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September 24, 2014

Fall 2014 Graduate Lecture Series

USC Roski School of Art and Design
Nao Bustamante, Deathbed, 2010. Photo: Eden Bakti

The USC Roski School of Art and Design is pleased to announce its fall 2014 Graduate Lecture Series, featuring weekly, in-depth presentations by internationally recognized artists, curators, and writers in an intimate setting that fosters critical conversation. All lectures are free and open to the public.

August 27: Amelia Jones, art historian, curator, critic
noon–2pm, Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

September 4: John Baldessari and Meg Cranston, artists
7:30–9:30pm, Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

September 10: Frederick Moten, writer
noon–2pm, Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

October 1: Ian Svenonius, musician and writer
noon–2pm, Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

October 15: Huma Bhabha, artist
noon–2pm, Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

October 22: Tirdad Zolghadr, curator and writer
noon–2pm, Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

October 29: Silke Otto-Knapp, artist
noon–2pm, Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

November 5: Franklin Sirmans, curator
noon–2pm, Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

November 19: Nao Bustamante, artist
noon–2pm, Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

December 3: Benjamin Bratton, theorist
noon–2pm, Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

 

The MFA program
The MFA program at the USC Roski School of Art and Design is a two-year, full-time, studio-based program located in the center of Los Angeles. The program accepts eight students each fall, providing a highly rigorous and individualized experience. Its interdisciplinary nature encourages wide-ranging experimental and intellectual exploration. Students work closely with an internationally recognized faculty including Sharon Lockhart, Tala Madani, Frances Stark, A.L. Steiner, and Charlie White. Beyond the core faculty, MFA students work with an expanded community of professional artists, critics, and curators, including other members of the USC Roski faculty, who participate in the weekly lecture series, teach critical-studies courses, conduct studio visits, and serve on thesis committees.

The MA program, Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere
The MA program is an intensive two-year Master’s-level course in the practice and history of art, curating, and critical theory; the MA functions as a terminal degree, or can lead into a PhD. With a focus on the research on and exhibition of contemporary art, instructors with international careers lead students in asking social questions about the exhibition of art and its publics as well as the increasingly fertile interplay among art making, curatorial practice, art criticism, and scholarship in art history and theory.

Course highlights include the Curatorial Practicum, a multi-term laboratory of exhibition-making and theory in relation to the public sphere. Students work collaboratively to conceptualize, research, and organize a culminating project at the end of their second year. This includes mounting a public exhibition and presenting a connected publication and programming in Los Angeles. In addition, for the Master’s thesis, each student develops individual, original research on a topic in contemporary art with the guidance of faculty. MA faculty includes Amelia Jones, Bruce Hainley, Karen Moss, Rochelle Steiner, John Tain, and Noura Wedell.

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