Lecture Archive

Candice Lin

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.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents Candice Lin on January 26, 2016

Chloe Wise

Chloe Wise (b. 1990) is a Canadian artist living and working in New York. Her painting, sculpture, and video unpack the construction of identity through the performance of consumption. Solo presentations have been held at Retrospective Gallery, New York; Division Gallery, Toronto and Montreal, and Galerie Sébastian Bertrand, Geneva. Her work has been presented at the AGO, Toronto; Hydra School, Greece; Eric Firestone Gallery, Hamptons; Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta and and was featured in Unrealism, curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Gagosian, Miami. Upcoming presentations of her work include Frieze, London and Art Basel, Miami under the auspices of Almine Rech, and a solo exhibition at Galerie Division, Montreal. An artist's monograph will be published Fall 2016.

d*star Panel Series: Carolina Caycedo + Charles Rencountre + Alicia de Silva

Carolina Caycedo (1978, lives in Los Angeles) transcends the studio, gallery, museum and institutional space to work in the social realm where she participates in movements of solidarity economies and territorial resistance. She is currently researching the effects of extractivist economies and policies over rural public space such as rivers, and social and natural territories in various bio-regions of the Americas. Her practice engages with issues and contexts that affect a broad public on an everyday level; in her work, art functions as a tool for offering alternative models to inhabit a world in which individuals and communities are increasingly subject to commodification, exploitation and discrimination.

She has developed publicly engaged projects in Bogota., Madrid, Lisbon, San Juan, New York, San Francisco and London. Her work has been shown by Creative Time, the Queens Museum, Vienna Secession and Palais de Tokio amongst other venues. She has participated in numerous international biennials, including Berlin (2014), Havana (2009), Venice (2003) and Istanbul (2001). In 2012, Caycedo was a DAAD Artist-in-Berlin resident. In 2013 she received a Prince Claus Fund grant for Rethinking Public Space, and in 2014 an Art Matters grant. She is a 2015 Creative Capital Visual Arts Awardee.

Charles Rencountre is a member of the Sicangu people, from the Lower Brule reservation in South Dakota. His Lakota ancestors and heritage influence his first sculptural renderings. As a young man, Charles inherited wood and stone from his grandfather who’d been a traditional pipe carver for the community. After a few trials and errors Charles realized he was adept with the stone and he was fearless to try things that he could imagine and in turn make.

As such Charles is a self-taught sculptor who was also inspired by the great European masters Da Vinci and Michelangelo. To make life-size figures he rendered the human form using geometric equation. Using anatomy books he learned to carve stone and wood and clay into life-size pieces.

Charles returned to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2015 as the class’s valedictorian. Though he prides himself as being an “artist unknown,” he’s also been awarded several recognitions including a fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian in 2014.

Alicia Marie Rencountre Da Silva is an academic, artist, poet, and writer. She earned her BFA degrees in Creative Writing and in Studio Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She also gained her certificate in Museum Studies in 2016. Through an Intermedia Arts 2015 fellowship she learned and practiced ABCD or Art Based Community Development funded by the Bush Foundation. This fellowship helped her to more clearly understand her own commitment to Social Practice work as she continues both as an artist, poet, and as a curator in her community of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Ms. Da Silva was born in New York City. Her lineages are from Colombia and Guyana, S.A. She is Muisca, Mestizo, and Portuguese. Her husband, Charles Rencountre, (Lower Brule Sioux Nation), has worked with her on projects in museums and also they work together as fellow collaborating artists. They design projects that involve and respond to community. Currently Ms. Da Silva is the Project manager for the “Not Afraid to Look” monument being built at the Sacred Stone Camp. The Sacred Stone Camp is the place where 7,000 people are gathered to pray and protect the waters there from the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Charles Rencountre worked at the camp sculpting the piece “Not Afraid to Look” with community support, through mid October of 2016.

Alicia Da Silva is about to apply for her PhD in American Studies and will do her work looking at how the more recent application and repatriation practices of the 20th century, changes how communities and societies understand themselves, both in indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

Danielle Dean

Born to a Nigerian father and an English mother in Alabama, U.S.A., and brought up in a suburb of London in the U.K., Danielle’s work draws from this multi-national background in her interdisciplinary practice.

Her work explores the colonialism of mind and body—the interpellation of thoughts, feelings and social relations by power structures working through news, advertising, political speech, and digital media. She focuses on the processes of construction of race, gender, age and class that are generated through target-marketing practices, commodifying subjectivities. She is interested in subverting such processes, to both understand and shift them toward a non-essentialized space of being, blurring fiction and reality.

Danielle studied Fine Art at Central St Martins in London and received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has been a Whitney Independent Study Program Fellow in New York City and a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

Solo exhibitions include Hexafluorosilicic and PTL (Part Time Lover) at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; and Confessions on a Dance Floor, The Bindery Projects, Minnesota. Group shows include Made in L.A. 2014, The Hammer Museum; Demolition Woman, Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Orange County; and Auto Italia South East, London.

