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Visiting Artists

Harry Dodge – October 4, Carpenter Center, 5pm

Posted on September 28, 2016 by School of Art

anthropomorphic grey sculptureHarry Dodge will be speaking at the Carpenter Center on Tuesday, October 4th at 5pm. Mr. Dodge is an American sculptor, performer, video artist, and writer, whose interdisciplinary practice is characterized by its explorations of relation, materiality, the unnamable with a special focus on continuum and the “inbetween.” His solo and collaborative work has been exhibited at many venues nationally and internationally.

Anna Sew Hoy – Sept. 27, Carpenter Center, 5pm

Posted on September 27, 2016 by School of Art

cinderblock sculpture with a mirror surrounded by a blob of denim Anna Sew-Hoy will be speaking at the Carpenter Center on Tuesday, September 27th at 5pm. Ms. Sew Hoy was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from Bard College in 2008.  Solo presentations of Sew Hoy’s work have been mounted in galleries and numerous museums across the country. Her work is in the collections of the Hammer Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.

Barbara McCarren & Jud Fine – Sept. 13, Carpenter Center, 5pm

Posted on September 13, 2016 by School of Art

found graffiti in ParisBarbara McCarren and Jud Fine will be speaking at the Carpenter Center on Tuesday, September 13th, at 5pm. The artistic duo will be having an exhibition at the UAM entitled McCarren/Fine: And/Or which will run from September 10 through December 11, 2016.

Gala Porras-Kim – Sept. 6, Carpenter Center, 5pm

Posted on September 6, 2016 by School of Art

ancient pottery fragment and color chartGala Porras-Kim will be speaking at the Carpenter Center on Tuesday, September 6th, at 5pm. Ms. Porras-Kim is interested in how cultural objects and artifacts acquire meaning and value. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1984 and works primarily with drawing and sculpture. Porras-Kim’s academic background includes an MFA in art from California Institute of the Arts, as well as a BA in art and Latin American studies and an MA in Latin American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Samara Golden – April 26th, UT-108, 5pm

Posted on April 20, 2016 by School of Art

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Los Angeles-based artist Samara Golden creates immersive installations that explore what she calls the sixth dimension, where a multitude of pasts, presents, and futures exist concurrently. Ms. Golden combines physical spaces with illusory spaces that appear only in mirrors, reflecting what the artist refers to as “layers of consciousness,” akin to psychological and hallucinatory spaces in the mind. Her use of mirrors in conjunction with sculptural elements made from a silvery insulation board, allows the illusion of space to expand in multiple directions; creating imaginary depth below the gallery floor, for instance, or suggesting adjacent rooms that do not actually exist. Ms. Golden received her MFA from Columbia University and has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.

Tom LaDuke – May 3, UT-108, 5pm

Posted on April 13, 2016 by School of Art

laduke_8024Tom LaDuke‘s painstakingly constructed paintings toy with the boundaries of perception and recognition. Layering representational scenes (ranging from the history of film to the history of painting) with bold abstraction, LaDuke negotiates between the conceptual, material, spatial, and formal issues inherent in painting. Abstract expressions dance atop the most precisely rendered compositions, flattening the layers of the painting to a single plane. These fresh daubs of paint complicate the viewer’s ability to dive into the familiar representations, underscoring the artist’s exploration of reality versus perceived reality.  The artist was raised in Los Angeles and received his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. His works are in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Portland Art Museum; Speed Art Museum, Louisville; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, among others. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


Dr. Peter Oakley – April 12th, UT-108, 5pm

Posted on March 23, 2016 by School of Art

Oakley.focus-none.width-1000Dr. Peter Oakley is Research Leader for the School of Material at the Royal College of Art. He supports staff research across the School’s programmes: fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery and metal, and textiles. Through this work Peter has acquired an extensive knowledge of the sustainability issues facing a wide cross-section of the luxury goods sector. Peter’s own research focuses on the UK fine jewellery industry and its supply chains. He has a particular interest in gold and the development and promotion of related ethical initiatives and campaigns. To support his research, in 2009 Dr. Oakley trained as a precious metal assayer, in order to compliment his existing practical knowledge of industrial and bench jewellery techniques. Over the past five years he has also conducted field visits to operating, preserved and proposed gold mines in Alaska, California, Sweden, and the UK.  In the past Dr. Oakley has worked on design projects and in restoration teams, lectured in the applied arts and developed university level programmes for staff employed in the heritage industry. He has a doctorate in anthropology and is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institution.

