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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.

Our next event

Conversations in Contemporary Art has wrapped for the 2023-24 season. We will return in Fall of 2024 with more fascinating guests. In the meantime, we invite you to delve into our archive, which spans a decade of past events, offering a wealth of insights and discussions.

Video Archive

2023-24 Schedule

September 29, 2023: Swapnaa Tamhane, Santiago Tavera and Laura Acosta with Aaron McIntosh

November 3, 2023: Anders Herwald Ruhwald

November 10, 2023: Surabhi Ghosh, kg, Amélie Bélanger, Juan Ortiz-Apuy with Mark Lanctôt

November 17, 2023: Diyar Mayil with Abbas Akhavan 

February 16, 2024: Eddy Firmin in conversation with Vanessa-Flore Firmin

March 8, 2024: Margaret Dragu

March 22, 2024: Lorna Bauer and Mia Donovan

April 5, 2024: Ingrid Bachmann

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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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