Lectures and Other Public Programs at the Art Center

In-person and virtual events

Upcoming programs

Virtual Friday Night at the Art Center

Creative Attention Virtual Opening Reception—Friday, January 28, 6:15-8 p.m., FREE 
We’re moving our opening celebration of Creative Attention online, and promise to retain all of the fun and community in a virtual context. Join us for this free special celebration of the exhibition, featuring a virtual walkthrough, a chance to meet and hear from artists in the show, participate in hands-on art activities, and more! A schedule of activities for the event will be released soon! 

Register today for this free special event.

For more information on Creative Attention, see our Upcoming Exhibitions page. 

Creative Attention Virtual Members’ Preview—Friday, January 28, 5-6 p.m., FREE—Members only
Join us for an exclusive preview of the Creative Attention exhibition, featuring a chance to meet the curator Ann Trinca and to participate in flash talks by Creative Attention artists. Stay for the public opening to meet more of the artists and learn more about the exhibition.

This event is limited to Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Members. Become a member today and register for this exclusive event

Virtual Wellness Programs—every Thursday from January 27-June 30, noon, FREE 
Join the Palo Alto Art Center for weekly virtual meditations with stress management consultant Julie Forbes, Ph.D. on Thursdays at noon, January 27-June 30. This series is presented in conjunction with Creative Attention: Art and Community Restoration. Register today for free. 

The series will kick off on January 27 with Breathing for Well-being. Sessions will continue with Mindfulness Meditation the first Thursday of each month; Mindful Body Scan Meditation the second Thursday of each month; Loving Kindness Meditation the third Thursday of each month; Guided Visualization Meditation the fourth Thursday of each month; and Mindful Progressive Muscle Relaxation the fifth Thursday of the month.

Creative Attention Virtual Artist Residency Conversation with Christine Wong Yap and Marcel Pardo Ariza — Friday, March 4, 5 p.m., FREE
Join our Creative Attention artist residents for a virtual presentation about their work and their residencies in conjunction with Creative Attention.

Register today for this free online event.

Creative Attention Community Day Celebration — Sunday, April 10, noon-4 p.m., in-person, FREE
This Community Day Celebration will feature hands-on art activities, a sound bathing activity with Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, and a special drag queen performance led by Grace Towers. Bring your worn clothing and repair it in a special workshop with The Mending Collective, a collective of artists who wish to create a space for people to come together to learn and practice visual mending techniques. 

Register today for this free special event. 

Past programs

Virtual Special Event Featuring The Art of Disability Culture Artist Sky Cubacub —  Friday, December 3, 1 p.m. 
The Palo Alto Art Center, the Museum of Craft and Design, and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability present Cripping Your Fashion, an exciting virtual MakeArt Lab collaboration, in conjunction with The Art of Disability Culture and Mode Brut exhibitions. Join us for this free DIY, personalized garment alteration workshop facilitated by Rebirth Garments founder Sky Cubacub (They/Them/Xe/Xem/Xyr), utilizing items found in your own closet! The event will be held in Zoom meeting format so participants can interact with the artist and each other. ASL, live captioning, and audio description will be provided. 

The Art of Disability Culture Hybrid Community Day Celebration — Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, noon-4 p.m. — Watch the recordings
Learn more about The Art of Disability Culture exhibition in this unique hybrid onsite and online community day celebration. Experience an exhibition walkthrough with the curator, art activities, and performances by Northern California’s only stuttering female comedian Nina G, artist Maia Scott, and Bay Area native, African, Indigenous, Deaf, Disabled, Producer, Choreographer, Actor and Dancer Antoine Hunter.

The Art of Disability Culture Hybrid Friday Night at the Art Center opening reception — Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, 6-8 p.m. — Watch the recordings
Join us onsite or virtually for this unique hybrid and accessible celebration of The Art of Disability Culture. This event will feature in-person and virtual exhibition walkthroughs, a chance to hear from exhibiting artists, hands-on art activities, a spoken word performance by award-winning author Joy Elan, and a specialty cocktail (Reasonable Accommodation) and bar provided by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation.

Black American Art History: People, Places, and Things — Fridays, June 11, July 9, and August 13 at 5:00 p.m. — Watch the recordings 
In these free virtual Friday evening presentations, The Black Index exhibition curator Bridget R. Cooks will offer a thematic overview of art by Black American artists from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Discover new favorite artists, styles, and stories in these engaging sessions.

