Subject Matters: CalArts 2013 MFA Show

Claire de Dobay Rifelj is an LA-based curator and art historian who has organized exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Williams College Museum of Art, among other arts spaces.

Download the press release.

A catalogue designed by Brian Roettinger accompanies the exhibition and includes contributions by Claire de Dobay Rifelj and Lauren Mackler (founder and director of Public Fiction, which exists in print and space), as well as conversations with the artists.

The catalog is available online for $20.

CalArts School of Art MFA class of 2013 graduate exhibition. On view June 8-22, Mandarin Plaza, 970 N. Broadway Wed–Sun 12–6pm.

Curated by Claire de Dobay Rifelj, Subject Matters reflects the diverse fields the graduating MFAs engage with outside the discipline of art, in a wide range of mediums and approaches.

Participating artists from the programs in Art, Photography & Media, and Art & Technology:

Pablo Carrillo, Heisue Chung, Roslyn Cohen, Jamora Crawford, Benjamin Dean, Jason Roberts Dobrin, Conor Fields, W. Don Flores, Tara Foley, Satoe Fukushima, Ting Ying Han, Páll Haukur, Andrea Hidalgo, Marie Johnston, Johanna Hedva, Anne Guro Larsmon, Elin Lennox, Chandler McWilliams, Heather M. O'Brien, Minha Park, Lauralee Pope, Stephen Neidich, Bryne Rasmussen, Camilo Restrepo, Ashley M. Romano, Tamara Rosenblum, Vidisha Saini, Emily Shanahan, Dina Sherman, Vivian Sming, Lauren Steinberg, Marisa Williamson, Katrin Winkler, and Yiji Wu.


  • June 8th, 6–10pm

    Opening Reception

    Vidisha Saini — “Asking For It”, Speak Evil, 7pm

  • June 15th, 6–8pm

    Catalog Release Reception

    Vidisha Saini — “Her Crime”, Speak Evil, 7pm

  • June 19th, 7:30–10pm (at 951 Chung King Rd.)

    Vivian Sming — Disorient: A Discussion

    Moderated by Jonathan Takahashi & Vivian Sming

    "It is neither a petrified kind of time advancing in loops, nor a linear vision of history, but a positive experience of disorientation through an art-form exploring all dimensions of the present, tracing lines in all directions of time and space." - Bourriaud

    We cordially invite all to join us in discussing the role of Asian-American Pacific Islander artists within local, national, and global fields of art. Whether first, second, third generation, full, half, quarter, we will be discussing this thread of identity, exploring particularities of experience, position, and translation.

    This is an open forum. All are welcome to attend. Seating is limited, please RSVP to

  • June 20th, 7–9pm (at 951 Chung King Rd.)

    Roslyn Cohen – “Knishes and Amba* a companion piece to Searching for Ezra, Dreaming of Roza.”

    A multi-media lecture, including food, maps, collective memory and the power of distraction. The story of one family, the shifting borders of the Middle East and *pickled mangos.

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