School of Art
Practicum Lecture Series
January 12, 7pm
Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she is current faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design,Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory attention from The New York Times, The Guardian (London), Design Observer, Eye, and Creative Review among many other publications. Last summer the book received the Palm D’argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art) in France, was a winner in Design Observer’s 50 Books/50 Covers 2014 competition, and is included in Print magazine’s Regional Design Annual 2015.
January 14, 7pm
Scott Benzel was born in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1968, and lives and works in Los Angeles. He has presented or performed his visual and sound-based work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, and the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA. Solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, Maccarone, New York, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, Human Resources, Los Angeles, and Shanaynay, Paris. He was a selected artist in Made in LA 2012, the first Los Angeles biennial, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the first Venice Beach Biennial, Venice, CA. He has curated shows at the MAK Center's Kings Rd. Schindler House, Los Angeles and the Welcome Inn, Eagle Rock, CA, as part of Pacific Standard Time organized by the Getty Museum, among others.
January 19, 7pm
Ron Athey was born December 16 in 1961. The early Los Angeles punk scene, death rock, and industrial cultural were his road to making art, his first collaboration PE with his partner Rozz Williams, 1981-83. After working with bands Christian Death and Nervous Gender, Athey began performing at the seminal club Fuck! in 1990, and since then has shown work at the Hammer Museum, ICA London, MADRE Naples Italy, NGBK Gallery and Hebbel und Ufer Berlin, Kanonhallen Copenhagen, Kampnagel Hamburg, Gallerija Kapelica Ljubljana and Ex-Teresa Mexico City, amongst other. Athey’s art is often described as body art, or abject, but exhaustively mines his Pentecostal/Spiritualist upbringing and related research. A monograph of his work Pleading In The Blood, and a documentary film Hallelujah have been released. He is currently making new performance work with long time collaborator Darryl Carlton (aka Divinity Fudge), “Invitation to Yin Yang.”
January 21, 7pm
Jennifer Moon is a Los Angeles based artist, adventurer, and revolutionary committed to creating alternatives to the predetermined outcomes of art and of life. By drawing from a variety of influences, blending a mix of political theory, science, self-help, popular culture, and fantasy, Moon presents possibilities of new futures and new modes of being that stimulate continuous expansion for all on this earth and beyond. Moon has exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, for Made in L.A. 2014 where she won the Mohn Public Recognition Award. She has had solo exhibitions at Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles; Equitable Vitrines, Los Angeles; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland; China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles; Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles; and Tunnel, New York. Moon also maintains a monthly radio show, Adventures With You, formerly Adventures Within, on KCHUNG and is the recipient of a 2013 CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists.
January 26, 7pm
ART: Candice Lin received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and her double BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics at Brown University in 2001. Lin's work has performed, screened and been exhibited widely, including: the Hammer Museum (LA), Milliken Gallery (Stockholm), Valenzuela Y Klenner Arte Contemporaneo (Bogota), Luckman Gallery at CalState LA, the New York Underground Film Festival, China Art Objects (LA), the Kino Lab at the Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw) with solo exhibitions at Francois Ghebaly Gallery (LA), Chung King Project (LA), Lisa Dent Gallery (SF) and Diego Rivera Gallery (SF). Lin has been awarded several residencies, grants, and fellowships including the Frankfurter Kunstverein Deutsche Borse Residency (2011), Sacatar Foundation Artist Residency (Brazil 2011), Banff Centre Artist Residency (Canada, 2010), the Department of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs CEI grant (2010), the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009), and AIR at CESTA (Czech Republic, 2004). She is a member of the performance group Gawdafful Theatre, co-founder and co-director of the artist space Monte Vista, and has taught at Self-Help Graphics, and Chaffey College. Lin lives and works in Los Angeles and is represented by Francois Ghebaly Gallery.
January 28, 7pm
Since 2006, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira’s photographic projects have focused on identity and intimacy. With her family’s participation, she has staged and photographed memories of her childhood in her family’s home in Queens, New York. She has also worked with native peoples, such as the Mam in Guatemala, the Mandaeans (from south of Iraq and west of Iran) living in Sweden, and the Waoranis in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Most recently she has explored such ancient traditions as shamanism in the Andean Mountains. In these diverse locations she uses the medium of photography to locate the universal while exploring the intersection of memory and tradition.
Miranda Rivadeneira earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships, including a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in photography, the EnFoco New Works Award, and a grant from the Queens Council of the Arts. She has published and exhibited widely and was an invited participant in the 2014 Latin American Photography Forum in São Paulo, Brazil.