Artist's Lecture and Reception - Judith F. Baca: Life in Motion: Borders, Migration, and Mobility in the Americas

The Pamela H. Simpson Endowment for Art Lecture:

Judith F. Baca

Life in Motion: Borders, Migration, and Mobility in the Americas

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

5:30 p.m.

Wilson Hall/Concert Hall and Lykes Atrium

Judith F. Baca is a painter and muralist, monument builder, and scholar who has been teaching art at the University of California since 1984.  She was the founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974, which evolved into a community arts organization known as the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) which has been creating sites of public memory since 1976.  She continues to serve as its artistic director and focuses her creative energy in the UCLA@SPARC Digital/Mural Lab, employing digital technology to create social justice art.

Baca's public arts initiatives reflect the lives and concerns of populations that have been historically disenfranchised, including women, the working poor, youth, the elderly, LGBT and immigrant communities.  Throughout Los Angeles, and increasingly national and international venues, her projects have often been created in impoverished neighborhoods that have been revitalized and energized by the attention these works have brought and the excitement they have generated.  Baca gives form to monuments that rise up out of neighborhoods, rather than being imposed upon them.  Together with the people who live there, they co-create monumental public art, places that become "sites of public memory".

Made possible in part with generous support of The Pamela H. Simpson Endowment for Art, Mellon Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar, Art and Art History Department, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS), and the Center for Poetic Research (CPR).


No tickets are required.