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Art + Design faculty are heading in force to Los Angeles this month for the annual College Art Association conference – the largest gathering of visual arts professionals in the world. Both art historian, artists, and designers use the event to share new research/creative work and to examine the evolving state of the field.

Here’s where to find our faculty sessions, full link:


Wednesday, February 21

Aesthetics and Control: Artists Respond to the Surveillance Apparatus 10:30 AM – 12 PM, Room 409A, LA Convention Center Assistant Professor Derek Curry chairs a session with Tra Bouscaren (University of California, Santa Cruz) featuring talks by Northeastern Visiting Assistant Professor Jennifer Gradecki, Tim Schwartz, and Grayson Earle, as well as their own work.

Thursday, February 22

#Resistance: Performing Bodies and the State 4-5:30 PM, Room 501A, LA Convention Center Visiting Assistant Professor Sam Adams chairs a session on performance and politics featuring talks by Sarah Hegenbart (Technische Universität München), Stephanie Sparling Williams (Addison Gallery of American Art), and Nao Bustamente (University of Southern California)

Friday, February 23

  • Diversifying the Art Tech World 2-3:30 PM, Room 411, LA Convention Center Curator Kathy Rae Huffman and Northeastern Art History professor Gloria Sutton will discuss diversifying the art tech world with artists Nao Bustamante, Joelle Dietrick, Annina Rüst and Kerry Tribe.
  • Collaboration on Paper 2-3:30 PM, Room 406A, LA Convention Center Associate Professor Cammy Brothers is the discussant for a panel featuring papers by Dario Donetti (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz Max Planck Institute), Basile Baudez (Université Paris Sorbonne), and Michael Kubo (University of Houston)
  • Situational Methods in Graphic (and other) Design 6-7:30 PM, Room 402A, LA Convention Center Associate Professor Ann McDonald delivers the paper “Speculative spatio-temporal notational diagrams to anticipate agency and improvisation” in a session co-chaired by Denise Gonzales Crisp (North Carolina State University;) and Nida Abdullah (Michigan State University)
  • A System of Systems: Cybernetics and Play in Postwar Art 6-7:30 PM, Room 405, LA Convention Center Associate Professor Gloria Sutton presents the paper “Human-Machine Interface: Cybernetic Feedback Experiments of the 1960s-70s” in a session chaired by Maibritt Borgen (Yale University) and Susan Laxton (University of California, Riverside).

Saturday, February 24

Evasive Articulations in the Era of Fake News 8:30-10 AM, Room 503, LA Convention Center Associate Professor Sarah Kanouse presents a paper with Shiloh Krupar (Georgetown University) entitled “Public Trust” in a session that considers the relation between art and truth in the Trump era, chaired by Aja Mujinga Sherrard (University of Montana).