthetic logic takes its cues from the structure of that of the gallery, museum, or other exhibition venue. Recent projects include participation in the MAK Center’s How Many Billboards? (2010), and exhibitions at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles (2009); Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2009); Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin (2009); Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich (2008); and Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló (2008).
The Graduate Lecture Series, or Visiting Artist Forum, is a required course in the MFA program each semester. This weekly lecture series, open to the public, consists of a two-hour, in-depth presentation by a prominent artist, writer, or curator, followed by a group discussion that allows MFA students and faculty to raise questions, ideas, and problems. In addition to gaining exposure to a cross section of relevant contemporary artists and thinkers, students have the opportunity for one-on-one studio visits and discussions regarding their individual practices.