Lucy Lippard Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard








November 6 @ 3 PM, Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
Chelsea Knight, artist
Chelsea Knight was born in Vermont and lives and works in New York. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Knight completed residencies at the Whitney Independent Study Program (2010) and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008), and was a Fulbright Fellow in Italy (2007). Solo exhibitions, performances and screenings include: The New Museum (NYC), The St. Louis Art Museum; The Brooklyn Museum; Aspect Ratio Gallery (Chicago); Momenta Art (Brooklyn); DiverseWorks (Houston, with Mark Tribe); Night Gallery (LA, with Elise Rasmussen) and Julius Caesar Gallery (Chicago). Knight has exhibited and screened her work in group shows at the New Museum (NYC), Palais de Tokyo (Paris); Bard CCS Hessel Museum (NY); the Young Artists' Biennial (Bucharest), Werkschauhalle Gallery (Leipzig); and the Michelangelo Pistoletto Foundation, (Biella, Italy). Knight was a Spring 2015 Research and Development Artist in Residence at the New Museum (NYC).


November 10 @ 3:30 PM, Price Center: West Ballroom
Problems of Japanese Cinema, a lecture by Kiju Yoshida and Mariko Okada
Literature and San Diego Asian Film Festival
Visual Arts contributing co-sponsor
Yoshishige Yoshida, also known as Kijū Yoshida, is a renowned Japanese director and screenwriter best known for directing the Japanese New Wave radical trilogy that includes the classic Eros + Massacre (1969). In addition to directing many films, he has written criticism and is the author of Ozu’s Anti-Cinema (1998). Mariko Okada is a renowned Japanese actress who has appeared in many films including Ozu’s Late Autumn (1960) and Aoyama’s My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? (2005).

November 18 @ 7 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla
Judith Barry, artist
Visual Arts co-sponsoring with the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and Russell Foundation
Judith Barry engages in research-based practice utilizing installation, architecture and design, film/video, performance, sculpture, photography, and new media. Her work has been exhibited at venues including dOCUMENTA, Berlin Biennale, Venice Biennale of Art/Architecture, Sao Paolo Biennale, Nagoya Biennale, Carnegie International, Whitney Biennale, Sharjah Biennale, and the Sydney Biennal. In 2000 she was awarded the Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts, and in 2001 she won Best Pavilion at the Cairo Biennale. She is currently Director of the MFA program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. In 2016 a traveling survey of her work will be launched in the UK.

November 19 @ 5 PM, Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
Lasse Lau, artist and filmmaker
Artist and filmmaker Lasse Lau is based in New York and Copenhagen. He studied at the Whitney ISP and Funen Academy of Fine Art. Lau is the co-founder of the Danish artist group "CUDI - Center for Urban Culture, Dialogue and Information" which considers issues such as Suburbia, displacement and xenophobia. His work has been exhibited at the Hamburger Bahnhof and Wolfsburg Kunstverein in Germany, Aarhus Art Museum and Brandts Klaedefabrik in Denmark, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Croatia, The Turin Biennial of Contemporary Art in Italy, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Smack Mellon Gallery and PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York.


December 7 @ 7 PM,Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
Piero Golia, artist
LA-based Piero Golia is an artist from Naples, Italy who focuses on the theatrical and the conceptual. On January 14, 2006, he vanished from New York City, leaving no documented proof of his whereabouts. He reappeared the morning of February 7 at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen to give a lecture about his adventure. In 2008, he compacted a full-size passenger bus to fit into a 10’ x 20’ booth at the Los Angeles Art Fair. Luminous Sphere (2010), a mysterious glowing orb installed on the roof of the Standard Hotel, lights up only when Golia is in Los Angeles. Golia’s work has been exhibited at venues including P.S. 1 (New York); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2007); Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2009); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Hammer (LA); MOCA (LA) and the Biennale di Venezia (2013).


January 14 @ 5:30 PM,
 Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
Elizabeth Guffey, art and design history, theory and criticism
Elizabeth Guffey teaches and writes on art and design history, theory and criticism.  She is the Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor at Purchase College, State University of New York. She is founding Editor of Design and Culture (, the peer-review journal of the Design Studies Forum.  She is also the author of Retro: The Culture of Revival and Posters: A Global History.


