Visiting Artist Lectures

The Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series introduces students and community-at-large to a broad range of international interdisciplinary practitioners including artists, curators, critics, and historians. The department is committed to inviting innovative and prominent professionals to speak about their influences and processes within their current practice as part of the public lecture series and also to engage with students in small groups or individual studio critiques during their visit. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Lectures begin at 4:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted, in Lawrence Hall, 1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR, 97403.

Register for ART 407 to receive 1 credit for attending lectures. No prerequisite is required.

Visit 5 Minutes for conversations between Visiting Artists and MFA candidates and the UO Channel for a video archive of recent lectures.

The 2019–20 Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series is made possible in part by the Davis Family Fund, the George and Matilda Fowler Endowment Fund, the Division of Equity and Inclusion, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and the Connective Conversations | Inside Oregon Art Program, a partnership between the Ford Family Foundation and the University of Oregon School of Art + Design Department of Art.

2019–20 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Fall 2019

Danny Orendorff
October 10
Hank Willis Thomas*
*lecture begins at 6:00 p.m.

October 14
Angela Washko
George and Matilda Fowler Lecture

November 14
Julie Rodrigues Widholm
Connective Conversations Lecture

November 21

Winter 2020

Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher
January 23
Julia Haft-Candell
February 20
Namita Gupta Wiggers
February 27
Theo Triantafyllidis
March 5

Spring 2019

Julia Fish
April 9
Simon Starling
Davis Family Lecture

April 16
Calvin Marcus
May 7
Fred Liang
May 14

Danny Orendorff

“Doing It Together: Queerness, Craft, Collectivity”

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Watch a video of the Danny Orendorff lecture

Surveying the past ten years of his curatorial work, Orendorff will explore the intersecting threads of DIY and/or craft-oriented cultural production, myriad histories of grassroots social-justice activism, and related theories of gender and sexuality that have together driven his research, exhibition and writing projects. From collectively-made queer videos and massive textile collaborations, to kink-inspired tableaux vivants and plein air paintings of banks on fire, Orendorff will detail past and present curatorial efforts that all pursue an aesthetic of non-normativity, cooperation, resistance and liberation.

Danny Orendorff is a curator and writer working as Executive Director of Vox Populi, a non-profit gallery, performance space and art collective in Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1988, Vox Populi serves as an enduring model for how a radically independent and experimental arts organization can sustain itself through collective effort and constant evolution. Formerly, Orendorff was Curator of Public Programs for the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and Program Director for non-profit Chicago gallery Threewalls. As an independent curator, Orendorff has organized large group exhibitions for such venues as DePaul Art Museum (Chicago, IL), The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (Asheville, NC), SFCamerawork (San Franicsco, CA), and The Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO), amongst others. He has taught in the Fiber & Material Studies Departments of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

One day this kid will get larger, Curated by Danny Orendorff, Install View, Image c/o Lizbeth ApplewhitOne day this kid will get larger, Curated by Danny Orendorff, install view, image c/o Lizbeth Applewhite.

Danny OrendorffDanny Orendorff. Image c/o BFA.

Hank Willis Thomas

“All Things Being Equal...”

Monday, October 14, 2019

Watch a video of the Hank Willis Thomas lecture

Throughout his career, Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976) has addressed the visual systems that perpetuate inequality and bias in bold, skillfully crafted works. Through photographs, sculpture, video, and collaborative public art projects, he invites us to consider the role of popular culture in instituting discrimination and how art can raise critical awareness in the ongoing struggle for social justice and civil rights.

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His work is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. His collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males, In Search Of The Truth (The Truth Booth), and For Freedoms, the first artist-run initiative for art and civic engagement. In 2017, For Freedoms was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform. Thomas is also a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize (2017), the Soros Equality Fellowship (2017), and is a member of the New York City Public Design Commission.

This lecture is made possible by a grant from the Division of Equity and Inclusion, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Department of Art.

