Visual and Critical Studies took shape as an academic framework in the 1990s in response to demands for alternate models of cultural analysis. Since the year 2000, CCA’s Visual and Critical Studies students have contributed to the expansion of this field’s parameters by interrogating diverse visual transactions—especially the visual strategies of social activism--in ways that reveal the ideological infrastructure of vision, visuality, and visibility. Having completed a rigorous program of interdisciplinary study and a sustained research project, graduating students in VCS distinguish themselves by their level of ability to think critically, through writing, about the visual world.
This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts. The program’s graduating cohort, joined by a representative panel of VCS alumni, will share critical perspectives and professional narratives that affirm the centrality of the visual in projects of social criticism and transformation.
For additional information, including presentation abstracts and program of the day's events, please visit: http://sites.cca.edu/currents/events/symposium.html
Margaret Tedseco and Suzanne Stein: In Conversation
Wednesday, December 8
Grad Center bldg 1, Room GC4, 12 pm
MARGARET TEDESCO's work includes performance, installation, photography, sculpture, and video. Selected exhibitions and performance work includes: Bay Area Now 4, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; New Langton Arts; Walter and McBean Galleries at SFAI; SFMoMA; Artists' Television Access (ATA); The Luggage Store; SF Arts Commission Gallery and the Market Street Art in Transit Program (24 kiosks, two projects); SF Camerawork; SF Cinematheque; The LAB; Southern Exposure; 667Shotwell; Eleanor Harwood Gallery; Blackbird Space; TART; CCA's Playspace; Little Tree; and Small Press Traffic at CCA, in San Francisco; Blank Space and Oakland Art Gallery in Oakland; Spiral Gallery; CrazySpace; and Oaks Lodge/Cal Arts, in Los Angeles; Disjecta, Portland, OR; White Columns, NY; Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Germany; 11th Nippon Performance Festival, Japan; PIPAF Performance Festival, Philippines; Performance Festival Odense, Denmark; and in Leipzig, Paris/Marseille, Italy, and Czech Republic. She received the Bay Area Award for Performance from New Langton Arts, San Francisco in 1999 and the SF Bay Guardian Goldie Award in 2008.
Suzanne Stein is a poet. Her work has appeared in War & Peace, Bay Poetics, Mirage Periodical, ON:Contemporary Practice, New Langton Arts, the San Francisco Exploratorium, Artists Television Access, and elsewhere. Her most recent publication is HOLE IN SPACE, from OMG! She is editor and publisher of the small press TAXT, committed to the free distribution of work by Bay Area poets, writers, & artists previously under-represented in print. Former co-director and film curator at four walls gallery in San Francisco, Suzanne works currently as community producer at SFMOMA. She lives in Oakland.
META/DATA: Art, technology and Queer Identity (co-sponsored by the Magnes Museum, Queer Cultural Center and part of the on-going QCcA series).
Tuesday, November 10
Timken Lecture Hall 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Aesthetics After the Postmodern Turn: Philosophy, Criticism, and Studio Culture Symposium
Saturday, October 17
Timken Lecture Hall 9:00am - 6:30pm
(click on image to download pdf)
This conference, a collaboration between the California College of the Arts and Stanford University, features national and international speakers comprised of artists, designers, architects, activists, and philosophers. This interdisciplinary effort will bring together creative professionals, scholars and students to intellectually engage with the topic of aesthetics and environmentalism.
April 17th, 2009
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Timken Lecture Hall/Drawing Studio DC1
Contact: Kim Anno (510) 847-4745
Event moves to Stanford Saturday April 18th and Sunday April 19th
Fort more information visit: http://risingtideconference.org/
Visionary lesbian painter Bernice Bing had a catalyzing effect on a group of people who came together after her death to remember and honor her life, and who remain connected.
There are so many dynamic facets of Bing’s life: A former student of CCA and SFAI, Bing studied with Sabro Hasegawa who introduced her to Zen and Chinese painting while being deeply influenced by her studies in Abstraction with Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliviera; Bing was part of the early Bay Area Ab Ex movement and prolific as a Beat Artist. She received early critical acclaim for her work with a 1963 and 1964 Artforum review and was among a number of young women during the 1950’s who would make up the first generation of post-war women artists in California. Bing was deeply devoted to the process of abstract art while being involved in community-based activism and administrative duties such as her role as the first Executive Director of SOMArts, and a founding member of the first Asian American women’s arts organization, AAWAA.
In an effort to keep Bing and her oeuvre alive in the present, please join us for an evening of historical musings and a critical re-framing of the life and times of Bernice Bing.
MODERATED BY Jennifer Banta
Moira Roth, Trefethen Chair of Art History, Mills College
Kim Anno, Chair, Professor of Painting/Drawing, CCA
Lenore Chinn, Painter
Flo Oy Wong, Mixed Media/Installation Artist
Alexa Young, executor of Bernice Bing estate
Monday, March 23rd, 7-9pm
Timken Lecture Hall
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th & Wisconsin St.)
Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts brings together locally and nationally renown artists, writers, filmmakers, and scholars for a series of conversations to discuss a broad range of LGBTQI topics in the humanities and the arts.
Sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center and the California College of the Arts' Critical Studies Program and the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies.
Making Queer Histories
Speakers: Cheryl Dunye, Rob Epstein, Martin Meeker, and Susan Stryker
Moderated by Julian Carter
Date: Feb 9, 6-8pm 2009
Location: Timken Hall, CCA, SF Campus
Speakers: Harmony Hammond, Jonathan Katz, and Pamela Peniston
Moderated by Tirza Latimer
March 9, 6-8pm 2009
Location: Timken Hall, CCA, SF Campus
The effect of the Holocaust on the literature of late 20th-early 21st century has been well documented. Its effect in visual representation and the art of second and third generation of survivors is not yet understood. The panel discussion brings together three Bay Area artists—all CCA graduates—whose recent projects have been infused with the theme of the Holocaust, an art historian and a curator in an attempt to define the new visual parameters of the Holocaust effect.
This event is cosponsored by The Judah L. Magnes Museum and the California College of the Arts Visual and Critical Studies Department
Sunday January 25, 2009
2–4pm, reception from 4–5pm
Judah L. Magnes Museum: 510-549-6950, ext 337
CCA, Timken Lecture Hall
Alla Efimova, PhD, Chief Curator, The Magnes
Dora Apel, PhD, Wayne State University, Author of “Memory Effects: Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing”
Naomie Kremer, Artist, CCA (MFA 1993)
Gale Antokal, Artist, CCA (MFA 1984)
Lida Kokin, Artists, CCA (MFA 1991)
Analisa Goodin, Moderator (MA 2008)
Wednesday January 21, 2009
10am - 12pm hot breakfast provided
VCS Homeroom (Please RSVP)
Friday September 19th, 2008
7:15pm at Thee Parkside
Please come celebrate the start of a fantastic new year with VCS at
Thee Parkside conveniently located at 17th and Wisconsin.
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
7pm in Timken Lecture Hall
Discussing "The Aesthetics that Environs"
Featuring Adam Konopka (Fordham University)
Friday, April 11th 2007
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Reception to follow
Timken Lecture Hall
California College of the Arts
1111 8th St.
Since the opening of Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution at LA MoCA last year, scores, if not hundreds, of interventions into the high-cultural arena have enriched an on-going interrogation of contemporary feminism in relation to the production of culture around the globe. An array of publications, exhibitions, demonstrations, colloquia, artist talks, roundtables, performances, interviews, seminars, fundraisers, retreats, workshops, conferences, broadcasts, and screenings have served as platforms for feminist historical revision and cultural exchange. Cornelia Butler, curator of Wack!, argues that “feminism’s impact on the art of the 1970s constitutes the most influential international ‘movement’ of any during the postwar period” and the New York Times critic Holland Cotter makes the similar claim that, without feminism, “identity-based art, crafts-derived art, performance art and much political art would not exist in the form it does, if it existed at all. Much of what we call postmodern art,” he concludes, “has feminist art at its source.”
Feminism and Art Today, a roundtable hosted by the Visual and Critical Studies program at California College of the Arts, lends impetus to feminist initiatives in the arts while contributing to the analysis of both the rhetoric and the art generated in contemporary institutional contexts. We have invited art historians, artists, curators, critics, and art administrators who actively participate in the expansion of feminist cultural arenas to engage in conversation with CCA students and faculty members, as well as members of the wider community, about the influx of institutional interest in feminism. We ask, “Why now? What are the political stakes? Where are the silences and blind spots? What comes next?” We aim to create a space for public dialog and intergenerational exchange about contemporary visual culture that engages with feminist issues, provokes feminist analysis, and raises social consciousness.Participants:
Kim Anno is a painter, bookmaker, and public artist. Recently she has been included in exhibitions at the Varnosi Museum in Hungary, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Art Gallery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco. She has received a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Purchase Award through the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and also a Eureka Fellowship through the Fleishhacker Foundation. She is Assistant Chair of Painting/Drawing as well as a Professor in Community Arts and the Graduate Program in Fine Arts at CCA.
Tammy Rae Carland is a photographer and video artist. She is co-chair of Photography at CCA and Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is also the co-owner of Mr. Lady Records and Videos. She has shown her work in New York, Los Angeles, North Carolina, and San Francisco and has screened her video work internationally. Her work is featured in The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics at Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts, San Francisco.
Jill Dawsey is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City. She has taught at San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and the University of California, Irvine, in addition to serving as Curatorial Associate in painting and sculpture at SFMOMA. With Maria del Carmen Carrión, she is co-curator of the show Small Things End, Great Things Endure at the New Langton Gallery, SF.
