Week 1. April 4
Carole Frances Lung (Frau Fiber)
Carole Frances Lung is an artist, soft power guerilla activist, and Associate Professor of Fashion Fiber and Materials, at California State University, Los Angeles. Through her alter ego Frau Fiber, Lung activates a vocabulary of fashion and textile production and consumption, crafting of one of a kind garments, installations, performances, and social sculpture, paying homage to labor, textile and apparel manufacturing histories and contemporary production systems.
Week 2. April 11
Week 3. April 18
Kathy Rae Huffman
Kathy Rae Huffman is a curator, writer, producer, researcher, lecturer and expert on video and media art. As the curator at the renowned Long Beach Museum of Art, Huffman helped establish video and new media art, online and interactive art, installation and performance art in the visual arts world. She has curated, written about, and coordinated events for numerous international art institutes, consulted and juried for festivals and alternative arts organisations. From the early 1990s until 2014, Huffman was based in Europe, and embraced early net art and interactive online environments, a curatorial practice that continues. In 1997, she co-founded the Faces mailing list and online community for women working with art, gender and technology.
Week 4. April 25
Lauren Gallaspy received her BFA in ceramics at the University of Georgia in 2005 and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2007. From 2009 to 2012, Gallaspy served as co-director and owner of Trace Gallery in Athens, Georgia. In 2013, she was recognized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as an Emerging Artist in the field. Additionally, she was one of 25 artists awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant for 2012. Her work has been featured in Ceramics: Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Now, Clay Times, Lark Book’s The Best of 500 Ceramics and 500 Cups, Rocky Mountain Artists, and the recently published Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist’s Guide to Glaze and Color. Gallaspy has exhibited nationally and internationally in over 100 group and solo exhibitions since 2007, including in the highly publicized “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now” at Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas. Lauren was an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts from 2012 to 2015 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and was a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana for over 2 years. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Week 5. May 2
Daniel R. Small
Daniel R. Small (b.1984 in Centralia, Illinois, USA; lives and works in Los Angeles) received an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. His project-based work engages with disparate sites, government agencies, political regimes, and institutions in an attempt to contemplate their speculative futures through cinematic, technological, and archaeological artifacts so that other narratives can be told or imagined. Recent exhibitions include “To Be Wrong with Infinite Precision,” (a collaboration with the artist York Chang) Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), Santa Ana, CA (2019); “74 million million million tons,” SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York (2018); “Seeing Eye Awareness,” Museum of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018); “Mad Horizon,” Index- The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden (2017); “Concrete Island,” VENUS LA, Los Angeles (2017), “The Hierophant,” Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania (2017); “Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); “13th Biennale de Lyon,” Musee d’Art Contemporain Lyon, France (2015); “The Historical Society of Desert Archives,” The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah (2015); “Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A.,” PIASA, Paris, France (2015); “The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project,” Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) (2015). His project Excavation II will travel to five US museums from 2019 – 2023 as part of the exhibition “Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections.” He received the Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in 2015 and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award in 2016.
Week 6. May 9
Young Joon Kwak
Young Joon Kwak (b. 1984) is a LA-based multi-disciplinary artist working primarily through sculpture, performance, video, and collaboration. Kwak’s work aims to transform our perception of marginalized bodies by reimagining their form, functionality, and materiality—from static and bound to pre-inscribed power structures, to an expanded sense of bodies and their environs as mutable and open-ended. Kwak is the founder of Mutant Salon, a roving beauty salon/platform for experimental performance collaborations with their community of queer, trans, femme, POC artists and performers. Kwak is the lead performer in the electronic-dance-noise band Xina Xurner.
Week 7. May 16
Michael O’Malley was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in Northern California. He went to high school in Colorado and received an B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame. After extensive travels, and receiving a B.F.A from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, he did his graduate studies at Stanford University, where he received an M.F.A. While at Stanford he focused on large-scale installations that altered perceptual and social situations of the body. Since graduate school his work has focused on engaging the aesthetics and conventions that shape the built environment. In his latest work, ideas about social practice, community and sustainable art practice have become his focus. He is Professor of Art at Pomona College, in Claremont, California.
Week 8. May 23
Young Chung (b. 1972, Seoul, Korea) is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who established the gallery Commonwealth & Council in 2010, out of his apartment at the corner of, well, Commonwealth and Council. After his landlord shut things down, Chung packed up and moved back to Koreatown, where he grew up, reopening the gallery in an office building upstairs from a Korean church, on the same floor as the oldest Latino Alcoholics Anonymous. So far, he’s done over 100 shows featuring a diverse array of artists (many are queer or people of color) like Jennifer Moon and Alice Könitz, who both went on to win the Hammer Museum’s Mohn Award at its first biennial. The gallery’s original name remains, but the vibe is still homey.
Week 9. May 30
Amelia Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Research at the Roski School of Art and Design at University of Southern California. A feminist curator and a theorist and historian of art and performance, her recent publications include Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012), Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History (2012), co-edited with Adrian Heathfield, the edited volume Sexuality (2014), and, co-edited with Erin Silver, Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (2016). Her exhibition Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art took place in 2013 in Montreal and she programmed the events Trans-Montréal (2015) in that city, followed by a related publication “On Trans/Performance,” a special issue of Performance Research (2016). Her Live Artists Live performance and conference program took place at USC in 2016. Jones is currently working on a retrospective of the work of Ron Athey and a book titled In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance.
Week 10. June 6
Micol Hebron is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes studio work, curating, writing, social media, crowd-sourcing, teaching, public-speaking, and both individual and collaborative projects. She has been engaged in individual and collaborative projects in Los Angeles since 1992. Hebron is an Associate Professor of Art at Chapman University; the founder/director of The Situation Room resource space for the creative community; the Gallery Tally Poster Project about gender equity in contemporary galleries; and the Digital Pasty/Gender Equity initiative for the internet. In the past she has been the Chief Curator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; the director of the UCLA Summer Art Institute; an editorial board member at X-Tra magazine; an independent curator; a conservator at LACMA, and the co-founder of Gallery B-12 in Hollywood in the 90s. She has served on advisory boards at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibtions, Birch Creek Ranch Residency (Utah), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and UCLA. She is the founder of the LA Art Girls, and the Co-Founder of Fontbron Academy. She employs strategies of consciousness-raising, collaboration, generosity, play, and participation to support and further feminist dialogues in art and life. Hebron has presented exhibitions, performances, and lectures at numerous international institutions.