August 18, 2011

Graduate Lecture Series at Roski School of Fine Arts,University of Southern California

USC Roski School of Art and Design

The USC Roski School of Fine Arts is pleased to announce its Fall 2011 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, though seating is limited.

Jud Fine — August 24

A.L. Steiner — August 31

Thomas Demand — September 7

Frank Benson — September 14

Lucy Raven — September 21

Mark Leckey — September 28

Maria Nordman — October 5

Scott Rothkopf — October 12

Kerry Tribe — October 19

Charles Gaines — October 26

Jon Rafman — November 9

Laura Owens — November 16

Jack Bankowsky — November 30

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. With just 16 students enrolled each year, the program provides a highly individualized experience, and 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, 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 MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere Program

MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere is a platform for scholarship in contemporary art that uniquely addresses the study of social questions of public space and the public sphere. The program’s two-year interdisciplinary course of study encompasses seminars on curatorial practices and the histories of exhibition; public sphere, social, and critical theories; and selected topics in modern and contemporary art history. Students collaborate on a curatorial practicum in the form of an exhibition project that explores city-space. In a master’s thesis, they develop new scholarship in modern and contemporary art and its interpretation in relation to the social conditions of public space and the public sphere. In addition to a faculty that includes Rhea Anastas, Karen Moss, Lucy Raven, Carol Stakenas, John Tain, and Noura Wedell, an annual program of guest speakers brings practitioners, scholars, and critics into conversation with students to share developments and critiques of how artists, curators, architects, and others engage and theorize the complexities of public space.

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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