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Friday, September 22, 2017

LEGACY STARTS HERE - Symposum XIII - Saturday, October 7th, 2017

UC Berkeley Art Alumni Group Symposium XIII


Featuring: Takming Chuang, Joey Enos, Tracy Freedman, Farley Gwazda, Patricia Maloney, Laura Elisa Pérez, & Maria Porges. Moderated by Jan Wurm. 

10am - 4pm, Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Free, Accessible, and Open to the Public

Lunch Available for $15: 
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The Cal Art Alumni Group Annual Symposium XIII addresses how the development of an artist’s practice leads to the challenging and perhaps delicate subject of what happens to an artist’s work and reputation after he or she is no longer with us.

Emerging artists begin by developing relationships to educational institutions, their mentors, and peers as they position themselves and their artwork in the world. As their careers advance, their artwork is documented, contextualized by critical attention, and finds its place in collections. With deepening experience, artists cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with art world institutions and individuals, and become rooted their communities.

The development of a mature, sustained art practice leads to the complex issue of the artist’s legacy and stewardship of their work in perpetuity. How will the artist’s material estate be maintained, promoted, and made available? How will their personal history, research, and ideas be preserved and represented?

Our panelists represent a broad range of professional positions, institutional affiliations, and personal experiences relevant to this expansive topic. Presentations on their specific backgrounds will be followed by open-ended discussions in what promises to be a vital forum.


10am: Coffee and Registration

10:30am - 12:30pm: Morning session:
Takming Chuang - Artist & Headlands Graduate Fellow
Laura Pérez - Associate Professor, Dept. of Ethnic Studies
Farley Gwazda - Artist & Director, Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust
Tracy Freedman - Art Business Advisor and Dealer

12:30 - 1:30pm: Lunch at Worth Ryder Art Gallery
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1:30 - 3pm: Afternoon session
Joey Enos - Artist & Art Historian: Emeryville Mudflat Sculptures
Maria Porges - Artist & Associate Professor, CCA
Patricia Maloney - Executive Director, Southern Exposure

3 - 4pm: Reception at Worth Ryder Art Gallery

Takming Chuang, Untitled (breath A) (detail), 2012. Archival pigment print, 6.6” x 9.6”.

Takming Chuang’s practice is primarily influenced by the ephemeral nature of the human form. He merges interests in the visual and performing arts, athletic training, and Buddhist philosophy to mitigate the weight of mortality. He exerts varying degrees of control upon unstable media to examine the role of conservation within value systems in the face of constant change. Collectively, his work demonstrates and documents transformative qualities that highlight the cyclical potential of perpetual instability.

Picture of Emeryville Mudflat Sculptures by Professor Dr. Robert Sommer of UC DAVIS, 1970’s.

Joey Enos (MFA, Art Practice, 2014) is an artist and historian who is a 5th generation East Bay Resident. He received his undergraduate art education at The Chicago Art Institute and The San Francisco Art Institute. At Berkeley he was selected as a Arts Research Center Fellow researching the history of the Emeryville Mudflat Sculptures. In 2017, in partnership with CCA, Enos was granted a Cal Humanities Grant for the collection of oral histories of the Emeryville Mudflat Artists. Enos continues to exhibit his large scale sculptures including his first solo exhibition at Guerrero Gallery in the summer of 2017.

Hackett-Freedman Gallery, Robert De Niro, Sr.- Works From the Studio; Paul Resika - Recent Paintings, 2006.

Tracy Freedman is an art business advisor and private art dealer. She is the owner of Freedman Art Advisory, where she offers business and marketing guidance to artists and gallerists as well as advising to private collectors. Tracy was the co-owner and Director of Hackett-Freedman Gallery in San Francisco from 1987-2009, representing contemporary artists and specializing in post-war American and Californian art. Tracy is a past President of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and serves on the local executive committee and national board of ArtTable, the leading organization advancing professional women’s leadership in the visual arts. She has lived and worked in San Francisco since 1979.

Sonya Rapoport, Objects On My Dresser: Shared Dynamics, 1981. Composite photodocumentation of “Participation Performance”. Courtesy Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust.

Farley Gwazda (MFA, Art Practice, 2009), Director of the Worth Ryder Art Gallery at the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice, and President of the Cal Art Alumni Group, is an artist, gallerist and curator. He is the Director of the Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust, which endeavors to preserve the artworks and promote the legacy of artist Sonya Rapoport (1923 - 2015, MA in Painting, Department of Art, 1949). He lives and works in Berkeley.

Patricia Maloney at Southern Exposure in San Francisco.

Patricia Maloney is the executive director of Southern Exposure. She is publisher emeritus of Daily Serving | Art Practical; she founded Art Practical in 2009 and became the publisher of the international online art journal Daily Serving in 2013. She has served as an associate professor in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts and is a senior correspondent and producer for the weekly contemporary art podcast Bad at Sports. Maloney has written for Artforum, ArtChronika, the Brooklyn Rail, and Meatpaper, as well as for numerous exhibition catalogues. She has held curatorial positions at Ampersand International Arts in San Francisco; the MATRIX Program at BAMPFA; and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, and she was a program associate for the International Program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory and History from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Maya Gonzalez, Self-portrait Speaking Fire and Flowers, 2008, from the exhibition Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas, curated by Laura Elisa Pérez.

Laura Elisa Pérez is an associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Women’s Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies, as well as a core faculty member in the doctoral program in Performance Studies. Pérez has curated numerous shows featuring Chicana art, including Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas, Labor+a(r)t+orio: Bay Area Latina@ Arts Now, and UC Berkeley’s first and only Latina/o Performance Art series. Pérez is the author of Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities. Her writing focuses on Chicana/o and hemispheric decolonial cultures, particularly on decolonial aesthetics and decolonial spiritualities. A forthcoming book, Ero-Ideologies: Writings on Art, Spirituality, and the Decolonial will be published by Duke University Press.

Maria Porges, Detail from Editor’s Arsenal, 2014-16.

Maria Porges is an artist and writer whose work has been exhibited nationally since the late eighties. She received a SECA award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, and The New York Times Book Review. She has authored essays for more than 100 exhibition catalogues and dozens of scripts for museum audio tours. Maria is an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts.

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