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January 23, 2014

Graduate Lecture Series 2014 & MFA Open Studios

USC Roski School of Art and Design
William Pope.L, Failure Drawing #386 Worm in Class Circa, 2003–08. Ballpoint pen and watercolor on newspaper over card. Courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

The USC Roski School of Art and Design is pleased to announce its spring 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.

For Spring 2014, USC Roski is collaborating with The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Art Talks. The two institutions will jointly host several events of Roski’s Graduate Lecture Series at the Ahmanson Auditorium at MOCA Grand Avenue. The venue expansion will offer wider public access to the open and rigorous conversations held between lecturers and graduate students, as well as heighten the civic engagement of both institutions. For more information on MOCA exhibitions and programs, check moca.org.

January 15: Richard Hawkins, artist
12–2pm USC Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

January 22: Renzo Martens, artist
12–2pm USC Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

January 29: Suzanne Hudson, art historian
12–2pm USC Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

February 6: William Pope.L, artist
7–9pm Ahmanson Auditorium, MOCA Grand Avenue

February 27: Ron Athey, artist
7–9pm Ahmanson Auditorium, MOCA Grand Avenue

March 5: Cuauhtémoc Medina, art historian, curator
12–2pm USC Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
Presented in collaboration with USC Art History and the Seminar Series

March 12: Lauren Cornell, curator
12–2pm USC Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

March 27: Collier Schorr, artist
7:30–9:30pm USC Wong Auditorium (HAR)
Co-sponsored by the Handtmann Photography Lecture Series

April 9: Mathias Poledna, artist
12–2pm USC Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)

April 24: Lynne Cooke, art historian, curator
3–5pm Ahmanson Auditorium, MOCA Grand Avenue
Presented in collaboration with USC Art History and the Seminar Series

May 8: Michael Smith, artist
7–9pm Ahmanson Auditorium, MOCA Grand Avenue


Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Wong Auditorium, Harris Hall (HAR)
850 W. 37th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Ahmanson Auditorium
The Museum of Contemporary Art
250 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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 Jud Fine, Sharon Lockhart, Tala Madani, Paul Sietsema, 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. roski.usc.edu/mfa

The
MA Program, Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere
The MA program is an intensive Master’s-level course in the practice and history of art, curating and critical theory. Over two years of study, students explore cultural production, writing, and programming in a curriculum that combines seminar and practicum formats, intimate guest lectures, and cross-disciplinary opportunities within a premiere research university. Seminars are taught by curators, art historians, artists, and critics whose work with leading institutions and publications provides critical insight to students as they pursue research and manifest their second-year exhibitions and individual Master’s Theses. Students work collaboratively to conceptualize, research and organize a culminating project in Los Angeles, an exhibition with a connected publication and programming. MA faculty includes Rhea Anastas, Connie Butler, Karen Moss, John Tain, Lincoln Tobier, Irene Tstatsos and Noura Wedell. roski.usc.edu/ma

The Seminar Series is programmed by the Contemporary Working Group, a newly inaugurated interdisciplinary research group, generously funded by a USC Research Collaboration Fund, for practitioners across the humanities and fine arts who are working on contemporary research topics or making creative work in relation to the contemporary field.  For more information about The CWG, read more here.

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