January 9, 2012

Graduate Lecture Series at USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts

USC Roski School of Art and Design
Rodney McMillian, “untitled,” 2010.
Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer.

The USC Roski School of Fine Arts is pleased to announce its Spring 2012 Graduate Lecture Series, featuring weekly, in-depth presentations by internationally recognized artists, curators, and writers in an intimate setting that fosters critical conversation.


January 11— MATTHEW COOLIDGE, Artist, Founder and Director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation


January 18 – HELEN MOLESWORTH, Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston


January 25 — ZOE LEONARD, Artist
Co-sponsored by the Handtmann Photography Lecture Series
*This lecture will begin at 7 pm


February 8 — RODNEY MCMILLIAN, Artist


February 15 — PHIL COLLINS, Artist


February 22 — DAVID LEVI STRAUSS, Critic and Chair, MFA Art Criticism &
Writing Program, School of Visual Arts, New York 


March 7 — ANDREA ZITTEL, Artist


March 21 — LISA LAPINSKI, Artist


March 28 — PHILIPP KAISER, Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


April 4 — LINCOLN TOBIER, Artist


April 11 — HAMZA WALKER, Writer and Curator, Director of Education, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago


April 18 — JOHN KNIGHT, Artist


April 25 — MAGGIE NELSON, Cultural Critic and Poet


Graduate lectures take place in the Lecture Forum of the Graduate Fine Arts Building, 3001 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.


About the MFA Program
The MFA Program at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts 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 core faculty comprising Jud Fine, Sharon Lockhart, Frances Stark, and Charlie White, as well as visiting faculty members such as Allen Ruppersberg, Sadie Benning, Ali Subotnick, Paul Sietsema, and A.L. Steiner. Beyond the core faculty, MFA students work with an expanded community of professional artists, critics, and curators who participate in the weekly lecture series, teach critical-studies courses, and participate in thesis committees.


About the M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere Program
The M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program is an intensive Master’s-level course in the practice and history of art, curating and critical theory. With a focus on the research and exhibition of contemporary art, instructors with international careers lead students in asking social questions about the exhibition of art and its publics. Over two years of full-time academic study, students explore new modes of production in a curriculum combining seminars and professional training. The M.A. faculty includes Rhea Anastas, Karen Moss, Lucy Raven, Carol Stakenas, Rochelle Steiner, John Tain, and Noura Wedell. Among the M.A. course highlights is 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 in Los Angeles, an exhibition with a connected publication and programming.


About the USC Roski School of Fine Arts
First organized in 1883, the USC Roski School of Fine Arts is the oldest art school in Southern California. A supportive environment for experimentation in visual art of all media, the school encourages interdisciplinary, progressive approaches to studio art, design, curatorial practice, and critical studies. With equal emphasis on making and thinking, the USC Roski School prepares artists, designers, curators, and writers to contribute in new and meaningful ways both to their fields and to society at large.


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