Lectures and Other Public Programs at the Art Center

Free Virtual Public Programs Presented at the Palo Alto Art Center

Upcoming Programs

Fridays, June 11, July 9, and August 13 at 5:00 p.m.--Black American Art History: People, Places, and Things  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. Register for the sessions.

Friday, July 16, noon--Black Creativity and Mentorship: A Conversation Between Diana Pumpelly Bates and Titus Kaphar  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. Register for the conversation.

Past Programs

Friday, June 18, noon--The Black Index Publication Launch  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. Watch the publication launch.

Artists Lava Thomas, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Bridget Cooks in Conversation—Friday, June 4, 5 p.m.

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. Watch the recording of the conversation

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.