Lecture by Dario Robleto

Graduate Studies Lecture Series
February 18, 2014 7:00 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Dario Robleto, the college's 2014 Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor, offers a new multimedia artist talk investigating whether the continuity of love and memory -- over vast reaches of time and space -- is truly possible. He will use as a key example his research around the Golden Record, a 12-inch phonograph record carried by the Voyager I space probe.

Hailed by many as the greatest DJ mix tape ever made, it entered Robleto’s orbit in 1980, three years after Voyager’s launch, when NASA celebrated the probe’s first encounter with Saturn. It has indelibly impacted his practice as an artist, researcher, archivist, and storyteller, and in this talk he will share stories, sounds, and images related to it.

Dario Robleto is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Houston. Using everyday (and often unlikely) media, from bones to geode crystals, Robleto weaves historical artifacts together with contemporary culture to create objects that comment on love, death, spirituality, and healing.

Robleto has shown widely in the United States and is currently in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California.

Presented by the Graduate Program in Fine Arts

Cosponsored by Headlands Center for the Arts

About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series

Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.

Charting a fascinating chronology over a wide range of disciplines, the series takes a close look at past moments that continue to resonate today.

Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.