Photographer and conceptual artist James Welling has been working in the aforementioned (typically marginalized) disciplines before either were an established part of the contemporary art dialogue. Mentored by the art world’s patron saint of Conceptualism, John Baldessari, and with an oeuvre that has evolved through various formats and processes (from Polaroids to his iconic color photograms) over the past 35 years, Welling’s work ranges from geometric abstractions to investigative photographs of Andrew Wyeth’s living and painting sites. As part of the FotoFocus ongoing Lecture and Visiting Artist Series, this coming Friday the artist will speak at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Fath Auditorium to kick off the opening of his exhibition: Monograph, a comprehensive showing of Welling’s diverse work. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Open to the public, reservations required. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Email [email protected] or call 513-721-ARTS and press 2 to make reservations.