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Kalup Linzy, still image from KK Queens Survey, 2005

Lecture by Kalup Linzy
Thursday, November 7, 2013/ 7:00PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street / San Francisco, CA, 94107

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Brooklyn based Kalup Linzy is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes videos, performances and music. His satirical narratives - inspired by soap operas, telenovelas and Hollywood melodramas - deal with race, sexuality, gender, class, and the art world.

Serving as writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and actor, he performs (often in drag) a series of memorable, defiant characters; he has been described as the heir to artists and performers as diverse as Cindy Sherman, RuPaul and John Waters. Simultaneously salacious and poignant, Linzy's works fuse dramatic intensity with melodramatic irony and gut-busting comedy.

In the summer of 2010, he appeared on the long running ABC soap opera General Hospital alongside James Franco in a storyline that incorporated performance art. Linzy has released three full length albums and two EPs. His latest project, Romantic Loner (2012/13), includes an album, a feature film, two short films, live performances and an ongoing series of collages.

Linzy's work has been shown in museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; MoMA/PS1, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. In 2011, he was featured in the production Four Saints in Three Acts: An Opera Installation presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


Collier Schorr, Swedish Soldier (Poster), 1997-2001

Lecture by Collier Schorr
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 / 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street San Francisco CA, 94107

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American photographer Collier Schorr’s pictures are an experimentation in intimacy. Her enigmatic portraits – mostly of adolescents in the United States and Germany – conflate ideas of sexuality and desire, nationalism and history, identity and politics by blending stark realism with elements of fiction and youthful fantasy. Through her lens, high school and collegiate wrestlers homogenize into one emotional and physical type. Photographs of German youths dressed in German, Israeli, Weimer (Nazi) or American Vietnam-era military uniforms provoke intensely personal responses triggered by associations embedded in social and political histories. Often conceptually driven, Schorr has also used drawing, collage and performance to illustrate her emotional and critical perspective. Her monographs include Blumen (2009), There I Was (2009), Forest and Fields (2006), Jens F (2005) and Conquistadores (2003).

In addition to her practice as an artist, Schorr is an arts writer, contributing to publications such as Artforum, frieze and Parkett. She has taught at Columbia University, School of Visual Arts and Sarah Lawrence College. In 2003, she was appointed to the Yale University faculty where she currently serves as a senior critic in photography.

One of the few photographers featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Schorr's work has been exhibited internationally, including a 2006 retrospective at Badischer Kunstverein, Germany and a solo exhibition at CoCA Kronika, Bytom, Poland in 2010. Her work is represented in collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Jewish Museum and Walker Art Center.



Rinko Kawauchi Untitled, from the series of Ametsuchi 2012

Lecture by Rinko Kawauchi
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 / 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

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Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi has gained international recognition for her nuanced, lushly colored images that offer closely observed fragments of everyday life. In 2001, Kawauchi launched her career with the simultaneous publication of three astonishing photobooks –Utatane, Hanabi and Hanako – firmly establishing herself as one of the most innovative newcomers to contemporary photography.

Kawauchi sees her work as a vast archive of images with never-ending potential. She photographs her everyday life, however it is through her selection and composition that she creates a magical feeling from her environment. Pictures of a baby being born, portraits of wounded or sick people, instantaneous and magical moments like fireworks, are all components of her visual poetry.

In her most recent body of work, Ametsuchi, Kawauchi unites images of distant constellations, tiny figures lost within landscapes, with photographs of a traditional controlled burn farming method (yakihata), in which the cycles of cultivation and recovery span decades and generations. Punctuating the series are images of Buddhist rituals and other religious ceremonies – a suggestion of other means by which humankind has traditionally attempted to transcend time and memory. Selected works from Ametsuchi are currently on view in the exhibition, A Sense of Place, at Pier 24 Photography.

