LGBT Events

Presented by the Fine Arts division

Monday, April 21, 9:30–10:30 am
"More Heads," 2013 [photo: Wynne Greenwood]

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the CCA community only
More info: Molly Mitchell,

Wynne Greenwood is a queer feminist artist from Seattle who studied at Rutgers University and received her MFA from Bard College.

She has served as a teaching artist for the nonprofit Reel Grrls, whose mission it is to empower girls ages 9-21 from diverse communities about video and filmmaking as well as issues of representation and media justice through classes and workshops.

Greenwood has lectured and led workshops as a visiting artist at 19 different schools, universities, and museums since the year 2000. She has an extensive background practicing and teaching interdisciplinary art, multimedia installation, performance, analog and digital video, music recording, and music video.

Greenwood's practice puts sculpture into shifting roles, from prop to set to subject. She achieved national acclaim (and a dedicated queer feminist cult following) for her multimedia performance project Tracy + The Plastics, a band in which she plays all three band members simultaneously through video projections she interacts with onstage.

Other recent projects involve putting sculptures in conversation with one another through live performance and video projection in the gallery. Looking at the increasingly complex relationships between objects (especially smart phones, laptops, and tablets) and cultures, and the stage as a place of responsibility and a space to share power, Greenwood describes her practice as one of culture-healing, of examining dynamics of power in contemporary media and complicating processes of identity production.

She's had over 25 solo exhibitions and performances and tours throughout the United States and Europe.

Copresented by the Faculty of Color Research Alliance and Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts

Tuesday, April 29, 7:00–9:00 pm

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Isaac Julien is one of the most prominent documentary and feature filmmakers in Britain. Currently, he has a film installation in the exhibition Ten Thousand Waves at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

In 2002, he received San Francisco's Frameline Award for his contribution to LGBT film. In 2001 he was nomnated for the Turner Prize for his films The Long Road to Mazatlan (1999) and Vagabondia (2000), made in collaboration with and choreographed by Javier de Frutos,

Earlier works include Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996), Young Soul Rebels (1991), which was awarded the Semaine de Ia Critique Prize at the Cannes Film Festival the same year, and the acclaimed poetic documentary Looking for Langston (1989).

Copresented by the Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts, an alliance of the Queer Cultural Center (QCC) and programs at California College of the Arts (CCA) in Visual and Critical Studies and Architecture.

Graduate Studies Lecture Series

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 pm
"Go Fish," 1994, film still [courtesy Frameline]

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Free and open to the public
More info: John Jenkins,

Rose Troche is an award-winning writer, director, and producer of both film and television. Her first feature, Go Fish (1994), was released to wide acclaim, garnering awards at The Berlin, London, Rimini, and Deauville Film Festivals.

It also won the prestigious Open Palm at New York’s Gotham Awards.

Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) followed, receiving the audience award at the London Film Festival. 2003 saw the release of Troche’s third feature, The Safety of Objects (2001), which received stellar reviews and went on to open the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and win best feature and best actress (Patricia Clarkson) at The Deauville Film Festival.

That same year Troche completed the pilot for Showtime’s The L Word and went on to direct, write, and co-executive produce the series through six seasons.

Troche also directed the pilot for the popular teen series, South of Nowhere, where she remained as a consulting producer and director. She has also directed award-winning series including Six Feet Under, Ugly Betty, and Law & Order.

In 2011 she executive produced Hunting Season, an eight-part web series. Troche produced Concussion (2013), Stacie Passon’s debut feature that premiered in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

She also wrote and directed Elliot King Is 3rd for ITVS Future States.

She is set to go into production on her fifth feature, Wendy Drinks Beer for Breakfast and is currently developing Sugar, an interactive web series set to go live in the fall of 2014.

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.