Art and Art History Lecture Series
Seaver College's Art Department is proud to host the Art and Art History Lecture series featuring a range of guest lecturers. Explore upcoming virtual lectures below.
Kira Maria Shewfelt is a painter based in Los Angeles. Her work is inspired by the interior edges of fiction and the ways in which body and environment contain and permit feeling. Taking influence from literary genres of Magical Realism and Romanticism, her paintings engage a contemporary yearning for physical-spiritual connection, athletic-existentialism, and personal presence within the shared experience.
She received her MFA from New York University (2015), M.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California (2010), and B.A. in Comparative Literature from Yale University (2006). Recent exhibitions include “A Peripheral Reverie,” Penske Projects, Montecito, CA, “So Far,” La Loma Projects, Pasadena, CA and “In Excess,” with Jacob’s West at The Spring Break Art Show.
Zeynep is an artist and curator from Istanbul, Turkey. She studied film and interactive media at Emerson College, later getting her start at LACMA’s Art+Tech lab creating AR installations. She then worked at the Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier Exhibitions and is currently an MFA candidate at UCLA’s Design Media Arts program. She primarily works with archived photography, video, and immersive media. Her subjects revolve around identity, history, and loss of memory. She is deeply influenced by Istanbul’s city culture and in pursuit of exploring shifting identities to navigate the struggle and alienation that arise from changing social environments.
Alvaro Azcarraga is a Mexican artist and researcher focused on biological networks and their change through time and space. With a background in Molecular and Cellular Biology, he focuses on how the microscopic relates to the human and beyond. His work questions the notion of the natural, with projects spanning disparate landscapes including corn, bodies of water, and currently the concept of "weeds". He has a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology and Art from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Design|Media Arts at the University of California Los Angeles.
"The Power of Difficult Conversations: Furthering Equity and Anti-Racism in Art Institutions"
Theresa Sotto is a museum educator, arts education advocate, and writer who is passionate about arts learning initiatives grounded in social justice and inclusive practices. She has worked at the crossroads of education, equity, and the arts for over 20 years. In her current role as associate director of academic programs at the Hammer Museum, Theresa oversees educational programming for university, family, and K-12 school audiences. She also co-leads the Hammer's internal Diversity and Inclusion Group, which initiates strategies for embedding inclusive practices in the museum’s work. Prior to joining the Hammer, she worked at the Getty Museum, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Theresa frequently leads trainings for museum professionals on implicit bias, privilege awareness, and inclusive teaching. She has presented across the U.S. on topics related to visitor-centered gallery teaching, innovative programming models, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Abigail Raphael Collins is an interdisciplinary artist working with video and installation. Her work borrows from documentary, journalistic, and experimental practices to reconsider relationships between media and systemic violence through a queer feminist lens. She received an MFA from UCLA and a BFA from Cooper Union. Recent exhibitions have been at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Pasadena Armory, Marathon Screenings, Angels Gate Cultural Center, PØST, Torrance Art Museum, USC Station Gallery, and UCLA. She is the recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, UCIRA grant, and a former resident at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon. She was selected as the emerging curator at Los Angeles Contemporary Archives for an exhibition about silence and resistance.
Requiem for Lost Plants calls for reversing death. Artists Alice Yuan Zhang and Alexander Kaye digitally resurrect diminishing plant elders to share their stories for a global public through an immersive online environment, and for locals through site-specific augmented reality filters. Requiem for Lost Plants is created by Los Angeles-based artists Alice Yuan Zhang and Alexander Kaye for 3hd Festival 2020: UNHUMANITY, commissioned by Creamcake and NAVEL.
Lauren Fejarang (b. 1987) is a Los Angeles-based artist working primarily in sculpture and collage. Fejarang’s sculptures utilize materials such as concrete and paper, to address questions around contradicting sensations that impinge the body. Fejarang’s work finds power in its relationship to the human form—the artist engages unlikely industrial materials to create markers and sculptural records. Her collage work also addresses the body, but in a two-dimensional format that allows viewers to see flesh as material reconfigured. Fejarang received her MFA from Art Center College of Design in 2013. She has exhibited in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York and internationally. She also is a curator of the artist-run gallery Super Dutchess in New York.