Kawauchi is recognized for masterful editing and sequencing of her images to generate a rich body of photobooks. Her monographs include Aila (2004), The Eyes, the Ear (2005) and Semear (2007). In 2010, Aperture published Illuminance, the first book of the artist’s work published outside of Japan; she was short-listed for the 2012 Deutsche Börse Prize for this publication.



Mark Steinmetz, Barrow County, GA, 1994 (Greater Atlanta series)

Lecture by Mark Steinmetz
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 / 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Highly regarded for his black-and-white portraits, Mark Steinmetz is renowned for producing powerful pictures that capture the strong sense of displacement and isolation felt by many young Americans. His celebrated series of books Greater Atlanta, South East, and South Central – published between 2007 and 2009 – is a lyrical and evocative look at American culture and notions of progress. Steinmetz followed up on this classic trilogy with Summertime in 2011. Later this spring, Nazraeli Press will release Paris in my time, work culled from several extended trips that the artist made to Paris over a twenty-five year period.

Steinmetz’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has taught at universities throughout the United States, include Harvard and Yale. Steinmetz currently resides in Athens, Georgia./

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Tod Papageorge, Passing through Eden, 1966-1992. © Tod Papageorge

Lecture by Tod Papageorge
Thursday, March 7, 2013 / 7PM
Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA
151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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In 1962, Tod Papageorge began to photograph while studying at the University of New Hampshire. After living in Boston, San Francisco, and Europe, he moved to New York in 1965 and was quickly accepted into a small circle of photographers engaged in transforming the documentary "style" of the medium into a poetic form driven by subjective perception over journalistic literalism.

During the 1970s, Papageorge received two Guggenheim Fellowships in photography and a pair of National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grants. Following one-year appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then Harvard University, he was named the Walker Evans Professor of Photography at the Yale University School of Art in 1979; he also served as the Director of Graduate Study in Photography until 2011.

Papageorge is the author of Public Relations: The Photographs of Garry Winogrand and Walker Evans and Robert Frank: An Essay on Influence, produced in conjunction with exhibitions he guest-curated for the Museum of Modern Art in 1977 and the Yale University Art Gallery in 1981. In 2011, Aperture published Core Curriculum, a collection of his writings on photography.

Papageorge's photographic work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in more than thirty major public collections. He has published three monographs: Passing through Eden: Photographs of Central Park (Steidl, 2007), American Sports, 1970, or How We Spent the War in Vietnam (Aperture, 2008), and Opera Citta (punctum, 2010).

In 2008, he was invited to the American Academy in Rome as a resident in the visual arts and, in 2010, was awarded the Rome Commission in Photography. He was the recipient of the Lucie Award for documentary photography in December 2012.



Martin Parr, GB. England. New Brighton. From The Last Resort, 1983-85. © Magnum Photos and Martin Parr

Lecture by Martin Parr
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 / 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA, 94107

British photographer Martin Parr is a true master of social commentary, capturing humanity in all of its follies. He frames the revealing moments – often highlighting cultural peculiarities – with quirky precision and presents them in ultra-vivid color. Growing up in the English suburbs of the early 1960s, Parr’s passion for collecting and his grandfather’s enthusiasm for photography laid the groundwork for his career as a documentary photographer; he went on to study photography at Manchester Polytechnic from 1970 to 1973. In recent years, he has developed an interest in filmmaking and has started to use his photography in different contexts such as fashion and advertising.

In 1994, he became a member of Magnum Photos after much debate over his provocative photographic style. The Barbican Art Gallery and National Media Museum initiated a large retrospective of Parr's work in 2002; the exhibition toured Europe for the next five years.

Parr has published a multitude of artist’s books including Life’s a Beach (2012), Mexico (2006), Common Sense (2002), Small World (1995), The Cost of Living (1989) and Last Resort (1986). Additionally, he is an expert in the subject of photo books, collaborating on a series of volumes tracing the major trends and movements since the genre’s birth.

In 2004, Parr was appointed a professor of photography at the University of Wales Newport campus. He served as a guest artistic director for Rencontres D'Arles in 2008 and curated the Brighton Photo Biennial in 2010.