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Conversations in Contemporary Art

Lecture series

Conversations in Contemporary Art (CICA) is a visiting artist lecture series and graduate-level course where artists, designers, critics, writers, educators, and curators share their practice(s) and perspectives. CICA talks are free and open to the general public.

The lectures are held in English and generally recorded for our Youtube channel.

Our next speaker

“Don’t You Like the Green of A?”, Nelson Henricks, 2022. Photo: Jon Yu.


A presentation by Nelson Henricks traces the process of Nelson Henricks current show at the MAC from inception to production, articulated through some key works from Nelson’s back catalog, followed by a conversation with MAC curator Mark Lanctôt that will pursue some art-historical backstreets.

About this event

Upcoming schedule



Please contact maya rae oppenheimer, CiCA convenor and Assistant Professor, Department of Studio Arts + Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts.

Grants and projects

During the pandemic, we invited students to think about "radical hospitality". What is hospitality in a period of emergencies, and how can such a frame be explored by an art school tied to a university? Placing the adjective ‘radical’ before ‘hospitality’ introduced what seemed to be the right amount of emotional and intellectual tension to structure a critical series of engagements between cultural workers and their community.

The result was our CiCA in Your Studio series on Instagram, a video collection where MFA students shared their workspaces and pandemic lives.

See the recipients' work
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