Amie Siegel, Double Negative, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist & Simon Preston Gallery, NY.

Visiting Artists Lecture Series
Past Lectures

Wu Tsang

Wu Tsang

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Wu Tsang
UCLA Deprtment of Art, Fall 2019 Art Council Chair

Wu Tsang is an award-winning filmmaker and multi-disciplinary artist who explores hidden histories and marginalized narratives in works that collapse the blur the boundaries between documentary and fiction.

Her recent solo exhibitions include There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody, Groupius Bau, Berlin, Germany (2019); Diversity is Reality, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen (2019); and An Atmosphere of Messages, Cabinet Gallery, London (2019). She has been featured in international film festivals and exhibitions in such national museums as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Hammer Museum, and New Museum. In 2018, Tsang received the MacArthur Fellowship.

Happah Black portrait
Hannah Black / Photo credit: Stefan Schwartzman

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Hannah Black

Hannah Black is an artist and writer from the UK, living and working in New York. Her works have been recently exhibited at Performance Space, New York, US (2019), the Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2019), Eden Eden, Berlin (2018), Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (2017), mumok, Vienna, AT (2017), New Museum, New York, US (2016) and Arcadia Missa, London, UK (2015). Readings and performances have taken place at the Centre d’art contemporain Geneva, CH (2018), Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR (2018) and MoMA PS1, New York, US (2017), among others. 

Stan Douglas Image: Solitaire
Stan Douglas, Solitaire, 2017, Digital chromogenic print
mounted on Dibond aluminum, 60 x 80 inches
© Stan Douglas. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner,
New York

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Stan Douglas

Since 1990, the artist Stan Douglas’s films, videos, and photographs have appeared in exhibitions internationally, including four Venice Biennales and Documentas IXX, and XI. A survey of recent work, Stan Douglas: Mise en scène, traveled throughout Europe from 2013 to 2015, and his play Helen Lawrence toured internationally until 2017. He was the 2016 recipient of the Hasselblad Prize, and since 2009 he has been a core faculty member in ArtCenter’s Graduate Art program in Pasadena.

Diedrich Diedrichsen Portrait
Diedrich Diederichsen

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Diedrich Diederichsen

The work of German cultural critic Diedrich Diederichsen focuses on pop-music, contemporary art, modern composition, cinema, theater, and politics. Diederichsen is currently Professor of Theory, Practice, and Communication of Contemporary Art at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna. His recent publications include Körpertreffer – Zur Ästhetik der nachpopulären Künste (Adorno Lectures), Über Pop-Musik, Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, and The Whole Earth: California and the Disappearance of the Outside.

Candice Lin Portrait
Candice Lin

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Candice Lin

Candice Lin is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, drawing, video, and living materials and processes, such as mold, mushrooms, bacteria, fermentation, and stains. Lin has had recent solo exhibitions at Portikus, Frankfurt; Bétonsalon, Paris; and Gasworks, London, as well as group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum (2018), LA; Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); New Museum, New York (2017); SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York (2017), among others.

Darby English

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Darby English

Art historian Darby English probes art’s interaction with instituted forms of historical subjectivity and experience, focusing on artistic and other cultural manifestations of discomposure and optimism. He is the author of 1971: A Year in the Life of ColorHow to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness; and the forthcoming To Describe a Life: Essays at the Intersection of Art and Race Terror. He is a University of Chicago professor and an adjunct curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art.

Monika Baer, rote Wand, 2011, oil on canvas.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Monika Baer

Monika Baer is a Berlin-based painter whose work engages with the legacy and the present state of painting at the threshold of figuration and abstraction.  Her complex, multi-layered paintings unfold fields of conflicts and persistently reflect on questions of authorship, painting’s relationship to objecthood, and its scenic character.  Formally and technically, they negotiate traditional motifs, gestures, and the contemporary condition of the praxis.  Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, including the Kestnergesellschaft in Hannover, the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Pinakothek der Moderne in München, the mumok in Vienna, and the Documenta 12 in Kassel.  She is represented by Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin, Richard Telles in Los Angeles, and Greene Naftali in New York.  Monika Baer is a professor at the MFA program at Bard College and the 2018–19 Regents’ Lecturer at the UCLA Department of Art.

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7:30pm

Andrea Fraser

In 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics Andrea Fraser, artist, Chair and Professor at the UCLA Department of Art, examines the intersection of electoral politics and private-nonprofit art institutions in the United States at a pivotal historical moment.

