LARA BULLOCK           

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ABOUT LARA

Lara Bullock is a writer, contemporary art historian, and curator. She earned her Ph.D. in Contemporary Art History at the University of California, San Diego in 2015. She received her B.A. in Art History with Honours from the University of British Columbia, with an English Minor (2005) and her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with scholarships from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). As a critic, she has published for a variety of print and online media. She has composed various catalogue essays for both galleries and museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego's catalogue for the exhibition Viva la Revolucion: Dialogue with the Urban Landscape. As both a curator and scholar, Lara is interested in cultural criticism, DIY aesthetics, and "art" as a malleable and ever changing term, especially as it is accepted in the world of galleries, museums, and the academy.                           

 

EDUCATION

PhD     2015                             University of California, San Diego
                                               Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Department of Visual Arts, ABD
                                               Concentration: Street Art; Twentieth Century and Contemporary Art; Critical and Textual Theory
                                               Chairs: Norman Bryson and Grant Kester

MA     2007                               School of the Art Institute of Chicago
                                               Degree: Master of Arts, Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism
                                               Concentration: Twentieth Century and Contemporary Art; Critical and Textual Theory
                                               Thesis: As is Art, so is Art Writing: Stylistic Intersections of Contemporary Artists, Critics, Philosophers, and Historians
                                               Advisors: James Elkins, Joseph Grigely, and Mary Jane Jacob

BA     2005                               University of British Columbia
                                               Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Art History (Departmental Honors) and English Minor
                                               Honors Thesis: The Non-persistence of Memory, Time and Identity: A Critical Reflection on Mike Kelley's Educational Complex, Christian Boltanski's                                                Passion, and Stan Douglas's Der Sandman
                                               Advisor: William Wood, Associate Professor

2002-2003                                University of East Anglia, Study Abroad
                                               Concentration: Art History, English Literature, Creative Writing

2000-2001                                University of Miami
                                               Concentration: Psychology and Music Therapy

 

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

2013-14                                   HELM, A Ship In The Woods, Del Mar, CA (a series of seven solo exhibitions)

2013                                       Corpus, Visual Arts Gallery at SME, University of California, San Diego, CA

2012                                       Living As Form (The Nomadic Version), University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CA  

2012                                       NanoMicroMega, SME Gallery, San Diego, CA  (Assistant Curator to Lucia Sanroman)

2012                                       New Institutions, Visual Arts Facility Gallery, La Jolla, CA 

2012                                       Immigrant/Emmigrant, Angels Gate, San Pedro, CA 

2011                                       Disperse, The University Art Gallery, La Jolla, CA (http://uag.ucsd.edu/exhibitions/current.shtml)

2011                                       Laid Bare, The Loft Gallery, San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA

2011                                       the FUTURE, Marcuse Gallery, La Jolla, CA 

2010                                       Captured!, University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego                              

2006                                       Integrated Visions, John M. Flaxman Library, Chicago, IL  

 

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2012                                       tideLANDS, The Port of San Diego Public Art Office, San Diego, CA 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013                                       Graduate Student Researcher, Engaged Scholarship, Center for the Humanities, University of California, San Diego

2012-2013                               Curator, Visual Arts Gallery at SME, University of California, San Diego

2012-2013                               Discursive and Curatorial Practice Initiative Member, University of California, San Diego

2012-2013                               Exhibition Tour Guide, University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego

2012-2013                               Preparator's Assisstant, University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego

2010                                       Curatorial Research Assisstant, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

2010                                       Curatorial Intern, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

2010                                       Curator, GSA Gallery, University of California, San Diego

2008-2011                               Visiting Artist Lecture Series Committee, University of California, San Diego

2008                                       Pros Journal, Founding Member, University of California, San Diego

2008-2011                               Ph.D. Faculty Representative, University of California, San Diego

2008                                       Grant Writer, Alogon Gallery

2007                                       Gallery Assistant, Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery

2007                                       Freelance Writer, STEP Inside Design Magazine

2007                                       Freelance Writer, TimeOut Chicago

2007                                       Departmental Representative to Prospective Students, Art History Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2007                                       Volunteer, Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art, Galerie St. Etienne

2006-2007                               Curatorial Intern, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

2006-2007                               Staff Writer, F Newsmagazine, Department of Student Publications, School of the Art Institute of Chicago  

2006-2007                               Art History Department Lecture Programming Committee, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2006-2007                               Assistant Administrative Director, Office of Ceramics, Performance, and Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2004-2005                               Gallery Assistant, Moris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery

