Lecture by Genevieve Gaignard


Each semester, weekly visiting artist lectures host noted artists, curators, critics, and historians to share their perspectives, expertise, and current work, and to give insight into contemporary issues facing artists and designers.

Join Gaignard’s lecture via Zoom.

Genevieve Gaignard is a Los Angeles based artist whose work focuses on installation, sculpture, and photographic self-portraiture to explore race, femininity, and class. As a biracial woman in America, Gaignard investigates the aesthetic and cultural divide between black and white, a chasm as palpable as it is “invisible.” She interrogates notions of “passing” by positioning her own female body as the chief site of exploration - challenging viewers to navigate the powers and anxieties of intersectional identity. Recent solo exhibitions include, “A Long Way From Home,” MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA (2020); “Genevieve Gaignard, Outside Looking In,” Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (2020); “I’m Sorry I Never Told You That You’re Beautiful,” Vielmetter Los Angeles, CA (2019); “Counterfeit Currency,” FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY (2018); “Smell the Roses,” California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2016). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including: The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA; The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, AR; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA; Prospect.4, New Orleans. Genevieve Gaignard received her BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, and her MFA in Photography from Yale University, New Haven, CT.




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