Kwan Fong Gallery

Virtual Lecture Series


Upcoming Lectures

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Escapism: Senior Art Exhibition 2021 Artist Talks

Friday, Apr 23, 2021
2:00 pm PDT

Virtual artist talks with Art Department graduating seniors .

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A Mile in Your Shoes: Sharing Diverse Identity Perspectives

Thursday, Apr 29, 2021
4:00 pm PDT

In an audience conversation format, artist Robin Holder will highlight her social equity art to inspire a dialogue about the individual challenges and opportunities we face in our diverse nation.

Recorded Virtual Lectures

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Sex Work and Visual Culture (Common Ground Series)

Thursday, Apr 08, 2021
2:00 pm PDT

Employing artist Christopher Mason’s photographs of sex workers in Cleveland and communities in Northeast Ohio as a starting point, the panelists Christopher Mason, Barbara Tannenbaum Ph.D. and Penelope Saunders Ph.D., will discuss social practice photography, public representations and perceptions of sex workers, voyeurism, and sex workers’ labor and humanitarian rights.

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Diverse Bodies and the Evolution of Costume Design

Thursday, Mar 25, 2021
2:00 pm PDT

Using examples of costumes and scenes from iconic plays and productions, this talk will look at how the concept of the ideal body has shifted and how this plays out in costume design.

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Autism Spectrum: Representation and Perception (Common Ground Series)

Thursday, Mar 11, 2021
4:00 pm PDT

An artist and psychologist will discuss support systems and the evolving sociocultural understanding of autism.

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Framing Architecture and Reimagining Communities (Common Ground Series)

Thursday, Mar 04, 2021
2:00 pm PDT

Discussion between an artist, a sociologist, and an urban planner to examine the framing of communities through architecture, aesthetics, and more.

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Memories That Aren’t Ours: Experimental Films from Atlanta (Common Ground Series)

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021
1:00 pm PDT

Atlanta-based filmmakers Zameh Omonuwa and Yusef Ferguson will discuss their films exhibited in the exhibit Common Ground: Artists Reimagining Community.

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Make Some Noise! Creative Collaboration NOW!

Thursday, Feb 18, 2021
2:00 pm PDT

Join Vero Rose Smith for a chat! Investigate climate change, collective action, and the power of creative collaboration.

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The Chichimec in the Aztec and Spanish Imagination

Thursday, Jan 28, 2021
4:00 pm PDT

Discover Chichimec identity through archival material from Aztec and Spanish colonial visual culture.

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Conservation at the Harvard Art Museums

Friday, Nov 06, 2020
9:15 am PDT - 10:05 am PDT

Join Ruby Awburn, Haddon Dine, and Julie Wertz, at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, where they will present paintings and objects along with materials and analysis on how science and art coincide in conservation work.

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“Why is Aunt Jemima Retiring?”: Black Caricature as Mnemonic Device

Thursday, Nov 05, 2020
3:00 pm PDT

Panel discussion on African American caricature and dinners for students.

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Memories of Home: Memorial, Meaning, and Filmmaking (Common Ground Series)

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020
2:00 pm PDT

This conversation pairs filmmaker djones in dialogue with Dr. James Young, professor emeritus UMass Amherst. They will discuss djones’ film “631,” 2008, which documents his family’s stories through their ownership and struggles to maintain a multigenerational home in Youngstown, Ohio.

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Early Islamic Art and Architecture

Friday, Oct 23, 2020
3:30 pm PDT

Starting with the rise of Islam in the 7th century CE, through its presence in early medieval Europe, we will examine the iconography of early Islamic visual culture and its expression, and will outline basic religious concepts and rituals that determine built space.

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The Red-Rose City of Petra, An Archaeological Tour

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020
4:00 pm PDT

This lecture will digitally escort you through the Nabataean city from the 1st century BCE to the 6th century, exploring civic and religious architecture, the lives of the ancient inhabitants, and Petra’s changing religious significance.

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On-Demand Film: Black Memorabilia

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020 - Thursday, Dec 31, 2020
12:00 pm PDT

Black Memorabilia explores the world of racist material, both antique and newly produced, that propagate demeaning representations of African Americans.

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Curatorial Activism in the Contemporary Art Landscape

Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020
4:30 pm PDT

In this dialogue, gallery directors Jessica Borusky and Rachel Schmid discuss curatorial practice in today’s world, from academic galleries to public institutions to artist-run spaces.

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Kindness and Aging (Common Ground Series) with Jane Callister and Dr. Lené Levy-Storms

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020
4:00 pm PDT

Artist Jane Callister and Dr. Lené Levy-Storms will discuss concepts of kindness and its implementation in our communal world.

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Can We Talk About This? On Diversity in Art Curation in this Cultural Moment with Demecina Beehn and Sheila Goloborotko

Thursday, Jul 16, 2020
4:00 pm PDT

A talk on diverse curating from the ground up and the push to make cultural institutions anti-racist.

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American Architecture Since the Revolution

Thursday, Jul 09, 2020
4:00 pm PDT

This image-based lecture will survey American architecture since 1775, focusing on the arc of modernism from colonialism to postmodernism.

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Can We Talk About This? On Antifascism and Art in this Cultural Moment with christy roberts berkowitz and Badly Licked Bear

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020
2:00 pm PDT

A conversation on mutual aid, antifascism, anarchism, the Jewish left, and incendiary art praxis.

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The Tentmakers of Cairo

Friday, Jun 19, 2020
4:00 pm PDT

The Tentmakers of Cairo brings together the stories of the tentmakers and their extraordinary tents around the world.

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Can We Talk About This? On Race and Art in this Cultural Moment with Cole James and Robin Holder

Thursday, Jun 11, 2020
4:00 pm PDT

We speak to artists about our current political climate– how it affects the arts and how the arts are working to shape it.

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Sak Yant: Sacred Tattoo Art

Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 pm PDT

This lecture will provide a basic understanding of Buddhism in Southeast Asia, and the role Sak Yant tattoos play in contemporary merit making in Thailand.

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Women Artists Throughout History

Thursday, May 14, 2020
7:00 pm PDT

This lecture will cover and discuss accomplished women artists throughout history and their influences on art and culture.

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Art in Santa Fe

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
4:00 pm PDT

Discover Santa Fe’s historic art districts. Learn how it developed into the creative hub it is today, and take a look at artwork by local artists.

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Wedding Customs of 15th Century Florence

Thursday, May 07, 2020
4:00 pm PDT

This talk discusses the development of wedding customs in 15th century Florence and the art associated with these ceremonies.

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Mummies and More–Discovering Ancient Egypt

Thursday, Apr 30, 2020
1:30 pm PDT

Explore the art and archaeology of Ancient Egypt while learning about pyramids, mummification, hieroglyphics, King Tut-Ankh-Amun, and more.

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Intro to Australian Art

Thursday, Apr 16, 2020
4:00 pm PDT

An introduction to five ideas that have shaped Australian art, from Indigenous cultures to colonial legacies and beyond.

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