Santa Monica College launches its Spring 2015 Art Lecture Series today, a selection of eclectic lectures and presentations exploring the many facets of art in its various manifestations.
The series opens today, Feb. 26, with “Notes on Failure,” a presentation by visual and performing artist Tameka Norris.
All Art Lecture Series lectures, talks, and presentations are FREE and are held on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Seating is on a first-arrival basis.
Norris is an SMC alumna who has exhibited in a wide range of museums and galleries – including the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (New York) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) – and was listed in 2013 as one of the “24 Artists to Watch” by Modern Painters magazine.
She will present her distinct perspective on failure, highlighting her trajectory from her first semester at SMC to the present, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 2:30 p.m., in Art Lecture Hall 214. This lecture is also one of SMC’s Black History Month events.
The remaining Art Lecture Series lineup for the season is:
• Thursday, April 9: Courtney Mattison: “Connecting Art & Science” at 11:15 a.m. in History & Social Science Lecture Hall 165. Mattison is an Ocean Artivist (artist-activist) whose large-scale ceramic coral reef installations have been exhibited at science and art venues that include the headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (Washington, DC), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (Washington, DC), and the Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY). She will discuss the interrelationships of art and science.
• Tuesday, May 7: Nick Demopoulos: “Science/Music/Art” at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165. Demopoulos is a musician and music technologist who creates instruments/interfaces that emit sound and light and add a strong visual component to his performances. He will discuss the relationships and influences that Science, Music and Art have had on his performance career, and share some of the innovations and inventions that he has produced along the way.
The Art Lecture Series is sponsored by the SMC Art Department and the SMC Associates (www.smc.edu/associates) – a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on the Santa Monica College campus – with additional support for the Mattison talk from the SMC Earth Science Department.
For more information, call 310.434.8266.