He currently regularly writes on ethical issues affecting the jewellery industry for

Suzanne Hudson – March 22nd, UT-108, 5pm

Posted on March 22, 2016 by School of Art

Dr. Suzanne Hudson is an art historian and critic who writes on modern and contemporary art, with an painting-nowemphasis on abstraction, painting, process, creativity, pedagogy, and American philosophy as it intersects with aesthetics and institutional discourses. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and is currently Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Her writing has appeared in such publications as ParkettFlash ArtArt Journal, and October. A regular contributor to Artforum since 2004, she also has written numerous essays for international exhibition catalogs and artist monographs and lectured widely. She is the author of Robert Ryman: Used Paint and Painting Now  and the co-editor of Contemporary Art: 1989–Present. She is currently at work on a manuscript on Agnes Martin and a study of the therapeutic basis of process within American visual modernism.

Brandon Lattu – March 8th, UT-108, 5pm

Posted on March 3, 2016 by School of Art

BLattu_BanquetingHouse_2007_BackView_300-650x433Brandon Lattu is an artist whose work utilizes photography, sculpture, and video to investigate the constantly changing state of representation in order to push beyond the conventional empiricism that pictures of the world have traditionally invoked.  His work particularly addresses the social structures emphasized and enforced by models of perspective and abstraction as well as spatial hierarchies in architecture and commerce.  The artist received his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998 and his BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC in 1994.  Mr. Lattu is Associate Professor and Chair of Art Department at the University of California, Riverside.

Frenemies: Panel Discussion – March 1st, UT-108 5pm

Posted on February 29, 2016 by School of Art

Character-bags-e1437404092116The Frenemies Panel Discussion will address the questions raised by the intersection of art, fashion, and the non-profit museum, using the 2003 collaboration between Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton as the departure point.

Clarissa Esguerra 
is the Assistant Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ms. Esguerra received her MS in Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors from the University of Georgia in 2005; she wrote both undergraduate and masters thesis on menswear. At LACMA Ms. Esguerra has explored her interest in Historic Costume and is responsible for to cataloging, research, and exhibition development. She has worked on exhibitions including: Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail: 1700-1915 (2010) and the upcoming exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015, opening April 10th.

Dr. Suzanne Hudson is an Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 2006.  Dr. Hudson is an art historian and critic whose field of study includes Modern and Contemporary Art with an emphasis on abstraction. Her numerous publications have appeared in Flash Art, Art Journal, and October and she is a frequent contributor to Art Forum. Dr. Hudson has authored several books including: Robert Ryman: Used Paint (2009), Painting Now, published in 2015, and was co-editor of Contemporary Art: 1989-Present (2013). She will also be speaking about her work as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 22nd.

Christopher Knight has been the Los Angeles Times Art Critic since 1989. He received his Masters Degree from the State University of New York and received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Atlanta College of the Arts. Before working for the Los Angeles Times he was the assistant director of public information at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He was a three-time finalist for Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 1991, 2001, and 2007 and given the Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism in 1997 by College Arts Association. Mr. Knight has authored two books: Last Chance for Eden: Selected Art Criticism, 1979-1994 and Art of the Sixties and Seventies: The Panza Collection.

Andrew Lewicki is an artist who lives and works in Los Angles. Lewicki earned his BFA from Otis College of the Arts and Design, Los Angeles in 2007. He fashions familiar objects such as oranges, waffle makers, and gold metal bars from unexpected materials, upsetting our preconceived conceptions of the materiality and the use values we associate with common objects.