An Evening with Doug Aitken

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7:00pm

This is a past event.

Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, September 18, at 9 a.m. 


American artist Doug Aitken defies definitions of genre and explores every medium, from film and installations to architectural interventions. Utilizing a wide array of artistic approaches, Aitken leads us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts.

Aitken’s work challenges the boundaries between normally codified disciplines and art practices, and confronts many of the world’s pressing issues, including climate change, nature/artifice, technology, and the mediation of culture through screens and the moving image.

The Los Angeles–based artist and filmmaker’s career-spanning, multimedia presentation will touch on architecture, art, public space, the environment, and more.

Doug Aitken’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He participated in the 1997 and 2000 Whitney Biennials, and earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation Electric Earth. Aitken received the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize, and the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award for Visual Arts. In 2016, he received the Americans for the Arts National Arts Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts. In 2017, Aitken became the inaugural recipient of the Frontier Art Prize, a new contemporary art award that supports an artist to pursue bold projects that challenge the boundaries of knowledge and experience to reimagine the future of humanity.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Hadrian Predock (Architecture).

Image: Doug Aitken, Mirage, 2017
Photo: Ryan-Houchin

Event Type

Arts, Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni


University Park Campus


humanities, architecture, Art & design, Cinematic Arts, science & technology, employees



Admission is free. Reservations required.

Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative


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