Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Graduate Lecture Series

Michael Arcega
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 6:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Lecture: Language and Landscape: Where Am I and Who Are These People?!!!

Michael Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Directly informed by historic events, material significance, and the format of jokes, his subject matter deals with sociopolitical circumstances where power relations are unbalanced. As a naturalized American, there is a geographic dimension to Arcega’s investigation of cultural markers that are embedded in objects, food, architecture, visual lexicons, and vernacular languages. An alumnus of SFAI, he is a recipient of an Art Council grant (Artadia), Joan Mitchell MFA Award, Headlands Center for the Arts MFA Fellowship, and Guggenheim Fellowship.

Michael Arcega
The New Colossus (A Translation), 2012
Nacirema artifacts and wood, 132 x 288 x 6 inches

About the Graduate Lecture Series
SFAI's Graduate Lecture Series (GLS) allows students to engage with emerging and established artists, curators, critics, and historians working in both local and global art communities. As an investigation of the contemporary issues relevant to students’ full education and experience, GLS gives the entire graduate body a common interdisciplinary foundation. It also plays a crucial role in defining individual praxis and the meanings of “success” within the current and future landscape of contemporary art. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with some of the guests for individual critiques, small group colloquia, and informal gatherings after the lectures.

All Summer GLS lectures begin at 6:30 pm on Fridays in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit