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Speaker Series

Spring 2020 

Watch the Spring 2020 Guest Lectures on our YouTube Channel!


Brett SchultzPhoto of Brett Schultz, link to event page

Remote Guest Lecture

April 8, 2020, 6 p.m.
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Brett W. Schultz is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the gallery Yautepec in Mexico City as well as Creative Director of Material Art Fair, also in Mexico City. His projects have appeared across a wide variety of international publications, including Artforum, Frieze, Art Review, BOMB, Art+Auction, L’Officiel Art, Flash Art, The Paris Review and the New York Times, among others. He lives and works in Mexico City.

Todd GrayPhoto of Todd Gray, link to event page

Remote Guest Lecture

April 22, 2020, 6 p.m.
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Los Angeles based artist Todd Gray re-frames and re-contextualizes images from his personal archive that spans over forty years of his career as a photographer, sculptor and performance artist. Gray describes himself as an artist and activist who primarily focuses on issues of race, class, gender and colonialism.

Daniela Lieja QuintanarPhoto of Daniela Lieja Quintanar, link to event page

Remote Guest Lecture

April 29, 2020, 6 p.m.
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Daniela Lieja Quintanar is LACE curator since 2016. She works between Los Angeles and Mexico, emphasizing contemporary art and curatorial practices that explore the politics and social issues of everyday life.  She is part of the curatorial team of MexiCali Biennial 2018-19, and was recently awarded the Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship.

Jennifer BolandePhoto of billboard artworks alongside road.

Remote Guest Lecture

May 20, 2020, 6 p.m.
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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.

Steffanie LingScreen grab image of Steffanie Ling via Zoom

Remote Guest Lecture

May 27, 2020, 6 p.m.
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Steffanie Ling works between Vancouver (unceded territories) and Toronto (Tkaronto) where she is currently Artistic Director of Images Festival. Her books are NASCAR (Blank Cheque, 2016) and CUTS OF THIN MEAT (Spare Room, 2015). 

Keith MayersonPainting by Keith Mayerson of the artist in front of another painting, link to event page

Remote Guest Lecture

June 3, 2020, 6 p.m.
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Keith Mayerson's exhibitions are often installations of images that create larger narratives. The works stand on their own for form and content, but like a prose poem of images on walls, experienced in context the images as a series, the viewer creates the ultimate meaning for the installations.

Winter 2020

American ArtistPhoto of American Artist with 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.


Lisa Jacksondigital image of a ruined city

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. See more at

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


Nao BustamantePhoto of the Nao Bustamante smiling with decorative lights

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


Milijohn RupertoJanus, 2013, film still.

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.


Daniel GuzmanTwo 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.


Dr. Kathleen Ryordrawing of flowers

Guest Lecture on Asian Art

March 2, 2020, 4 p.m.
VAF 366, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Dr. Kathleen Ryor, Tanaka Memorial Professor of International Understanding and Art History of Carleton College, will give a lecture on “Botanical Illustrations or Garden Records? The Metamorphosis of the Flower Painting Genre in Late Ming China.”


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.


Fall 2019


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Guest Lecture

December 4, 2019
, 6 p.m.

VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Intricate networks of materials, objects, and spaces characterize Nancy Lupo’s complex installations. Her work addresses the ways in which we move through spaces, as if following latent scripts that punctuate and dictate the rituals and rhythms that shape our daily lives. In many cases, Lupo has installed works outside of the gallery or museum, in city parks, at the beach, on the telephone, and in other semi-private and public spaces.

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Guest Lecture

November 15, 2019
, 5 p.m.

VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Alhena Katsof is a curator and writer focused on performance studies and exhibition histories. Katsof's ongoing series of lectures about Hannah Höch's garden have been presented at the Center for Experimental Lectures, Rongwrong, and Bridget Donahue Gallery. Katsof is a doctoral student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and part-time Faculty at Eugene Lang — The New School. 


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Panel Discussion

November 14, 2019, 2-5 p.m.
University Art Gallery, UC San Diego

The UC San Diego Arts and Community Engagement (ACE) program invites you to a special panel discussion and reception at the University Art Gallery, discussing the impact of campus art galleries at the local, regional and national level, as well as what the future holds for UC San Diego.


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Guest Lecture

November 14, 2019, 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

How are ubiquitous media forms changing the meanings and possibilities of human-animal relations?  Matthew Brower, director of museum studies at the University of Toronto, examines the intersections between the rise of risk culture, digital technologies, and animal bodies in a lecture about his SSHRC funded collaborative project “Digital Animalities.”


