Nancy Rubins, Monochrome for Paris, 2013. Photo by Erich Koyama.

Visiting Artists Lecture Series
Past Lectures

Untitled, 2005. Single channel video on DVD. 3 min. 41 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.
Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:30pm

Rodney McMillian

Rodney McMillian's artistic practice embodies a wide range of media and techniques. An overarching concern in his work is the relationship between language, aesthetics and content. Recent solo exhibitions include those hosted by the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions worldwide, including the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; and the Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates. He is an Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Art.


Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7:30pm

Ben Davis

Ben Davis is an art critic living and working in New York City. He is currently National Art Critic for artnet News, and critic-in-residence at Montclair State University. He was formerly executive editor of and was one of the editors of The Elements of Architecture, the catalogue for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. His writings have appeared in Adbusters, The Brooklyn Rail, Frieze, New York,, The Village Voice, and many other venues. He is author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Haymarket, 2013). View video


Jennifer Pastor, Endless Arena (detail), electroless nickel plated steel, fiberglass and paint, 2012.
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7:30pm

Jennifer Pastor

Though Jennifer Pastor's work is informed by recognizable societal moments, she "has no interest in quick reads, trendy gimmicks or convictions that take shape in the blink of an eye," wrote the Los Angeles Times critic David Pagel in 2013. For Endless Arena (2009-12), a large-scale sculpture with roots in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, she extensively researched the murky world of underground fighting. Pastor's work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and FRAC Bourgone Dijon, France. She has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is Professor of Art at UC Irvine. View video


May 21, 2015: Russell Ferguson - View video
April 9, 2015: Charles Gaines - View video
February 25, 2015: Nancy Rubins - View video
October 30, 2014: James Benning - View video


May 22, 2014: David Wilson - View video
February 27, 2014: Betye Saar - View video
November 6, 2013: Lari Pittman - View video


May 9, 2013: Matt Mullican (Art Council Chair)
April 30, 2013: Jane & Louise Wilson
April 11, 2013: Dara Friedman
February 7, 2013: Thomas Lawson
January 31, 2013: Alan Sonfist
January 24, 2013: Catherine Opie - View video
December 13, 2012: Meg Cranston
November 15, 2012: Jim Drain
October 10, 2012: Pae White


May 17, 2012: Adrian Saxe - View video
April 26, 2012: Allen Ruppersberg - View video
February 29, 2012: Evan Holloway
February 2, 2012: Mari Eastman - View video
January 12, 2012: Jeff Wall - View video
November 9, 2011: Sue Williams - View video
October 6, 2011: Mark Leckey - View video


May 26, 2011: Silke Otto-Knapp - View video
May 5, 2011: Charline von Heyl - View video
February 3, 2011: Laura Owens - View video
January 20, 2011: James Welling - View video
October 27, 2010: Dan Graham
October 14, 2010: Walead Beshty - View video
September 30, 2010: Yoshua Okón - View video


May 27, 2010: Anthony Hernandez (Art Council Chair) - View video
May 6, 2010: Jim Goldberg
April 21, 2010: Stan Douglas
February 25, 2010: Mary Kelly - View video
February 4, 2010: Josiah McElheny
November 12, 2009: John Knight
November 5, 2009: Lauren Bon
October 22, 2009: Marilyn Minter - View video


May 14, 2009: Runa Islam (Art Council Chair) - View video
February 19, 2009: Catherine Sullivan - View video
November 13, 2008: Amy Sillman
November 5, 2008: Rachel Whiteread


May 8, 2008: Andrea Fraser
May 1, 2008: Gregory Crewdson
March 13, 2008: Wangechi Mutu
January 17, 2008: Roy Arden
November 29, 2007: Glenn Ligon
October 25, 2007: Sam Durant

This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the William D. Feldman Family Endowed Art Lecture Fund and is hosted by the Hammer Museum.

For more information, please contact the UCLA Department of Art at (310) 825-0557.

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