PAST EVENTS

The Agency of Art
April 12 – May 17, 2018

In the final exhibition, Visual Arts @ 50, our two-year long series of exhibitions marking the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Visual Arts Department, turns its focus from the past to the future. The Agency of Art highlights the role of Visual Arts alumni from the past two decades who are shaping the way art engages with social practice, the environment, science and technology. British social anthropologist Alfred Gell held that “visual art objects are not a part of language … nor do they constitute an alternative language” and thus should not be treated simply as illustrations or visual texts. Instead he argued that they are tangible indices of social interactions that act as social agents. To conclude the Anniversary series of exhibitions, The Agency of Art spotlights how the Visual Arts Department is committed to using art to reshape the world in which we live. Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D. ‘13

Stories That We Tell: Art and Identity
January 18 – March 3, 2018

Stories that We Tell: Art and Identity celebrates UC San Diego artists who paved the way for greater inclusion by inventing new means to address issues of race and gender. The seven internationally famous artists featured in the exhibition—Eleanor Antin, Barbara Kruger, Faith Ringgold, Martha Rosler, Miriam Schapiro, Lorna Simpson, and Carrie Mae Weems have been honored with major exhibitions at leading museums and recognized with prestigious awards. All were members of the Visual Arts Department, but this is the first time that they are exhibited on campus together. Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D. ‘13