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Special Lectures

Joyce Cutler-Shaw's Dialogues In Art & Architecture Series

Free Series


Wednesdays, April 25 & May 9, 2018

All lectures begin at 7:30PM


April 25 »  
The Aesthetics Of Resistance
Sally Yard, PhD, Professor of Art History, USD
Can Bilsel, PhD, Professor of Architecture and Art History, USD
Moderator » Robert Pincus


What will be the lasting images of the occupation of public spaces in cities as diverse as Cairo, Sana’a, New York, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, and San Diego? How will the democratic urban uprisings from Tahrir Square to the worldwide Women’s March of January 2017 be remembered? Is there a new aesthetics of resistance? How do the recent occupations of public spaces relate to contemporary artistic practices?


Reflecting on the Gezi Park protests of 2013 in Istanbul, Can Bilsel explores the emerging iconography of resistance in public spaces, often depicted as a lone, vulnerable figure in the public square. He will provide a series of readings of this iconography as seen through the intersecting discourses of secularism, body politic, transgender activism, and resistance to urban gentrification in Turkey. San Diego / Tijuana, where the Americas converge, has proved a fraught site of action and art. Sally Yard will consider projects that have been made in contested spaces of San Diego/Tijuana, from Chicano Park to the Border wall.


Sally Yard is professor of art history at the University of San Diego. Focusing on art since the Second World war, her research has reached from the emergence of Abstract Expressionism to the relationship of art and its publics, whether in the contentious terrain of San Diego/Tijuana or the reflective realm of a garden. Yard's publications focus on artists ranging from Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Willem de Kooning, Robert Smithson, and Robert Irwin. She was a member of the curatorial team for inSite97, 2000, and 2005, which commissioned temporary works for sites across San Diego/Tijuana.


Can Bilsel is an architect and scholar whose research bridges the fields of modern architecture, urbanism, museum displays and archaeological reconstructions with cultural theory, and postcolonial studies. He is the author of Antiquity on Display: Regimes of the Authentic in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum, published in 2012 by the Oxford University Press. Bilsel is currently co-editing, with Juliana Maxim, Architecture and the Housing Question (forthcoming from Routledge), a book that features the research of 15 authors from around the world. For nearly a decade Bilsel served as the Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture and Art History, and the founding Director Architecture Program at the University of San Diego where he is currently a professor of Architecture.


May 9 »                  

MEXUS: Cross-Border Citizens

Teddy Cruz, Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization, UCSD
Fonna Forman, Professor of Political Theory, UCSD


Is there a Cross-Border Citizen, whose idea of belonging is not defined by jurisdictional boundaries of the nation state but by the shared interests, norms and aspirations that define a region?  In this time of divisive political rhetoric, and obsession with borders, can we reconceive citizenship in cultural terms?  Cruz and Forman will discuss their inspirations for MEXUS, their installation for U.S. Pavillion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.


Teddy Cruz is a professor of Public Culture and Urbanization in the Department of Visual Arts at UCSD.  Fonna Forman is a professor of Political Theory and Founding Director of the Center on Global Justice at UCSD.  Together they are principles in Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, a research-based political and architectural practice investigating issues of informal urbanization, civic infrastructure and public culture, with a special emphasis on the border region. Blurring conventional boundaries between theory and practice, and transgressing the fields of architecture and urbanism, political theory and urban policy, visual arts and public culture, Cruz + Forman lead variety of urban research agendas and civic / public interventions in the San Diego-Tijuana border region and beyond.



Since 1991, Dialogues in Art and Architecture has been a program of free public talks on the experimental edge of new art—particularly across disciplines—and architecture, addressing architectural design, urban planning, public culture, our changing ecology, and the artist’s perspective on these issues, as models of possibilities for the San Diego environment. The series consists of lectures by outstanding professionals of national/international reputation with art critic Robert Pincus as moderator.


Previous participants have included architects Kisho Kurokawa, Raoul Bunschoten, and Julie Eizenberg; artists Allan Kaprow, Allan Sekula, and Martha Rosler; writers and social historians David Antin, Mike Davis, and Kevin Starr; and scientists such as Jonas Salk.


The programs are underwritten through the Joyce Cutler-Shaw Endowment Fund. 


Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037



Series tickets: free





Athenaeum Library Gala

The Fine Art Of Paper Flowers Artist’s Talk And Demo

Presented by Tiffanie Turner


Friday, May 4, 2018

All lectures begin at 7:30PM


The Athenaeum is honored to present renowned San Francisco–based botanical artist Tiffanie Turner for a talk and demonstration event on Friday evening, May 4. Guests will enjoy a lively presentation on the decisions involved in creating her book, The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, and will share her process in making her large-scale paper botanical sculptures, which are shown in museums and galleries across the US and abroad. Tiffanie will also demonstrate how to make a paper daffodil and sign books at the end of the event.


Look for her two Spring Workshops the following day, May 5: JAPANESE FORM PEONIES and MAGNOLIA LEAVES AND LEAF BASICS, taking place 9:30 AM–1:30 PM and 2:30–5:30 PM, respectively, at the AAC in Logan Heights. The Fine Art of Paper Flowers will be available for sale at the lecture on May 4.


Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037


Individual tickets: $10 members / $15 nonmembers



Online tickets are subject to ticketing fees.