The SMFA Visiting Artist Series is a Wednesday night conversation with artists on practice and processes. Sometimes additional events are co-developed with the visiting artist to deepen the exchange with students in formats that reflect the artists’ practice.

The 2016–2017 SMFA Visiting Artists Series is made possible through the generosity of Sandy Moose and Eric Birch.

All lectures at SMFA are free and open to the public.

Alejandro Gonzalez & Aynel David Guerra

Alejandro Photo

Artist Talk
Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 pm
Anderson Auditorium, SMFA at Tufts

Alejandro González was born in Havana in 1974. His work has been exhibited in Mexico, Colombia, the United States, Canada, Spain, Finland, Denmark, England, Scotland, Italy, and Cuba. Some of the exhibitions he has participated in are: Baobabs, FotoVisura (Latin American Pavilion, New York Photo Festival, New York, 2010); Fotología 6 (International Festival of Photography, Visual Arts Museum; National University of Colombia, Bogota, 2008); and Killing Time (Exit Art, New York, 2007). He received the Photography Prize at Casa de las Américas-CLACSO (Casa de las Américas, Havana, 2009) and the Batiscafo Residency (Triangle Arts Trust, Havana, 2006). In 2002, he was granted a residency to study at the School of Visual Arts and New Media in Cologne, Germany.

Aynel David Guerra is a lawyer and an independent curator based in Boston. He studied law at the University of Havana, Oxford, and Harvard University. He also holds a degree in International Relations from the Higher Institute of International Relations in Cuba. David founded Darkroom Boston in 2015, a project to display photography using unconventional forms at alternative spaces and to combine photography with other artistic expressions. His passion for innovation in the arts has led him to collaborate on a variety of projects and exhibitions as a photographer and curator in Boston. He is the co-founder of A R E A, an alternative to the contemporary art gallery.

Together, the artists will discuss local and global questions of justice by examining LGBT issues in Cuba, as well as teen subcultures.

Princess Nokia

Princess Nokia Photo

Listening Party
W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library, SMFA at Tufts
Date TBD

Artist Talk
Anderson Auditorium, SMFA at Tufts
Date TBD

Princess Nokia is an Afro-Nuyorican independent sound artist based in New York. Her work examines the multidimensional aspects of her background, including issues of genealogy, diaspora, power, and the boundaries of musical styles and histories.

Ezra Wube

Artist Talk
Wedesday, April 12, 6:30 pm
Anderson Auditorium, SMFA at Tufts

Ezra Wube is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Through autobiography, his work references the notion of past and present, the constant changing of place, and the dialogical tension between “here” and “there”.

Past Visiting Artists include


Jennifer Bornstein | Wed, Feb 2, 2016

Sep 3, 2015

Jennifer Bornstein works in diverse media, including video, 16-millimeter film, sculpture, and etching. ...

Áine Phillips | Mon, Feb 8, 2016

Sep 5, 2015

Special visitor, Dr Áine Phillips, is a visual artist, writer, curator and academic originally from Dublin, living in County Clare. Co-hosted with Performance. ...

Guy Maddin | Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Sep 6, 2015

Guy Maddin is an installation and internet artist, lecturer at Harvard University, writer and filmmaker. ...

Jeremy Bailey | Wed, Feb 17, 2016

Sep 7, 2015

Jeremy Bailey is a Toronto-based Famous New Media Artist whose work employs augmented reality software and hardware in international performances, often over the Internet. ...

Doug and Mike Starn | Wed, Feb 24, 2016

Sep 7, 2015

Deborah and Martin Hale Visiting Artist Lecture ...

Kate Gilmore | Wed, Mar 2, 2016

Sep 8, 2015

Kate Gilmore synthesizes video, sculpture, photography, and performance to activate post-feminist critiques of sex and gender. ...

Aslı Çavuşoğlu | Thur, March 3, 2016

Sep 8, 2015

Aslı Çavuşoğlu is a Turkish artist based in Istanbul. ...

Joselina Cruz | Wed, Mar 16, 2016

Sep 9, 2015

Joselina Cruz is the Director and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (Manila, Philippines). ...

Charmaine Wheatley | Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Sep 10, 2015

Charmaine Wheatley's practice, which includes performance, sculpture, printed matter and painting, involves a daily "sketchbook" habit. ...

Hank Willis Thomas | Tues, April 12, 2016

Sep 11, 2015

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. ...