My Dear Friend, Time, an installation by Ellen (Jing) Xu

You are here

2016 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice

Submitted on December 15, 2015 - 10:32am

The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design is pleased to announce the lineup for our 2016 lecture series, Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice (CICAP).

The Lectures

January 14Martine Syms – register

January 21 – Steffani Jemison – register
Jake Legacy Residency, January 4 – 22
Jacob Lawrence Gallery exhibit opens January 19; runs through February 27

January 28John Knight – register

February 11Anicka Yi – register

February 18Josh Faught – register

February 25Amelia Saul – register
Jacob Lawrence Gallery exhibit opens March 8; runs through April 2

March 10Park McArthur – register

As in previous years, CICAP is offered as a class to students at the School and as a lecture series open to the general public. CICAP brings artists and thinkers at the forefront of contemporary art practice to present their methods, raise questions, and engage with members of the School’s constituency and beyond.

The lectures will take place at 7pm in the Henry Art Gallery auditorium. All are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. Follow the link after each artist name above to secure your seat.

Videos of this year's lectures and many from previous years are available for viewing in our CICAP Vimeo album.

The New Foundation Seattle

This benefit to our students and to the greater Seattle arts community is made possible by the integral support of The New Foundation Seattle,  a nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging the production of contemporary visual art through dynamic initiatives that stimulate artistic development, research, and presentation.

“The New Foundation Seattle is proud to make the Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice lecture series possible in 2016 through a grant to the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design” said founder Shari Behnke. “Our partnership with the School, now in its fourth year, has helped create a stronger and more vibrant contemporary art community in Seattle.”

The School thanks The New Foundation Seattle for their generous support and partnership in making CICAP possible.

The Class

ART 361/595 is an immersion into current modes of art practice, structured around seven artist lectures, activities at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and a selection of essays by artists, theorists, and curators. The theme of this year’s series—We don’t need other worlds. We need mirrors.*—situates art firmly within the common world we share. Though it will engage with fantastical material, it will be used to reflect on current social, political, and philosophical conditions and possibilities rather than imaginative escapes.

Screenings will include Solaris (Tarkovsky, 1972) and The Tenth Victim (Petri, 1965).

Readings will include Judith Butler, Octavia Butler, Mark Fisher, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Bruno Latour, Stanisław Lem, China Miéville, Heather Morison, and Steven Shaviro.

*Stanisław Lem, Solaris (Kraków: Wydawnictwo Lieterackie, 2002), p. 85