September 3, 2020

Exhibitions from CalArts and Sam Fox School and School Watch profile of Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UCSC

Art & Education

Yuchen Liu, Low Res Study, 2020.

Emma Berliner, Selected clocks from Tests of Time, 2020. Mixed media clocks.

David Caterini, hand_sequence_001, 2020. Screenshot, 5400 x 3375 pixels.

Takura Suzuki, Stolen Memories #1, 2020. Inkjet print, 23.3 x 14.6 inches.

Alexa Velez, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, 2020. Archival inkjet prints, 30 x 25.5 inches.

Adrian Gonzalez, Zip/Zilch/Nada, 2020. Acrylic, enamel, copper wire, confetti, oil, and dye-based ink on Mylar on wood frame, 36 x 28 x 2 inches.

“Fog Wedding: A Re-eroticism of the Universe,” initiated by Futurefarmers and Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle of the E.A.R.T.H. Lab at UCSC, part of “Eco-Sexual” for Fog Inquiry: Wandering Seminar. Photo: Jin Zhu.

jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2019–ongoing. Photo: r.r. jones.

Alternative History March led by student strikers with tributes to Angela Davis at the UCSC sciences buildings plaza, February 27, 2020. Photo: Futurefarmers.

We are excited to share two Exhibitions from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and a School Watch profile on the Institute of the Arts and Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

MFA Program in Graphic Design 2020 Graduate Practice: California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
The innovative Master of Fine Arts Program in Graphic Design at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is focused on advanced exploration of form, methodology, and practice. The program is informed by a consciousness of contemporary practice, craft, audience, theory, and history, as well as the constantly shifting media environment. A final suite of projects produced by the MFAs—known as Graduate Practice—is a conceptually linked body of work that emerges from each student's personal agenda. These multi-platform investigations are intended to influence students’ work beyond graduate school and challenge preconceived notions of graphic design practice and outcomes. [view the Exhibition]

2020 MFA in Visual Art First-Year Exhibition: Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis
During fall 2019, first-year MFA in Visual Art candidates of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis conducted extensive experiments in their newly built studios in Weil Hall, simultaneously engaging in group critiques and collaborations with students and faculty in the school’s graduate programs in architecture and illustration and visual culture. Despite global conditions of isolation caused by the pandemic, in spring 2020 the artists continued to make strong work from home, thus entering the field of contemporary art at a historically unprecedented time. [view the Exhibition]

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New Movements: Wandering Seminar, Campus Protest, and the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UCSC
By Brian Karl
Significant engagement with faculty research has long served as a starting point for the Institute’s programming. “What we do at the Institute is start with an idea or subject matter that is a research topic at the university,” interim director Rachel Nelson said, echoing IAS John founder Weber and UCSC faculty member Jennifer González. For instance, the decision to work with Carlos Motta, an artist whose projects deal with gender, sexuality, and geopolitical borders, derived from scholar-activist work on the politics of sexuality and migration pioneered by former UCSC faculty member Lionel Cantú. IAS hosted an interdisciplinary program from January to March 2020 to expand the scope of “We the Enemy,” the survey exhibition of Motta’s work at UCSC’s Sesnon Gallery. To complement the exhibition, IAS launched a highly interactive two-day symposium in partnership with SFMOMA featuring academics and activists on topics including indigenous studies, sexuality studies, and feminist studies, including a keynote by Denise Ferreira da Silva, professor and director of the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia; a performance and reading by Diné artist Demian DinéYazhi´; and multiple cross-disciplinary panel discussions on the intersection of sexuality and migration. [read more on School Watch]

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