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Performative Lecture for Sixth College's "Women in the Arts"

November 13, 2019, 5 p.m.
VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

The project-based collaboration of artists and sisters Lisa and Janelle Iglesias. As the children of Norwegian and Dominican immigrants who grew up in Queens, New York City, their project-based, trans-disciplinary work explores issues of hybridity, social participation and transnational identities. While both artists maintain individual practices rooted in Drawing and Sculpture they have collaborated on multi-disciplinary and genre-blurring projects for over a decade.


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Russell Lecture with MCASD

November 5, 2019, 7 p.m.
Price Center Theater, UC San Diego

Rodney McMillian is a contemporary American artist with a wide-ranging conceptual practice. His painting, sculpture, video, and performance address the African-American experience while examining race, gender, and class in a broader political context. Often appropriating discarded, post-consumer materials into his work, McMillian modifies familiar objects into new, disconcerting forms.
Text from Artnet.


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Guest Lecture

November 4, 2019
, 6 p.m.

VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade are artists based in New York. With longtime collaborator Jade Gordon, they form the collective My Barbarian, which has shown performances, videos, and installations in museums, galleries, theaters, festivals, music venues and public spaces since 2000 (including MoMA, Studio Museum in Harlem, New Museum, Hammer Museum, LACMA, MOCA, and internationally).



Guest Lecture

November 1, 2019, 7 p.m.
VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Blinkers is a non-profit project space based in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 territory. Founded in 2017 as a collaborative project run by emerging artists Kristina Banera, Hannah Doucet, John Patterson and Rachael Thorleifson, Blinkers collaborates with artists in the form of exhibitions, performances, talks, publications, and workshops to create an engaged community of artists and participants in, and expanding from, Winnipeg, Canada.


Diedrick Brackens

diedrick brackensLongenecker Roth Artist in Residence

October 30, 2019, 5 p.m.
VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Thoughtfully employing the language of weaving and textile making, Diedrick Brackens explores the intersections of identity and sociopolitical issues in the United States. Brackens uses calculated woven algorithms that stem from the cultural histories of African, American, and European textiles to generate his intricate tapestries, seeking to highlight the complexities of African-American identity while also focusing on the loom and its significance to cultural production.
Text from Hammer Museum.


Spring 2019

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History Lessons: Jo Spence’s Subjective Documentary

May 29th, 2019
Lecture: 12 p.m.
VAF 366, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

Professor Wilson will lecture on the work British photographer, Jo Spence (1934-1992), and her reconsideration of 1980s documentary practices. Spence develops a form of “subjective documentary” during the artist's personal health crisis, which charts her interactions with both mainstream health professionals and alternative medical practitioners.


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Photographic Literacy: Cameras in the Hands of Russian Authors

May 23rd, 2019
Lecture: 11 a.m.
VAF 366, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

In this study of the Russian and Soviet author-photographer, which includes authors as varied as Leonid Andreev and Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Reischl argues for the central place that photography has played in the formation of the Russian literary imagination over roughly seventy years.


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The Right To Live in the World: Design and Disability

May 22nd, 2019
Lecture: 4 p.m.
CSE 1202, Computer Science & Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

When access for disabled people began being seen as a “Civil Right,” it amounted to more than protests; it meant a major re-organization of our designed world—one that has been ongoing and continues to this day. In this kind of world building, Design asserts a profound, if little recognized— ability to assert what has been called disabled people’s “right to live in the world.”


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2nd Annual Adam D. Kamil Guest Lecture

April 25th, 2019
Lecture: 7 p.m.
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

Michael Shawver developed an early working relationship with director Ryan Coogler during their time together at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Working with Coogler, Shawver has edited the feature films Fruitvale Station, Creed, and Black Panther.


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Graduate Lecture Series

April 24th, 2019
Lecture: 7 p.m.
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

The artist’s work considers the many forms of evolution within local and indigenous cultural production that have taken place alongside and adjacent to the narratives of Western art, including histories of sculptural installation and performance.


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Guest Lecture

April 9th, 2019
Lecture: 5 p.m.
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

Ingeborg Reichle is the Founding Chair of the Department of Cross-Disciplinary Strategies and full professor of Media Theory at the Department of Media Theory, University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Her primary area of research and teaching is the encounter of the arts with cutting edge technologies like biotechnology and synthetic biology.


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Graduate Lecture Series

April 5th, 2019
Lecture: 6 p.m.
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

Lauren Mackler is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles. In 2010, she founded Public Fiction, a forum for staging exhibitions, performances, and programs by contemporary artists and writers as well as a journal with a parallel mission in print. She is currently the managing editor of Sublevel, and a contributor to Artforum and various other publications. She is currently co-curating the next Los Angeles biennial, Made in LA 2020, at the Hammer Museum.


