Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D. ‘13
October 12 – December 7, 2017
Reception, October 12, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Exploring a segment of the unique early history of the Visual Arts Department, Provoking Change celebrates an extraordinary roster of artists who came to study in San Diego in the early 1970s through the 1990s. Diverse in their approaches, these artists shared a desire to foster change by challenging the narrowly defined avant-garde canon as manifested in the formalism of the 1960s. In contrast to the influential American critic Clement Greenberg, who considered political art renegade and aesthetically inferior to the avant-garde, UC San Diego artists made art that introduced multi-cultural voices, pointed out women’s underrepresentation in the arts, and revealed the pressing histories of immigration, class, and racism. By broadening art-making practices through daring experimentation and engagement with the highly-contested political and social subjects of the day, these artists helped transform and expand contemporary art.
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