2021-2022 Theme:

“Ways of Seeing and Doing: The Return of the Gaze”

Through the prism of global pandemic and protest, this year-long theme confronts visuality and power via the emergent ways of seeing and doing that manifest in and through visual cultures—with particular attention to the dynamics of lives lived ever more via the online interface. We aim to go beyond the recognition of COVID-19 as the great revealer, to think with and at the limits of who has access to new modes of online communication and how increased visibility of political protest in the face of exacerbated structural inequity and heightened surveillance at the intersections of BIPOC, queer, feminist, ecological, crip activism and theorization visualize our constant struggles. In framing this year’s theme in terms of the potentials of the return of the gaze, we have invited talks and other events that focus on a wide range of approaches to how art, theatre, performance, film, bodies, and theorization in and through practice explore these topics.

Please join us!

The CVC has a video archive available upon request.

Please contact us if you would like to view a particular lecture from Fall 2018 – Present.

Anirban Baishya


Alina Sanchez  [column with B/W images]: Lopez (

Erma Fiend  [column with the “sweaty eddie” image]: (

Meltem Şahin [column with the hand-drawn figures]:  (

“GIF(ted) Bodies: Embodiment, Affect, and Gender in GIF Art”

Thursday, September 23, 2021
4:00 PM CDT

Zoom Webinar Link:

“Thinking Through the GIF Economy”
Friday, September 24, 2021
12:00 PM CDT Zoom Meeting

*To receive the link for the workshop, please RSVP to

All are welcome!

Jorge Marcone

“With Natural Lighting: Painting and Filming History and the Invisible Amazonia”

Thursday, November 4, 2021
5:00 PM
Elvehjem L160

“How to Tow a Net: Reciprocity and Collaboration in Amazonian Visual Arts”

Friday, November 5, 2021
12:00 PM
University Club, Room 212
432 East Campus Mall

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All are welcome!

Patrick Anderson

Image: still from body-worn camera footage captured during an incident on October 6, 2019 in San Francisco. In the image, the shadows of three human figures can be seen on an asphalt surface. One of the figures appears to be grabbing the back of another figure, and has an arm raised as if to strike. On the opposite side of the image is the shadow of what appears to be a hand holding a gun.

“‘Someone is Dying Before Your Eyes’: performance theory and police violence”

Thursday, October 7, 2021
5:00 PM CDT Zoom Webinar


“Oversight for Artists”
Friday, October 8, 2021
12:00 PM CDT Zoom Meeting

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All are welcome!

Paula Amad

Image: “F.W. Brinton and Model Airship,”
c. late 1880s. Special Collections,
University of Iowa Main Library.

Cin-aereal attractions:
F.W. Brinton and the

Technical and Fantastical Correspondences between
Early Aviation and Cinema”

Thursday, November 18, 2021
4:00 PM CST

Zoom Webinar Link:

“‘Shadow Sites’: Clouded Vision in the Archives of Aerial Photography”

Friday, November 19, 2021
12:00 PM CST
Zoom Meeting

*To attend the workshop and receive a link, please RSVP to

All are welcome!