Arts + Design Thursdays

January 28–April 29, 2021

Join a changing lineup of media artists, curators, and thinkers as they explore the history and future of time-based media art.

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  • Meriem Bennani: Ghariba/Stranger (installation view at Art Dubai), 2017; Photo: the artist and SIGNAL

  • William Kentridge. Photo: Norbert Miguletz

  • Chris Johnson

  • Barbara London

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Past Events

  • Thursday, April 22, 12 PM

    Tanya Zimbardo with Bay Area Orgs/Artists

    SMOMA’s assistant curator of media arts gathers key Bay Area arts leaders from the past and future practice of video art.

  • Thursday, April 15, 12 PM

    Technical Reflections: Brett Snyder

    The UC Davis professor examines the pragmatic considerations and aesthetics of exhibition design—particularly in relation to the immersive, sonic, and time-based nature of video art.

  • Thursday, April 8, 12 PM

    Meriem Bennani

    The Moroccan artist discusses her multimedia practice, which ranges from immersive installations to works for Snapchat and Instagram.

  • Thursday, April 1, 12 PM

    Shirin Neshat

    Neshat discusses consideration of transnational politics and feminism across photography, narrative film, and video art.

  • Tuesday, March 30, 12 PM

    Steve McQueen in Conversation with Clara Kim, Rizvana Bradley, and Shannon Jackson

    Renowned filmmaker and video artist Steve McQueen discusses his interdisciplinary practice, focusing on the themes of social, psychological, and political traumas in his work.

    Note: this presentation is presented on Tuesday, March 30, as an exception to the regular Thursday schedule.

  • Thursday, March 18, 12 PM

    Documentary Video: Richard Mosse

    Hear Mosse talk about the aesthetic vocabulary of video art and how it has helped him reframe both documentary film and his photographic practice.

  • Thursday, March 11, 12 PM

    Candice Breitz

    Join the Berlin-based artist for a discussion about the role of video art in examining pop culture, community, and real-world adversity.

  • Thursday, March 4, 12 PM

    Chrissie Iles

    The Whitney curator reexamines the history of video art to foreground Black video artists’ approaches to performance, space, surveillance, sound, and power.

  • Thursday, February 25, 12 PM

    Archives of the Past / Platforms of the Future: Barbara London, Rebecca Cleman, and George Fifield

    Key leaders in the development of video art discuss the importance of archives and preservation, as well as the possibilities of new platforms as these hybrid forms continue.

  • Tuesday, February 23, 12 PM

    William Kentridge in conversation with Shannon Jackson

    Renowned South African based artist William Kentridge speaks about his interdisciplinary practice across film, video installation, theater, and drawing, focusing also on political themes of racial injustice and decolonization.

    Note: this presentation is presented on Tuesday, February 23, as an exception to the regular Thursday schedule.

  • Thursday, February 18, 12 PM

    Between Closed and Open Circuits: Nam June Paik Remaking Television

    SFMOMA’s curator of media art shares insights into the work of groundbreaking artist Nam June Paik and explores his use of different types of visual media.

  • Thursday, February 11, 12 PM

    Bodies in Time: A Dialogue on Performance and Video Art

    Join world-renowned curators of media and performance art for a lively panel discussion.

  • Thursday, February 4, 12 PM

    Race, Community Engagement, and Time-based Art: Chris Johnson

    The artist, writer, and curator discusses how video and documentary media can engage a community.

  • Thursday, January 28, 12 PM

    Racial Histories of the Time-based Image: Isaac Julien

    The multimedia British artist discusses the ways in which his practice translates history and carries it into the present.

  • Thursday, January 21, 12 PM

    Time-based Media across the Disciplines: Shannon Jackson

    Join the first installment in the Arts + Design Thursdays spring event series, offering an introduction to time-based media art and an overview of the series.