Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 - 9:00 am

San Diego, CA—On Thursday, November 17, at 7 PM, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) Department of Visual Arts will present the annual Russell Lecture at MCASD’s La Jolla location. This year’s featured speaker is Los Angeles-based artist Andrea Bowers.

Bowers’s socially-charged work takes form as drawings, installations, videos, and social practice, often engaging ideas surrounding non-violent civil disobedience, feminism, and activist histories. “Art with politics in mind is rarely so apt,” said Christopher Knight, art critic at the Los Angeles Times, in a review of her work.

Bowers recently completed the inaugural project for The Main Museum with artist Suzanne Lacy, an icon of 1970s feminist art and an innovator of the social practice genre. The Main Museum is a new cultural institution set to open in downtown Los Angeles in 2018. Its first iteration—Beta Main—opened October 30, 2016 with Performance Lessons: Suzanne Lacy Teaches Andrea Bowers Performance Art at The Main Museum.

MCASD’s collection holds numerous works by Bowers, who is perhaps best known forvirtuosic photorealist drawings based on archival materials drawn from recent social and political history--old photographs, album covers, political buttons. In the mid-2000s, Bowers’s subject matter turned to a sustained exploration of direct action and non-violent civil disobedience, and she consistently solicits the involvement of grassroots community groups in her projects.

Learn more about Bowers's radical practice at this highly anticipated lecture.

For many years, MCASD and UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts have partnered to bring contemporary artists to the city through the annual Russell Lecture program. The Russell Foundation was established in the will of Betty Russell, one of MCASD's founding docents and a long-time supporter of the University. She specified that funds from the foundation should help "foster the appreciation and study of the modern visual arts and creativity of young artists" through support for the Museum and the University. Past Russell Lecture speakers have included Judith Barry (2015), Tacita Dean (2014), Byron Kim (2013), Tania Bruguera (2012), and Isaac Julien (2011).

UC San Diego guests and MCASD Contributor level Members and above are invited to attend a special reception preceding the lecture from 6-7 PM at MCASD La Jolla.

Tickets to the lecture are now on sale at www.mcasd.organd can also be purchased at both MCASD front desks during regular gallery hours. Tickets are available at a limited capacity and are offered on a first come, first served basis. The Russell Lecture is free for MCASD Members and UC San Diego faculty, students, and staff. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $5 for seniors and non-UC San Diego students.

About the Artist

Andrea Bowers received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo shows include Sanctuary at Van Horn, Dusseldorf; The Weight of Relevance at ZKM/Zentrum Fur Kunst und Medietechnologie, Karlsruhe; Vows at Halle fur Kunst, Luneburg; and Nothing is Neutral at REDCAT, Los Angeles and Artpace, San Antonio. Recent group shows include the 2008 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art; Proyecto Civico at the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT); Progress at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the L.A Anarchist Book Fair. Bowers is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Chouakri in Berlin, Galarie praz-Delavallade in Paris, and Van Horn in Dusseldorf. Bowers is currently a Visiting Artist at CalArts. Internationally, Bowers’s work has been shown at Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin; Tang Museum, Skidmore College, N.Y.; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Andrew Kreps Gallery, N.Y.; The Power Plant, Toronto; and the Secession, Vienna.

Bowers’ work is held is the collections of The Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Center, Washington DC; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and Museum Abteiberg, Moenchengladbach, Germany, among others.


Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,700 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Kathryn Kanjo is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.


The University of California, San Diego Visual Arts Department is intentionally and uniquely situated as a multidisciplinary arts program housed in one of the nation’s top institutions for higher education and research. Founded in 1967 by some of the country’s leading conceptual artists—David and Eleanor Antin, Helen Mayer, Newton Harrison, Allan Kaprow, Manny Farber, and Harold Cohen—the department offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Master of Arts (M.A.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degrees. The Visual Arts Department is founded on the distinctive premise that the production of art, and historical and theoretical reflection upon art, are most effectively pursued within a single discursive community. It is an innovative space that encourages students to reach across media-specific boundaries into new forms of art making.


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