Visiting Artists and Curators Series Provides Inside View of Art World

Work by Samara Golden, one of the speakers coming to UC Davis for art department series
Work by Samara Golden

The Visiting Artists Lecture Series of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science brings a wide range of artists, art historians, curators and critics to campus for engaging presentations, talks and discussions. The series is organized by the Department of Art and Art History studio faculty and Master of Fine Arts studio art candidates. All presentations take place at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The events are free and open to the public.

Oct. 5: Samara Golden was included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial and the 2014 Hammer Museum Biennial, and she has had recent solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art/PS1, New York, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and Night Gallery, Los Angeles. Her work has been written about in Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Flash Art. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Dec. 5: Amanda Cachia is an art historian, curator and critic whose research focuses on modern and contemporary art, disability studies, performance, choreography, politics, activist art and feminist and queer theory. She was a Yale University Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellow and was the recipient of the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies. She was director of the Dunlop Art Gallery in Saskatchewan, Canada, and has curated 40 exhibitions. 

Christine Sun Kim
Christine Sun Kim

Feb. 1: Christine Sun Kim uses sound in performance and drawing to investigate her relationship with spoken languages and the aural environment. She has been part of exhibitions and performances at White Space, Beijing; Carroll/Fletcher, London; De Appel, Amsterdam; nyMusikk, Oslo; Sound Live Tokyo, Tokyo; the Berlin Biennale; Shanghai Biennale; and the Museum of Modern Art/PS1. 

Feb. 8: Stephen Westfall is a painter, critic and professor at Bard University. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Westfall has received awards from the NEA, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Nancy Graves Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy in Rome. 

Feb. 22: Diana Al-Hadid has had solo exhibitions at Brown University, Abu Dhabi University Gallery, The Vienna Secession in Vienna, Austria, the Akron Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, the Centro de Arte Contemporánea, Murcia, Spain, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has been the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Grant, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant and a Pollock-Krasner Grant.

March 1: Sarah Roberts is the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where she has directed research initiatives on the museum’s permanent collection since 2004. Roberts has held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. 

April 12: Raymond Meeks, a photographer, has had several recent exhibitions in Amsterdam and a mid-career retrospective at Light Work in Syracuse, New York. His work is in the collections of the George Eastman House, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Art.

May 10: Athena LaTocha’s monumental works on paper explore the tenuous relationship between man-made and natural landscapes. Her work has been shown at the  Chelsea Art Museum, New York State Museum, ​South Dakota Art Museum and the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage, Alaska. LaTocha is recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, and was recently artist-in-residence at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Wave Hill in New York City. 

— Jeffrey Day, content strategist in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science