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Samara Golden


  • Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD’s Campus

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Psychological Architecture

Golden’s lecture will focus on the psychological and metaphysical structures used to frame her work, specifically addressing the concept of Psychological Architecture. Using physical space as an allegory for psychological space, Golden’s disorienting installations use the personal as momentum but not as biography. Sometimes referring to layers of consciousness her environments often appear in conflict with each other, stratified both spatially and socially, and evoke the anxiety produced by a political climate rife with social and economic inequality. For this lecture Golden will consider the role of impossible space, the use of psychological, metaphysical and quantum structures, the role of the subliminal, and how an artist’s work can function as a convocation, exorcism, or psychic manifestation.


Samara Golden was born in Michigan, received her MFA from Columbia University, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Her recent project The Meat Grinder’s Iron Clothes was featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Golden has had recent solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and CANADA, New York. Her work was included in the 2014 Hammer Biennial, and Room to Live at MOCA Los Angeles. In 2015 a monograph on Golden was published by MoMA PS1, and her work has been written about in ArtForum, Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Mousse, among other publications.

Who is Samara Golden?

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Texas Student Lounge

Hang out with Toby and Gretchen and get to know the work of visiting artist Samara Golden. We’ll check out Golden’s work, eat some snacks, and get excited for the artist’s upcoming lecture and studio visits. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome.

Next Day Q+A Lunch with Samara Golden

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

RMCAD faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the VASD Program and artist Samara Golden for a casual Q+A session over lunch. This intimate gathering provides an opportunity to further discuss the ideas presented in the previous night’s lecture and a place to further engage with our special guest. Light lunch will be provided.

Studio Visits with Samara Golden

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Various Locations

Samara Golden will conduct one-on-one, 45-minute studio visits with RMCAD students.

All RMCAD students from all academic departments are welcome to participate. You do not need to have a studio in Spivak to participate.

To reserve a spot for this special opportunity RMCAD students are required to submit the following information via this form by Friday, October 5, 2018.

  1. Name
  2. Academic Department
  3. Phone Number
  4. Top three studio visit time slots (see below)
  5. A short paragraph (3-4 sentences) stating your interest in participating in this event.
  6. Do you have a studio in Spivak? Which one? (you are not required to have a studio to participate).

Studio Visit Time Slots

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
8:50 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Studio Visit #1
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Studio Visit #2
10:40 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Studio Visit #3
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Studio Visit #4
1:55 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Studio Visit #5
2:50 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Studio Visit #6
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Studio Visit #7


The VASD Program Committee will review submissions and selected students will be notified by Thursday, October 9, 2018.

Tuesdays with Toby – Samara Golden

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Texas Student Lounge
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Take a moment to chat with Toby about the visit and work of VASD Program guest Samara Golden. Still have questions about the artist’s lecture? Want to discuss the artist’s work over chips and salsa? Join us for Tuesdays with Toby!

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