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Saturday, February 3, 2024, 2pm-3pm:closing poster image

Closing performance of "a practice for a home without a ceiling" by Jun!yi Min








Saturday, February 3, 2024, 3pm:tour poster image

Artist-led tour of the exhibition








Thursday, January 11, 2024, 6-8 pm: opening poster image

NOT NOW BUT NOW Opening Celebration

Featuring a performance of "a practice for a home without a ceiling" by Jun!yi Min at 7:30pm. For this piece, Min recants childhood memories that revolve around an intimate relationship with a piece of clothing in a house of domestic tension, care, play, and loss. Audience members are expected to shift throughout the performance, from viewer to participant, stationary to moving. There will be mentions of death and parental disciplinary actions.



Fall 2023

PCA23_detail2.pngMonthly Lunchtime Curator-Led Tours & Exchange Days for Pia Camil’s A Pot for a Latch

Thursday, October 26, 12:30–1:30 pm

Thursday, November 16, 12:30–1:30 pm

Thursday, December 7, 12:30–1:30 pm

Mandeville Art Gallery

On the designated days listed above, curator Dr. Ceci Moss leads a free tour of the exhibition How We Gather followed by an invitation to exchange objects via Pia Camil’s A Pot for a Latch. Visitors are asked to bring items with personal value and history to trade.

Note: Prohibited exchange items include but are not limited to electronics, items over twenty pounds, objects less than six inches in diameter, food or other perishables, and any hazardous materials. Encouraged items include but are not limited to artworks, colorful domestic objects, photographs, clothing, and personal trinkets. Objects accepted for exchange will not be returned to the submitting party.

Kimi-Hanauer_Workshop.jpgScaffolding Autonomies: Scores for Daily Rehearsal

Online Workshop led by Kimi Hanauer of the Center for Liberatory Practice and Poetry

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, 2–4 pm ONLINE

Participants chronicle and rehearse practices for collective care and solidarity that emerge from everyday encounters. Through an exploration of artworks, poetry, theory, and political projects, they create a shared collection of scores for daily rehearsal that move us toward a horizon of autonomy and collective self-determination. Grounded in the framework of mutual aid, this workshop explores practices of collective care that sustain social movements and encourage daily bodily motion, experience, and presence.

Image Credit:  Kimi Hanauer, Scaffolding Autonomies: Scores for Daily Rehearsal (Excerpt), 2023

20231128_noeolivas_900x600.jpgArtist Talk by noé olivas

Tuesday, November 28th, 6:30pm

Location: SME (Structural & Materials Engineering Building) 149

Organized as part of the Department of Visual Arts’ Guest Lecture Series



Touch-Praxis.jpegTouch Praxis

Workshop led by Nina Sarnelle and Selwa Sweidan

Saturday, November 11, 2–4 pm

Mandeville Art Gallery

Collaborators Nina Sarnelle and Selwa Sweidan lead this workshop exploring touch as a time-based medium and a system of co-creating knowledge. Participants will be led through somatic exercises, and have the option to engage in solo or small-group touch experiments. No previous experience required.

Image: Nina Sarnelle and Selwa Sweidan, Touch Praxis Workshop, Documentation. Photo credit: Don Edler


A woven word web of our own / AWWWOOO

Workshop by Alice Yuan Zhang

Saturday, October 21, 2023, 2–4 pm

Mandeville Art Gallery

How might it feel to be in a digital network together, but outside the fraught domains of Big Tech? What stories would we tell one another if we could store them on our own terms? This workshop explores the intimate canvas of a local network through a joint exercise in creative writing and server hosting. Learn to make a web page, use the terminal, write with others, and weave a networked narrative. Participants will become familiar with the basic components of networking by making and feeling a web that is literally there in the room. It’s an accessible and intimate approach that aspires to open up critical questions regarding data governance, decentralization, digital commons, safety, and energy use, and empower participants to experiment with further acts of digital solidarity.

Participants are invited to bring their own laptops. No prior coding experience is necessary.

Image Credit: Alice Yuan Zhang, AWWWOOO Flyer, 2023


And will be again… Roundtable Conversation

Saturday, October 14, 2023, 2–4 pm

Mandeville Art Gallery

Led by exhibiting artists Cog•nate Collective with Dr. Wayne Yang (UC San Diego professor and John Muir College provost) and Dina Gilio Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes descendant, scholar, educator, journalist and author in American Indian studies), this program expands on the underlying themes/aims of the artists’ new commission for the exterior screen of the Mandeville Art Gallery “And will be again…”.

