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Oct 3
"Only in Dreams" 9:00 a.m.

Where slugs convene in an orgy of reflective chrome. Where a concrete dome carries you across the ocean. Where a surfboard becomes stone, then falls to liquid. Where the floor...
"Only in Dreams"
September 28–October 6
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall LaVerne Krause Gallery

Where slugs convene in an orgy of reflective chrome. Where a concrete dome carries you across the ocean. Where a surfboard becomes stone, then falls to liquid. Where the floor you’ve been staring at all your life becomes a wall. Where metal returns to clay, and clay to metal. Where a technicolor table offers up the biggest worm you’ve ever seen.

Where the veil between sleeping and waking becomes a space of its own.

 

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2nd Year MFA Exhibition Featuring work by: Christian Alvarado, Ashley Campbell, Conner Gordon, Sydney Lee, Ellen O'Shea, and Noa Taylor.

Oct 4
"Only in Dreams" - Reception 5:00 p.m.

Where slugs convene in an orgy of reflective chrome. Where a concrete dome carries you across the ocean. Where a surfboard becomes stone, then falls to liquid. Where the floor...
"Only in Dreams" - Reception
October 4
5:00–6:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall LaVerne Krause Gallery

Where slugs convene in an orgy of reflective chrome. Where a concrete dome carries you across the ocean. Where a surfboard becomes stone, then falls to liquid. Where the floor you’ve been staring at all your life becomes a wall. Where metal returns to clay, and clay to metal. Where a technicolor table offers up the biggest worm you’ve ever seen.

Where the veil between sleeping and waking becomes a space of its own.

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2nd Year MFA Exhibition featuring artwork by Christian Alvarado, Ashley Campbell, Conner Gordon, Sydney Lee, Ellen O'Shea, and Noa Taylor.

Oct 11
Natasha Ginwala, “Between Waves and Sea Change,” Critical Conversations Lecture 4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research Natasha Ginwala is Associate Curator at...
Natasha Ginwala, “Between Waves and Sea Change,” Critical Conversations Lecture
October 11
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 115

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

Natasha Ginwala is Associate Curator at Large at Gropius Bau, Berlin; Artistic Director of Colomboscope in Sri Lanka and the 13th Gwangju Biennale with Defne Ayas (2021). Ginwala has curated Contour Biennale 8, Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium and was part of the curatorial team of documenta 14, 2017. Other projects include Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora (with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Michelangelo Corsaro) at Zeitz MOCAA; Survey exhibitions of Bani Abidi, Akinbode Akinbiyi and Zanele Muholi at Gropius Bau. Ginwala was a member of the artistic team for the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2014, and has co-curated The Museum of Rhythm, at Taipei Biennial 2012 and at  Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, 2016–17. Ginwala writes regularly on contemporary art and visual culture. Recent co-edited volumes include Stronger than Bone (Archive Books and Gwangju Biennale Foundation) and Nights of the Dispossessed: Riots Unbound (Columbia University Press).

This lecture is made possible by the Critical Conversations program, a partnership between the Ford Family Foundation and the University of Oregon Department of Art's Center for Art Research with Reed College’s Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Portland State University.

Lectures are also live streamed and archived on YouTube.

Oct 13
Carmen Winant: “Notes on Fundamental Joy” 4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research Carmen Winant’s lecture will animate the ongoing work...
Carmen Winant: “Notes on Fundamental Joy”
October 13
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 115

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

Carmen Winant’s lecture will animate the ongoing work that she has done in the Oregon Lesbian Land Manuscript Collections in Special Collections since 2018. This research has resulted in a book, “Notes on Fundamental Joy” (Printed Matter Inc., 2019), a series of experimental videos, and a forthcoming exhibition at the Wexner Center of the Arts in Columbus, OH. In sharing her work that has been informed by this substantial and singular archive, Winant will prompt the underlying questions of her practice- What is the fundamental work of world-building? How might we continue to reconfigure the feminist imaginary? What does a world without patriarchy look like? In what ways is optimism a political tool? How might we better understand the relationship between collectivity, survival, and joy? In what ways does photography have the power to continually re-inscribe desire? 

Carmen Winant is an artist and the Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art at the Ohio State University; her work utilizes installation and collage strategies to examine feminist modes of survival and revolt. Winant's recent projects have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Sculpture Center, Wexner Center of the Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, and as part of the CONTACT Photography Festival, which mounted twenty-six of her billboards across Canada. Forthcoming projects will take place at The Print Center (Philadelphia), ICA Boston, and Minneapolis Institute of Art. Winant's recent artist’s books include My Birth (2018), Notes on Fundamental Joy (2019), and Instructional Photography: Learning How To Live Now (2021); she is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in photography, a 2020 FCA Artist Honoree and a 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters award recipient. Winant is a mother to her two sons, Carlo and Rafa, whom she shares with her partner Luke Stettner.

This lecture is co-sponsored by UO Libraries. Lectures are also live streamed and archived on YouTube.

Oct 17
"Peisinoe" 9:00 a.m.

New artwork by Mary Evans.   Note: Access to this building requires a door code and keycard permissions....
"Peisinoe"
October 17–20
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Ceramics Building Washburn Gallery

New artwork by Mary Evans.

 

Note: Access to this building requires a door code and keycard permissions.

