Traction Art Talks

rafael esparza (left) and Cassils (right)

Cassils and rafa esparza are both internationally renowned performance and visual artists. They join us to discuss both their individual art practices and their large-scale socially engaged collaboration: In Plain Sight, 2020.

Delilah Montoya and portrait of Jackie Chavez

For artist Delilah Montoya, transforming the past is a communal act in which revered symbols and their mystical and spiritual qualities are reborn in photographic representation. Montoya's image-making quest is about the discovery and articulation of Chicano culture, as well as the icons which elucidate the dense history of New Mexico.

Sharon Hayes engages multiple mediums–video, performance, and installation–in ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech.

Ken Gonzales-Day's interdisciplinary and conceptually grounded projects consider the history of photography, the construction of race, and the limits of representational systems ranging from the lynching photograph to museum display. For Traction: Art Talk, Gonzales-Day will be joined in conversation by Professor Karolina Karlic.

Abolition Then & Now with historian and cultural theorist Robin D. G. Kelley and artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, co-presented with McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, is the next event in Visualizing Abolition.

Walid Raad, Appendix 153, 2018 ©Walid Raad

Walid Raad is an internationally renowned contemporary media artist.

Pablo Helguera, pictured in the Librería Donceles installation. Image by Tim Trumble.

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

Alphabet Abdal, 2015, woolen yarn, 190 × 495 cm. Installation view at Albertinum, Dresden, 2018. Photo Klemens Renner

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. 

jackie sumell, Solitary Gardens, 2018

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.

Sadie Barnette

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.