2015–16 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

2015–16 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

University of California, Davis

Clarissa Tossin, Unmapping the World (detail), 2011. Ink on tracing paper, 33 x 46 inches (flat), approx. 6 x 7 x 6 inches (balled up).
October 20, 2015
2015–16 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Thursdays, 4:30pm

University of California, Davis
Department of Art and Art History
Art Annex
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California


October 22 
Clarissa Tossin centers her practice on investigating the promises, legacies, and failures of modernity, globalism, and utopian idealism. Her work deals with cultural and economic exchanges between the United States and Brazil, which is poised to become one of the next international economic leaders. Through videos, sculptures, photographs, and ephemera, Tossin compares and contrasts shared architectural and urban ideals of the modern era while recalling the utopic and dystopic roles both these cities hold in the global imagination.

November 12
Chei Fueki was born in Yokohama, Japan and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. Fueki’s paintings, done on small wood panels or large draped sheets of mulberry paper, are embellished with bright dots of color, recalling appliquéd textiles or jewel boxes. Under the bejeweled surfaces lurk traditional landscape motifs, doubled and redoubled, suggesting Rorschach tests or the ambiguously infinite view in a hall of mirrors.

January 14
Hrag Vartanian
is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the award-winning art blogazine based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in countless publications, and he has been invited as a guest commentator on Al Jazeera, WNYC, and KCRW, among others. He has curated numerous exhibitions, and regularly writes and lectures about performance art, the online art world, street art, and multiculturalism.

February 18
Eileen Quinlan’s forays into abstract photography are grounded in feminist history and material culture. Quinlan uses medium and large format analog cameras to create abstract photographs. Some of her photographic subjects include smoke, mirrors, mylar, colored lights, and other photographs, among others. The result is photographic images that are reminiscent of color field painting and Op Art, furthering the contemporary conversation between photography and painting.

March 10 
Peter Schjeldahl, Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecturer, has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998 and is the magazine’s art critic. He came to the magazine from The Village Voice, where he was the art critic from 1990 to 1998. Previously, he had written frequently for the New York Times’ Arts and Leisure section. His writing has also appeared in Artforum, Art in America, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Location: Buehler Alumni Center

April 7
Charles Atlas has been a pioneering figure in film and video for over four decades. Atlas has extended the limits of his medium, forging new territory in a far-reaching range of genres, stylistic approaches, and techniques. He has consistently fostered collaborative relationships, working intimately with such artists and performers as Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Douglas Dunn, Marina Abramovic, Yvonne Rainer, Mika Tajima/New Humans, Antony and the Johnsons, and most notably Merce Cunningham, for whom he served as in-house videographer for a decade, from the early 1970s through 1983.

April 21
Joseph Del Pesco is a contemporary art curator and arts writer based in San Francisco, California. Del Pesco is currently the Director of the Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco. Along with artist Scott Oliver, del Pesco founded the San Francisco Bay Area-based Shotgun Review, which was later taken over by Patricia Maloney and developed into Art Practical. The Shotgun Review was part of an larger exhibition project at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts called the Collective Foundation, a research and development organization offering services to artists and arts organizations.


Free and open to the public, all lectures will take place at the UC Davis Art Annex unless marked otherwise.

The UC Davis Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series is a key component of the Art Studio MFA Program, providing students with the opportunity to conduct studio visits with world-renowned artists, critics and curators. Now accepting applications for admission fall 2016.

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