Talk / Conversation
In Conversation: Linda Gass and Valerie Olson, PhD
Join environmental artist and activist Linda Gass and Valerie Olson, PhD, professor of anthropology at UC Irvine who discuss Gass’s visual art practice and research involved in making When we listen to the watershed…(2022). This textile-based, multimedia work is one of the first artist commissions for Langson IMCA and one of two specially commissioned artworks in Dissolve. Gass collaborated with Olson to present her research on communities and ecosystems through the visual arts. The resulting work combines data explored in Olson’s scholarship with an aesthetic presentation addressing the changes over time to the Santa Ana River Watershed and the experiences of at-risk communities within the watershed. Dissolve curator Bridget R. Cooks, PhD serves as moderator for the conversation about environmental and social justice and the role that art and research play in making a more sustainable future.
This in-person program is free and open to all.
Advance registration is kindly requested. Register here.
For more program information including detailed parking information and directions to campus, visit imca.uci.edu.
DATE: Saturday, October 1, 2022
TIME: 3 – 4 pm
LOCATION: UC Irvine, Colloquium Room 3201, Contemporary Arts Center, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine
PARKING: Mesa Parking Structure 19514 Mesa Road, Irvine 92617
BUS STOP: West Peltason-Mesa
About the Speakers
Bay Area artist and environmental activist Linda Gass is best known for her intricately stitched paintings about climate change, land use, and water issues in California and the American West. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science. Her work has been exhibited at Bellevue Arts Museum (WA), Museum of Craft and Design (NY), Oakland Museum (CA), and the US Embassy in Moscow. Gass’s work has been written about in numerous publications and is held in several public and private collections including the International Quilt Museum, Kapor Center for Social Impact, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, UC San Francisco Hospital, and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Awards include the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship, Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship and Creative Ecology Art and Science Residency through the Palo Alto Art Center and Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. Gass was born and raised in Southern California and currently lives and works in San Jose, CA.
Valerie Olson, PhD is an environmental anthropologist who researches sociocultural dimensions of large-scale ecosystem science and governance in North America. Her projects focus on how remote and largely unpopulated environments, like outer space and ocean subsurfaces, become important sites in the production of new ecological knowledge, technologies, and politics.
About the Moderator
Bridget R. Cooks, PhD, is professor of African American studies and art history at University of California, Irvine. Cooks’s research focuses on African American art and culture, Black visual culture, museum criticism, film, feminist theory, and post-colonial theory. She earned her doctorate degree in Visual and Cultural Studies in the Department of Art History at the University of Rochester (NY) and has received a number of awards, grands, and fellowships for her work, including the prestigious Jame A. Porter & David C. Driskell Book Award in African American Art History and the Henry Luce Dissertation Fellowship in American Art. She has also curated several art exhibitions include The Black Index (2021) and Dissolve (2022).
About Langson IMCA
Langson IMCA explores and celebrates artists and their capacity to develop new forms and ideas in response to the California experience. It collects, conserves, and generates scholarship for modern and contemporary art inspired by the State’s diverse societal, cultural, and natural environments. As an institution dedicated to becoming the epicenter of California Art, Langson IMCA presents programming that strives to provoke questions around an expansive understanding of art making inspired by the Golden State.