Speaker Series 2019-2020

Fall 2019 


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Longenecker 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.


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.


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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).


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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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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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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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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.


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.


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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

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.


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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.


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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.