In a massive volume that is both institutional critique and reference work, the artist Andrea Fraser documents the reported political contributions made by trustees of more than 100 art museums, representing every state in the nation, in the 2016 election cycle.  With campaigning that featured attacks on vulnerable populations, the vilification of the media and “cultural elites,” and calls to curtail civil rights and liberties, the 2016 election cycle transformed national politics. It was also the most expensive election in American history, with over $6.4 billion raised for presidential and congressional races combined. More than half of this money came from just a few hundred people—many of whom also support cultural institutions and serve on their boards.

Organized like a telephone book, the contribution data is laid out in dense, color-coded tables alphabetically by name of donor. With this data filling approximately 1,000 pages, the book offers a material representation of the interface between cultural philanthropy and campaign finance in America. It also provides an unparalleled resource for exploring the politics of the museum world.


Cameron Rowland, 91020000, Artists Space, New York, 2016. Installation view. Photo courtesy of the artist. .
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:30pm

Cameron Rowland

Cameron Rowland was born in 1988 in Philadelphia and received a BA from Wesleyan University, Connecticut. Rowland has had solo exhibitions at Etablissement d’en Face, Brussels; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne; Artists Space, New York; Fri-Art Kunsthalle, Fribourg; and ESSEX STREET, New York. Rowland has participated in group exhibitions at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MoMA, New York; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; PS1, New York; and Okayama Art Summit, Okayama. Rowland now lives and works in Queens, New York.


Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Saydnaya (ray traces), 2017.
Courtesy of the artist and Maureen Paley. London.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:30pm

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Lawrence Abu Hamdan's interest in sound and its intersection with politics originates from his background as a musician and facilitator of DIY music. Currently on view at the Hammer, his work has been shown at Kunsthalle St Gallen, Switzerland; the Showroom, London; and Casco, Utrecht, the Netherlands, and is part of the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim, New York; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Tate, London


Rodrigo Valenzuela, Hedonic Reversal #3, 2015.
Courtesy the artist.
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:30pm

Rodrigo Valenzuela

Rodrigo Valenzuela constructs narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna; Ulrich Museum, Kansas; University of Memphis Museum; Klowdenmann Gallery, Los Angeles; and Frye Art Museum, Seattle.  Recent residencies include Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; MacDowell Colony, NH; and Light Work, Syracuse. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Valenzuela lives and works in Los Angeles, and is assistant professor in the UCLA Department of Art.

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Michael Smith, Sears Class Portraits (1999-ongoing).
Courtesy the artist.
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:30pm

Michael Smith

Michael Smith, who began his career as an abstract painter, now performs and makes videos, sculpture, drawings, multimedia installations, and puppet shows. His work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and New Museum, New York; Glasgow International; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Mumok, Vienna; Blanton Museum, Austin; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. His works are in the permanent collections of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MoMA, New York; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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Roger Herman. Photo: Joshua White.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:30pm

Roger Herman

Roger Herman is professor of painting and drawing in the UCLA Department of Art. His paintings, large-scale woodcuts, and ceramics have exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include shows at Lefebvre et Fils, Paris; Richard Telles, Los Angeles; Carpenters Workshop, London; and ACME, Los Angeles. His work is included in many private and public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Amie Siegel, Double Negative, 2015, two synchronized 16mm films, HD color video. Image courtesy of the artist &
Simon Preston Gallery, New York.
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:30pm

Amie Siegel

American artist Amie Siegel’s work moves between film, video, photography, performance and installation. Siegel’s layered, meticulously constructed works trace and perform the undercurrents of systems of value, cultural ownership and image-making. Recent solo exhibitions include Double Negative, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; Ricochet, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Provenance, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and MAK, Vienna; Imitation of Life, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and The Architects, Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; MAXXI Museum, Rome; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Walker Art Center, MN; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; Swiss Institute, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara; MoMA/PS1, Queens, and the Hayward Gallery, London. Her films have been shown widely including at the Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, MoMA, New York and The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Siegel has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm, the Guggenheim Foundation, a recipient of the 2010 ICA Boston’s Foster Prize, a 2012 Sundance Institute award and 2014 Berlin Film Festival award as well as a 2015 Creative Capital Grantee. She lives and works in New York City.

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May 12, 2016: Rodney McMillian
February 4, 2016: Ben Davis - View video
November 12, 2015: Jennifer Pastor - 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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