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Amplify: Practicing Solidarity Speaker Series

When: Starts September 10th
Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm
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SDSU Amplify: Practicing Solidarity Speaker Series sponsored by SDSU School of Art + Design and the Michele Schlecht Visiting Artist Fund

September 10

Bridget Cooks
Art History

* Presentation recording is for classroom purposes only

Bridget R. Cooks is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies and Departments of Art History in the School of Humanities at UC Irvine. Cooks’ research focuses on African American art and culture, Black visual culture, museum criticism, film, feminist theory and post-colonial theory.

September 17

Teresita de la Torre

* Presentation link is forthcoming

Teresita de la Torre is a Mexican-born, Texas-raised artist, educator, and self-identified storyteller currently based in Los Angeles. Their work often draws upon personal experiences and family histories to generate discourse around art, activism, migration, queerness, and self-acceptance.

September 24

Beatriz Cortez
in conversation with Erin Christovale
CSU-wide lecture hosted by Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Long Beach, and CSU Northridge

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This lecture was organized and presented as part of Platform by ConSortiUm, a collaborative project of art museums and galleries from the California State University (CSU) system.

Beatriz Cortez is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities and versions of modernity, memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures. <.p>

Erin Christovale is the Associate Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the co-founder of the experimental film program, Black Radical Imagination with Amir George.

October 1

Janette Terrazas
Textile/Socially Engaged Practice

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Janette Terrazas, alias Mustang Jane, is a visual artist, cultural activist and cultural promoter. Her textile work is intensely informed by issues concerning gender. She organizes and fights for the rights of women in her community, as well as the rights of indigenous people and the trans gender population. Jane is one of the initiators of NI EN MORE, the Cd. Juárez project coordinator. and on the natural dyeing team.

October 8

Omar Pimienta
Sculpture/Community Engaged Practice

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Dr. Omar Pimienta (Tijuana-San Diego) is an interdisciplinary artist who uses the lens of personal-geography while working with media such as photography, video, installations, and text, among others, in order to explore social landscapes, collective and individual histories, and the spaces within/between the imagination and the image.

October 22

CSU-wide lecture hosted by CSU Humboldt, CSU Long Beach, and Fresno State

This lecture was organized and presented as part of Platform by ConSortiUm, a collaborative project of art museums and galleries from the California State University (CSU) system.

Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist. Postcommodity’s art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence.

October 29

Joyce Scott

*Presentation recording for classroom purposes only

Joyce J. Scott is an African-American artist, sculptor, quilter, performance artist, installation artist, print-maker, lecturer and educator. Named a MacArthur Fellow in 2016, and a Smithsonian Visionary Artist in 2019, Scott is best known for her figurative sculptures and jewelry using free form, off-loom bead weaving techniques.

November 5

Phung Huynh
Public Art/Painting and Drawing

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Phung Huynh is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator whose practice is primarily in drawing, painting, and public art. Her work explores cultural perception and representation. Huynh challenges beauty standards by reconstructing images of the Asian female body vis-à-vis plastic surgery to unpack how contemporary cosmetic surgery can create obscurity in cultural and racial identity.

November 19

Mano Ya
Furniture/Custom Object-Making/Collaborative Practice

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MANO YA is a custom object and furniture shop that represents the collaboration between Los Angeles artists Mario Correa and Zen Sekizawa. Each piece is designed, built, and finished by hand in the MANO YA woodshop and studio, integrating fine art media, design and classic woodworking techniques; MANO YA is especially inspired by Mexican and Japanese cultural traditions in these fields. MANO means hand in Spanish, and YA, in Japanese, means shop.

December 3

Zeal Harris

* Presentation recording link is forthcoming

Zeal Harris is a visual artist known for creating seductive, caricaturesque, political, urban-vernacular, story paintings. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from Otis College of Art & Design. She occasionally teaches painting and leads workshops and has been in recent exhibitions at the Port Au Prince Haiti Ghetto Biennale, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, the California African-American Museum, 18th Street Arts Center, and the Caribbean Cultural Center of the African Diaspora in New York.

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