Amie Siegel, Double Negative, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist & Simon Preston Gallery, NY.

Visiting Artists Lecture Series
Past Lectures

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7:30pm

Andrea Fraser

In 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics Andrea Fraser, artist, Chair and Professor at the UCLA Department of Art, examines the intersection of electoral politics and private-nonprofit art institutions in the United States at a pivotal historical moment.

In a massive volume that is both institutional critique and reference work, the artist Andrea Fraser documents the reported political contributions made by trustees of more than 100 art museums, representing every state in the nation, in the 2016 election cycle.  With campaigning that featured attacks on vulnerable populations, the vilification of the media and “cultural elites,” and calls to curtail civil rights and liberties, the 2016 election cycle transformed national politics. It was also the most expensive election in American history, with over $6.4 billion raised for presidential and congressional races combined. More than half of this money came from just a few hundred people—many of whom also support cultural institutions and serve on their boards.

Organized like a telephone book, the contribution data is laid out in dense, color-coded tables alphabetically by name of donor. With this data filling approximately 1,000 pages, the book offers a material representation of the interface between cultural philanthropy and campaign finance in America. It also provides an unparalleled resource for exploring the politics of the museum world.


Cameron Rowland, 91020000, Artists Space, New York, 2016. Installation view. Photo courtesy of the artist. .
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:30pm

Cameron Rowland

Cameron Rowland was born in 1988 in Philadelphia and received a BA from Wesleyan University, Connecticut. Rowland has had solo exhibitions at Etablissement d’en Face, Brussels; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne; Artists Space, New York; Fri-Art Kunsthalle, Fribourg; and ESSEX STREET, New York. Rowland has participated in group exhibitions at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MoMA, New York; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; PS1, New York; and Okayama Art Summit, Okayama. Rowland now lives and works in Queens, New York.


Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Saydnaya (ray traces), 2017.
Courtesy of the artist and Maureen Paley. London.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:30pm

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Lawrence Abu Hamdan's interest in sound and its intersection with politics originates from his background as a musician and facilitator of DIY music. Currently on view at the Hammer, his work has been shown at Kunsthalle St Gallen, Switzerland; the Showroom, London; and Casco, Utrecht, the Netherlands, and is part of the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim, New York; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Tate, London


Rodrigo Valenzuela, Hedonic Reversal #3, 2015.
Courtesy the artist.
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:30pm

Rodrigo Valenzuela

Rodrigo Valenzuela constructs narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna; Ulrich Museum, Kansas; University of Memphis Museum; Klowdenmann Gallery, Los Angeles; and Frye Art Museum, Seattle.  Recent residencies include Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; MacDowell Colony, NH; and Light Work, Syracuse. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Valenzuela lives and works in Los Angeles, and is assistant professor in the UCLA Department of Art.

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Michael Smith, Sears Class Portraits (1999-ongoing).
Courtesy the artist.
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:30pm

Michael Smith

Michael Smith, who began his career as an abstract painter, now performs and makes videos, sculpture, drawings, multimedia installations, and puppet shows. His work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and New Museum, New York; Glasgow International; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Mumok, Vienna; Blanton Museum, Austin; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. His works are in the permanent collections of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MoMA, New York; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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Roger Herman. Photo: Joshua White.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:30pm

Roger Herman

Roger Herman is professor of painting and drawing in the UCLA Department of Art. His paintings, large-scale woodcuts, and ceramics have exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include shows at Lefebvre et Fils, Paris; Richard Telles, Los Angeles; Carpenters Workshop, London; and ACME, Los Angeles. His work is included in many private and public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Amie Siegel, Double Negative, 2015, two synchronized 16mm films, HD color video. Image courtesy of the artist &
Simon Preston Gallery, New York.
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:30pm

Amie Siegel

American artist Amie Siegel’s work moves between film, video, photography, performance and installation. Siegel’s layered, meticulously constructed works trace and perform the undercurrents of systems of value, cultural ownership and image-making. Recent solo exhibitions include Double Negative, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; Ricochet, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Provenance, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and MAK, Vienna; Imitation of Life, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and The Architects, Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; MAXXI Museum, Rome; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Walker Art Center, MN; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; Swiss Institute, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara; MoMA/PS1, Queens, and the Hayward Gallery, London. Her films have been shown widely including at the Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, MoMA, New York and The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Siegel has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm, the Guggenheim Foundation, a recipient of the 2010 ICA Boston’s Foster Prize, a 2012 Sundance Institute award and 2014 Berlin Film Festival award as well as a 2015 Creative Capital Grantee. She lives and works in New York City.

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May 12, 2016: Rodney McMillian
February 4, 2016: Ben Davis - View video
November 12, 2015: Jennifer Pastor - View video


May 21, 2015: Russell Ferguson - View video
April 9, 2015: Charles Gaines - View video
February 25, 2015: Nancy Rubins - View video
October 30, 2014: James Benning - View video


May 22, 2014: David Wilson - View video
February 27, 2014: Betye Saar - View video
November 6, 2013: Lari Pittman - View video


May 9, 2013: Matt Mullican (Art Council Chair)
April 30, 2013: Jane & Louise Wilson
April 11, 2013: Dara Friedman
February 7, 2013: Thomas Lawson
January 31, 2013: Alan Sonfist
January 24, 2013: Catherine Opie - View video
December 13, 2012: Meg Cranston
November 15, 2012: Jim Drain
October 10, 2012: Pae White


May 17, 2012: Adrian Saxe - View video
April 26, 2012: Allen Ruppersberg - View video
February 29, 2012: Evan Holloway
February 2, 2012: Mari Eastman - View video
January 12, 2012: Jeff Wall - View video
November 9, 2011: Sue Williams - View video
October 6, 2011: Mark Leckey - View video


May 26, 2011: Silke Otto-Knapp - View video
May 5, 2011: Charline von Heyl - View video
February 3, 2011: Laura Owens - View video
January 20, 2011: James Welling - View video
October 27, 2010: Dan Graham
October 14, 2010: Walead Beshty - View video
September 30, 2010: Yoshua Okón - View video


May 27, 2010: Anthony Hernandez (Art Council Chair) - View video
May 6, 2010: Jim Goldberg
April 21, 2010: Stan Douglas
February 25, 2010: Mary Kelly - View video
February 4, 2010: Josiah McElheny
November 12, 2009: John Knight
November 5, 2009: Lauren Bon
October 22, 2009: Marilyn Minter - View video


May 14, 2009: Runa Islam (Art Council Chair) - View video
February 19, 2009: Catherine Sullivan - View video
November 13, 2008: Amy Sillman
November 5, 2008: Rachel Whiteread


May 8, 2008: Andrea Fraser
May 1, 2008: Gregory Crewdson
March 13, 2008: Wangechi Mutu
January 17, 2008: Roy Arden
November 29, 2007: Glenn Ligon
October 25, 2007: Sam Durant

This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the William D. Feldman Family Endowed Art Lecture Fund and is hosted by the Hammer Museum.

For more information, please contact the UCLA Department of Art at (310) 825-0557.

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