Roja Najafi

Roja Najafi

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CalArts Campus


Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Roja holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in Art History and Criticism from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Roja’s research focuses on materiality and evaluates the fluidity between abstraction and figuration through an investigation of the aesthetic, critical, and historical approaches in postwar and contemporary art. Before joining CGCC in Arizona, Roja was a curator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, where she curated special exhibitions from the permanent collection including The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later; Off the Wall: One Hundred Years of Sculpture, Postwar Abstraction: Variations, and Moving Vision: Op and Kinetic Art from the Sixties and Seventies. From 2014-2017 Roja was the Curator of Collections at the Strake Jesuit Art Museum; and prior to that, she was the 2013-2014 Vivian L. Smith Foundation Fellow at the Menil Collection in Houston. Roja writes about modern and contemporary art concentrating on the reception of avant-garde and counter-cultural practices in Iran and the United States.

All lectures are free, open to the public, and presented online. RSVP required. 

To register, please email with the subject RSVP PBVALS.