Residency Intensive Lecture: Tschabalala Self

Wednesday, October 31, 4:00–7:00 pm
Tschabalala Self
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Free and open to the public!

Join us as we kick off a very special monthlong residency within the Graduate Fine Arts program with a lecture from our Fall resident artist, Tschabalala Self. This Residency Intensive is the appointment of visiting artist to teach a graduate-level seminar in Fine Arts by engaging students in a variety of possible activities in a concentrated timeframe of about four weeks. The visiting artist is provided a space that doubles as both a central gathering point for students and site for a capstone experience, which could range from a performance, exhibition, or reading to an installation or concert. The overall aim is to generate a robust learning site where the intimacy, intellectual rigor, social engagement, and critical reflection of a private academic seminar merges with the urgency of facing the public sphere. This lecture will serve as an introduction to Ms. Self's body of work while providing an overview of what's in store for her lucky students.

Tschabalala Self (b. 1990) was born in New York, New York; she lives and works in New Haven. Self holds a BA from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York and a MFA from the Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited at institutional venues including the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York and the New Museum, New York, New York. She has shown domestically and internationally. She is a recipient of the Yale School of Art’s Al Held Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.

Tschabalala Self builds a singular style from the syncretic use of both painting, printmaking and assemblage to explore ideas about the black female body. The artist constructs exaggerated depictions of female bodies using a combination of sewn, printed, and painted materials, traversing different artistic and craft traditions. The exaggerated biological characteristics of her figures reflect Self’s own interest in cultural attitudes toward race and gender. "The fantasies and attitudes surrounding the Black female body are both accepted and rejected within my practice, and through this disorientation, new possibilities arise," Self has said. "I am attempting to provide alternative, and perhaps fictional, explanations for the voyeuristic tendencies towards the gendered and racialized body; a body which is both exalted and abject."

More information: contact Eric Millman,

[ Image credit: image courtesy of the artist ]