The Ford Family Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Art's Center for Art Research (CFAR), Reed College’s Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Portland State University, is pleased to announce the continuation of Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures—Critical Conversations | Inside Oregon Art for the 2020–21 season. Visit the Critical Conversations Archive to learn about past seasons.
Hamza Walker with Mahfuz Sultan: Critical Conversations
Thursday, March 4, 4:00 p.m.
Hamza Walker is the director of the Los Angeles nonprofit art space LAXART and an adjunct professor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining LAXART in 2016, he was director of education and associate curator at the Renaissance Society, a non-collecting contemporary art museum in Chicago, for 22 years where he organized numerous shows and public programming and wrote extensively on the field of contemporary art.
Notable shows at the Renaissance Society include “Suicide Narcissus” (2013), “Black Is, Black Ain’t” (2008) and “New Video, New Europe” (2004). In addition to his work at the Renaissance Society, Walker also co-curated the Made in L.A. 2016 biennial. He has won the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement in 2014 and the prestigious Ordway Prize in 2010 for his significant impact on the field of contemporary art.
Mahfuz Sultan is an architect, writer, and founder of CLOCKS, a research and design practice based in Los Angeles.
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, and is part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series is presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research.
Hamza Walker and Mahfuz Sultan.
About Critical Conversations: Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures
The Ford Family Foundation and the Department of Art's Center for Art Research (CFAR), partner with Reed College’s Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Portland State University in a multiyear program to bring prominent curators and critics to Oregon to engage with artists statewide.
The expanded partnership, which began in 2011, is made possible by a grant from The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program, which honors interest in the visual arts by the late Mrs. Hallie Ford, a co-founder of The Foundation.
Critical Conversations brings professional curators and critics from outside the Northwest to conduct one-on-one studio visits with established artists, deliver lectures, and join in community conversations. The program aims to enhance the quality of artistic endeavors throughout the state.
About The Ford Family Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its Mission is “successful citizens and vital rural communities” in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Oregon, with a scholarship office in Eugene.