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Fall 2019 Speaker Series

  • Charlene VillaseƱor Black

    Charlene VillaseƱor Black

    Alma Lopez, “La Peor,” 2013

    September 25, 6:30 p.m.
    Dudley Recital Hall
    Fine Arts building, Room 132

    Reception, 5:30 p.m.
    Blaffer Art Museum Café

    Charlene Villasenor Black is professor of art history and Chicana/o studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where her research and teaching focus on the art of the early modern Iberian world and contemporary Chicana/o/x art. In 2016, she was awarded UCLA’s 2016 Gold Shield Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence. She has held grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), ACLS, Fulbright, Mellon, Woodrow Wilson and Getty foundations. She also serves as associate director of UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center, where she edits Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies. She also founded and edits Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (UC Press) with associate editor Emily Engel, the first academic journal in these fields. Currently, she is one of four PIs of the $1.03 million grant “Critical Mission Studies at California’s Crossroads,” funded by the University of California Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives for 2019–2021. Her upbringing as a working class, Catholic Chicana from Arizona forged her identity as a border-crossing art historian and inspirational teacher. The topics of her publications range from the early modern Spanish empire to contemporary Chicanx art.


  • Richard The, Bodies in Motion

    Richard The

    “Bodies in Motion,” Collaboration with Todd Bracher for Humanscale, Milan 2019; 16 moving lights, depth camera, computer, custom software; 20m x 12m x 5m

    October 10, 6:30 p.m.
    Dudley Recital Hall
    Fine Arts building, Room 132

    Reception, 5 p.m.
    Dudley Recital Hall

    Richard The is a designer, artist and educator. His work, ranging from graphic design to installations to user interfaces, investigates the aesthetic and cultural implications of an increasingly technology-driven society. After having studied at University of the Arts Berlin and the MIT Media Lab he has worked at Sagmeister Inc., led a design group at the Google Creative Lab and is co-founder of the transdisciplinary design studio TheGreenEyl. He is an assistant professor of art media and technology at Parsons School of Design. His work has been recognized by international design institutions such as D&AD, Art Directors Club New York, AIGA, Communication Arts, Type Director’s Club Tokyo and Ars Electronica, Linz and he has taught at NYU ITP, School of Visual Arts and MIT School of Architecture.


  • Beverly Fishman, Untitled (Split Pill/Alcoholism)

    Beverly Fishman

    “Untitled (Split Pill/Alcoholism),” Serigraph print, 24 x 30 inches, Edition of 50

    October 17, 6:30 p.m.
    Dudley Recital Hall
    Fine Arts Building, Room 132

    Reception, 5:30 p.m.
    Dudley Recital Hall

    Beverly Fishman is an internationally recognized painter and sculptor who adopts the language of abstraction to explore the body, issues of identity and contemporary culture. For more than three decades, she has used imagery drawn from science, medicine and the pharmaceutical industry to promote inquiry into the effects of these institutions on both individuals and societies.

    She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Philadelphia College of Art, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. For 25 years she was the head of the painting department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and she has held positions at Maryland Institute College of Art and the College of New Rochelle, Graduate Art School. Fishman has been the recipient of many awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award; an Artist Space Exhibition Grant; an NEA Fellowship Grant; and an Anonymous Was A Woman Award. Her work is included in many public and private collections around the world.