Welcome to Fall 2017


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I am deeply honored to be serving as the incoming Director of the Arts Research Center; as a long-time faculty affiliate and former Interim Director, I have personally witnessed how ARC’s varied activities stimulate conversation and collegiality across campus and beyond.

For the upcoming year, I want to emphasize the word research, and have programmed a series of events that focus on how arts research is pursued via multiple, often experimental formats. How does artistic practice itself function as a mode of research? How do curators grapple with history and make it legible through visual arguments? How does hands-on making, or dancing, or poetry writing, create new kinds of bodily archives? And how does academic scholarship on the arts account for alternative, frequently politically urgent methods of inquiry?

Throughout its talks and workshops in 2017-18, ARC will be bringing together students, scholars, curators, and artists to engage with these questions—I look forward to seeing you there!


Julia Bryan-Wilson
Director, Arts Research Center
Professor, History of Art


Upcoming Event: The Aerial View in Motion


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Monday, December 4, at 6:30pm
Artist Talk with Art + Science Artists-in-Residence
As part of Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA

The recent surge of aerial imaging technologies such as satellites and drones has prompted scholarly discussions on what has come to emerge as a new visual paradigm. Approaching this subject from the perspective of contemporary art, this project brings into question the entangled histories of the moving image and spatial expression, while addressing the imaginative and emotional capacities increasingly colonized by remote sensing aerial imaging technologies.

To learn more, click here.

Upcoming Event: Day With(out) Art




Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 pm
Public screening co-presented with the
California College of the Arts
Nahl Hall, 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Alternative Endings, Radical Beginnings is the 28th annual iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With(out) Art project. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell. Join the Arts Research Center and the California College of the Arts on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm for this free public screening!

To learn more, click here.

Now Online: In Terms of Performance, a keywords anthology for contemporary cultural practice


In Terms of Performance is a keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery and generate shared literacies across disciplines. It features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in contemporary cultural practice. The publication is produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center and is co-edited by Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center, and Paula Marincola, executive director of the Pew Center. To read the free publication online, please see here.