Claiming, “my work celebrates the messy, mystical, mad, human-scaled, rhythmic, Romantic, exuberant and excessive,” Hayley Barker merges abstraction and representation to produce paintings and drawings stemming from her interest in the body, nature, and psychological and visual experiences. Her work is grounded in the research she does into literary and historical texts, people, and places that reflect altered mental states. In her “Cathedrals” (2010-12) series, for example, she draws on the diary of naturalist and poet Opal Whiteley, who communed with nature and was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia. Barker revisited the sites of Whiteley’s experiences, which she called “cathedrals”, translating them into lush, richly painted, semi-abstract landscapes and natural scenes as she may have experienced them. Her works are equally driven by her sense of the emotional resonance of color and the pleasure she derives from the act of painting itself.
American artist Yvette Gellis lives and works in Los Angeles, California. After attending UCLA and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena CA, she received her M.F.A. in 2008 from Claremont Graduate University. Born and raised in the Chicago area, the vast open terrain in contrast to the urban sprawl set up structures for her painting that echo or reiterate the impermanent and mutable states depicted in her work. Or put another way, her painting is not simply static, an illusion or picture of an event, but allows for participation in the event itself. While ever conscious of historical precedents, she strives to expand upon the boundaries of painting.
Ms. Gellis has exhibited nationally and internationally including: The Pasadena Museum of California Art / The Landesgalerie Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria / Villenaux La Grande, St. Jacques Eglise, Dival, France / The Torrance Art Museum, California / Soulangh Cultural Park and Museum, Tainan / The East-Gate Museum, Cao Shan Dong Men Art Museum, Yangmingshan, Taipei, Taiwan / Los Angeles County Museum of Art S&L Gallery / Los Angeles International Airport, LA Department of Cultural Affairs / Fellows of Contemporary Art, LA / West Art Gallery, California State University, Northridge, CA / Cerritos College Art Gallery, CA / The 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica and Upcoming, Pasadena City College, California. Presently she is creating a public art project for the City of Santa Monica, a 450 foot mural across the entire beach front of the Annenberg Complex.
Among her many reviews, most notable are; The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post Arts, Square Cylinder, Art in America Magazine, LA Weekly, Art LTD, Art & Cake, Artillery Magazine, Hyperallergic, Taipei Times, ART Week LA and Art Scene LA.
Ms. Gellis has been awarded artist residencies with exhibitions in Taiwan, France, Austria, Arizona, and the 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica where she maintains her studio.
Her work is included in numerous private and public collections.
Addie Wagenknecht's work explores the tension between expression and technology. She seeks to blend conceptual work with forms of hacking and sculpture. Previous exhibitions include MuseumsQuartier Wien, Vienna, Austria; La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France; The Istanbul Modern; Whitechapel Gallery, London and MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands. In 2016 she collaborated with Chanel and I-D magazine as part of their Sixth Sense series and in 2017 her work was acquired by the Whitney Museum for American Art. Her work has been featured in numerous books, and magazines, such as TIME, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Art in America, and The New York Times. She holds a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, and has previously held fellowships at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City, Culture Lab UK, Institute HyperWerk for Postindustrial Design Basel (CH), and The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.
Charlene Villaseñor Black is Professor of Art History and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Director of the Chicano Studies Research Center, editor of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and founding editor-in-chief of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (UC Press). Her research focuses on the art of the early modern Ibero-American world as well as contemporary Chicanx visual culture. Winner of the 2016 Gold Shield Faculty Prize and author of the prize-winning and widely-reviewed 2006 book, Creating the Cult of St. Joseph: Art and Gender in the Spanish Empire, she is finishing her second monograph, Transforming Saints, from Spain to New Spain, under contract with Vanderbilt University Press.
Harley Lafarrah Eaves (b. 1982, St. Louis, MO) is an artist who works with graphite, painting and large felt tapestries. His work is an investigation into the psychedelic and camp aesthetic that promotes confusion while postulating equality. Along with it lie fringe folklore, love, occult conspiracies, and cultural phenomena. He has shown with Guerrero Gallery and Park Life in San Francisco, Project Plus Gallery in St. Louis, and BBQLA in Los Angeles. Harley received his BFA in Printmaking at Kansas City Art Institute and MFA at Washington University in St. Louis. Harley recently moved back to California where he landed in Los Angeles and currently lives and works. He spends his free time running, and walking around at night taking blurry pictures of trees.
Watch Past Lectures
|Conrad Ruiz||View Recording
|Serrah Russell||View Recording
|Rebecca Hall||View Recording
|John Emison||View Recording