Functional Diversity & Art: A Creativity Engagement is a creative engagement series offered to the campus community and wider public during 2017-18. The Fall 2017/Winter 2018 series includes presentations and lectures and first year seminars that asks students to create responses in various media to these visiting artists and critics.
Contemporary artists are actively exploring questions about bodies, ability, perception, and normativity – producing work of all genres and media that diversifies the expression of human experience. This work allows for inventive forms of access and inclusion while also illuminating our existing systems of exclusion. The parallel field of critical disability studies offers a productive powerful site that intersects issues of race, gender, sexuality and technology.
Major Funding: Office of Student Affairs Diversity & Inclusion Grant, Department of Art Studio, Department of Cinema and Digital Media
CoSponsors: American Studies, Art History, Center for Mind & Brain, Davis Humanities Institute, Design, Music, Performance Studies, SickSpits Spoken Word Collective
Public lectures are at 4:30 PM and are free and open to the public.
Lectures will be held primarily in the Art Annex, Room 107, UC Davis, unless otherwise noted.
Artist Katherine Sherwood is the inaugural presenter in Functional Diversity & Art: A Creativity Engagement, a new visiting artist series that uses contemporary art practice to explore the concepts of disability, varying abilities and how diverse subjectivities are expressed through creative means.
The first presentation is set for Thursday, Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. in Wright Hall, Lab A.
This creative engagement series will be offered to the campus community and wider public during AY 2017-18. The series will include presentations and lectures, Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 first year seminars, and a culminating exhibition of student artworks created in responses to the work of these visiting artists.
Amanda Cachia is an art historian, curator and critic whose research focuses on modern and contemporary art, disability studies, performance, choreography, politics, activist art, and feminist and queer theory. She was a Yale University Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellow and was the recipient of the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies. She was director of the Dunlop Art Gallery in Saskatchewan, Canada, and has curated 40 exhibitions.
Christine Sun Kim uses sound in performance and drawing to investigate her relationship with spoken languages and the aural environment. She has been part of exhibitions and performances at White Space, Beijing; Carroll/Fletcher, London; De Appel, Amsterdam; nyMusikk, Oslo; Sound Live Tokyo, Tokyo; the Berlin Biennale; Shanghai Biennale; and the Museum of Modern Art/PS1.
WHEN: Thu., Feb. 1 @ 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Manetti Shrem Museum, Community Education Room