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Measurements of Progress: Artist Symposium Closing Event

The exhibition of works by graduating UC San Diego MFA students is coming to a close this weekend with an afternoon of artist panels and a closing reception. The works in this show all have an element that explores human advancement of some sort, whether historical, modern or futuristic, and incremental or vast, large-scale progress. Take Ana C. Andrade's video piece, "66 Hours," for example, which appears intergalactic at first glance but is actually a microscopic look at the biological materials her body created while giving birth. Andrade will be part of one of the discussions, at 2:05 p.m., with Kirstyn Hom and Lauryn Smith. Kirstyn Hom's work is another standout for me, a series of cloth panels embroidered with lettering — inspired by the poetry of Frances Chung. Smith's work is also a textile piece, using large cloth installations to trigger place-based memories. Even if you don't attend the panels, you can nab a spot for the closing reception hour and check out the works.

Details: The in-person symposium portion runs on Saturday, May 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a closing reception from 5-6 p.m. 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free, but advance registration is required.
--Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

From the organizers:
Join us for an exclusive symposium for the Measurements of Progress featuring artists from the exhibition. This is an in-person symposium on Saturday, May 29, from 1-5pm followed by a closing reception from 5-6pm. The symposium is composed of four 45-minute panel conversations with 3 artists at each. Please register at the link.

1:00-1:45 - "Trauma and Cultural Memory: Creating belonging and representation" with Thien Hoang Doan, Oscar Magallanes, and Bailey Davenport

2:05-2:50 - "Memory as Medium" with Kirstyn Hom, Lauryn Smith, and Ana Andrade

3:10 - 3:55 - "On Speculative Futures and Becoming" with Grace Grothaus, Carolina Montejo, Alex Neuman

4:15-5:00 - "Consumption and Constructed Environments" with Juan Bastardo, Alan Skelton, and Işık Kaya

5:00-6:00 - Closing Reception

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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