January 26 @ 4 PM, Visual Arts @ SME 406
Giovanna Zapperi, art historian

Subjectivity of Work: Carla Lonzi
Giovanna Zapperi is a Paris-based art historian who received her doctorate from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Zapperi examines the interrelation of art criticism, visual culture, and feminism. She has published numerous studies in anthologies, exhibition catalogues, and reviews in France and abroad (Les Cahiers du MNAMHistoire de l’ArtPerspectiveOxford Art JournalArt History, Kritische BerichteParachute…), as well as critical articles. Her dissertation on Marcel Duchamp received the City of Paris Award for Gender studies, and was published in 2012. From 2005 to 2009, she was on the editorial board of the journal Multitudes; from 2007-2009, she was a visiting Rudolf Arnheim Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin; and in 2009, she was a research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Nantes. In 2010, Zapperi became a faculty member of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art in Bourges, where she teaches the history and theory of contemporary art, and has organized the conference, “L’avenir du passé: politiques de l’archive/The Future of the Past: The Politics of the Archive.” From 2014–15, she was a fellow at the French Academy in Rome where she began working on her current book manuscript on the criticism and art historical work of radical Italian feminist Carla Lonzi (1931–1982). Lonzi’s significant works include: Autoritratto [Self-Portrait] (1969), Manifesto di Rivolta femminile [Manifesto of the Feminine Revolt] (1970), Sputiamo su Hegel, La donna clitoridea e la donna vaginale e altri scritti [Let’s Spit on Hegel, The Clitoridian Woman and the Vaginal Woman, and Other Writings] (1974).



January 28 @ 7 PM, Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman, artists
Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman have been collaborating on film, video, new media and art installations since 2004. Their projects explore trauma, justice and memory. They seek to address critical social issues through their collaborative projects that question the false divisions we make between public and private spheres, personal memory, politics and democracy. Their most recent film, Last Day of Freedom, has been awarded Best Short at CDS Filmmaker Award Change (an Oscar qualifying category), Film Maker Award by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, the Justice Impact Award at (In) Justice for All International Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Short at San Francisco Documentary Festival and Best Short at The Hamptons International Film Festival. Dee is Associate Professor of Art and Digital New Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Nomi is Independent Editor and Media Producer. 


February 11 @ 7 PM, Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
Karla Diaz, artist
Karla Diaz is a teacher, writer, and artist born in East Los Angeles and raised in both Mexico and Los Angeles. She received an MFA from CalArts School of Critical Studies. She has read her work and exhibited projects in venues locally in Southern California including the Getty Art Museum, MOCA, REDCAT, the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, as well at national and international venues such as the Museo Cervantez in Madrid, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and at the Zocalo in Mexico City. She writes for several art magazines including FlashArtBeautiful Decay and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. She is a founding member of Slanguage, an artist collective located in the harbor area of Los Angeles, where she began an educational program for teens. From 2006-2008 she ran programming and exhibitions at the New Chinatown Barbershop gallery. She lives and works in Los Angeles. 
February 18 @ 7 PM, Visual Arts @ SME 149
Kevin Appel, artist
Kevin Appel, Professor of Art at UC Irvine, works between the practices of painting and architecture, following a trajectory describing the slow and messy dissolution of the integrity of the house, home, and pictorial space. His solo exhibitions include Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York (2104), Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica (2013), Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (2012); Angles Gallery, Santa Monica (2006, 2002, 1999, 1998); Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2003); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2001); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1999). Among the group exhibitions Appel has participated in are Painting in Place, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (2013); Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2001); 010101: Art in Technological Times, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California (2001), Against Design, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla; Farve Volumen/Color Volume, Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, DK-Odense, Denmark (1999); and Abstract Painting Once Removed, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (1998). 
February 25 @ 5PM, York 2622
Zach Kaiser, designer and scholar

Educator, designer, artist, scholar, and DJ Zach Kaiser is an assistant professor of Graphic Design and Experience Architecture in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. He uses trans-disciplinary sampling and mixing from the languages of graphic design, interaction design, experience design, speculative design, and music-making in his creative practice and scholarship. His design projects have included digital research tools and services for high school students and physical products intended to subvert the influence of algorithmic inference on our lives.

March 5 @ 3:30 PM, Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
Lucy R. Lippard, writer, critic, and activist
Visual Arts a contributing co-sponsor UC San Diego, Visual Arts Ph.D. Conference
Lucy R. Lippard is a writer, activist, and sometime curator. Since 1966, she has published twenty-four books on contemporary art and cultural studies, most recently Undermining: A Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West. She has co-founded various artists groups (including Ad Hoc Women Artists Committee, Heresies, Printed Matter, PADD, Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America) and has curated some fifty exhibitions. She lives in Galisteo, New Mexico, where she has edited the monthly community newsletter for 19 years, serves on the Water Board, and is active in community planning and land use issues. 


