Gala Porras-Kim (b. 1984, Bogotá) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work is made through the process of learning about the social and political contexts that influence how intangible things, such as sounds, language and history, have been represented in the fields of linguistics, history and museology. Porras-Kim’s work comes from a research-based practice that considers the way institutions frame inherited codes and forms and conversely, how objects can be used to make an official narrative through artifacts. Her work has been recently included in the Whitney Biennial and Ural Industrial Biennial (2019), and Gwangju and Sao Paulo Biennales (2021). She was a recent David and Roberta Logie Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and currently artist in residence at the Getty.
About the Image: 109 West Mexico Ceramics from the LACMA Collection: Colima Index, 2017, Graphite, colored pencil and acrylic ink on paper, 73 ½” x 133 ½ “ Collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The Graduate Art Seminar is a forum for graduate students and members of the ArtCenter community to enter into dialog with internationally recognized artists, critics, and art historians. The Seminar is a core component of ArtCenter's Graduate Art program. The Seminar is also free and open to the public.
ArtCenter's Graduate Art program is based on intensive studio practice and rigorous academic coursework. The program is distinguished by its low faculty-to-student ratio that provides students with the attention and feedback they need to refine and achieve their artistic goals. Faculty and students are artists working in all genres—film, video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance and installation. A significant number of alumni have achieved national and international acclaim and often return to share their insights and expertise as visiting faculty and guest lecturers.