September 13 Desirée HolmanLisser Theater
Desirée Holman is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist. Holman manipulates figurative props and costumes in role-playing scenarios to ask what games of make-believe can tell us about our behaviors in the ‘real’ world. Holman was awarded the 2008 San Francisco Modern Museum of Art SECA award and a 2007 Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue award. In 2011, her second solo museum exhibition opened in the Berkeley Art Museum’s MATRIX program.
September 19 Abelardo MorellDanforth Lecture Hall
Best known for installing and photographing camera obscuras, Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948 and immigrated to the United States at the age of 14. He has received a number of awards and grants, including a Guggenheim fellowship in 1994. Among his many books are a photographic illustration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and a collaboration with the designer Ted Muehling and neurologist Oliver Sacks. A retrospective of his work organized jointly by the Art Institute of Chicago, The Getty, and The High Museum in Atlanta will be on view starting in the summer of 2013.
October 10 John ChiaraDanforth Lecture Hall (changed from Littlefield Concert Hall)
Chiara photographs cityscapes in a process that is part photography, part event and part sculpture – an undertaking in apparatus and patience. Many times this process involves composing pictures from the inside of a large hand-built camera mounted on a flatbed trailer to produce large scale, one-of-a-kind, positive exposures. A native Californian who lives and works in San Francisco, Chiara has produced work focused on Bay Area landmarks, including Lands End, Lime Point, and Point Bonita.
October 30 Michael RobinsonDanforth Lecture Hall
Michael Robinson is a film and video artist whose work explores the joys and the dangers of mediated experience. Cultivating new resonances between seemingly disparate elements, his collaged films ride the fine lines between humor and terror, nostalgia and contempt, ecstasy and hysteria. He was listed as one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000's by Film Comment magazine and featured as one of the “Best 50 Filmmakers Under 50” by Cinema Scope magazine.
November 5 Greil MarcusJay DeFeo and all that Jazz
Greil Marcus is the author of Lipstick Traces, The Dustbin of History, Mystery Train, ‘The Manchurian Candidate’, The Old, Weird America, and most recently The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America, published by Harvard University Press in 2009. He lives in Oakland.
November 14 Melissa E. FeldmanDanforth Lecture Hall
Melissa E. Feldman is an independent curator and critic who writes regularly for Art in America and frieze. Feldman is the guest curator of the exhibition Dance Rehearsal: Karen Klimnik's World of Ballet and Theater at the Mills College Art Museum. Recent projects include the traveling exhibition Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art, The Life and Times of Sarah McEneaney at Mills College Art Museum, and Sampler: Textiles at Creative Growth at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland.
Lectures made possible with generous support from the Herringer Family Foundation, Jane Green Endowment for Studies in Art History and Criticism, and the LEF Foundation.
All lectures are free and open to the public.