Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 9:30am-11:00am
Boardroom SF Campus
Anu Vikram is a writer, curator, and educator. She currently holds the position of Artistic Director at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California, where she organizes 6-10 exhibitions and 30-50 residencies with contemporary American and international artists each year. 2016 highlights include Lucky Dragons: User Agreement, Shana Lutker: Scenes from Chapter Four, Vishal Jugdeo, and upcoming 2017 solo exhibitions are underway with Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle and Sherin Guirguis. Vikram works extensively with process-based, public, and participatory art forms, as both a curator and a critic, with a focus on transcultural approaches to technology and the social. She has organized over 50 exhibitions with California-based and international artists over the past decade, notably Sonya Rapoport: Spaces of Life (Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, 2012), Social Fabric (Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, 2013), and Uncommon Terrain (Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Venice, 2015).
Vikram’s research focus is transnational futurism, combining media studies, theory of globalization, and critical race discourse with modern and contemporary art history. Recent publications include “‘Naked in the Sight of the Object’: Masking, Masquerade, and Black Identity” (X-TRA, vol. 18 no. 4, Summer 2016), “Becoming Human: Nam June Paik’s Futuristic Compassion” (X-TRA, vol. 18 no. 1, Fall 2015), “A Brief and Incomplete History of Art and Technology Ventures in the Bay Area 1980-2010” (Afterimage, vol. 41, no. 6, Summer 2014), She is a regular contributor to X-TRA, KCET Artbound and DAILY SERVING, and have been published in Hyperallergic, Leonardo, SF Camerawork Journal, Afterimage, Artillery, The Brooklyn Rail, and Open Space, the blog of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.