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The Seventh Annual Berkeley-Stanford SFMOMA Symposium: Art and Cultural Practices From Here

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Sadie Barnette, SPACE/TIME, 2022; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Sadie Barnette. SPACE/TIME was commissioned and executed by Sadie Barnette as part of Bay Area Walls, a series of commissions initiated in 2020. SYMPOSIUM The Seventh Annual Berkeley/Stanford Symposium: In-Between: Art and Cultural Practices From Here

10:00 am | 4/28/2023 | Phyllis Wattis Theater, Floor 1, SFMOMA | Until 5:00 pm | 4/28/2023

“I say we’re caught between two worlds — at least two. That’s pura bicultura [pure biculture] for me. We didn’t theorize postcoloniality after the fact, learn about it from a workshop, or wait for multiculturalism to become foundation lingo for ‘appreciating diversity’— we lived it and still struggle to make art about it.”

—Coco Fusco, English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas

The 2023 Berkeley/Stanford Symposium, “In-Between: Art and Cultural Practices From Here,” confronts the potentials of those people, spaces, things, ideas, and experiences of the past, present, and future, as they manifest between categories of analysis we might have inherited from previous canons. Situating the symposium within the conceptual space of the “in-between,” we ask our participants to join in proposing new frameworks of hybridity and transdisciplinarity. These approaches are grounded in transregional and intersectional practices that, nonetheless, engage with specificities of place.

Artist Sadie Barnette and professor Jennifer González will give keynote presentations. 

10–11 a.m.

Introductions & Keynote: Sadie Barnette

SPACE/TIME: Making Art on a Rock Flying Through Space


11:10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Panel I: Transitory Objects

Christina Hiromi Hobbs, Stanford University, Art History

Spectral Inheritance, Transparency, and Touch: Kay Sekimachi’s Nylon Monofilament Hangings

Eric Mazariegos, Columbia University, Art History

Circuitous Visualities: Ecological, Phenomenological, and Iconographic Considerations of the Unsolid States of Tairona Art and Architecture

Keoni Correa, UC Berkeley, Rhetoric

Can the Subaltern Make Contemporary Art? Native, Folk, and Traditional Art in the Age of the Global Contemporary

Sebastián Eduardo Dávila, Leuphana University, Cultures of Critique

The Challenges of Xibalbá. Contemporary Art Practices between Chixot (Guatemala) and the Underworld of Art


12:30–1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break


1:40–2:40 p.m.

Panel II: Photography

Susanna Collinson, UC Santa Cruz, Visual Studies

Towards a Photography of Place in Aotearoa New Zealand

Joanna Szupinska, UCLA, Art History

Zofia Rydet and the “Close Other”

Sophie Lynch, University of Chicago, Cinema and Media Studies

The Blur of Twilight Labor: Sabelo Mlangeni’s Invisible Women Series


2:40–3 p.m.

Coffee Break


3–4 p.m.

Panel III: Spatial Media

Kelsey Chen, Stanford University, Modern Thought and Literature

Things Adrift: Trinh Mai’s Bone of My Bone as Feminist Refuge-Making Craft

Zina Wang, UC Berkeley, Rhetoric

Hydroelectric Atlantis: Media against Mediation

Kara Plaxa, Princeton University, History and Theory of Architecture

Othering Worlds: Leatherspace, Dyke Community, and the American Small City


4–4:50 p.m.

Keynote: Jennifer A. González

UC Santa Cruz, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture

Silent Speech, Migratory Gesture


4:50–5 p.m.

Closing remarks



About the Berkeley/Stanford Symposium

In-Between: Art and Cultural Practices From Here is organized by Alexandra Adams (Stanford), Josh Feng (Berkeley), Andrea Jung-An Liu (Berkeley), Maria Shevelkina (Stanford), and Sofia Silva (Stanford).

The Berkeley/Stanford Symposium is an annual gathering of emerging voices in the arts organized by graduate students at Stanford and UC Berkeley.


The Seventh Annual Berkeley/Stanford Symposium: In-Between: Art and Cultural Practices From Here

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