FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 6, 2014

AFTER THE FACT: Feminist Cultural Production and Temporal Dissonance
7th Annual UC San Diego Visual Art Ph.D. Symposium

March 8, 9:00 am-3:30 pm UC San Diego, SME Presentation Lab, Room 149

MFA & PhD Art Practice, Open Studios
March 8, 3:00-8:00 pm, UC San Diego, Visual Arts Facility & SME Building

Free and Open to the Public

La Jolla, California--The UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts is excited to announce its annual Ph.D. Symposium and Open Studios events on Saturday, March 8. These events have become the department's trademark showcase of graduate student research, academic rigor, and artistic practice.

The day will begin at 9:00 am at the Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Building Presentation Lab with the 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference titled AFTER THE FACT: Feminist Cultural Production and Temporal Dissonance.

Approached from a multitude of vantage points, feminist discourse increasingly challenges conventional or accepted ideas about the cultural rationality of time. Conference papers and artist project presentations will be presented around the theme of temporality and feminist cultural production.

Elizabeth Freeman will be the keynote speaker at AFTER THE FACT: Feminist Cultural Production and Temporal Dissonance. Professor Freeman began her teaching career at Sarah Lawrence College, coming to UC Davis in 2000. She specializes in American literature and gender/sexuality/queer studies. Her books include The Wedding Complex: Forms of Belonging in Modern American Culture (Duke UP, 2002) and Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories (Duke UP, 2010). Ph.D. students Melinda Guillen and Marguerite Hodge, organizers of the symposium, describe the theme of the symposium as "an intersection of our research areas--feminist theory and time and duration, respectively," with Professor Freeman's work situated at the forefront of expanding discourse in both of these areas.

The conference theme bleeds into the programming for Open Studios. The performative, time-based, and experimental nature of the Ph.D. and MFA program will be on display. A screening program entitled Moving Images--showcasing time-based works--is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm in the VAF Performance Space. Additionally, Emily Grenader's thesis exhibition, TeleCrowd, will be running in the VAF gallery.

 

 

The department encourages students to cross-disciplines and take risks in their practice.This is demonstrated by first year MFA candidate, Kyle J. Thompson. Incorporating chemical theory into his performance and installation work, Thompson is "addressing the sub-microscopic with an action-based physicality." In his recent piece, TWO NONQUANTITATIVE WAYS OF MEASURING DISTANCE, he examines the quantum-scale phenomenon of entangled states via a self-destructing apparatus on the surface of a salt flat in northern Utah. Thompson's work pushes the boundaries of art-making in the intersections between art and science.

Another distinguishing characteristic of UC San Diego artists is the deliberate interaction with the public sphere. Katherine Clark works in public spaces including parks, schools, and museums, teaming up with specialists as wide ranging as park rangers, historic interpreters and anthropologists. A second year MFA candidate, she co-founded the Living Archive Interdisciplinary Research Group on campus and has collaborated with the Experimental Drawing Studio, Experimental Sculpture Studio, and many of her peers. She describes her practice as "switching between the roles of the absurdist, the documentarian, and the diplomat," where she re-imagines how a cultural landscape is "managed, ritualized, and interpreted."


In addition to showcasing the work of the visual arts department's MFA candidates, the Ph.D. in art practice students will also open their studios to the public. Art Practice Ph.D. students are studio artists that have a complementary research practice. First year art practice student, Stephanie Sherman, has a history of transforming abandoned spaces into sites of artistic production. Sherman co-founded Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency program inside of a three-story former thrift store in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her current research and practice looks at "the intersection of stories sites and technologies." 
 

Open Studios is the annual showcase for MFA and Art Practice Ph.D. students to share their artistic process and finished pieces. Visitors will be able to step inside almost 50 distinct artist studios with artists on site to contextualize their work and engage in conversations.

MARCH 8th – PhD CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
9:00-3:00 at SME PERFORMANCE SPACE

9:00-9:45: arrival and continental breakfast
10:00-10:20: opening remarks (Marguerite Hodge)
10:30-12:30: PANEL (4 papers)
12:30-1:00: break for lunch
1:15-1:45: artist presentation
2:00-3:00: keynote speaker presentation

MARCH 8th - GRADUATE OPEN STUDIOS SCHEDULE

3:00-8:00 at Visual Arts Facilities and Structural and Materials and Engineering Building (SME)

 

3:30-4:30: Cut Piece, Performance by Artemisa Clark´╗┐, Closing PhD Conference Event, VAF #306

5:00-6:00: Moving Images: Time-Based Works By UCSD Grad Students, VAF #306

Additional Exhibitions Running 3:00-8:00:

, UCSD Faculty and Alumni Exhibition, VAF#452

DUMBSUN: A kosmos of specters revolving around Walt Disney's Dumbo and Sun Ra, Tomas Moreno, SME Visual Arts Gallery

Parameters: Jena Cummiskey, Kyle J Thompson and Angela Washko, Center for Design and Geopolitics, SME #305

Rarities and B-Sides, Group Exhibition curated by William Basquin, Experimental Media Lab, SME #401

Something to be Grasped: Tanya Brodsky, Shana Demassi and Erika Ostrander, Experimental Sculpture and Painting Studio, SME #204

Still Life with Parallax, A Holography Project by Kara Joslyn, Experimental Drawing Studio, SME #202

Summer Job, Group Exhibition curated by Aitor Lajarin, The Commons Gallery,VAF #404

TeleCrowd, Emily Grenader MFA Thesis Exhibition, Visual Arts Facility Gallery

 

MARCH 9th - Post-Open Studios Event 1:00-4:00

The Now presents Sand Art: an afternoon of sun healing and sand works on the beach,  accompanying On The Beach - an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla curated by Noni Brynjolson.

 

*Events are subject to change; a complete schedule of events will be released prior to open studios.

OPEN STUDIOS PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
AITOR LAJARIN
ALDO GUERRA
ALEXANDER KERSHAW
AMBER LUNDY
ANDREAS LEONARDSEN
ANGELA JENNINGS
ANGELA WASHKO
ARTEMISA CLARK
AVA PORTER
CARA BALDWIN
CATHERINE CZACKI
COLLECTIVE MAGPIE
DANIEL CANNIZZARO
DOMINIC PAUL MILLER
ELMIRA MOHEBALI
EMILY BOVINO
EMILY GRENADER
ERIKA OSTRANDER
GARY GARAY
HEIDI KAYSER
HERMIONE SPRIGGS
J NOLAND
JAEKYUNG JUNG
JENA CUMMISKEY
JOSHUA JON MILLER
JULIAN ROGERS
KARA JOSLYN
KATHERINE CLARK
KATRIN PESCH
KYLE J. THOMPSON
LUCAS COFFIN
LYNDSAY BLOOM
MATTHEW SAVITSKY
NATHAN WADE
NICHOLE SPECIALE
SHANA DEMASSI
STEPHANIE SHERMAN
TANYA BRODSKY
TIMOTHY RIDLEN
TOMAS MORENO
WALTER SUTIN
WILLIAM BASQUIN

For more information about UC San Diego's Open Studios event please visit:
ucsdopenstudios.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sheena Ghanbari
sghanbari@ucsd.edu
858-822-7755

Angela Washko
awashko@ucsd.edu

Click here for a map to the VAF
Click here for a map to the SME building

Image Credits (top to bottom):
Emily Grenader, Crowd Portraits
Kyle Thompson, TWO NONQUANTITATIVE WAYS OF MEASURING DISTANCE
Stephanie Sherman, image of Elsewhere a living museum inside a former thrift store