04.03.2015 / Reports from the Field


Friday, April 3rd, 2015, 6 – 8pm
Boardroom, SF Campus

Sita Bhaumik is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who uses food as an invitation to experience histories of migration. Born and raised in Los Angeles to Japanese Colombian and Indian parents, she currently resides in Oakland. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Scripps College, an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Art and an M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts (2012). She has collaborated with organizations including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The San Jose Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institute Asian Pacific American Center, CIIS, 826 Valencia, Stanford University, and the Future Food House in Rotterdam. She has been the art features editor for Hyphen magazine, writer for Art Practical, board member at Kearny Street Workshop, and a recent Lucas Artist Program Resident at Montalvo. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for Art and Olfaction and a lecturer in the Global Arts Studies Program at UC Merced.

Rory Padeken is assistant curator at the San Jose Museum of Art. He is currently developing exhibitions  with Diana Thater, Richard Misrach, and Tabaimo. In 2013, he led SJMA’s curatorial team on the museum’s largest and most ambitious exhibition program to date, Around the Table: food, creativity, community, which included thirty artists, with eighteen commissions, and forty-three community partners. He has also curated several exhibitions from SJMA’s permanent collection and served as curator of record for traveling exhibitions from museums across the nation. Prior to his first appointment at SJMA, as curatorial assistant, he was the Achenbach Graphic Arts Council Fellow at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (2010). He received a BA in the History of Art from University of California, Berkeley (2006) and and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, San Francisco (2009). His MA thesis focused on British artist Tacita Dean.

Patricia Maloney is the founding editor and director of Art Practical. In 2013, she also became the publisher of the international online art journal Daily Serving. She is is an Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and a senior correspondent and producer for the weekly contemporary art podcast Bad at Sports. Maloney has written for Artforum, ArtChronika, the Brooklyn Rail, and Meatpaper, as well as for numerous exhibition catalogues. Between 2000 and 2012, she held curatorial positions at Ampersand International Arts in San Francisco; the MATRIX Program of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum; and the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, Japan. From 1999 to 2002, she was a Program Associate for the International Program at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Maloney has received writing residencies from the Philadelphia Art Hotel, the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Cannonball in Miami, and the Lannan Foundation in Marfa, TX. She holds her MA in Theory and History of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.

 Dr. Jordana Moore Saggese is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory & Chair of Visual Studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Trained as an art historian, Saggese’s work focuses on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on the expressions and theorizations of blackness. Saggese’s writing has appeared in catalogues for national and international exhibitions, as well as in the journals Exposure and nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. She has published work online for Artforum, CAA Reviews, and “smarthistory.org.” Her first book Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art, which reexamines the painting practice of the often-mythologized 1980s art star Jean-Michel Basquiat, was published by the University of California Press in the spring of 2014. In 2015 her interview with artist Jefferson Pinder will appear in the International Review of African American Art.