2002                                       Open Studio Coordinator, Vancouver Art Gallery

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2013                                        Reader, Arts of Japan, Kuiyi Shen                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2013                                        Associate Instructor, Formations of Modern Art: Street Art & Graffiti                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2013                                        Instructor, Art Through The Ages: Greek & Roman Art                      
                                               University of California, San Diego
Extension                                 

2013                                        Reader, Arts of China, Kuiyi Shen                     
                                               University of California, San Diego
                                 

2012                                        Reader, Arts of Japan, Kuiyi Shen                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2012                                        Teaching Assissant, The Message: The Rise and Globalization of Hiphop, Camille Forbes                  
                                               University of California, San Diego           

2012                                        Teaching Assissant, Dwelling-Designing Equality, Nancy Kwak                  
                                               University of California, San Diego

2011                                        Teaching Assissant, A History of Time: Time in Modern Society, Stefan Tanaka                   
                                               University of California, San Diego

2011                                        Teaching Assissant, Society of the Spectacle, Charles Thorpe                   
                                               University of California, San Diego

2010                                        Adjunct Instructor, History of Western Art                   
                                               Southwestern College, San Diego

2010                                        Teaching Assissant, Writing and the Arts of Memory, Catherina Gere                    
                                               University of California, San Diego

2010                                        Teaching Assissant, Introduction to Asian Art, Kuiyi Shen                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2010                                        Reader, Roman Art, Sheldon Nodelman                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2009                                        Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Modern Art and Visual Culture: 1660-1900, Norman Bryson                      
                                               University of California, San Diego

2009                                        Teaching Assissant, Arts of Modern China, Kuiyi Shen                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2009                                        Teaching Assistant, Introduction to the History of Art, Ancient to Modern, Ann Woods                      
                                               University of California, San Diego

2009                                        Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Asian Art, Kuiyi Shen                      
                                               University of California, San Diego
                 
2008                                        Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Modern Art and Visual Culture: 1660-1900, Norman Bryson
                                               University of California, San Diego          

2007- 2008                               Adjunct Instructor, History of Western Art I                                       
                                               Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg
                                                                                                                                                 
2006                                        Teaching Assistant, Issues in Visual and Critical Studies, James Elkins
                                               School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2006                                        Instructor, Survey of Ancient to Modern Art and Architecture                       
                                               School of the Art Institute of Chicago
                 
2005                                        Teaching Assistant, Survey of Ancient to Modern Art and Architecture, Daniel Merkle
                                               School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

2014                                       Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of California, San Diego

2014                                       Award for outstanding service in providing accomodations to UC San Diego students with disabilities, University of California, San Diego

2013                                       Field Research Fellowship, University of California, San Diego                                                                  

2012                                       Curatorial Prize Recipient, University of California, San Diego

2011                                       Tinker Pre-Dissertation Grant for Graduate Study (Brazil), University of California, San Diego  

2010                                       Russell Grant (Italy, London, Norway), University of California, San Diego  

2005-2007                               Art Institute of Chicago Grant for Graduate Study, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2001-2007                               Golden Key Honor Society

2005                                       John H. Zeisler Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2002-2003                               Hugh M. Brock Education Abroad Scholarship, University of British Columbia

2001                                       Dean's List, University of Miami

2001                                       Provost's Honor Roll, University of Miami

2000-2001                               George Edgar Merrick Scholarship, University of Miami     

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2014                                        Limited Edition Prints: The Artist and the Printshop (Gestalten) co-authored with Pedro Alonzo, ISBN-13: 978-3899555110

2014                                        "Micro Cities: Swoon's Architectural Conversation Pieces and the Confrontation of Publics"
                                               in Urban Popcultures (ebook), Oxford Interdisciplinary Press

2013                                        The Paradoxical Eulogy: An Exploration of Surveillance, Rumor, and Psyche in Mark Bradford's Hermes commissioned by Eloisa Haudenschild                                                for The Haudenschild Garage

2013                                        "Size Matters"
                                               Catalogue for the exhibition entitled Object Object!: A Collection of Smaller Works at Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA
                                               Curated by good good things

2012                                        Laid Bare
                                               Catalogue for the exhibition entitled Laid Bare at Loft Studios & Galleries, San Pedro, CA
                                               Curated by Lara Bullock

2010                                        Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue With the Urban Landscape
                                               Catalogue Essays for the exhibition entitled Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue With the Urban Landscape
                                               Curated by Pedro Alonzo and Lucia Sanroman at Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA

2010                                       "Re-Writing the Waves"
                                               Catalogue Essay for the exhibition entitled Restoration and Ruin, by Clare Parry at Marcuse Gallery, San Diego, CA

2009                                        "Madness and Civilization"
                                                Catalogue Essay for the exhibition entitled The Dark Tower curated by Cauleen Smith at Compact Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007                                         "Targeting Johns: The Influence of Jasper Johns in Contemporary Art Practice"
                                                Catalogue Essay for the exhibition at G2 Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007                                         "Out of the Box and Onto the Scene"
                                                 Essay for the exhibition entitled Unwrapped at Temp Gallery, New Orleans, LA

 

SELECTED ARTICLES

2009                             "New Drawings" THE Magazine, July/August 2009  

                                                                             "Mark Dean Veca: Painting, Wall Drawings, and Collaborations" THE Magazine, May 2009  

2007                             "Ochsenfest" STEP Inside Design Magazine, March/April 2007  

                                                                             "DeVotchka" STEP Inside Design Magazine, March/April 2007 

                                                                             "Canadian Council Archives" STEP Inside Design Magazine, March/April 2007

                                                                             "Caught in the Valley: Larry Sultan at the MoCP"F Newsmagazine, March 2007

                                                                             "Open and Shut," TimeOut Chicago, February 22-28, 2007

2006                             "Open Your Art to Me: The Artworld Unites at The Chicago Art Open" F  Newsmagazine,  Dec 2006

                                                                             "Trans-X-hibition" F Newsmagazine, Nov 2006

                                                                             "Heads Will Roll at Scott Fife's Latest Exhibition," F Newsmagazine, Oct 2006

                                                                             "The Totally Radical Faculty Sabbatical," F Newsmagazine, Oct 2006

                                                                             "Massive Change: The Future of Global Design?," F Newsmagazine, Sept 2006

                                                                             "New York's Iron Artist," F Newsmagazine Web Exclusive, Summer 2006                

 

CONFERENCES/PRESENTATIONS/PAPERS

2013                                        Urban Popcultures III Conference
                                               Paper Title: Micro Cities: Swoon's Architectural Conversation Pieces and the Confrontation of Publics
                                               Prague, Czech Republic

2012                                        Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, Tinker Foundation Symposium
                                               Paper Title: Sao Paulo Streets: From Pixo to Logo
                                               Copley Internationa Conference Center, University of California, San Diego

2008                                        Fear Minus One Film Screening, curated by Stephen Hepworth
                                               Paper Title: Takeshi Murata and Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960)
                                               University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego

2008                                        Fear Minus One Film Screening, curated by Stephen Hepworth
                                               Paper Title: Gabriel Lester and Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974)
                                               University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego         

2007                                        Interdisciplinary Graduate Thesis Symposium
                                               Paper Title: Pictures, Prose, and Persuasion
                                               Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago

2004                                        Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference
                                               Paper Title: Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida, and the Photograph Refocused
                                               University of British Columbia

 

GUEST LECTURES

2012                                        VIS 23: Information Technologies in Art History, Professor Jack Greenstein, University of California, San Diego

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2012-2013                                Cultural Coordinator, Graduate Student Association, University of California, San Diego

2012-2013                                Service Committee, Graduate Student Association, University of California, San Diego

2012-2013                                Allies Committee, Graduate Student Association, University of California, San Diego

2012-2013                                President's Committee for Diversity, Graduate Student Association, University of California, San Diego

2012-2013                                Campus Activism Committee, Graduate Student Association, University of California, San Diego

2010-2011                                MFA/PhD Liason, University of California, San Diego       

2008-2010                                Visiting Artist Lecture Series Committee, PhD Representative, University of California, San Diego

2008-2010                                PhD Faculty Representative, University of California, San Diego

2008                                        Pros Journal Founding Member, University of California, San Diego

2007                                        Departmental Representative for Prospective Students,Art History Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago       

2006-2007                                Art History Department Lecture Programming Committee, PhD Representative, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

College Art Association                                                   

 

LANGUAGES READ/SPOKEN

German                 
French                           
English                              
Rudimentary Portuguese                        

 

COLLECTIONS

Joan Flasch Artist Books collection, -MENT

 

 

*** Title image is of the remains of a recreation of Nam June Paik's Zen For Head (1962) performed by Lara Bullock and Natalie Sciortino under the direction of Simon Anderson on October 28th, 2005 during FLUXUS on LSD at the opening of the Secret Histories Museum in Bridgeport, IL.