People / Guests
Guest artists, curators, writers, publishers, designers, and educators are an invaluable part of the California College of the Arts Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.
From working regionally with Bay Area and California artists and organizations, to publishing online journals and printed matter, to programming art fairs and participating in large-scale biennials, guests provide a continual supply of new perspectives, intersecting with students in classrooms and public settings such as Curatorial Research Bureau’s Open Seminar and AfterWord programs.
Gwen Allen is Professor of Art History at San Francisco State University, where she specializes in contemporary art, criticism, and visual culture. She has written extensively about art and design for publications including Artforum, Bookforum, Art Journal, ARTMargins, Mousse, Art in America, Art Papers, caa.reviews and East of Bourneo. She is the author of Artists' Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art (MIT Press, 2011), and edited the volume The Magazine in the Documents of Contemporary Art Series (MIT Press and the Whitechapel Gallery, 2016).
Giorgio Angelini came to film from a multifaceted career in the creative arts. After touring with bands like The Rosebuds and Bishop Allen, Angelini enrolled in Rice University’s Masters of Architecture Program. Following graduate school, he worked with the architecture firm Schaum Shieh Architects where he designed a wide array of projects, from an exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale to the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas, which received an AIA design award in 2017. Now focused on filmmaking, Angelini launched a production company called Section Perspective Films, the name a nod to his practice operating at the intersection of architecture and film. He served as executive producer for the feature film My Friend Dahmer and directed the documentary-short My Death is Pending…Because. Angelini is currently in production with animator Arthur Jones for a feature documentary about Pepe the Frog, memetics, and the rise of far-right politics in America.
Rosa Barba is an artist with a particular interest in film and the ways it articulates space. Taking a conceptual approach to filmmaking, questions of composition, physicality of form, and plasticity play an important role in the perception of her work. She interrogates the industry of cinema with respect to various forms of staging, such as gesture, genre, information, and documents, taking them out of the context in which they are normally seen and reshaping and representing them anew. Barba is based in Berlin.
Dore Bowen explores the relationship between photography, politics, and human experience to write alternative histories of contemporary art. Her book Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters, with Constance M. Lewallen, is forthcoming from University of California Press. Other publications include “Une Belle Banalité: Dan Graham” in Culture et Musées (forthcoming); “On the Site of Her Own Exclusion: Strategizing Queer Feminist Art History” in Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories; “This Bridge Called Imagination: On Reading the Arab Image Foundation” in Invisible Culture; and “Imagine There’s No Image (It’s Easy If You Try): Appropriation in the Age of Digital Reproduction” in The Companion to Art History Since 1945. She has received fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Centre Allemand d’histoire de l’art, The Clark Art Institute, the Camargo Foundation, and the Getty Research Library. She is currently Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at San José State University.
Allan deSouza’s cross-media works restage colonial-era material legacies through counter-strategies of humor, fiction, and (mis)translation. A recent project, Through the Black Country… (2017), transposes Henry Stanley’s 1870s expedition journals to England during the 2016 Brexit vote, and is accompanied by expedition maps, photographs, and a base camp. deSouza’s work has been shown extensively in the US and internationally, including at the Krannert Museum, IL; the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; and the Pompidou Centre, Paris. deSouza’s book, How Art Can Be Thought (Duke, 2018), examines art pedagogy, and proposes decolonizing artistic and pedagogical practices that can form new attachments within the contemporary world. The book provides an extensive analytical glossary of some of the most common terms used to discuss art, focusing on their current usage while considering how those terms may be adapted to new artistic and social challenges. deSouza is represented by Talwar Gallery, NY and New Delhi, and is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art Practice at University of California, Berkeley.
Simon Fujiwara has shaped a complex and rich practice that interweaves performance, film, sculpture, and text into highly immersive environmental installations exploring the inherent contradictions in meaning and interpretation of image and representation. Often bringing personal experiences (both real and imagined) into contact with broader historical, social, and political topics, his expansive practice examines the influence marketing, advertising, social media, and other communication mechanisms have on the construction of personal identity. Fujiwara is based in Berlin and represented by Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Shannon Harvey is co-founder of Los Angeles-based design studio IN-FO.CO (Inventory Form & Content) and Managing Director of Inventory Press, publishing books on topics in art, architecture, graphic design, and music. With a background in architecture and graphic design, Harvey previously worked in design, editorial, and curatorial roles at Project Projects, Rockwell Group, Canadian Centre for Architecture, and OMA/AMO Rotterdam.
Shoghig Halajian is a curator and writer who serves on the Board of Directors at Human Resources LA. From 2013 to 2016, she was Assistant Director at LACE, where she curated numerous exhibitions. She has presented projects at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; UKS, Oslo; Le Magasin-Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, among other venues. She is currently a PhD student in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the University of California, San Diego.
Constance Hockaday’s work is about creating portals that get people closer to the water and nature, and closer to that feeling of belonging in a place (preferably the place where they live). Hockaday has most often looked to water as a place for hosting social sculptures and immersive experiences. She believes the shoreline is a place where many human and non-human interests collide.
Amanda Hunt is Director of Education and Public Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and co-curator of the 2019 Desert X Biennial in Palm Springs. Past appointments include Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and Curator at LAXART, Los Angeles, where she helped coordinate the 2012 Pacific Standard Time Public Art and Performance Festival for the Getty Research Institute, and Made in L.A. 2012, the Hammer Museum’s first Los Angeles biennial. At the Studio Museum, Hunt produced numerous exhibitions, including A Constellation, Black Cowboy, and in 2016 commissioned inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, Rudy Shepherd, a public sculpture initiative in partnership with the New York City Parks Department. Hunt was also the first nonregional curator of the Portland Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2014. She obtained an MA in curatorial practice from California College of the Arts.