Black Creativity and Mentorship: A Conversation Between Diana Pumpelly Bates and Titus Kaphar — Friday, July 16, noon 
Join acclaimed San Jose artist Diana Pumpelly Bates and internationally recognized artist Titus Kaphar for a conversation about Black creativity, artistic inspiration, and the importance of mentorship. This conversation will be moderated by The Black Index exhibition curator Bridget R. Cooks. Co-sponsored by the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco. 

The Black Index Publication Launch — Friday, June 18, noon — Watch the recording
Join the Palo Alto Art Center and Hunter College Art Galleries for a virtual book launch celebrating The Black Index, co-published by the Hunter College Art Galleries and Hirmer Verlag. This free event will feature a conversation with the publication editors, Bridget R. Cooks, curator of The Black Index and Sarah Watson, Chief Curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries with appearances by catalogue contributors Re'al Christian, CalvinJohn Smiley, Vivan Smig, and Ella Turenne. A discussion will follow focused on the Redaction font commissioned by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts and featured in The Black Index with the designers who created it: Forest Young, Global Principal and Head of Design at Wolff Olins and Jeremy Mickel, Type Designer and owner of MCKL; moderated by Stephen Coles, Associate Curator at Letterform Archive in San Francisco.

Artists Lava Thomas, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Bridget Cooks in Conversation—Friday, June 4, 5 p.m. — Watch the recording
Join us for a special conversation with the two Bay Area artists included in The Black Index. Exhibition curator Bridget R. Cooks will lead a conversation between artists Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Lava Thomas about their work, The Black Index exhibition, and the role of artistic representation in acknowledging, honoring, and celebrating Black women. 

Virtual The Black Index Friday Night at the Art Center opening reception—Friday, April 30, 2021—6:15 p.m. — Watch the recording
Celebrate the premiere of The Black Index at the Palo Alto Art Center with a virtual walkthrough by exhibition curator Bridget R. Cooks, a redaction poetry activity with playwright Leelee Jackson, and a concluding presentation by Palo Alto author Julie Lythcott-Haims.

Where the Heart Is: Jiha Moon Artist Lecture  Hear Artist Jiha Moon
Jiha Moon (b. 1973) is from DaeGu, Korea and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Her gestural paintings, mixed media, ceramic sculpture and installation explore fluid identities and the global movement of people and their cultures. She says “I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds.” She takes cues from wide ranges of history of Eastern and Western art, colors and designs from popular culture, Korean temple paintings and folk art, internet emoticons and icons, fruit stickers and labels of products from all over the place. She often teases and changes these lexicons so that they are hard to identify, yet stay in a familiar zone. 

Where the Heart Is: Maria Paz Artist Lecture  Hear Artist Maria Paz
Maria Paz (b. Quilpue, Chile) is a self-taught Latinx sculptor based in Oakland, California. Her work explores the bond broken with her home country and how her experience as an immigrant in the United States has shaped a multiplicity of identities within her. By painting visions of Chile, her ancestors and her higher self, Paz archives her personal history on her ceramic vessels as an act of resilience. Each piece tells a different story, often telling several, many of which are brightly colored in an homage to the palette of Latinx culture in the Americas. 

Where the Heart Is: Yulia Pinkusevich Artist Lecture  Hear Artist Yulia Pinkusevich
Yulia Pinkusevich is an artist and educator born in Kharkov, Ukraine (USSR). Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union, her family fled the eastern block as refugees, immigrating to New York City. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Stanford University and Bachelors of Fine Arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, graduating both universities with highest honors. Yulia has exhibited nationally and internationally including site-specific projects executed in Paris, France and Buenos Aires Argentina. Yulia’s art is in the public collection of the De Young Memorial Museum, Stanford University, Facebook HQ, Google HQ and the City of Albuquerque. 

Where the Heart Is: Lien Truong  Hear Artist Lien Truong
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Lien Truong's practice examines cultural and political ideologies; and the visual and material hierarchies intertwined in the formation of histories and belief systems. Her work has been presented in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery; North Carolina Museum of Art; Station Museum of Contemporary Art; Weatherspoon Art Museum; Oakland Museum of California; Art Hong Kong; Sea Focus, Singapore; Southern Exposure; Nhasan Collective and Galerie Quynh in Vietnam; Turner Carroll Gallery; Patricia Sweetow Gallery and 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel. She was a recipient of a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant; fellowships from the Institute of Arts and Humanities and the North Carolina Arts Council; and residencies at the Oakland Museum of California and the Marble House Project. Reviews and mention of her work are included in Art Asia PacificThe San Francisco ChronicleHouston ChronicleOakland TribuneNew American Paintings, and ARTit Japan. Truong is an Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.