Past Events

Bodies at the Borders Symposium, organized by Carlos Motta and Rachel Nelson, January 24-25 Carlos Motta, We Got Each Other’s Back—Chapter 1: Narrative Shifter: A Portrait of Julio Salgado, on view as part of Soft Power at SFMOMA through February 17, 2020.
Bodies at the Borders Symposium, organized by Carlos Motta and Rachel Nelson, January 24-25

Bodies at the Borders is a two-day symposium addressing issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, and race as they intersect with the geopolitics of borders. The symposium will take place at SFMOMA and University of California, Santa Cruz, January 24-25, 2020.

Traction: Art Talk with Pablo Helguera, January 16 Pablo Helguera, pictured in the Librería Donceles installation. Image by Tim Trumble.
Traction: Art Talk with Pablo Helguera, January 16

Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance.

Traction: Art Talk with Slavs and Tatars, January 9 Alphabet Abdal, 2015, woolen yarn, 190 × 495 cm. Installation view at Albertinum, Dresden, 2018. Photo Klemens Renner
Traction: Art Talk with Slavs and Tatars, January 9

Slavs and Tatars is an internationally-renowned art collective devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. 

Leonardo Art & Science Rendezvous (LASER), December 3 Gerald Casel, Cover Your Mouth When You Smile. Photo credit: Robbie Sweeny
Leonardo Art & Science Rendezvous (LASER), December 3

Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is an international program bringing together artists, scientists, and scholars for presentations and conversations. LASER Talks are a program of the Leonardo International Society for Art, Science, and Technology (ISAST). 

Refract Symposium: Questions of Translation, November 19 Refract Logo
Refract Symposium: Questions of Translation, November 19

Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal, with support from the Institute of Arts and Sciences, presents "Questions of Translation," a one-night symposium celebrating the publication of the journal’s second issue, "Translation." 

San Francisco Field Trip for UC Santa Cruz Students, November 15 Tickets to SFMOMA
San Francisco Field Trip for UC Santa Cruz Students, November 15

The Fall field trip is full! Check back for our Winter and Spring trips.

Traction: Art Talk with jackie sumell, November 5 jackie sumell, Solitary Gardens, 2018
Traction: Art Talk with jackie sumell, November 5

Join the Institute of the Arts and Sciences for Traction: Art Talk with jackie sumell on November 5, 7-9 p.m. jackie sumell is a multidisciplinary artist and activist whose powerful and poignant socially-engaged art project, Solitary Garden, will be on view at UC Santa Cruz November 5, 2019- December 6, 2020.

Opening Reception: Solitary Garden, November 5 jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, Installation view, Newcomb College, 2019
Opening Reception: Solitary Garden, November 5

The Institute of the Arts is Sciences is proud to present the participatory public sculpture and garden project Solitary Garden, by jackie sumell, November 5, 2019- December 6, 2020. 

Traction: Art Talk with Sadie Barnette, October 29 Sadie Barnette
Traction: Art Talk with Sadie Barnette, October 29

Whether in the form of drawing, photography or large-scale installation, Sadie Barnette’s acclaimed artworks relish in the transcendence of the mundane to the imaginative.

Speculative Futures of the Black Diaspora, May 28 Larry Achiampong, Relic 1, 2017
Speculative Futures of the Black Diaspora, May 28

Join us for an evening of short films by artists from across the African diaspora that engage the tropes of science fiction or magical realism to interrogate the past and imagine alternative futures. The screening will start at 7 p.m.