Unless otherwise indicated, all presentations will be held in Art #133 from 5 – 6 pm.
Misako Rocks: A Manga Life from Japan to America
Japanese graphic novelist Rocks, a 2010 Woman of the Year in Nikkei magazine, will lecture in this special presentation, cosponsored by the Department of Art and Art History’s Thompson Art Gallery Endowment, the Department of World Languages and Literatures, the Center for Library Arts, and the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. Rocks’ representative graphic novel, Rock and Roll Love, was chosen as the Best Teen’s Comic in 2007 by New York public libraries.
NOTE: this presentation will be held in King Library 225/229.
Kazuki Fukuda-Abe Endowed Lecture Series in Contemporary Japanese Arts
Dr. Mika Yoshitake: Phases of Nothingness
Dr. Mika Yoshitake’s lecture is, “The Art of Mono-Ha,” the important postwar art movement also known as the ‘School of Things.’ She will share with us the results of her research on Mono-ha and its ongoing effects on Contemporary Japanese art. This talk is generously sponsored by Kimiko Fukuda.
NOTE: this presentation will be held in King Library 225/229 at 6:00pm.
Lewis Watts: EVIDENCE: The search for traces of the cultural history in the African Diaspora.
In this evening's presentation, Lewis Watts will trace his photographic exploration of reflections of visual history, transference of culture, and by-products of migration in parts of the world that are inhabited by people of African decent. Lewis has looked at the cultural landscape" in West Oakland, South Central LA, Harlem, New Orleans, Jamaica, Cuba, and Paris.
Watts, a Professor of Art at UC Santa Cruz, has been a photographer, curator and archivist for over 40 years. He is co-author with Elizabeth Pepin of Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era, Chronicle Books 2006, and co-author with Eric Porter of New Orleans Suite: Music and Culture in Transition, U.C. Press 2013
Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant: The Intimate Diebenkorn
In conjunction with the opening of the Diebenkorn exhibition later this evening, the artist’s daughter will provide an overview of her father’s work.
NO LECTURE – Spring Break
David Pace: Burkina Faso - Night and Day
Pace, a SJSU alumnus, has been photographing in the small West African country of Burkina Faso since 2007, spending up to ten weeks each year in Bereba, a rural village without electricity or running water. In this evening’s presentation, Pace will discuss his long-term project of creating a portrait of contemporary life in this remote region, documenting the villagers at work and at play.
Ash Huang: Just Ten Minutes
Ash Huang is a designer at Pinterest, and is formerly of Twitter, Code and Theory, and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design. In this evening’s presentation, Huang will weave a tale of expectations, recession, reading under the covers, and getting roasted by art directors. Come for the stories, she says, and stay for the gifs.
Burnt Asphalt Family
This is an artist collective that creates installations that take the form of performances. Each event shares meals, demonstrates cooking, showcases edible sculpture, reinvents objects, activates space, and explores the crossroads between art, craft and design. The focus of their collaborative process is in challenging the perception of material and process.
Dewitt Cheng: Centrigugal Bumble Puppies, Aesthetics, and Anesthesia in Contemporary Art
The anything-goes aesthetic derived from a century and a half of artistic revolution, and the at least partial absorption of art into the realms of fashion, entertainment, and banking make for a bewildering and challenging brave new world of choices for today's visual artists. DeWitt Cheng, the Bay Area art writer/critic for ArtLtd, Artillery, and VisualArtSouce.com, and curator for Stanford Art Spaces, considers the state of this disunion; ponders where we went wrong; and proposes some alternative lines of research and development.