I'll be moderating a panel discussion themed around a lot of the topics that 1.) brought me to the Bay Area in the first place, and 2.) I have been navigating the whole duration of my MFA program. Come out, you will be fed!
Merienda Moments: A Discussion on Academia, the White Box, and Community
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 12:10 PM - 01:00 PM
Location: Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts building
Phone: (415) 338-6535
“From then until now, through the practice of art, I became who I am”
Carlos Villa, (60 Forms of) ATANG
When I came to San Francisco State University in 2013, much like any other hopeful MFA student, I came in search for myself. I came in search for scholarship; Asian American history and Filipino Art history. I came in search for my place in the Fine Arts cannon. Most importantly, I came in search for community; a rooted community that could possibly foster my commitment to academia and art. Along the course of my program, I’ve engaged in all of these spheres, but still they seem to function separately. Now, as I am approaching the end of my MFA program, I am brought back to this search.
Carlos Villa, the most significant US-based visual artist of Filipino descent, seemed to have an answer to all of these questions. His legacy as an artist and educator did not only function within the realms of Fine Art and Academia, but also pushed the discourse and dialogue of these with the community at its center. It is because of his legacy that I came to San Francisco. As I reflect back on my MFA journey, I would like to reopen these questions.
How do we stimulate, reform and expand creative mindsets and artist paradigms that envision and develop art purpose for community and social change from inside?
Michael Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Though visual, his art revolves largely around language. Directly informed by research, material significance, and the format of jokes, his subject matter deals with sociopolitical circumstances where power relations are unbalanced. Michael has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Stanford University.
Santhi Kavuri-Bauer received her MA and PhD from UCLA. She is the author of Monumental Matters: The Power, Subjectivity and Space of India's Mughal Architecture (Duke UP, 2011). She has written essays on South Asian American photography and video. Her latest research focuses on the American encounter with South Asian Modernism. Kavuri-Bauer has received fellowships from the Getty Research Institute and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Her teaching and theoretical interests focus on psychoanalysis, postcolonial studies, and social space.
Dara Katrina Del Rosario focuses on creative arts engagement and inclusivity for communities who have historically been denied access to Western institutional art spaces. She was born in Manila, Philippines, but immigrated to Los Angeles, California at the age of 3. Del Rosario’s experience with diaspora and survival has greatly informed her work—inspiring her to research the collision of contemporary art with cross cultural exchange, epistemology, and identity formation.
In December 2015, she was the recipient of the Next Gen Arts Leadership Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. Del Rosario is currently based in the Bay Area and is an Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow.