Visiting Artist Lecture Series - Ala Ebtekar
The School of Art welcomes Ala Ebtekar to the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Ala Ebtekar (b. 1978) is an artist, researcher, and educator who works between his native San Francisco Bay Area and Tehran, Iran. Born in Berkeley to Iranian activist/artist parents, his work disquiets dominant notions of identity and complicates cultural differences. Ebtekar teaches at Stanford University in the Department of Art and Art History and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts. He is the founder and director of Art, Social Space, and Public Discourse, a three-year Stanford global initiative on art that investigates the multiple contexts that shift and define changing ideas of public space. Ebtekar holds an M.F.A. from Stanford University and a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.