2014 - 2020
2016 - Current
Curator & Lead Researcher, Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas
Otis College of Art & Design, The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
Lead Otis College of Art’s research, curatorial and publication proposal for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. The research phase of Talking to Action has collaborated with institutions, artists and theorists in different cities across the hemisphere while collaboratively investigating community-based art practices. Talking to Action is currently on tour with an exhibition and bilingual publication.
Assistant Professor, Latin American and Latino Art History
California State University Bakersfield
Teach and develop curriculum on Latin American and Latino art history, along with general theory courses in the Department of Art and Art History at California State University Bakersfield. This is a strategic new position within this Hispanic-Serving Institution and one of the few Latin American and Latino art history faculty positions in the state.
Co-editor, with Grant Kester
Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art, 1995-2010
This volume's essays, interviews, and artist's statements—many of which are appearing in English for the first time—demonstrate the complex relationship between moments of political transformation and artistic production. Scholars, artists, and art collectives present a range of socially engaged art practices that emerged in Latin America during the Pink Tide period, between 1995 and 2010.
Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas
Hablar y Actuar: Arte, pedagogía y activismo en las américas
This publication is one of the first to bring together scholarship, critical essays, and documentation of collaborative community-based art making by researchers from across the American hemisphere. The bilingual volume is a compendium of texts, analysis, and research documents from the Talking to Action research and exhibition platform, part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.
2009 - 2016
May 2-4, 2015
Faculty, Graduate Public Practice Program
Otis College of Art & Design
The Otis Public Practice MFA Program was directed by Suzanne Lacy and was focused on encouraging students to research, question and practice socially engaged work, both individually and collaboratively, in the public sphere. Worked with visiting artists and faculty on community projects, media specific training, public practice theory and exhibition programming were emphasized throughout the program.
Co-organizer, LA/LA: Place and Practice symposium
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
A two-day symposium at The Getty Center and the San Diego Museum of Art in conjunction with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The conference inquired into the local side of the LA/LA equation—Los Angeles and the Southern California region extending into Tijuana—considering the direct relationships between local Latino arts communities, migratory experiences and practices that cross the US/Mexico border, and increased exposure to the variety of cultural practices at work in the region.
2007 - 2014
Managing Director and Co-Editor
LatinArt.com: An online journal of art and culture
LatinArt.com was started in 2002 as a site to investigate modern and contemporary art. It became a non-profit, bilingual, quarterly online journal that investigated contemporary art throughout the Americas. It is currently operating in archive form and was supported in part by collector Dr. Hector Ziperovich. It was managed by Bill Kelley Jr. (Los Angeles) and co-edited with Maria Fernanda Cartagena (Quito).
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