March 8 @ 4 PM, Visual Arts @ SME 406
Sabeth Buchmann, art historian and critic

Sabeth Buchmann is Professor of Modern and Postmodern Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where she directs the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies. As an art historian and critic, she has published widely in academic journals, exhibition catalogs, and art magazines. Buchmann is on the advisory board of Texte zur Kunst, and with Helmut Draxler, Clemens Krümmel, and Susanne Leeb, is the editor of Polypen– a series of books on art criticism and political theory at b-books in Berlin. Since 1997, she has held visiting and guest professorships at various academies and universities. Her publications include Art After Conceptual Art (co-edited with Alexander Alberro), MIT Press (2006); Denken Gegen das Denken. Produktion - Technologie - Subjectivität in Sol LeWitt, Hélio Oiticica and Yvonne Rainer, b-books (2007); and Avantgarde, Film and Biopolitics (co-edited with Helmut Draxler and Stephan Geene), Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in cooperation with Schlebrügge Editor (2009).

March 11 @ 3 PM, Visual Arts @ SME 408
T.J. Demos, art historian and cultural critic
T.J. Demos, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz, writes widely on modern and contemporary art and his essays have appeared in magazines, journals, and catalogues worldwide. His published work centers broadly on the conjuncture of art and politics, examining the ability of artistic practice to invent innovative and experimental strategies that challenge dominant social, political, and economic conventions. He has served on the Art Journal editorial board (2004-08), and currently is on the editorial board of Third Text, and on the advisory board of Grey Room. Demos is Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies at UC Santa Cruz. His most recent books include The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013, winner of the 2014 College Art Association Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism), and Return to the Postcolony: Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2013).

Attending to developments in environmental crisis, postcolonial studies, and artistic practice, he has recently edited a special issue of the journal Third Text on “Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology” (no. 120, January 2013), and is currently at work on a new book on this subject, entitled The Post-Natural Condition: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Sternberg Press, forthcoming).


April 6 @ 2:30 PM, Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
Ximena Cuevas, Video and Performance Artist

Ximena Cuevas is a world-renowned Mexican video and performance artist whose experimental works have engaged with subtle irony and wit to address matters including sexuality, everyday life, heteronormativity, beauty, popular culture, and what she describes as the "half-lies" of the collective Mexican imagination. In 2011 she worked in the state of Guerrero to produce a project on sea turtle conservation. Cuevas's videos and films have screened internationally at venues including Sundance, the Berlinale, the Guggenheim (NY and Bilbao), and the touring  series Mexperimental Cinema. Her work, which is in major collections including that of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), includes the Corazon Sangrante, featuring the well-known performance artist, singer, cabaret performer and star Astrid Hadad; Cinepolis, La Capitol, a chilling work on alien intrusion in everyday life, and Colchones Individuales,Vol. 1: Desolation, a film of isolation, decay and arrested time.   


"Ximena Cuevas is Mexico’s video artist extraordinaire: half magician, half mermaid, master of all she surveys. Cuevas looks upon her beloved metropolis of Mexico City with an eye both jaundiced and passionate. At the same time, she has turned her camera back on her own daily life and charted the quotidian pleasures and crises found therein. Her camera is expressive and inventive, her editing style jaunty and edgy, her musical taste unerring. Whether her subject is lesbian romance or heterosexual machismo, you couldn’t ask for a better guide."
—B. Ruby Rich, San Francisco 1998


April 6 @ 6:30 PM, Pepper Canyon 106
Cheryl Dunye, Filmmaker

Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye is a director, producer, screenwriter, editor and performer. Her work engages with questions of race, sexuality and gender, particularly relating to black lesbian experience. Her feature films include The Watermelon Woman, awarded a Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and best feature in LA's Outfest, Italy's Torino and France's Creteil festivals; Stranger Inside, an HBO film about prison life for incarcerated women for which Dunye was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best director; the lesbian feature The OWLS; and My Baby's Daddy, a Miramax release directed by Dunye which had significant box office success. Dunye's work has been screened at festivals internationally and has been included in forums such as Whitney Biennial. Born in Liberia, Dunye holds a BA from Temple University and an MFA from the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers. Dunye has served on the Directors Guild of America’s Independent Council and on the advisory board for New York’s Independent Film Project’s Gordon Parks Award. She was also a mentor for Independant Feature Project/ West's Project Involve and a board member of the Los Angeles OUTFEST. Presently she is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Queer Cultural Center, sits on the board of Radar Productions, and is on the advisory the board of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. In addition Dunye has received grants from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Frameline, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Rockefeller Foundation. She was a recipient of the prestigious Anonymous was a Woman Award.


