Monday, Nov 16, 2015 - 3:43 pm

San Diego, CA—On Wednesday, November 18, 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 featuring artist Judith Barry.

Judith Barry is an internationally recognized, New York-based artist who works across disciplines including video, installation, performance, and sculpture. At this lecture, she will discuss her most recent series, Not Reconciled: Cairo Stories, and earlier works such as Voice Off (1998–1999), on view at MCASD Downtown from November 20, 2015 through February 21, 2016. An artist and writer who also trained in architecture, Barry creates innovative video installations that explore the relationship between physical space and psychological space—and how these spaces, in turn, shape us as subjects.

UC San Diego guests and MCASD Contributor level Members and above are invited to join us for a special reception preceding the lecture. Guests will enjoy wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres by The French Gourmet.

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 Tacita Dean (2014), Byron Kim (2013), Tania Bruguera (2012), and Isaac Julien (2011).

Tickets are now on sale at and can be also be purchased at both MCASD front desks during regular gallery hours,and one hour before the evening’s lecture at the Box Office. 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
Judith Barry studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and received her MFA in Communication Arts, Computer Graphics, from the New York Institute of Technology in 1986. Barry has exhibited at international venues including dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), Berlin Biennale 3 (2004), the Cairo Biennale (2001), the Venice Biennale of Art/Architecture (2000), the Sao Paulo Biennale (1994), Nagoya Biennale (1993), Carnegie International (1992), and the Whitney Biennale (1987). In 2000 she was awarded the Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts, and in 2001 she won Best Pavilion at the Cairo Biennale. A survey of her work will be traveling in the United Kingdomin 2016.Also an active writer, she contributes critical essays and pieces of fiction to various publications.

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 4,000 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. Hugh M. Davies 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.