Winter 2019

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Graduate Lecture Series

March 8th, 2019
Lecture: 5 p.m.
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

Ransom is currently serving as the Program Head of Sculpture/4D and is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture + New Genres at California State University Long Beach. As a member of the faculty of the College of The Arts, she works within the sculpture area and specializes in 3D computerized production / digital fabrication and physical computing / kinetics.


Whitney Hubbswoman no.10

Graduate Lecture Series

February 20th, 2019
Lecture: 7 p.m.
Performance Space, 306 Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

With a 20-year history of picture making, Whitney Hubbs explores both straightforward and uncertain modes of image production. Educated as a traditional documentary photographer and as a conceptual artist examining the role of photographs, Hubbs brings a rigorous approach to her work. Her subject matter has included staged poems to the landscape, the figure in the landscape, self-portraits, and literal and abstract examinations of the female body.


Hisham Mayethisham mayet

PARIS to CALCUTTA & The Photographs Of Charles Duvelle

February 4th, 2019
Lecture: 6 p.m.
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

Hisham Mayet is a film maker, photographer, musical researcher and sound adventurer based in Portland Oregon. He was born on the Barbary Coast of North Africa. Hisham is co-founder and co-owner of the Sublime Frequencies label, where he has realized various documentary films and music recordings.

Presented with support from the Ethnic Studies Department.


Angel Nevarez and Valerie Teverenevarez tevere

We need a theory to continue.

January 28th, 2019
6 p.m.
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere are multidisciplinary artists whose projects and research investigate contemporary music and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, dissent, and public fora. Their interests lie in the spatial simultaneity of performance and enunciation, reflecting upon political agency through lyrics, audio, and transmission.


Fall 2018

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“The Screams We Make In Other People’s Dreams”: Edward Gorey, the Gay Gothic, and the Camp Macabre.

November 28th, 2018
Lecture: 7pm
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

Mark Dery is a cultural critic, essayist, and book author who has taught at NYU and Yale. He coined the term “Afrofuturism,” popularized the concept of “culture jamming,” and has published widely, in the academic as well as the popular press, on American mythologies and pathologies.

Presented with support from the Literature Department, UC San Diego.


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Russell Lecture with MCASD

November 14th, 2018
Lecture: 7 p.m.
Price Center Theatre, UC San Diego

Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

For many years, UC San Diego and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego have partnered to bring contemporary artists to San Diego through the annual Russell Lecture program. The Russell Foundation was established in the will of Betty Russell, one of MCASD’s founding docents and a long-time supporter of UC San Diego. Also, presented with support from University Centers.

UC San Diego ID is required for free entry.


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Graduate Lecture Series

November 8th, 2018
Lecture: 7 p.m.
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer originally from Whitehorse, Yukon and based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is co-curator of the forthcoming SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada, opening in August, 2018, as well as co-curator of the Canadian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale opening May, 2019, which will feature the media work of Isuma Productions, a collective based in Igloolik and Montreal, Canada. She was a curator for documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany.

Presented with support from the Ethnic Studies Department.


Carrie Mae Weems

carrie mae weemsDistinguished Alumna, MFA '84

November 7th, 2018
Reception: 6 p.m., Lecture: 7 p.m.
Price Center Theatre, UC San Diego

Carrie Mae Weems is a celebrated artist known for exploring issues of race, gender, class and how the present can be understood through history and identity. Named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013, Weems continues to engage local communities through art and activism.

Presented with support from University Centers.


Adam Khalil

adam khalilGraduate Lecture Series

October 29th, 2018
Screening: 5:30 p.m., Lecture: 7 p.m.
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

Khalil’s work subverts traditional forms of ethnography through humor, transgression, and innovative documentary practice. Khalil’s films and installations have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance, Walker Arts Center, e-flux, Microscope Gallery (New York), Spektrum (Berlin), Trailer Gallery (Sweden), and Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay).

Presented with support from the Ethnic Studies Department.


Anna Sew Hoyanna sew hoy

Longenecker Artist in Residence

October 24th, 2018
Lecture: 7 p.m., followed by reception
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Bldg., UC San Diego

Artist Anna Sew Hoy has been selected as the inaugural Martha Longenecker Roth Distinguished Artist in Residence. A renowned artist, Sew Hoy will both practice her craft as well as mentor and instruct UC San Diego students during a critical stage of their artistic development.