To launch its spring exhibition, the gallery@calit2 of the Qualcomm Institute will feature a panel discussion with the featured artist Connie Samaras and faculty experts Lisa Bloom (Stanford), Ken Gonzales-Day (Scripps College), Anna Joy Springer (UC San Diego), and curator Lisa Cartwright (UC San Diego), followed by the opening reception for the exhibition. Panel discussion will be moderated by Lisa Cartwright.

The works on display in Atkinson Hall will be complemented by the artist's photography on display in the Visual Arts Gallery of the Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Building, and by a related workshop on Feeling Photography:
Works from V.A.L.I.S. (2005-07), and Magic Planet (2009), gallery@calit2, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego, April 4-June 3, 2016
Works from Edge of Twilight (2011-16),
Visual Arts Gallery, SME Building, UC San Diego, April 4-22, 2016

Opening panel 5PM and reception 6PM, April 15, 2016,
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego and gallery@calit2

Feeling Photography, a workshop on affect and documentation practices, Cymer Conference Center, SME Building, UC San Diego, April 15, 10am-4pm

Speakers' Bios:

CONNIE SAMARAS, Professor of Art at UC Irvine, is a Los Angeles-based artist working primarily in photography and video to consider political geographies and psychological dislocation in the everyday through speculative landscapes and architectural narratives. Her work has been shown widely with solo exhibitions at venues including Franklin Furnace, the California Museum of Photography, LACE, the Queensland University of Technology, the Armory Center for the Arts, and the San Francisco Art Institute. A writer and researcher as well as an artist, Samaras has lectured and presented her work widely at venues including the ICA (London), the Hammer Museum, LACMA, the Eaton Science Fiction Conference, and the Ontario College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from Creative Capital, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Getty.

LISA E. BLOOM is a scholar of art, science, and visual culture currently teaching at Stanford. She is the author of Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expedition (1993); With Other Eyes: Looking at Race and Gender in Visual Culture (1999); and Jewish Identities in American Visual Art: Ghosts of Ethnicity (2006). She is completing a book on anthropogenic landscapes, contemporary art and climate change.

KEN GONZALES-DAY, Professor of Art and Humanities at Scripps College, is a Los Angeles-based artist who considers the historical construction of race and the limits of representational systems ranging from the lynching photograph to museum display. His works include the photographic series Erased Lynching; the book Lynching in the West: 1850-1935 (Duke 2006); Proled, a series and book that brought new attention to the racial history of previously overlooked objects, typologies, and memorials; Searching for California Hang Trees, a series that critically examines the legacies of landscape photography; the Walking Tour of Los Angeles Lynching Sites, and the short film RUN UP (2015).

ANNA JOY SPRINGER, Associate Professor of Writing at UC San Diego, is the author of The Birdwisher (Birds of Lace Press, 2009) and The Vicious Red Relic, Love (Jaded Ibis Press, 2011). Springer received her M.F.A in Literary Arts from Brown University. Her interests include graphic texts (sculptural poetry, intermedia installations, digital literatures, and comics), punk rock, feminist ethics, non-traditional literary structures, and radical literary arts pedagogies.

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Lisa Cartwright
Professor, Visual Arts
UC San Diego

Image is courtesy of Artist Connie Samaras.