Past Events

Beginning Saturday, January 20, the first anniversary of the Trump administration, the Institute of the Arts and Sciences and the Digital Art/New Media MFA program will present a live stream of TRUTH BE TOLD in the foyer of the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) at UC Santa Cruz.

Join independent curator and writer Mark Nash and Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture Jennifer González for a conversation about approaches to curatorial practice. 

12:15- 1:45 pm, Wedensday, November 29
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 206

Filmmaker and video installation artist Isaac Julien first gained international attention in the 1980s for his provocative feature films, documentaries and experimental video works exploring black and gay identities.

On November 27-28, the IAS will present a marathon film screening of Black British filmmaker Isaac Julien's extensive body of works culminating in the screening of the newly released remastered and extended Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask. Immediately following the screening on Tuesday, November 29, Isaac Julien will be in conversa



Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is an international program of evening gatherings that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations.


We invite UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty to join us for a field trip to San Francisco area museums October 27, 2017. Meet others in the university community interested in art, and visit SFMOMA and Yerba Buena, two of the leading institutions of modern and contemporary art in San Francisco.

Collective Museum Image Credit: Nolan Calisch

Drop in at the Arboretum on Saturday, October 21, between 2–5 pm, for tours of the innovative exhibitions curated by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

A discussion between T.J. Demos, Anna Tsing, and Jennifer González to launch Demos' new book: Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today will take place October 17, 7-9 pm, in Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108. 

Tania Bruguera, 'Tatlin's Whisper #6 (Havana Version)', 2009

On October 3, UC Santa Cruz's Institute of the Arts and Sciences will launch a new artist lecture series, TRACTION: Art Talks, with a lecture by award winning Cuban artist, Tania Bruguera. The talk will be followed by a discussion moderated by Jennifer A. González, professor of the History of Art and Visual Culture.

Liz Linden, heteronyms (Spiritual America), 2016. Diptych, archival inkjet prints on paper

Conventional art pedagogies have long been subject to critical intervention by artists and academics seeking to question the canon and broaden the focus of art's histories and practices. Propagate will convene a small working group of artists, critics and scholars to take up questions of critical pedagogy both inside and outside the uni