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Special Lectures

Joyce Cutler-Shaw's Dialogues In Art & Architecture Series

Free Series


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

All lectures begin at 7:30PM



MEXUS: Cross-Border Citizens

Teddy Cruz, Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization, UCSD
Fonna Forman, Professor of Political Theory, UCSD
Moderator » Robert Pincus, PhD


Is there a Cross-Border Citizen, whose idea of belonging is not defined by jurisdictional boundaries of the nation state but by the shared interests, norms and aspirations that define a region?  In this time of divisive political rhetoric, and obsession with borders, can we reconceive citizenship in cultural terms?  Cruz and Forman will discuss their inspirations for MEXUS, their installation for U.S. Pavillion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.


Teddy Cruz is a professor of Public Culture and Urbanization in the Department of Visual Arts at UCSD.  Fonna Forman is a professor of Political Theory and Founding Director of the Center on Global Justice at UCSD.  Together they are principles in Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, a research-based political and architectural practice investigating issues of informal urbanization, civic infrastructure and public culture, with a special emphasis on the border region. Blurring conventional boundaries between theory and practice, and transgressing the fields of architecture and urbanism, political theory and urban policy, visual arts and public culture, Cruz + Forman lead variety of urban research agendas and civic / public interventions in the San Diego-Tijuana border region and beyond.




Since 1991, Dialogues in Art and Architecture has been a program of free public talks on the experimental edge of new art—particularly across disciplines—and architecture, addressing architectural design, urban planning, public culture, our changing ecology, and the artist’s perspective on these issues, as models of possibilities for the San Diego environment. The series consists of lectures by outstanding professionals of national/international reputation with art critic Robert Pincus as moderator.


Previous participants have included architects Kisho Kurokawa, Raoul Bunschoten, and Julie Eizenberg; artists Allan Kaprow, Allan Sekula, and Martha Rosler; writers and social historians David Antin, Mike Davis, and Kevin Starr; and scientists such as Jonas Salk.


The programs are underwritten through the Joyce Cutler-Shaw Endowment Fund. 



Robert L. Pincus served as the art critic of The San Diego Union-Tribune for 25 years, beginning in 1985. From 1981 to 1985, he was an art critic for the Los Angeles Times. He has won many journalism prizes for his art writing, including the Chemical Bank Award for Distinguished Newspaper Art Criticism.He has a combined Ph.D. in English and Art History from the University of Southern California and is the author of a seminal book on American artists Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, entitled On a Scale that Competes with the World. He has contributed essays to many other books and exhibition catalogs, including Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums, Sophie Calle: The Reader and Robert Wilson: Space/Time. He also authored the essay for the catalog that accompanies the current exhibition at the Athenaeum, Trio. He has written regularly for numerous magazines, including Art in America and Art News, for four decades and has contributed commentary and stories to many other publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He teaches courses in writing, theory and criticism for the graduate art program at California State University, Long Beach and has taught art history courses at the University of San Diego since 1998.


Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037



Series tickets: free