This course will explore the various approaches and methods to giving an artist talk as a tool for the exploration of a conceptual and creative artistic practice. Individuals will work to develop public speaking skills, presentation formats, and lecture delivery styles which also provide a vital function for professional development. Students will also develop a unique and critical approach to delivering an artist talk that reflects their personal practice and professional goals.
Leila Weefur is an artist, writer, and curator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. She received her MFA from Mills College. She tackles the complexities of phenomenological Blackness through video, installation, printmaking, and lecture-performances. Using materials and visual gestures to access the tactile memory, she explores the abject, the sensual and the nuances found in the social interactions and language with which our bodies have to negotiate space. She is a recipient of the Hung Liu award, the Murphy & Cadogan award, and the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund. Weefur has worked with local and national institutions including SFMOMA, Southern Exposure, The Wattis at CCA, and Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York. She is the Audio/Video, Editor In Chief at Art Practical and a member of The Black Aesthetic.