Lectures

An acclaimed weekly lecture series brings in artists, designers, and critical theorists from around the world, broadening the students’ experiential base and complementing local offerings. All lectures and exhibitions are open to the general public free or charge.

Unless otherwise indicated, all presentations will be held in the Art Building, Room #133, from 5-6pm. Click here for campus maps and directions.

Tuesday Night Lecture Series - Spring semester 2017

     
1/31 Spatial Arts Faculty

SPATIAL ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION WALK-THROUGH

In conjunction with the opening of this exhibition, each exhibiting artist will speak about his or her work, its context, and its development. PLEASE NOTE: this walk-through will be held in the Thompson Art Gallery, NOT in Art #133.

2/7 Martin Venezky

MARTIN VENEZKY: DRIFTING BETWEEN ART AND DESIGN

One’s career is always a work-in-progress. Although Vanezky has been a designer and educator for nearly 30 years, his latest interests are steering his work in a curious direction. He will show how his work has evolved and how each body of work has begun to inform the other.

2/14  Jeremiah Ariaz

JEREMIAH ARIAZ: FACT AND FICTION - IMAGINING THE WEST

Ariaz photographs consider the outcome of manifest destiny and how tropes of the Old West are replayed and reimagined in other counties. Creating a dialogue between factual and fictional depictions of the American West, his work challenges popular notions of figures like the cowboy to deconstruct the romantic myths of the West.

2/21 Sergei Isupov

SERGEI ISUPOV: PUSH-PULL STORY

Ceramic sculptor Isupov will discuss the span of his career and influences, focusing on bodies of work and themes within his art, particularly those that capture fleeting moments, focus on human diversity and the theme of opposites.

2/28  

CAREER PATHS IN ART HISTORY

In this evening’s presentation, a panel of recent SJSU art history alumni will discuss various options they’ve chosen to find and advance within fulfilling careers in their fields.

3/7 Claudia Hart

CLAUDIA HART: INSIDE THE FLOWER MATRIX

In conjunction with the opening of her exhibition in the Thompson Gallery later this evening, Chicago-based artist Hart will discuss her work, its trajectory, and her influences.

3/14 Corey Keller

COREY KELLER: MAPPING PHOTOGRAPHY

Corey Keller parlayed her childhood love of the medium and scholarly obsession with its history into a robust curatorial career. Now serving as Curator of Photography at SFMOMA, she’ll discuss a recent exhibition project and will speak more broadly about finding one’s way in the world of photography.

3/21 Adam Richardson

ADAM RICHARDSON: MASS MADE SOUL

Can mass-produced products have soul? If so, how does it happen? In this talk and slideshow, designer and photographer Adam Richardson will try to answer these questions, and find lessons that can be applied to contemporary design.

3/28  

NO LECTURE – SPRING BREAK

4/4 Brian Taylor

BRIAN TAYLOR: A LIFE IN TEACHING AND IN ART

Professor of Photography Taylor will celebrate his 76th and final semester of teaching at SJSU, musing on his career, his students, and the trajectory of his work.

4/11  Castillo

GREG CASTILLO: CITIES OF SOCIAL DEMOCRACY - THE POSTWAR URBANISM OF HANS SCHAROUN AND WALTER GROPIUS

In this presentation, Castillo, Associate Professor of Architectural History at the University of California-Berkeley, will discuss the work of these two German architects and how they evidence somewhat parallel approaches to 20th century urban reforms.

4/18  Timothy Berry

TIMOTHY BERRY: ANOTHER NATURE

Painter and printmaker Timothy Berry’s most recent work continues a lifelong investigation of mankind’s contentious yet appreciative relationship to nature. Utilizing motifs from natural landscapes, he generates implied narratives of a paradise lost and flirts with patterned abstraction. Berry is an Associate Professor at the SFAI and an Adjunct Professor at UC-Davis.

4/25  Seymour Rosen

SEYMOUR ROSEN: YOU HAVEN’T SEEN EVERYTHING YET!

In conjunction with the opening of an exhibition of Rosen’s black and white photographs of mid-century Los Angeles, Thompson Gallery Director Jo Farb Hernández will discuss his work and his holistic approach to the world’s visuals.

5/2  Joel Slayton

TRANSITION: AN INTERVIEW WITHJOEL SLAYTON

A conversation regarding the relationship of art and innovation, creative research, and what it all may or may not mean.