Speaker Series 2018-2019

Winter 2019 


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.


Whitney Hubbswoman no.10

Graduate Lecture Series

February 20, 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.


Fall 2018 


Mark Derymark dery

“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.


Zackary Druckerzackary drucker

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.


Candice Hopkinscandice hopkins

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 weems

Distinguished 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 khalil

Graduate 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.