Graduate Lecture Series: Labor

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Graduate Lecture Series: Labor

800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco , CA 94133
February 15th, 2013 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Financial District/Wharf
415 749 4500
Tue 11-7; Wed-Sat 11-6; Open until 7:30 pm on lecture nights
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
Lecture Hall. Free and open to the public


Lecture: Labor
Sergio de la Torre works with and documents the manifold ways citizens reinvent themselves in the cities they inhabit, examining the site-specific strategies that individuals employ in moving “in and out of modernity.” Through a range of media (including video documentation, photography, posters, billboards, public video projections, and installations), his work invokes collaborations with his subjects and invites both intimate and critical reflections on topics related to housing, immigration, and labor. De la Torre works with individuals from marginalized sectors of the cities in which he develops his projects, including factory workers in Tijuana, shoeshine boys in Mexico City, undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and evicted families in Oakland.

Artist Bio
De la Torre’s work has appeared in many different types of venues—from international film festivals, art biennials, public television (in USA, Mexico, and Europe), galleries, and museums to community centers, empty city lots, abandoned schools, and university campuses. He is the recipient of grants from Creative Capital, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Sundance Documentary Fund, and is currently Assistant Professor in the University of San Francisco’s Art + Architecture Department.

About the Graduate Lecture Series
SFAI's Graduate Lecture Series (GLS) allows students to engage with emerging and established artists, curators, critics, and historians working in both local and global art communities. As an investigation of the contemporary issues relevant to students’ full education and experience, GLS gives the entire graduate body a common interdisciplinary foundation. It also plays a crucial role in defining individual praxis and the meanings of “success” within the current and future landscape of contemporary art. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with some of the guests for individual critiques, small group colloquia, and informal gatherings after the lectures.

All GLS lectures begin at 4:30 pm on Fridays in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus.