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Show poster by J.C. Garrett

 "More than a face" PANEL discussion
Saturday march 2, 2024 • new start time! 2 pm 

In collaboration with  "More Than a Face," curated by Alternating Currents' alum Randy Hussong, we are organizing an informal panel at 120710 featuring artists and scholars on Saturday March 22 at 1 p.m.

Active, thought-provoking conversation is anticipated. Audience participation is encouraged.

From the 120710 website: "More than a Face brings together the work of 13 artists, spanning various ages and artistic mediums each contributing to a compelling dialog on portraiture, the self and the intricacies of alter egos. In a world where identity is a dynamic interplay of personal narratives, cultural influences, and self-perception, these works go beyond the depiction of facial features; they are windows into the soul, reflections of the myriad influences that shape one’s identity. “More than a Face” is an invitation to engage with the multifaceted nature of identity. It prompts reflection on the masks we wear, the alter egos we cultivate, and the unspoken narratives that lie beneath."


reversed desaturated portrait of Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein 1527

Panel Participants, Moderator and Curator Bio Notes

exhibition Curator Randy HussonG

Randy Hussong creates scul
ptural installations combining objects that synthesize art historical and pop references with social, political, comical and sensual realities. His work incorporates print strategies, repetition and DIY fabrication from mixed materials.

Hussong's current projects examines unhoused communities in the Bay Area and visualizations of sound.

Randy Hussong website

PAnelist Maria PorgeS

Maria Porges is an artist and writer whose work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since the late eighties. She received a SECA award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. A finalist for the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writer's Grant in 2014 and 2016,  her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, and a host of other now-defunct art magazines. She has also authored essays for over 120 exhibition catalogues and dozens of scripts for museum audio tours.

Maria Porges website

Panelist sarah cahill

Sarah Cahill, hailed as
“a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times and “a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers” by Time Out New York, has commissioned and premiered over seventy compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to Cahill include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Julia Wolfe, Roscoe Mitchell, Annea Lockwood, and Ingram Marshall. Keyboard Magazine writes, “Through her inspired interpretation of works across the 20th and 21st centuries, Cahill has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of many of our greatest living composers.” She headlined Alternating Currents inaugural show, "Spinet Farewell."

Sarah Cahill website


Olivia Ting is a hard of hearing visual artist, designer, photographer, video projectionist, and pianist. She explores audial perception without hearing and the intersections of sound perception interpreted as speech, noise, and music (organized sound). visuals stand in for the audio that she is familiar with, but hears and not hears.

She received her MFA Art Practice from U.C. Berkeley and has exhibited and performed in the Bay Area and nationally.

Olivia Ting website


Moderator jon Winet

Jon Winet is curr
ently a visiting professor in the UC Berkeley History of Art Department, leading "Contemporary Bay Area & Artists," an undergraduate upper division seminar. He is Co-Curator and Co-Director of Alternating Currents. 

He also directs "Oxford--America to the Ballot Box," a Mississippi-based project that addresses voter engagement and voter repression.

Project website

ARtist REspondents 
Artists in the show  Craig Nagasawa  and D.L. Pughe will respond to the panelists' remarks following the panel's formal presentation.

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