VALS: Cauleen Smith and Romi Crawford in Conversation

  • Cauleen Smith, I Appreciate You in Advance, 2018

2022 Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Presented by the Department of Art and LAXART

Cauleen Smith and Romi Crawford in Conversation

Thursday, January 20, 2022
4:30 p.m. PST

The Department of Art presents the Visiting Artist Lecture Series (VALS), presented by the UCI Department of Art, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts with Partners Rhizome and LAXART. The annual series, organized by graduate students in Art, invites artists, scholars, curators, critics, gallerists and writers to give public lectures and conduct studio visits with students relevant to graduate students' research and practice. The series is presented in a colloquium setting (this year via Zoom), where students engage in in-depth discussions with the visiting artists and scholars.

About the Artists

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Smith was raised in Sacramento, California and lives in Los Angeles. Smith is currently Art Program faculty at the California Institute of the Arts. 

Romi Crawford, Ph.D., is Chair and Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She regularly writes on contemporary art and is co-author of The Wall of Respect: Public Art and Black Liberation in 1960s Chicago and editor of Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect. In 2021 she initiated the Blacks Art Movement School Modality. 


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Image: Cauleen Smith, I Appreciate You in Advance, 2018. Banner: fiberglass screen, woven metallic polyesters, woven two-tone silk. Installation photograph, Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It, 2018. © Cauleen Smith, Photo: Constance Mensh for the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

This series is made in part thanks to support from UCI Claire Trevor School of the arts and UCI Illuminations.

VALS is presented with generous support from The Claire Trevor Society and CTSA Dean's Fund for Excellence.

Thursday Jan 20, 2022, 4:30 pm