• Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

  • Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique.

  • McFetridge is a artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, ‘an all round visual auteur’. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. 


Patssi Valdez

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Patssi Valdez ('85), recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Latina of Excellence Award, Flintridge fellowship, Durfee Foundation Grant, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship Grant, and an NEA in painting, has remained particularly active in the West Coast art scene.

Her work is a part of the traveling exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, curated by Cheech Marin, touring through 2008. Venues for that exhibition include the Smithsonian Institution, the De Young Fine Arts Museum (San Francisco), and LACMA.

Growing up in East Los Angeles, she became the only female among the seminal, four-member Chicano art group ASCO ("nausea" in Spanish). ASCO's members included the well-known photographer Harry Gamboa and artists Willie Herron and Gronk. ASCO expanded the definition of Chicano art beyond murals and posters by experimenting with a range of art forms, including street performance, photographic montage, pageantry, and conceptual art.

Valdez' work speaks volumes not just in her use of spectacular color, but by the intentional omissions in her paintings, such as a dressing table strewn with souvenirs (and just Valdez's mirrored reflection).

Says writer Rita Gonzalez, "It is everyday and domestic life, with its textures and subtly shifting ambiences that has continued as a constant in Valdez' work."

Valdez is represented by the Patricia Correia Gallery (Santa Monica) and Carlotta's Passion (Eagle Rock) and exhibited at the San Jose Art Museum. A traveling fifty-piece survey of her work took place at the Mexican Museum (San Francisco) and the Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach).

Since the mid-1990s, she has been an art consultant for such films as La Familia (1995) and Production Designer for Luminaries (1998). 


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