Oct 20
Jen Stark: “A Psychedelic Dive into Art, Fractals, and NFTs” 4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research Jen Stark’s art is driven by her interest in...
Jen Stark: “A Psychedelic Dive into Art, Fractals, and NFTs”
October 20
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 115

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

Jen Stark’s art is driven by her interest in conceptualizing visual systems to simulate plant growth, evolution, infinity, fractals, mimetic topographies, and sacred geometries. Using available materials—paper, wood, metal, paint—Stark strives to make work that balances on a razor’s edge of optical seduction and perceptual engagement. The resulting works are imbued with kinetic, undulating effects that serve to dislocate the viewer from staid reality into an immersive ecosphere of echoing patterns and designs found in nature. In recent years, Stark has introduced new technologies into her diverse practice, delving into the digital realm of animations, interactive projections, and distinctive NFTs. By adopting cutting-edge techniques to showcase her aesthetic, Stark activates her universe through constant adaptation and transformation.               

Born and raised in Miami, Florida in 1983, Jen Stark now lives and works in Los Angeles. She has been exhibited globally, with major shows in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Thailand, and Canada. Recently included as one of Fortune’s “NFTy 50,” Stark made history in March 2021, as the first female artist to make Foundation’s top 10 highest selling NFT creatives. Her work is held in the collections of institutions such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the West Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, NSU Art Museum, and MOCA Miami, among others.

Lectures are also live streamed and archived on YouTube.

Oct 27
Liz Magor: “I Have Wasted My Life” ​​​​​​​George and Matilda Fowler Lecture 4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research Liz Magor will talk about her recent studio work, how...
Liz Magor: “I Have Wasted My Life” ​​​​​​​George and Matilda Fowler Lecture
October 27
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 115

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

Liz Magor will talk about her recent studio work, how to entertain contradiction, and how to be untopical yet relevant. Magor is a Vancouver-based artist who produces sculptural and photographic works concerned with the latent, affective range of familiar materials, images, and objects. Her process and studio practice were featured in Season 8 of the PBS series Art 21, "Art in the Twenty-first Century" and her work has been exhibited in major international exhibitions such as Documenta VIII, Kassel; the 41st Venice Biennale, and the 4th Biennale of Sydney.  In 2019 Magor presented an exhibition titled BLOWOUT at the Carpenter Center for Visual Art, Cambridge, Mass. The exhibition travelled to the Renaissance Society in Chicago accompanied by a publication.  Recent exhibitions include "Downer" at Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver and "I Have Wasted My Life" at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY.

This lecture is made possible by the George and Matilda Fowler Endowment Fund. Lectures are also live streamed and archived on YouTube.

Nov 10
Marie Watt: “Calling Companion Species” 4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research Marie Watt is an American artist and citizen of the Seneca...
Marie Watt: “Calling Companion Species”
November 10
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 115

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

Marie Watt is an American artist and citizen of the Seneca Nation with German-Scot ancestry. Her interdisciplinary work draws from history, biography, Iroquois protofeminism, and Indigenous teachings; in it, she explores the intersection of history, community, and storytelling. Through collaborative actions she instigates multigenerational and cross-disciplinary conversations that might create a lens and conversation for understanding connectedness to place, one another, and the universe.

Watt holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University; she also has degrees from Willamette University and the Institute of American Indian Arts; and in 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Willamette University. Marie serves on the executive board for VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art) and on the Native Advisory Committee at the Portland Art Museum and in 2020 became a member of the Board of Trustees at the Portland Art Museum. She is represented by PDX Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, California, and Marc Straus Gallery in New York City, New York.

 

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibit "Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea" on view through Dec. 18.

Lectures are also live streamed and archived on YouTube.

Nov 17
Kate McNamara: “Staying with the Trouble” 4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Fall 2022 Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research This lecture will...
Kate McNamara: “Staying with the Trouble”
November 17
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 115

University of Oregon Fall 2022 Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

This lecture will address contemporary strategies for survival, allyship, empathy, and love through the ideas and artists of two recent exhibitions, “Staying with the Trouble” and “OddKin”. In 2016, the eco-feminist Donna Haraway insisted that humans ‘stay with the trouble’ of learning to live well with nonhumans as kin, through practice-based approaches to learning to care for nonhuman others. Echoing the critical ethos found within indigenous knowledge, philosophical practices, and modern science, Haraway advises collaborative approaches to learning to live (and die) together on a damaged Earth. The term "oddkin" rewrites boundaries and stakes the claim that the shape of kinship isn't a birthright, but a choice. These critical ideas are emphasized in the work of artists like Paula Wilson whose large-scale prints bridge the natural and human worlds culling flora and fauna from her home town of Carrizozo, NM; in MPA's staging and critique of Mars' colonization; Cauleen Smith's “BLK FMNNST Loaner Library, 1989–2019” - painted book covers by Black and queer radical literary theorists; and in Carmen Winant collaborations with Ovulars, a series of workshops held in various feminist and lesbian separatist communes in the early 80s.

Kate McNamara is a curator and educator based in Providence, RI. She currently holds the position of Executive and Creative Director of My HomeCourt, a nonprofit arts organization working with contemporary artists to revitalize city parks. McNamara is also a Curator at Providence College Galleries; administrator at Interlace Grant Fund; and is a Visiting Critic at Rhode Island School of Design and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. McNamara is invested in contemporary art and innovative curatorial practices and recently launched KMM Projects, an alternative art program in Providence. 

This lecture is made possible by the Gordon W. Gilkey Endowed Fund.

Lectures are also live streamed and archived on YouTube.

 

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