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Visual Culture Seminar

Thursday, February 23, 2023
2:30pm to 4:00pm
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Dabney Hall 115
Erin Johnson, Filmmaker, visual artist, and Chair of the Department of Film and Video at the Maryland Institute College of Art,

Filmmaker, visual artist, and Professor Erin Johnson will join in conversation with Caltech's current artist-in-residence Caitlin Berrigan to discuss her short films and immersive installations which interlace documentary, experimental, and narrative filmmaking devices to interrogate notions of collectivity, dissent, and queer identity. Through several projects that include site-specific performances by artists, biologists, oceanographers and film extras, she will explore ongoing legacies of scientific research and nationalism.

Johnson's work will be screened as part of Cassandra with a flood in her mouth: A chorus, a riot, a cult, a swarm at the REDCAT, 8:30pm on February 27th, co-curated by Caitlin Berrigan and Suzy Halajian. To preview Johnson's videos in advance of the artist talk, please email [email protected] for links.

Erin Johnson is a visual artist based in New York. Johnson received an MFA and Certificate in New Media from UC Berkeley in 2013, attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2019, and recently completed residencies at Pioneer Works (Brooklyn, NY), Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, NL), Lower Manhattan Community Council (LMCC, NY), Hidrante (San Juan, PR), and Lighthouse Works (Fishers Island, NY). She is the Chair of the Department of Film and Video at the Maryland Institute College of Art and was named one of 2022's "25 New Faces of Film" by Filmmaker Magazine. Her work has recently been exhibited or screened at MOCA Toronto (Toronto), Munchmuseet (Oslo), Times Square Arts (New York), deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Boston), Billytown (The Hague), and Telfair Museums (Savannah). She has upcoming exhibitions at Galleria Eugenia Delfini (Rome), Sanatorium (Istanbul), and Instituto Bardi (São Paulo).

The Caltech-Huntington Program in Visual Culture is funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and based in Caltech's Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences. In collaboration with The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, the program features undergraduate course offerings, guest lecturers, and other programming to foster conversations between humanists and scientists.

For more information, please contact Cecilia Lu by phone at 626-394-1724 or by email at [email protected].