Branded Head, 2005, digital c-print, image courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York Branded Head, 2005, digital c-print, image courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Hank Willis ThomasHank Willis Thomas

Nicholas Muellner

"Making Doubles"

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Watch a video of the Nicholas Muellner lecture

Muellner will present a scripted slide lecture based on the opening essay of his forthcoming book, “Lacuna Park: Essay and other Adventures in Photography”. Intertwining memoir, reportage, fiction and theory, Muellner’s newest work asks: what is existentially at stake today in the making and viewing of photographs?

Nicholas Muellner is an artist who operates at the intersection of photography and writing. Through books, exhibitions and slide lectures, his projects investigate the limits of photography as a documentary pursuit and as an interface to literary, political and personal narratives. His recent image-text books include The Photograph Commands Indifference (A-Jump Books, 2009) and The Amnesia Pavilions (A-Jump Books, 2011). His 2017 book, In Most Tides An Island (SPBH Editions, 2017), was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Photobook of the Year Award, and he is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography. He Co-Directs the Image Text MFA and Press at Ithaca College.

water and cliffs with sunset; Untitled (Balaklava) by Nicholas MuellnerUntitled (Balaklava) by Nicholas Muellner.

Nicholas MuellnerNicholas Muellner. Photograph by Nikki Schiwal.

Angela Washko

“Poking the Hive: Interventions in Unusual Media Environments”

Thursday, November 14, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Room 115

This lecture is free and open to all.

Artist and activist Angela Washko will present several different strategies for performing, participating in and transforming online environments that are especially hostile toward women. She will introduce her long-term performative intervention “The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft” alongside several interventions, interviews, performances, written works and video games works she has created about the manosphere and online men’s seduction communities. She will additionally introduce her newest project Workhorse Queen, a documentary film about drag queen and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Mrs. Kasha Davis and her life and career post-reality-television.

Angela Washko is an artist, writer and facilitator devoted to creating new forums for discussions of feminism in spaces frequently hostile toward it. Since 2012, Washko has operated The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft, an ongoing intervention inside the most popular online role-playing game of all time. Washko's most recent project, The Game: The Game, is a video game in which professional pick-up artists attempt to seduce the player using their coercive and often dangerous signature techniques sourced from their instructional books and video materials. A recent recipient of the Impact Award at Indiecade, a Franklin Furnace Performance Fund Grant, and a Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier Grant, Washko's practice has been highlighted in The New Yorker, Frieze Magazine, Time Magazine, The Guardian, ArtForum, The Los Angeles Times, Art in America, The New York Times and more. Her projects have been presented internationally at venues including Museum of the Moving Image, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Milan Design Triennale, the Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennial and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Angela Washko is an Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

This lecture is made possible by the George and Matilda Fowler Endowment Fund.

The Game: The Game, video game installation at Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), 2018.Untitled (Balaklava) by Nicholas Muellner.

Angela WashkoAngela Washko

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Julie Rodrigues Widholm

Director and Chief Curator DePaul Art Museum, Chicago

Connective Conversations Lecture:
"Expanding the Canon: A Call for Curatorial Activism in 21st Century Museum"

Thursday, November 21, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Room 115

This lecture is free and open to all.

Julie Rodrigues Widholm is Director and Chief Curator of DePaul Art Museum where she leads the strategic and artistic vision to promote equity and interdisciplinary education in art museums. Prior to taking the helm at DPAM in September 2015, she was Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art. She has organized more than 100 solo and group exhibitions, including Julia Fish: bound by spectrum, Brendan Fernandes: The Living Mask, Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite, Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks, Doris Salcedo, ;Unbound: Contemporary Art after Frida Kahlo, Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City, which have been presented at museums across the U.S. such as DePaul Art Museum, MCA Chicago, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, the Nasher Museum at Duke University, MIT List Visual Arts Center, among others. She grew up in Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal, Germany, and across the U.S.

DePaul Art MuseumDePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL.

 Julie Rodrigues WidholmJulie Rodrigues Widholm