KaleidoLA Guest Artist Speaker Series: Dr. Rebecca Hall and Dr. Aleesa Alexander

Friday, April 9, 2021 12:15pm to 1:15pm

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About the Event

KaleidoLA welcomes two leading curators whose work in campus-based museums exemplifies current efforts to decolonize and diversify institutional art collections. Dr. Rebecca Hall is Curator at the University of Southern California (USC) Pacific Asia Museum (PAM) in Pasadena, CA, where she probes the colonial implications of PAM’s historical collections while examining and critiquing its previous collecting practices. Dr. Aleesa Alexander is Assistant Curator of American Art at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, where she co-directs the Cantor’s Asian American Art Initiative (AAAI). The newly launched AAAI is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and public presentation of Asian American/diaspora artists and makers.

Dr. Hall and Dr. Alexander will each share their insights into dismantling colonial practices within art museum collections. Dr. Hall’s work examining existing historical collections and deconstructing Orientalism will be contrasted with Dr. Alexander’s efforts to build a new and preeminent resource for the preservation, research and public presentation of Asian American/diaspora artists and makers. This Zoom conversation will be moderated by Dr. Melody Rod-ari, Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History, LMU.

Read more about USC PAM’s decolonizing work
Read more about Stanford’s Asian American Art Initiative

About the Speakers

Dr. Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall is Curator at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA where she curated the 2020 special group exhibition “We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles.” Her PhD is in Southeast Asian Art History and her research and publications focus on Buddhist art and practice in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Her recent article examining Buddhist banners in Cambodia was published in the Textile Museum Journal in 2019. She was Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2013 to 2016.

Dr. Aleesa Alexander
Aleesa Alexander is Assistant Curator of American Art at the Cantor Arts Center. She strives to bring forward an expanded vision of American art in the museum and academia to comprehensively understand the history of artwork made in this country. She collaborates with the Cantor team to develop innovative exhibitions and campus programming surrounding the work of American artists. Alexander has been invited to present her research and writing at the Harvard Art Museums, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Folk Art Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; her scholarship has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, and the American Craft Council. From 2017-2018 she was a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About KaleidoLA

KaleidoLA is the Department of Art and Art History’s annual guest speaker series and is a featured program of the College of Communication and Fine Arts (CFA). For the past eight years, KaleidoLA has been a vital connection between Loyola Marymount University and the Los Angeles arts community. For Spring 2021, in collaboration with LMU’s Laband Art Gallery, KaleidoLA will thematically center artists whose artwork and lived experiences foreground issues of racial, economic and social justice. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, all lectures will be delivered live on Zoom.

For more information about this event, contact Karen Rapp, Director & Curator, Laband Art Gallery, karen.rapp@lmu.edu

Presented live online via Zoom.

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