Saturday March 5, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149 & Pepper Canyon Hall 109
Free Parking at UC San Diego

Local Revolutions is organized by PhD students Paloma Checa-Gismero and Noni Brynjolson.


Please, join us for Local Revolutions, UC San Diego Visual Arts' 9th Ph.D. Symposium, featuring keynote speaker Lucy R. Lippard.

Art practices dependent on interaction with communities have become increasingly prevalent in the last few decades. These practices raise new questions about the ontological boundaries of art, the agency of artists and participants in collective or collaborative projects, their rapport with their emplacements, their effects on broader political structures, and the social relations that inform them. These socially engaged practices call for a reevaluation of the critical perspectives that have shaped the historicization of art, its criticism and its curation. How does art create social change in localized contexts, and how does this relate to discussions of revolutionary art throughout history? The Local Revolutions symposium includes presentations by graduate students who are interested in addressing these questions and in critically examining the role of art in local processes of social change.

The event features keynote speaker Lucy R. Lippard. 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.


9:00am - 9:30am: Breakfast + coffee [SME lobby]

9:30am - 10:45am: PANEL ONE: CITIES [SME Presentation Lab]

Moderated by Grant Kester, Professor, Department of Visual Arts, UCSD

Erika Nelson - PhD Candidate, Art History, City University of New York “Aestheticizing Internationalism: The Shifting Identity of La Ruta de la Amistad”

April Thompson - MA Student, Critical Curatorial Studies, University of British Columbia “Three Kinds of Abstraction: Exhibiting Contemporary Photography in Vancouver”

Lauren Hanson - PhD Candidate, Department of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at Austin “Countering Adenauer’s “No Experiments:” Local Spaces for Artistic Exchange and Critique in 1950s Düsseldorf”

11:00am - 12:15pm: PANEL TWO: INSTITUTIONS [Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149]

Moderated by Alena Williams, Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts, UCSD

Yelena Gluzman - PhD Student, Communication, University of California, San Diego “New Institutional Critique”

Kate Clark - MFA Graduate, University of California, San Diego “Parkeology: In Dust We Trust”

12:15pm - 1:45pm: Lunch break + exhibition reception [Visual Arts Gallery, SME]

1:45pm - 3:00pm: PANEL THREE: ACTIVISM [Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149]

Moderated by Mariana Wardwell, Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, UCSD

J.V. Decemvirale - PhD Student, Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara “Because Night Time Is the Right Time: The Black Arts Council’s Foundational Action As An Intermedial Space of Popular Resistance”

Leanne Unruh - PhD Student in Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto “Borders in the City and the Cosmopolitan Imagination”

Russell Stephens - PhD Student, Art History, University of British Columbia “Ravi Agarwal – Art and Environmental Activism in India”

3:30pm - 5:00pm Keynote speech by Lucy R. Lippard [Pepper Canyon Hall 109 (PCYNH)] "Critical Landscape Photography in the Changing West: A Local Revolution? Or not?” (PCYNH)]


Local Revolutions is co-sponsored by the Women's Center, the Center for Global Justice, the GSA, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and FIELD.