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Nazarian Program in the Fine Arts: Discussions in Contemporary Art

December 5, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Presented by the Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program in the Fine Arts, the annual lecture series returns! This year, we will focus on issues relating to contemporary art, with a distinct focus on Los Angeles and, more broadly, the West Coast.

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Anuradha Vikram, Artistic Director, 18th Street Arts Center, will read from and discuss her essay “Culture, Class, and the New Economy” from her recent book Decolonizing Culture. The essay looks at the changing role of art in society as the place of visual and performing arts in popular life is supplanted by commercial and applied arts such as design, technology, and gaming. Rather than allow the arts to be supplanted by market forces as has happened in the one-time counter-culture mecca of San Francisco, this essay asks how American cities might rethink their values to promote livability and sustainability for all citizens and thereby support and promote the arts within a healthy society.

Image description:┬áBrendan Fernandes, I’M DOWN, 2017. Documentation of performance in downtown Santa Monica. Photo by Maria Martin. Courtesy of the artist and 18th Street Arts Center.

Anuradha Vikram is a writer, curator, and educator, and Artistic Director at 18th Street Arts Center. She is the author of Decolonizing Culture, a collection of seventeen essays that address questions of race and gender parity in contemporary art spaces (Art Practical/Sming Sming Books, 2017). Vikram has guest-curated exhibitions for the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Mills College Art Museum, ProArts Gallery, and the DeYoung Museum Artist Studio, and held curatorial positions at UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice, Headlands Center for the Arts, Aicon Gallery, and Richmond Art Center, and in the studio of artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. She has contributed essays to journals including Leonardo, KCET Artbound, Artillery, Hyperallergic, Daily Serving, and OPEN SPACE, the blog of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and to catalogues on the work of Sonya Rapoport, Chitra Ganesh, Ana Mendieta, and Om Prakash, among others. Vikram holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and a BS in Studio Art from New York University. She is a Senior Lecturer in the MFA program at Otis College of Art and Design, and serves as a member of the Editorial Board of X-TRA and on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association, where she chairs the Museums Committee.



December 5, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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