She has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Rema Hort Foundation, and most recently a Visual Art Award from Creative Capital, 2015.

Dean is currently working on a multi-channel video that takes Nike’s True Red, the Vampire Sneaker, as the protagonist of a vampire film shot in Alief, South West Houston. She is currently an artist in residence on The Core program at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Danny Giles

Danny Giles (Columbia MO, b. 1988) combines sculpture, performance, research, and pedagogy to give form to political and metaphysical positions. His practice attempts to embody performative states of dispossession and to redress oppressive and exploitative systems. Giles received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011) and his MFA from Northwestern University (2013). Giles has been in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013), High Concept Labs, (2013), and Mana Contemporary Chicago (2015). Giles is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency. Upcoming projects include residencies at Sector 2337 and Illinois State University, and a live event at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Giles is represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery.

Gregory Burke

"The art museum’s biggest challenge now is how to adapt to the massive changes resulting from the continuing aftershocks of colonization, climate change, globalization and technological advances. The relevancy of the art museum depends on its response.” Burke’s talk will address the site-specific and inventive possibilities of establishing a new art museum and the creative opportunities to evolve its direction by asking ‘what is urgent and why?’

Gregory Burke is the Executive Director and CEO of REMAI MODERN, a new museum of modern and contemporary art coming to life in Saskatoon, a growing city on the vast and ever-changing Canadian Prairies. Opening in 2017, Remai Modern will seek to offer a platform for rethinking the role of the 21st-century art museum and its potential to be an agent of change. Remai Modern’s direction is signaled already through its current pre-launch programs, which test and advance ideas that will inform future activities and include monthly web commissions by artists such as Ryan Gander and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Before moving to Saskatchewan Burke was the Director of The Power Plant in Toronto (2005–2011) and Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand (1998–2005). A seasoned and internationally respected curator and writer, Burke has curated over 90 exhibitions and published over 100 texts over the last 30 years. He has organized major projects with artists such as Rosemarie Trockel, Christopher Williams, Sam Durant, Pae White, Marcel Odenbach, Lee Bul, Fiona Banner, Rafael Lozano- Hemmer, Simon Starling, Francesco Vezzoli, Scott Lyall, Candice Breitz, Ian Wallace, Michael Snow, Lawrence Weiner, Andrea Bowers, Goldin+Senneby, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Thomas Hirschhorn, Peter Campus and Sharon Lockhart, as well as the group exhibitions Feature: Art, Life and Cinema 200, Extended Play: Art Remixing Music (2003), Bloom: Mutation, Toxicity and the Sublime (2004), Auto Emotion (2007) and Universal Code: Art and Cosmology in the Information Age (2009), which won the Ontario Association of Art Galleries’ Exhibition of the Year award.

Burke’s exhibition Len Lye – Motion Sketch opened at The Drawing Centre, New York in April 2014 while in 2014 he conceptualized and co-curated the Montreal Biennale 2014 titled L’avenir Looking forward. The Biennale examined the relationship of contemporary art practices to speculation, futurity and its history, as well as the currency of projecting into the future. He has organized major exhibitions of Asian art, such as Mediarena: Contemporary Art from Japan (2004) and Transindonesia (2005). He was Curator for New Zealand’s inaugural pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2001), Commissioner for New Zealand’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2005) and co-curator for the Site Santa Fe Biennial in 2007. He has written for Art +Text, Art Asia-Pacific, Artforum and Art & Australia.   

Jennifer Moon

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.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents Jennifer Moon on January 28, 2016

Jessica Ayromloo

Jessica Ayromloo founded her interior design studio in 2012 after several years of experience in custom residential and boutique hospitality design. Her concepts begin with an understanding of a projects’ relationship to its architecture and the cultural and environmental landscape.

As an intrinsic member of Los Angeles’ art and design community, Jessica acts as liaison with local artists, artisans and craftsmen. Jessica’s design aesthetic coupled with an understanding of current influences gives her the ability to create truly memorable one-of a-kind spaces.

Well appointed furniture, art & objects as well as custom pieces and textiles designed by her studio, contribute to each project’s uniqueness and exclusivity.

Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Jibade-Khalil Huffman is the author of “19 Names For Our Band” (Fence Books, 2008). In 2009 he curated “WRONG: A Program of Text and Image” at Eighth Veil in Los Angeles, as well as edited the accompanying anthology of art and writing, “After Stanley Donen.” In 2010 he performed the first in a series of poems-as-slideshows, “Monster Island Czar” at MoMA/ P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. His awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant and fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts and the UCross Foundation. He is currently a Workspace Artist-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York. Educated at Bard College and Brown University, he lives in Brooklyn.

Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira

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.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira on January 28, 2016

Karen Rose

Trained in Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine, Master Herbalist, Karen Rose created an outlet for her teachings and healing modalities with the opening of Brooklyn-based Sacred Vibes Healing and Sacred Vibes Apothecary in 2002. Her inspiration for this work began as a child in her native home of Guyana, where she was exposed to how African, Caribbean and Latin American traditions profoundly influenced plant medicine and community healing. The legacy of these lands is the foundation of Karen’s spiritual and healing practice.

She is dedicated to empowering individuals to make informed decisions not only about their health, but their total lifestyle. She has developed authentic and enlightening materials as well as an extensive line of herbal products, all of which are available through the apothecary, apprenticeship classes and mentoring programs, such as her Get Off Your Knees platform, in which she weaves myth, fairytale, folklore and her own experiences to uniquely coach clients on how to become their spiritual, physical, and emotional best selves based on their innate talents and gifts.

A strong advocate of community partnerships in healing, she believes that all spiritual traditions offer guidance on the path to finding truth, and she has authored articles on the power and simplicity of herbs used to heal and nourish mind, body and spirit.

Karen and her work have been featured in a variety of media outlets, including on The FEED, featuring culinary celebrity Marcus Samuelsson, the New York Times, Black Enterprise Magazine, Organic Life, and the New York Daily News. Aside from her dedication to healing, Karen is also a devoted mother of three, who she proudly believes are her best apprentices.

Kenneth Tam

Kenneth Tam works in video, sculpture and photography, and often uses the male body as a starting point for discussions about performance, physical intimacy, vulnerability and private ritual. His works create situations that use the body as a way to destabilize and reimagine social relationships. Tam grew up in Queens, NY, got his BFA from The Cooper Union and his masters at USC. He is a recipient of an Art Matters grant, a California Community Foundation Fellowship, and is currently a fellow at the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has had solo shows at Night Gallery and Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles, and was in the most recent Made in LA at the Hammer Museum.

Liz Rodda

Liz Rodda is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Austin, Texas. She is an Associate Professor at Texas State University where she heads the Expanded Media Area.

Her work involves investing found materials, primarily video, with meanings unintended by the original makers. Her process starts with a search for images and objects online and in the physical world. The disparate materials she collects are then paired, manipulated, and reframed to enable new interpretations.

She has been invited to screen and exhibit her work at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami, FL; the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Columbia; Artpace, San Antonio, TX; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; and the Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY.


Louise Sandhaus

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 of Design Observer’s 50 Books/50 Covers 2014 competition, and is included in Print magazine’s Regional Design Annual 2015.

Sandhaus is the founder of LSD (Louise Sandhaus Design).

Ramiro Gomez

Ramiro Gomez was born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents who have since become citizens. He briefly attended the California Institute for the Arts before leaving to take work as a live-in nanny with a West Hollywood family, an experience that did much to inform his subsequent artistic practice. In 2013 Gomez had his first solo exhibition at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and was also awarded with a residency to install a mural in West Hollywood Park, a project titled The Caretakers, which remains on view. In 2014 Gomez had his solo gallery debut at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, and went on to show widely across North America. In 2015 Gomez exhibited at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and again at Charlie James Gallery. Gomez's work has been covered in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, and CNN. In the spring of 2016, Gomez had his third show at the Charlie James Gallery in conjunction with the publication of a monograph on his work by Lawrence Weschler (Abrams). Gomez lives and works in West Hollywood, California.

Rodney McMillian

Rodney McMillian is an artist based in Los Angeles. McMillian holds a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002.

Ron Athey

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.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents Ron Athey on January 19, 2016

Scott Benzel

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.

Spring 2016 Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents Scott Benzel on January 14, 2016 in F200


SCRAAATCH is a sound and performance art duo comprised of artists E. Jane and chukwumaa (both from Maryland, living in Philadelphia). SCRAAATCH has performed and exhibited sound and media experiments at venues including MoMA PS1 Print Shop, New York; The Kitchen, New York; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; and Little Berlin, Philadelphia. E. Jane and chukwumaa are MFA graduates in Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Both chukwumaa and E. Jane are also alumni of Transformer’s Exercises (Conceptual Art: 2013 and Sound Art: 2014, respectively).

Todd Gray

Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004). Gray’s work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; University of Connecticut; and University of Parma, Italy. Gray is the recipient of a Los Angeles International Airport public art commission (2007); a California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2005); a Pasadena Art Alliance Grant (2004); and a City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship (1997).

Young Chung

Young Chung is an artist, independent curator, and exhibition programmer at Commonwealth and Council, an independent, artist-run, mom-and-pop operation in Koreatown, Los Angeles. We are an intergenerational community of artists extending our multiple realities through the shared experience of art. Our goal is to learn along the way, how generosity and hospitality can sustain our co-existence. With over a hundred exhibitions since 2010, our program continues to support counter histories of women, queers, artists of color, and our allies. Chung received their MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BA from University of California, Irvine.