Berin Golonu, a graduate of the Visual Criticism program at CCA, joined the curatorial department at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2003. There, she holds the post of Associate Visual Arts Curator. She has organized numerous exhibitions, most recently The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics, and has published critical writings in Afterimage, Aperture, Art Nexus, Art Papers, Contemporary, Flash Art, frieze, and Sculpture. Before coming to San Francisco she served as editor-in-chief of Artweek magazine.
Jessica Hough is director of the Mills College Art Museum. She was formerly Curatorial Director at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum where she worked for over nine years and organized more than forty exhibitions. Her groundbreaking show at Mills College, Don’t Let the Boys Win, featured work byKinke Kooi, Carrie Moyer, and Lara Schnitger. Recent publications include Catherine Opie: 1999 & In and Around Home and Karkhana: A Contemporary Collaboration.
Patricia Maloney is the Associate Curator at Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco. Formerly Curatorial Assistant for the Matrix Program at the UC Berkeley Art Museum, she has coordinated one-person exhibitions for Cerith Wyn Evans, Catherine Sullivan, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Chiho Aoshima, Angela Bulloch, Cai Guo-Qiang, Anna Von Mertens, Jim Campbell, Helen Mirra, Simryn Gill, Julie Mehretu, and Eija-Liisa Ahtila. Her show Make You Notice recently opened at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery.
Pamela Peniston is Executive Director of Qcc - The Center for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Art & Culture and Artistic Director of the National Queer Arts Festival. She designed sets for theatre, television and computer graphics, receiving 7 gold medals for graphics and Art Direction from the Broadcast Design Association. Her photos will be part of an exhibition of Women's Travel Photography at Femina Potens later this year. Appointed by Roberta Achtenberg to the San Francisco Cultural Affairs Task Force, she has served on committees developing guidelines for the Arts Commission’s Cultural Equity Endowment as well as Innovative Partnership and Cultural Equity Grant programs. She has worked as a writer, workshop/trainer and designer for Cultural Odyssey, particularly The Medea Project, Theater for Incarcerated Women. In 1995 she helped to found Qcc, The Center for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Art & Culture and served as Board President before becoming Executive Director.
Moira Roth is Trefethen Professor of Art History at Mills College, Oakland, California. She is a feminist art historian and critic who writes and lectures extensively on contemporary art. She taught at the University of California, San Diego, before coming to Mills. She has edited four books, and in 1998, her first volume of collected essays appeared Difference/Indifference: Musings on Postmodernism, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage (with a commentary by Jonathan D. Katz). In 1998, she began her "Traveling Companions/Fractured Worlds," essays (numbering 11 so far) that address a wide range of geographical spaces and times e.g. Cambodia and Czechoslovakia, and ancient and modern Greece and histories, including that of astronomy, the atomic bomb and the Vietnam War. In 2001 she began a series of poetic texts about a fictional library and its inhabitants; "The Library of Maps" has been published in various journals and is the narrative basis of an ongoing opera with Pauline Oliveros. Other collaborations include the performance pieces "Dancing/Dreaming Izanami and Amaterasu" and "Once-upon-a-time: Amaterasu, the Blind Woman and Hiroshima," created in collaboration with the dancer Mary Sano, and, with the artist Dinh Q. Lê, "From Vietnam to Hollywood: 'A Play of Ebb and Flow. '" Her recent awards and honors include the Women's Caucus for Art's Mid-career Art History Award (1989) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (1997); an Honorary Ph.D., San Francisco Art Institute, 1994; and the Frank Jewett Mather Critic's Award (lifetime achievement), College Art Association 2000.
Stephanie Syjuco is a visual artist whose recent projects use the tactics of counterfeiting, bootlegging, and reappropriation to deal with issues of cultural biography and explore economic power structures on a broader scale. Her work has been included in exhibitions at PS1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The New Museum, SFMOMA, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. In 2007 she exhibited a collaborative counterfeiting project at artspaces in Istanbul, Beijing, and Manila, and this year is participating in both The Way That We Rhyme at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and We Interrupt Your Program (curated by Marcia Tanner) at Mills College. She has held visiting faculty positions at the California College of the Arts, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley.
Tina Takemoto is a writer, performance artist, and associate professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts. Under the name Her/She Senses, she has collaborated with Angela Ellsworth since 1992. They have presented their installation-based performances internationally. They have been awarded numerous grants, including a New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from Diverse Works and Mexi-Arte, an Art Matters, Inc. fellowship, and a New Forms Regional Grant from the Painted Bride Art Center. She also performs with Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens. Her articles have appeared in Art Journal, Performance Research, College Literature, and the anthology Thinking Through the Skin. She is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Love/Sick: Illness, Collaboration, and Grief in Performance.