Unless otherwise indicated, all presentations will be held in Art #133 from 5 – 6 pm.
- February 2 GYRE: THE PLASTIC OCEAN opens at the Thompson Gallery with a panel discussion lead by organizer and Anchorage Museum Director, Julie Decker in conversation with Bay Area artists who are included in the show. With stunning visual impact and an astonishing array of ocean trash, internationally recognized artists create works of art from debris collected from beaches around the world.
- February 9 SAM BOWER, Executive Director of greenmuseum.org, will discuss this San Francisco-based nonprofit online organization dedicated to creating and fostering international environmental art events, writings, and artistic collaborations.
- February 16 MARTIN VENEZKY is a professor in the Graduate Design Program at CCA and principle of San Francisco-based Appetite Engineers. His recent work explores the curious and productive space between art and design, handwork and mass-production, and cultural expression and commercial goods.
- February 23 GIDEON RUBIN is a London-based Israeli artist whose lecture will address the question: "what happened to the face?" The talk is presented in conjunction with Rubin's exhibition, "Memory Goes as Far as this Morning," at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art from February 20 through May 21, 2016.
- March 1 ANN GALE is professor of painting and drawing at the University of Washington. Her portraits depart from direct observation and standard techniques to reveal the truth beneath the guarded and practiced stances of her individual sitters.
- March 8 SONYA RENEE TAYLOR The Bay Area performance artist, poet, activist and transformational leader will discuss the roll of body representation in the work of radical liberation. Her talk will address how historical depictions of marginalized bodies have reinforced and reaffirmed oppression and structural violence.
- March 15 RAHELEH (MINOOSH) ZOMORODI NIA will talk about the cultural and political conflicts she experiences as an Iranian and as Muslim woman living in the United States, and the ways in which these factor into her ongoing artistic exploration of self.
- March 22 ART HISTORY GRADUATE STUDENT PANEL Emerging art historians Rosie Hartman, Sarah Lysgaard, Sara Morris and Mary Okin will discuss their professional development in this panel discussion designed to inform about careers and opportunities in the arts.
- April 5 CHARLES MARY KUBRICHT has explored human wilderness tracking along the Texas/Mexico border, accompanied archaeologists in the field, and viewed cosmological landscapes of astrophysicists in order to understand the morphology of art, perception, and historicity of human visual knowledge. Her artwork presents direct observation as mediated by the lens of technology.
- April 12 ROGER BALLEN'S "Asylum of the Birds" exhibition opens at the Thompson Gallery. This lecture will address work staged within the confines of a makeshift house set on the outskirts of Johannesburg and inhabited by individuals at the absolute margins of society. In this anarchic place, the human and animal inhabitants collaborate as Ballen's cast, in an ongoing series of quasi-directed performances.
- April 19 NANCY BOAS is the author of David Park: A Painter's Life (UC Press, 2012). Her lecture will illuminate the life and work of David Park (1911-1960), a leader in Bay Area Figurative Art and a strong influence on Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, and other California artists of the 1940s and 1950s.
- April 26 RAY BELDNER is a San Francisco-based sculptor and new media artist whose work has been acknowledged by the Smithsonian and the California Arts Council Fellowship in New Genres, among others. He will lecture in his role as curator of the 2015-2016 SJSU MFA Graduation Show.
- May 3 JAYDAN MOORE is a metalsmith, printmaker and 2014-2016 Artist in Resident at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. His lecture will discusses the history of objects and his continued exploration of heirlooms in his work.
- May 10 DOROTHY R. SANTOS is a writer, editor and curator whose interests focus on news media and digital arts whose works interrogate the body and its relationship to virtual and architectural spaces.