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American Artistthumbnail photo of the artist in a studio full of old video equipment.

Guest Lecture

January 13, 2020, 6 p.m.
VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

AMERICAN ARTIST is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers the visibility and labor of blackness in the context of networked virtual life. Their practice makes use of video, installation, new media, and writing to reveal historical dynamics embedded within contemporary culture and technology.


Susan Daitch & Erkki HuhtamoBoard game: Règle du Jeu de l’Affaire Dreyfus et de la Vérité [“The Rules of the Game of the Dreyfus Affair and the Truth”]

Speculative Media Histories / Writing Early Film History Otherwise

January 16, 2020, 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Price Center Theater, UC San Diego

Susan Daitch presents a talk and reading from Paper Conspiracies, a novel about a film restorer who finds herself caught up in political intrigue around the Georges Mlis serial re-enactment of the Dreyfus Affair. Erkki Huhtamo presents a talk and presentation on The Charles Urban Spirograph and the Dream of Interactive Cinema. The spirograph, not to be  confused with the drawing toy, is an early 20th century home motion picture viewing device that never made it to the market.


Jennifer BolandeThumbnail photograph of a road with mountains in the distance. The road is lined with three large billboards depicting photos of those same mountains at different times of day.

Guest Lecture

*Postponed until Spring Quarter!
VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Jennifer Bolande emerged as an artist in the late 1970s, working in dance, choreography and drawing. In the early 1980s, she advanced the ideas and strategies proposed by the Pictures Generation Movement, taking her place among those artists who have helped to redefine photography.


Lisa JacksonDigitally rendered image of a ruined city-scape

Biidabaan: First Light | Embodiment, Language and Reconciling Place in VR

January 30, 2020, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
SSB 107, Social Sciences Bldg., UC San Diego

Toronto-based Lisa Jackson is one of Canada’s premiere artists, an award-winning filmmaker whose work has shown at top festivals including SXSW, Berlinale, Hotdocs, Tribeca and Sundance, aired widely on television, and exhibited in galleries. Her work ranges from documentary to fiction, animation to 3D IMAX. Her 2018 VR Biidaaban: First Light was nominated for a Webby, has been exhibited around the world, and won a Canadian Screen Award (Canada’s Oscar), the second time she’s received this honour. She is Anishinaabe, and is working on fiction and documentary film and TV projects, and her large-scale multimedia installation Transmissions is touring after premiering in Vancouver in 2019. See more at

Sponsored by Ethnic Studies, Visual Arts, Literature, Communications, GSA, Intertribal Resource Center, VC-EDI


Nao BustamanteThumbnail image of artist face, smiling with tinsel and lights. Link to event page.

Guest Lecture

February 3, 2020, 6 p.m.
VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Bustamante’s precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. Currently she holds the position of Associate Professor and Vice Dean of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.

Co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department


Thank you for coming / Thank you for leavingThumbnail image of painting by Keywan Tafteh

Exhibition from UG student Keywan Tafteh

Receptions: February 11 & 13, 2020, 5-7 p.m.
Adam D. Kamil Gallery, Mandeville Ctr., UC San Diego

A manic recollection of broken love, Thank you for coming/Thank you for leaving deals with themes of desire, heartbreak, identity, and abuse. In the post-internet age, online spaces have become integral to our social interactions. Here, identity becomes a question of image. How do we choose to display our personalities & how do we decide who to interact with? Curated personas often lead to deception & finding authenticity becomes the utmost challenge. The show will include explorations in painting, sculpture, photography, and film.


Miljohn RupertoThumbnail, still image from "Janus" by Milijohn Ruperto.

Guest Lecture

February 12, 2020, 6 p.m.
VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Based in Los Angeles, Miljohn Ruperto is a cross-disciplinary artist working across photography, cinema, performance, and digital animation. His work refers to historical and anecdotal occurrences, and speculates on the nature of assumed facts and the construction of truth.


But Does It WorkThumbnail photo of a man, link to poster

Exhibition from UG student Michael Endow

Reception: February 19, 3-6:30 p.m.
February 18 & 20, 2020, 1-4 p.m.
Adam D. Kamil Gallery, Mandeville Ctr., UC San Diego

A photography exhibition by Michael Endow. Please bring headphones to listen to audio.


Daniel GuzmánThumbnail image of 2 drawings by Daniel Guzmán

Guest Lecture

February 24, 2020, 6 p.m.
VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Daniel Guzmán’s drawings, paintings, and installations are informed by a slew of sources, including comic books, punk rock, heavy metal, Roberto Bolaño’s writing, Gabriel Orozco’s art, and Mexican mural painting.


Graduate Research ColloquiumPhoto of PhD students meeting  and talking in an art gallery

PhD Candidates "All But Dissertation" Presentations

February 28, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

The Graduate Research Colloquium is meant to overcome the privatization of intellectual work, in a forum where the excitement and energy of individual projects can become known to the local community.


Graduate Open Studiosthumbnail poster images resembling an old VHS tape

February 29, 2020, 3-6 p.m.
Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Open Studios will feature over 40 MFA & PhD artists' open studios, exhibitions, screenings, and publications produced in the Department of Visual Arts. The artists will be present in their studios throughout the afternoon and excited to talk about and share their work with you.


Laura NixPhoto of Laura Nix

Alumni Guest Lecture

March 2, 2020, 6 p.m.
VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Laura Nix is a director, writer, and producer working in non-fiction and fiction. She is known for her films Inventing Tomorrow (2018 Sundance Premiere), The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014), The Light In Her Eyes (2011), Whether You Like It Or Not: The Story of Hedwig (2003), and The Politics Of Fur (2002).

Presented by ACE, co-sponsored by Dept. of Visual Arts.


Njideka Akunyili CrosbyPhoto of artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby in her studio

Guest Lecture

March 9, 2020, 6 p.m.
VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She was a participant in La Biennale di Venezia, 58th International Art Exhibition, May You Live In Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff, in 2019.