Constance Lewallen is adjunct curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive where first she was MATRIX curator and subsequently senior curator who organized many major exhibitions. These include Joe Brainard: A Retrospective (2001), The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982) (2001); Everything Matters: Paul Kos, a Retrospective (2003); Ant Farm 1968-1978 (with Steve Seid) (2004); A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s (2007; State of Mind: New California Art ca. 1970 (with Karen Moss) (2011). All of these toured nationally and internationally and were accompanied by catalogues. Her most recent exhibition, Mind over Matter, was presented at BAMPFA in 2016. Lewallen is author of 500 Capp Street: David Ireland’s House and co-author of Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters, both published by UC Press.
Maria Lind is a curator, writer, and educator based in Stockholm, and currently director of Tensta konsthall. She was artistic director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale; director of the graduate program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2008–10); and director of Iaspis in Stockholm (2005–07). From 2002 to 2004, she was director of Kunstverein München, and in 1998 was co-curator of Manifesta 2. She is professor of artistic research at the Art Academy in Oslo. In 2010, Selected Maria Lind Writing was published by Sternberg Press. (Portrait by Bernd Krauss)
Maria Lind is the program’s 2018/19 Curator-in-Residence.
Josiah McElheny is a sculptor who draws from the decorative and functional traditions of glass to craft a new, multifaceted form of contemporary art. Often using narratives inspired by the histories of art, design, and glass as points of departure, McElheny creates objects of exceptional formal sophistication, exquisite craftsmanship, and conceptual rigor. While the beauty of his blown glass objects invite viewers into his installations, the narratives behind each piece encourage thoughtful reflection upon the objects’ significance.
Josiah McElheny received a B.F.A. (1989) from the Rhode Island School of Design and was an apprentice to master glassblowers Jan-Erik Ritzman (1989-1991), Sven-Ake Carlsson (1989-1991), and Lino Tagliapietra (1992-1997). He was an artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (1998) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2000) and was a visiting critic at the Yale University School of Art (2001-2003). His works have appeared in numerous solo and group exibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, and the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Adam Michaels is a designer, editor, and publisher. He is the co-founder of IN-FO.CO (Inventory Form & Content) and publisher of Inventory Press. Previously, he co-founded internationally-renowned design studio Project Projects (2004–2017), recipient of the 2015 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design. Michaels is co-author of The Electric Information Age Book: McLuhan/Agel/Fiore and the Experimental Paperback.
In his sculptures, photographs, and films, the artist Shahryar Nashat often addresses the representation of the body and the conventions of mediation and presentation. Nashat finds great pleasure in details, and his works—with their near-obsessive methods of framing and cropping—draw the viewer into a world of clandestine forms, artful gestures, and posturing. Nashat is represented by David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, and Rodeo Gallery, London. He is currently based in Los Angeles.
Prior to her 2017 appointment as Dean of Design at California College of the Arts, Helen Maria Nugent held a series of leadership positions at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) since 1997, including chair of the Designed Objects programs; director of the MDes, MFA, and BFA Pathway programs; and director of the First-Year program. She has taught in SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects since 1997, and became full professor in 2010.
Nugent is co-founder of HAELO Design with Ron Kirkpatrick. Haelo is an independent, research-oriented studio that pursues speculative and commercial design projects with a focus on furniture, objects, services, and exhibition design.
Barbara Pollack is an award-winning journalist, art critic, and curator who is one of the world’s leading authorities on contemporary Chinese art. Pollack’s writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, Departures, Art and Auction, and Art in America, among many others. She has also written several groundbreaking monographs on young Chinese artists, including the first published artist profile of Ai Weiwei for ARTnews in 2005. She lectures regularly across the USA and Asia, and was the keynote speaker at 2018’s Art Basel Hong Kong.
Frances Richard is the author of three books of poems: Anarch. (Futurepoem, 2012), The Phonemes (Les Figues Press, 2012) and See Through (Four Way Books, 2003). She is co-author, with Jeffrey Kastner and Sina Najafi, of Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Fake Estates” (Cabinet Books, 2005), and editor of Joan Jonas is On Our Mind, a volume of essays on the artist (Wattis Institute, 2017); her book-length study Gordon Matta-Clark: Physical Poetics appears in 2019 from the University of California Press. She is associate editor at Places journal, and teaches at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Leslie Carol Roberts, BA Michigan, MFA, Iowa, Fulbright Fellow, is an author, journalist, and essayist. Her book Here Is Where I Walk: Episodes from a Life in the Forest (Nevada, 2019), details more than a decade of walks in the Presidio National Park where she resides as well as walks in Tasmania, Italy, Maryland, and elsewhere, offering a set of John D’Agata (About a Mountain) called “absorbing, funny, tragic, and deeply present ruminations.” She is also professor and chair of the MFA Writing program at California College of the Arts.
Zoë Ryan is the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her projects include the exhibition In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury, to open in 2019. In 2017, she co-curated Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute and edited As Seen: Exhibitions that Made Architecture and Design History. In 2014, she curated the second Istanbul Design Biennial. Ryan has taught graduate seminars at the School of the Art Institute and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon is a San Francisco based artist, graphic and landscape designer, and writer. Her work mixes Californian Pop with Swiss Modernism into California Cool. In the 1960s, at The Sea Ranch, she created SUPERGRAPHICS where supersized contentless stripes, arrows, and letterforms fly from one wall to the next to the ceiling to become art people can walk into.