Lectures

Unless otherwise indicated, all presentations will be held in Art #133 from 5 – 6 pm.

Tuesday Night Lectures Series

  1. September 6 Sandow Birk: Political, Engaging, and Often Controversial Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk creates elaborate and multi-faceted projects that draw from American culture and contemporary social issues. Birk will speak about his extensive career and life as a contemporary art in California and beyond.
  2. September 13 Simone Paterson: Creative Technologies and the Handmade Dr. Simone Paterson serves as Chair of Undergraduate Studies at Virginia Tech’s School of Visual Arts. Her work combines large-scale digital photographic prints and sculptural fabric forms, while incorporating interactive new media and digital video animations.
  3. September 20 Vasily Melnichenko: Public Art in Russia and Germany Russian artist Vasily Melnichenko will discuss the practices and strategies of contemporary artists working in Germany and Russia. His lecture will provide the framework for the evolution of the artist’s role in culture, and its effect on social relations.
  4. September 27 Lance Fung: Beyond Plop Art Internationally renowned curator Lance Fung will share his story of growing up in the South Bay and his migration to NYC. He will also introduce a few of the exciting new public art exhibitions that Fung Collaboratives will be organizing here in the Bay Area.
  5. October 4 Yvette Granata: Crypto-Wilds: Heterononymous and Situational Media Yvette Granata is a media artist, film designer, and a PhD Candidate at SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Media Study’s theory and practice program. Granata will explore new media concepts with an overview of her latest research and the non-philosophy project of Francois Laruelle.
  6. October 11 Lalitha Shankar: Shifting Spaces Lalitha Shankar will present a three-part lecture on contemporary art practices in India, her work as a sculptor, and how she became one of seven women of the 3rd Space Lab Artist Collective.
  7. October 18 Gail Wight Gail Wight is an Associate Professor of Art at Stanford University where she teaches Experimental Media Arts. Wight works in new media, sculpture, video, painting and printmaking, and fuses art with biology and technology.
  8. October 25 Katherine Lambert Katherine Lambert is an Associate Professor of Architecture and chaired the Interior Architecture program at California College of the Arts. She has lead several large scale projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and authored “Dirt Manifesto” in 1997.
  9. November 1 Natalie and James Thompson Gallery Opening Reception
  10. November 8 Dr. Anthony Raynsford and Robin Lasser: From People’s Park to the Albany Bulb Art historian Dr. Anthony Raynsford will co-present with Professor Robin Lasser on the interconnected themes from Lasser’s recent photographic project “Refuge in Refuse” and Raynsford’s historical work on People’s Park and counterculture urbanism in the 1960s.
  11. November 15 Renee Bott, Pam Paulson, and Paul Mullowney Bay Area Paulson Bott Press specializes in limited edition intaglio prints. Founders and master printers Renee Bott and Pam Paulson will join Professor Paul Mullowney in a printmaking panel discussion, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of Paulson Bott Press.
  12. November 22 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY - NO LECTURE
  13. November 29 Emily Pillotin: Design Revolution Emily Pillotin was frustrated by the design world’s scarcity of meaningful work, so she wrote Design Revolution, a book about 100-plus objects and systems designed to make people’s lives better.
  14. December 6 Simon Sadler: The Bateson Building, Sacramento, and Design of a New Age State Art historian Simon Sadler will focus on the Bateson Building, designed by Sim Van der Ryn, and elaborate on the origins of sustainability in the 1970s by recounting the ambition of the first Brown Administration to reinvent the Golden State.