Graduate Studies Lecture Series, Fall 2013

Graduate Studies Lecture Series, Fall 2013

California College of the Arts (CCA)

Klaus Wittkugel exhibition, Berlin, 1961. Photo by Irene Eckleben. Courtesy Wikimedia.
September 6, 2013
Graduate Studies Lecture Series, Fall 2013

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107

California College of the Arts in San Francisco is pleased to announce the fall 2013 lineup of its Graduate Studies Lecture Series. The series brings to campus outstanding, internationally renowned architects, artists, curators, designers, scholars, and writers. The speakers present their work and their unique and diverse perspectives from the studio and beyond.

The 2013–14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series is premised on the notion of “signal years.” Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture. Charting a fascinating chronology over a wide range of disciplines, the series takes a close look at past moments that continue to resonate today.

All lectures take place at 7pm in Timken Lecture Hall on CCA’s San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street, at 16th and Wisconsin). Check to confirm dates and times.

All lectures are free and open to the public.


Christian Caryl
Tuesday, September 17, 7pm
Presented by CCA’s Graduate Division

The veteran journalist Christian Caryl’s compelling argument for how the world we live in today began to take shape in 1979 was first aired in his best-selling book Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century (2013). Few moments in history have witnessed as many seismic transformations.


Joshua Clover
Thursday, October 3, 7pm
Presented by CCA’s MFA in Comics program

Taking the politically turbulent year of 1989 as his focus, Joshua Clover maps seemingly unconnected art and music phenomena—from late 1980s hip-hop to British rave culture and grunge—together with events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the USSR.


Prem Krishnamurthy
Tuesday, October 22, 7pm
Presented by CCA’s Graduate Program in Design
Cosponsored by the President’s Diversity Steering Group

Prem Krishnamurthy‘s focus on 1957 is motivated by his interest in the self-reflexive and challenging graphic work of the East German designer Klaus Wittkugel (1910–1985). Wittkugel’s modernist visual idioms enjoyed increasing acceptance in the 1950s despite his contravening of the aesthetic dogmas of Soviet propaganda.


Hito Steyerl

Tuesday, November 19, 7pm
Presented by CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts

Building disruptive analogies between art and politics, the filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl examines the history of the museum as a literal site of battle, focusing in particular on the ongoing rebellions in Paris in the 19th century, which made the halls of the Louvre (established as the first truly public museum in the wake of the French Revolution) a primary site of conflict. Her year of focus is 1832.


Amy Seimetz and Miriam Bale
Thursday, December 5, 7pm
Presented by CCA’s MFA in Film program

The director and actress Amy Seimetz and the critic and programmer Miriam Bale will discuss Glenn Close’s role in the film Fatal Attraction (1987) as the end of a certain kind of explosive female performance and the birth of the new, muted, passive, urban working woman in American cinema.

For more info on each lecturer, please visit the links above.

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