An Event Series of Socially Engaged Artists, Collectives,
and Curators in Conversation

Presented by ConSortiUm, a collaborative project of California State University art galleries and museums

ConSortiUm, a collaborative project of art museums and galleries from the California State University (CSU) system, is pleased to announce a virtual event series that actively engages students, faculty, staff, and communities through visual arts-based dialogue. The inaugural program, PLATFORM, launched in September 2020, and planned through the whole academic year of 2020-2021, is to include six live virtual conversations with contemporary artists, collectives, and curators whose work is critical to current re-imaginings of the art world, and the world at large. 

All events will be presented live via Zoom and during Pacific Standard Time hours with access for all CSU campuses. These events are also free and open to the public. Recordings of the events will be available for live-stream viewing and archived by sponsoring institutions for future viewing whenever possible.

ConSortiUm is a ground-breaking collaborative that generates opportunities to include artists, curators, students, faculty, staff, and other allies from across the CSU campuses in visual arts-conversational exchange. The CSU system represents the largest public four-year college system in the country, with more than 480,000 students enrolled at twenty-three campuses. Formed in Spring 2020 in response to the distance learning implemented by the CSU during the Covid-19 pandemic, ConSortiUm members are dedicated to responding to current societal issues and the pressing demand for an end to systemic and overt racism in California and beyond. 

Platform CSU Art Speaker Series

Spring 2021 Events

Artist Shaun Leonardo

Hosted by San Jose State, San Diego State, and Sacramento State

Valerie Cassel Oliver and Howardena Pindell in Conversation

Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in conversation with artist Howardena Pindell

Hosted by Grand Central Art Center, CSU Fullerton, Begovich Gallery, CSU Fullerton, and CSU Dominguez Hills

People’s Kitchen Collective

Hosted by San Jose State, San Francisco State, Sonoma State, and CSU San Bernardino


Fall 2020 Events


A conversation with artists Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist
Hosted by CSU Humboldt, CSU Long Beach, and Fresno State

Forensic Architecture:

A conversation with founder Eyal Weizman
Hosted by CSU Bakersfield and Sacramento State