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Welcome to Spring 2018!

Following an energizing fall, ARC continues its year-long investigation into alternative or experimental methods of arts-based research. In our Spring 2018 series of events and conversations, we have scheduled a dynamic range of scholars and artists to ask critical questions about the politics of sensing (with Hugo Boss award winner Anicka Yi), translating (with Anneka Lenssen, Assistant Professor, Global Modern Art), and mapping (with MacArthur fellow and UCB alum Trevor Paglen).

Our March 9 conference Amateurism Across the Arts will explore vernacular, popular, DIY, fannish, and self-taught artistic practices across architecture, literature, art history, new media, and music; the first convening of its kind, it will also include performances by self-organized undergraduate arts groups.

At the core of our mission is bringing faculty and grad students together to discuss their own arts research, and I look forward to leading a new cohort of ARC Fellows who have been selected to convene over the semester to present their work.


Julia Bryan-Wilson
Director, Arts Research Center
Professor, History of Art


Upcoming Event: Art against Housework



Art against Housework.
The Gruppo Immagine and the Wages against Housework Campaign
Wednesday, April 4 at 4:00pm
308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley

Recent years have seen a surge of interest in the Wages for Housework Campaign. While international in scope, it is generally agreed that several groups associated with this movement drew upon the Marxist strand called operaismo and particularly the way in which operaismo was appropriated by Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James in The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community. Galimberti’s  paper will revolve around the Gruppo Immagine, a group of feminist artists who embraced the ideas and struggles of Wages against Housework, establishing a sustained a dialogue with theoreticians and activists such as Dalla Costa and Leopoldina Fortunati. In particular, I will concentrate on the Gruppo Immagine’s agit-prop production and two exhibitions where the group’s feminist beliefs materialised in tapestries and cross-stitch works: the Venice Biennale of 1978 and Mum Has Gone Out (1975). To learn more, click here.

Upcoming Event: Feminist Curatorial Practices


Radical_Women_Feminist Curatorial Practices: A roundtable convening 
April 11, 2018 at 5:30pm 
Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor, Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley

Join the Arts Research Center and Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis Matrix Curator at BAMPFA for a roundtable conversation about Feminist Curatorial Practices. The evening will consist of participants responding to one image that they consider to be urgent and relevant to the current state of feminism, and one that informs their perspective on their work in this field. Ample time will be left for audience engagement! To learn more, click here.


Now Online: In Terms of Performance, a keywords anthology for contemporary cultural practice


In Terms of Performance is a keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery and generate shared literacies across disciplines. It features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in contemporary cultural practice. The publication is produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center and is co-edited by Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center, and Paula Marincola, executive director of the Pew Center. To read the free publication online, please see here.