April 15, Cymer Conference Center, SME, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM & 1:30 - 4:00 PM
Feeling Photography Workshop, participation by RSVP to

Feeling Photography, a workshop on affect, photography, and transmedia, in tribute to the book Feeling Photography, ed. Elspeth Brown and Thy Phu (Duke 2014). Workshop presenters: Lisa Bloom on Offshore, Brenda Longfellow's interactive documentary on crude oil; Elspeth Brown, U Toronto, speaking about the TransPartners Project; Ken Gonzales-Day, Scripps College, on his work across photography and writing; Connie Samaras on her work with the Octavia Butler archives project; David Serlin, UCSD, on his work with the Helen Keller archives; Shawn Michelle Smith, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, on the work of Jason Lazarus; and Kamala Visweswaran, UCSD, on photography and the Gujarat genocide. Hosted by Lisa Cartwright (UCSD) and Elizabeth Wolfson (Brown) and moderated by Kelli Moore (NYU) and Pawan Singh (UCSD).  Sponsored by Visual Arts with the generous support of the UC Humanities Research Institute.

April 15, 5-7pm, Calit2 Auditorium and gallery@calit2

Connie Samaras : Speculative Landscapes

A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH Connie Samaras, Lisa Bloom, Ken Gonzales-Day, AND Anna Joy Springer, followed by the OPENING of the joint exhibitions:

Connie Samaras: Speculative Landscapes - Works from the series V.A.L.I.S. at gallery@calit2 and Edge of Twilight at Visual Arts Gallery, SME, UC San Diego.

A panel discussion with Lisa Bloom, Ken Gonzales-Day, Anna Joy Springer, and Commie Samaras about the work of Connie Samaras, the LA-based artist and writer who since the 1980s has been producing speculative landscape series in photography and video installations organized around architectures of late capitalism erected out of the techno-utopian hopes and fantasies of modernity's recent past.

Sponsored by the gallery@calit2 and UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts.


April 19, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
Catherine Malabou, Philospher

Catherine Malabou is one of France’s leading philosophers. She is a professor of philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS and professor of modern European philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University, London. She is known for her work on plasticity, a concept she culled from Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, which has proved fertile within contemporary economic, political, and social discourses. Widely regarded as one of the most exciting figures in what has been called “The New French Philosophy,” Malabou’s research and writing covers a range of figures and issues, including the work of Hegel, Freud, Heidegger, and Derrida; the relationship between philosophy, neuroscience, and psychoanalysis; and concepts of essence and difference within feminism.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Communication; De Certeau Reading Group; Department of Philosophy' German Studies; Department of Literature; Research Group Politics, Ethics, Ontology; Science Studies; and the Department of Visual Arts.





May 2 @ 1 PM, Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
Charlene Villaseñor-Black, art historian
Charlene Villaseñor Black, whose research and teaching focuses on the art of the Ibero-American world, is Associate Professor of Art History at UCLA, with a joint appointment in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies.  She is currently a Frederick Burkhardt/ACLS Fellow at the Huntington Library (2011-2012), where she is finishing her latest book, Transforming Saints:  Women, Art, and Conversion in Mexico and Spain, 1521-1800. Her widely-reviewed 2006 book, Creating the Cult of St. Joseph:  Art and Gender in the Spanish Empire, was awarded the College Art Association Millard Meiss subvention. Her numerous publications range widely, from early modern to colonial and contemporary art, appearing in Art JournalStudies in Medieval and Renaissance HistorySixteenth Century Journal, and several anthologies. She has recently edited a collection of essays by pioneering art historian Shifra M. Goldman, and written the introduction to Tradition and Transformation:  Chicana/o Art from the 1970s to the 1990s (forthcoming, 2013), and is working on a second collection of Goldman’s essays, Toward a New Millennium:  Contemporary Art of the Transnational Americas.  While much of her research investigates the politics of religious art and transatlantic exchange, Villaseñor Black is also actively engaged in the Chicana/o art scene. Her upbringing as a working class, Catholic Chicana/o from Arizona forged her identity as a border-crossing early modernist and inspirational teacher.