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Now What! Critical Issues for Art in the Public Realm

Tuesday, November 13, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
University Theater, California State University, Long Beach
Free | RSVP on Eventbrite or Facebook

A discourse on agency, collaboration, accountability, and co-creation, from the perspective of artists, communities, and institutions with Allison Agsten, Essence Harden, and Megan Steinman.

About the Panelists

Allison Agsten is the Director of The Main Museum, an institution focused on Los Angeles artists that organizes around a residency program rather than a collection. Previously, as Curator of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum, she led a pioneering program devoted to creating an exchange between visitors and the museum through works of art. Agsten also oversaw the museum’s artist board, initiated the Hammer’s visitor services department, and organized a major offsite partnership with Art + Practice, an art and social services non-profit in south L.A. Prior to her time at the Hammer, Agsten was Director of Communications at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), spearheading a number of projects related to accessibility. Prior to joining LACMA, Agsten covered the arts as a producer in CNN’s Los Angeles bureau.

Essence Harden is a Ph.D. Candidate, independent curator, writer, and artist. Essence has curated exhibitions at Charlie James Gallery, California African American Museum (CAAM), Antenna Gallery (New Orleans), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Advocate and Gochis Galleries, and Residency Art Gallery (2019). Their writing has appeared in Leste Magazine, Performa Magazine, SFAQ: International Arts and Culture, Everyday Feminism, Palmss Magazine, and Acres. Essence graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History from UC Berkeley in 2011. Essence received their Master of Arts from the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley in 2013 and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. Essence resides in Los Angeles, CA where they co-publish the art publication kin., co-designed a pair of shoes for Everybody.World and DJ’s vinyl occasionally.   

Megan Steinman is an independent curator, writer, and Director of The Underground Museum in Los Angeles. Megan's exhibition projects exploring performance, photography and new media have been shown at institutions around the world, including Museo Pecci Milano, Dolby Gallery, Sonos Studio Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, District Berlin, ICA Boston, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She has written for and/or produced several artist books, including Edges of the Experiment by Marie-Josè Jongerius, Dance/Draw by Helen Molesworth, and American Music by Annie Leibovitz. In 2020, she will launch a new exhibition at Los Angeles International Airport, awarded by LA’s Department of Cultural A airs.the kinesthetic experience of six contemporary dance-based art works through the lens of political and spatial theories in order to locate political empathy in everyday movement, social encounters and lived experiences. Megan holds a Master of Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Art. Prior to graduate school, she was the Creative Director for Capitol Records. From 2000-2004, Megan was the chief researcher, producer and artist liaison for photographer Annie Leibovitz’s book “American Music.”


Farm to Student: Produce on the Plaza

December 3 (Every First Monday of the Fall and Spring Semester) 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free event | UAM Plaza

Farm to Student: Produce on the Plaza brings Long Beach farmers market produce to CSULB students and provides a platform for healthy resources, public health services, and student empowerment. 

CSULB students are invited to stop by for FREE fresh farmers market produce, on the plaza, while supplies last. Produce-based activities, exchanges, and resources, offered on a rotating basis. Farm to Student: Produce on the Plaza is presented by the University Art Museum in partnership with Food Forward, HFHM370/Hospitality Management, and the CSULB Basic Needs Program.

Past Event: UAM Modern Architecture Tour 2018

architecture tour
Left to right: Clock, Waestman, Clock Law Offices; The Pekrul House; Gibbs & Gibbs Office. Photo by Darren Bradley.

Thank you for all who attended and supported the Saturday, October 13 event, which showcased six mid-century gems in Long Beach, CA.

Archive details are on the Modern Architecture Tour webpage