Following a screening of Cog•nate Collective video work "Circumlocution: Border / Circunlocución: Frontera”, the conversation will address polemics and debates in relation to constructions of indigeneity, translation, and what it means to be accomplices in materializing visions of indigenous futurity – all while living in the shadow of the U.S./Mexico border. Inspired by Dr. Wayne Yang and Dr. Eve Tuck’s celebrated essay “Decolonization is not a metaphor,” this event will reflect on what solidarity with decolonial projects might look like in the local San Diego/Tijuana region.

Image Credit: Cog•nate Collective, Circumlocution: Border / Circunlocución: Frontera, 2021


How We Gather

Opening Party Saturday October 7th, 2-6pm, Free

Featuring a new commission by Elana Mann and Sharon Chohi Kim, performed by the San Diego New Verbal Workshop at 4pm.

Taco catering 2-4pm, open bar 2-6pm. Park at Scholars Parking Lot.

The group exhibition How We Gather investigates the notion and enactment of solidarity across various contemporary artists’ practices through the lens of the pandemic.

Participating Artists:

Zarouhie Abdalian, Adelita Husni-Bey, Pia Camil, Cog•nate Collective, Kimi Hanauer, Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard, Elana Mann, noé olivas, Nina Sarnelle and Selwa Sweidan, Alice Yuan Zhang

Spring 2023


Figure/Ground: Daumier's Refugees

Lecture by Assistant Professor Jordan Rose

Friday June 2, 6:30 p.m.
Mandeville 103

The period between the French Revolution of 1789 and the Paris Commune of 1871 has been dubbed “the century of exiles.” To many, this identification will sound odd, even misleading. It subordinates magnitude (the 1930s and ‘40s, the first decades of the 21st century) to scale. All the same, there is merit to the claim and its evident hyperbole. Revolution, urbanization, enclosure, industrialization, the first victories of Capital, and the consolidation of empire—these motors of displacement drove the 19th century’s most characteristic developments. Together, they transformed migration (forced or voluntary) into a mass phenomenon.

This talk, about the depiction of refugees in 19th-century Europe, introduces a project still in its infancy. Its argument is straightforward: we have much to learn from the paintings, sculptures, and prints that emerged in response to the new situation and experience. Here, Assistant Professor Jordan Rose will focus on a series of paintings and relief sculptures produced by Honoré Daumier in the years after the Revolution of 1848. These are special artworks—not only for their distinctive intensities and repetitions, but also because of the materials and techniques deployed in their making.

Jordan Rose is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Visual Arts. Before joining the faculty at UCSD in 2016, he taught at the University of Vermont and UC Berkeley. His first book, "The Revolution Takes Form: Art and the Barricade in Nineteenth-Century France," will appear in Penn State University Press's spring 2024 catalogue.

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition ARE WE NOT DRAWN ONWARD TO NEW ERA.

Image: Honoré Daumier, Les Fugitifs, 1848/49


The Life Story of Meghan Markle

Performance by Associate Professor Malik Gaines

Thursday June 1, 6:30pm
Mandeville Art Gallery
Free, Please RSVP

The Life Story of Meghan Markle is not a biography, but rather a reflection, through sound and speech, on popular incongruities, mixed approaches to elite legacies, suspicious desires, and the difficulty of appearing. Gaines’ short performance in the Mandeville Art Gallery and its vicinity takes strands of what’s present and combines them with speculations about elsewhere.  

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition ARE WE NOT DRAWN ONWARD TO NEW ERA.
Image: Malik Gaines in My Barbarian's "Post-Party Dream-State Caucus," New Museum, New York, 2016 

Mandeville_ExhibitionPost.jpgGrand Opening

March 4, 2-6pm PST
Mandeville Art Gallery

The first UC San Diego Visual Arts faculty show organized since 2015, ARE WE NOT DRAWN ONWARD TO NEW ERA presents work by new faculty who have joined the department over the past eight years. The exhibition marks the grand reopening of the Mandeville Art Gallery after a period of closure for extensive renovation.

Participating Artists:

Memo Akten, Danielle Dean, dean erdmann, Malik Gaines, Mariah Garnett, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Lorena Mostajo, My Barbarian, Alexandro Segade, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Pinar Yoldas

Coinciding with the Graduate Open Studios at the Visual Arts Facility. Open Studios will feature over 30 MFA & PhD artists' open studios, exhibitions, screenings, and publications produced in the Department of Visual Arts.