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Last Updated 1/25

Unable to attend an event? Check back 72 hours after the event for a recording link*.
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*Please note, not all events are recorded.

February 2021

February 4, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Guests: RAFFMA Student Assistants
Chase Hanson and Erika Kelley

Register for Art Hour - Feb. 4

February 6, 2021
Opening of Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press

This exciting exhibition feature works by 14 African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation in the Bay Area and beyond. The show covers a wide range of prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptures, and includes an array of abstract and formal imagery. Narratives that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives are woven throughout. At the heart of this show is a Berkeley based fine art print studio—Paulson Fontaine Press—who over the past two decades has developed an unparalleled roster of internationally celebrated artists - artists like Martin Puryear, Kerry James Marshall,  and the Gee’s Bend Quilters – who characterize the fresh perspectives that are today’s avant-garde.

A reception will take place on Saturday, February 27th at 4 p.m.

View the Exhibition

February 11, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
CSU PLATFORM Lecture
Guest Artist: Shaun Leonardo

Shaun Leonardo’s multidisciplinary work negotiates societal expectations of manhood,  namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. His performance practice,  anchored by his work in Assembly—a diversion program for court-involved youth at the  Brooklyn-based, non-profit Recess—is participatory and invested in a process of embodiment. 

Register for PLATFORM - Feb. 11

February 17, 5 - 6 p.m.
Egyptian Trivia Night

Are you an expert in Ancient History? Are you interested in Egypt? Or are you looking to just have some fun? Come participate in our Ancient Egyptian trivia night! All are welcome, no matter how much history you know.

Register for Egyptian Trivia Night - Feb. 17

February 18, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Guests: Daniel Escamilla, RAFFMA Photographer
Andrew Thompson, CSUSB Art & Design Lecturer

Register for Art Hour - Feb. 18

February 18, 5 - 6 p.m.
Cocktails with the Collection
Host: Eva Kirsch, RAFFMA Director

Topic: Selected portraits from RAFFMA collection – portraits of famous (or yet to become famous…) individuals by well-known or very famous artists. Some of the portraits have not been exhibited in years, so this is a very special opportunity.

Register for Cocktails with the Collection - Feb. 18

February 24, Noon - 1 p.m.
RAFFMA Intro to Calligraphy
in collaboration with Alumni Relations - #Coyote4Life week

Join RAFFMA Staff member, Diego as he teaches calligraphy using just a couple of pencils and tape. The style of calligraphy is a variation of Fraktur known as William's Style of German text. This live session will show you how to get started in the art of calligraphy and go over the lesson on page 1 of the downloadable handout. The additional pages are for you to continue your practice on your own. This session is perfect for all ages and skill levels!

Register for Intro to Calligraphy - Feb. 24

February 27, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Online Reception for Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press

Join RAFFMA as we celebrate the new exhibition Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press.

This online reception will take you through an in-depth audio and visual tour of the new virtual exhibition. Event special guests include Rhea Fontaine and Pam Paulson, Owners of the Paulson Fontaine Press. At the end of the virtual tour, guests will participate in an open Q&A with Rhea, Pam, and John Fleeman, RAFFMA Exhibition Designer.

Register for the Reception - Feb. 27


March 2021

March 11, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Guests: Diego Robles, CSUSB Art Lecturer

Register for Art Hour - March 11

March 11, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
CSU PLATFORM Lecture
Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver in conversation with artist Howardena Pindell

Registration Link Coming Soon

March 16, 5 - 6 p.m.
Intro to Hieroglyph's Workshop

Hosted by: Bryan Kraemer, RAFFMA Research Egyptologist

Register for Hieroglyph Workshop - March 16

March 25, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Guests: Kate Liszka, Associate Professor The Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology
Bryan Kraemer, RAFFMA Research Egyptologist
Erika Kelley, RAFFMA Collections Student

Register for Art Hour - March 25

March 25, 5 - 6 p.m.
Cocktails with the Collection
Host: Kasia Szpakowska, W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence

Register for Cocktails with the Collection - March 25


April 2021

April 8, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Guests: Fred Brashear, MFA Alumnus
Andrea Cleary, MFA Student
Daniel Escamilla, RAFFMA Photographer

Register for Art Hour - April 8

April 10, 1:30 p.m.
Redeeming Demons: Coopting Demonic Forces for Good in Ancient Egypt

The word “demon” is used throughout Egyptology for a number of divine or semi-divine creatures encountered in art and texts. Although there is no term for “demon” in Egyptian, scholars have applied this term freely for creatures with an especially menacing demeanor found in the texts that describe the underworld.  But it also appears in reference to other areas of Egyptian magic, medicine, and mortuary art. Demons appear to have malevolent and benevolent tendencies in Ancient Egyptian religion. This conference will look at the benevolent demons. It will especially focus on how the Ancient Egyptians used magic or myth to coerce ostensibly naturally malevolent forces. The study of demons in Ancient Egyptian religion is undergoing a renaissance. This conference will bring together experts in the topic of Demons in Ancient Egypt to offer their perspectives on how the Ancient Egyptians conceived of magical, ritual, and mythical strategies to bend evil to do the will of good.

Panelists: 
Kasia Szpakowska, Ph.D., W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence, CSUSB (spring 2021)
Rita Lucarelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Egyptology Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley
Joshua A. Roberson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History Department of Art at the University of Memphis
Bryan Kraemer, RAFFMA Research Egyptologist and Lecturer in History at CSUSB

Register for Redeeming Demons - April 10

April 22, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Guests: TBD

Register for Art Hour - April 22

April 29, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
CSU PLATFORM Lecture
People’s Kitchen Collective

People's Kitchen Collective (PKC) works at the intersection of art and activism as a food-centered political education project. Based in Oakland, California, our creative practices reflect the diverse histories and backgrounds of co-founders Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Jocelyn Jackson, and Saqib Keval. Written in our families' recipes are the maps of our migrations and the stories of our resilience. It is from this foundation that we create immersive experiences that honor the shared struggles of our people. We believe in radical hospitality as a strategy to address the urgent social issues of our time.

Register for PLATFORM - April 29

The above events and dates are subject to change. Please raffma@csusb.edu to confirm.