Spring 2021 at the Arts Research Center

This spring, the Arts Research Center will focus our programs around our Poetry and the Senses program. With eight new fellows and four exciting events, we are looking forward to making space for new conversations on and about emergency. Watch this space for upcoming announcements.

If you missed any of our fall 2020 Visual Activism events, I encourage you to visit our event archive here. Additionally, our ARC Blog offers summaries of almost all our events; we hope you’ll read our most recent posts here.

Remember to join our mailing list—link on right—if you haven’t already. That is best way to keep up to date with all of ARC’s events and news.

Julia Bryan-Wilson
Director, Arts Research Center


Upcoming Event

emerge/ncy: [maps] poetry reading
featuring Safia Elhillo, Hieu Minh Nguyen, and Craig Santos Perez

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
4:00-5:30pm PST

This event is funded by Engaging the Senses Foundation, and co-sponsored by the departments of English, Ethnic Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, the Program in Critical Theory, and the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture.

During spring 2021, ARC will celebrate poetry and explore the theme of emerge/ncy: voices to carry with us in times of crisis, with group readings every month, and short flash readings released online. This semester-long festival of poetry is generously funded by Engaging the Senses Foundation, and is part of ARC’s Poetry & the Senses initiative.

Our first reading is based around the sub-theme of maps: three extraordinary poets that are guideposts, lighting the way, and breaking new territory. Please join us on Tuesday, February 23, from 4-5pm PST in welcoming Safia Elhillo, Hieu Minh Nguyen, and Craig Santos Perez. Each poet will read individually, and then the three will be in short conversation. This event is free and open to the public, live-streamed and live captioned.

Fore more details, click here


Readings by our past Poetry and the Senses Fellows

A reading by Jenif(f)er Tamayo (link)

A reading by Jared Robinson (link)

A reading by Alex Saum-Pascual (link)


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, former director of the Arts Research Center, and Paula Marincola, executive director of the Pew Center. To read the free publication online, please see here.