PSU Monday Night Lecture Series
Monday Nights 7:30
FREE to the public
Shattuck Hall, 1914 SW Park Ave, Room 212, PSU Campus
(at the corner of SW Broadway & Hall on the PSU campus)
PSU's Art Dept. offers free public Art lectures every Monday night of the school year. Local, National and International, interdisciplinary artists visit Portland to speak about their work. The artists are chosen by current graduate students in the MFA program.
The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by Reed College, PICA, Lewis and Clark College, the Northwest Film Center and Bear Deluxe Magazine. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a supporter of the lecture series please let us know by contacting the art department.
January 5 Lucky Dragons
"Lucky Dragons" means any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and any sometimes collaborators. Included the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Lucky Dragons work in a variety of media, including such projects as "sumi ink club"--a weekly collaborative drawing society, and "glaciers of nice"--a small press and internet community. Currently living in Los Angeles, Lucky Dragons have recorded 19 albums which are all available for downloading.
January 12 Daniel Bozhkov
Daniel Bozhkov is a Bulgarian-born artist, now living in Nyack, New York. He is a classically trained artist whose skills in Old Master techniques, like fresco painting, provide and unlikely foundation for his wide-ranging conceptual projects. He recently lived in Italy for a year as a 2007-08 Rome Prize Fellow for Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome.
January 19 Holiday (no lecture)
January 26 Michael Brophy
A life-long resident of Portland, Oregon, Brophy has been honored with numerous one-person exhibitions in Seattle and Portland galleries and has also been a frequent contributor to group exhibitions at Portland Art Museum and Tacoma Art Museum. His often desolate paintings of the Northwest Landscape have earned him the praise of Art in America, who described him as "a painter of anti-heroic subject matter on a heroic scale, wittily and effectively chronicling the fate of our environment."
February 2 Edgar Arceneaux
A multidisciplinary artist from Los Angeles, CA, Arceneaux explores the origins and laws of our physical reality, using strategy in which linear logic is subverted and destabilized to create a space of experimentation. Arceneaux has had numerous solo exhibitions including shows at at Los Angeles Projects, The Studio Museum of Harlem, and Project, New York. His 2006 installation piece "The Alchemy of Comedy . . . Stupid," exhibited at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, features the actor David Alan Grier working out an introspective and frequently awkward comedy routine.
February 9 Julie Ault
Julie Ault works as an artist, curator, and editor, and was one of the cofounders of Group Material, a New York-based artists collaborative that has produced over fifty exhibitions and public projects exploring relationships between politics and aesthetics. Ault also frequently works with artist Martin Beck. Their collaborative projects have been exhibited internationally, including the exhibitions Social Landscape, Installation at Secession, and Outdoor Systems.
February 16 Mark Beasley
A London based artist and independent curator, Beasley is currently employed as a curator and producer at Creative Time, an organization founded to "initiate a dynamic conversation among artists, sites, and audiences, in projects that enliven public spaces with free and powerful expression." Some recent projects and publications include ADVENTURE: Showdown at the Pig Palace, City Projects, London with Stephen Beasley and Nick Bullen (Napalm Death, Scorn, Black Galaxy) and LOUDSPEAKER: An anthology of spoken word projects, with Matthew Higgs, White Columns, New York and Book Works, London.
February 23 Althea Thauberger
An emerging media artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia, her recent video and photographic work often involves collaboration with its subjects and invites both sympathetic and critical reflection of tropes relating to individualism and self-expression, romanticism and nature and aspects of youth cultures with which she identifies.
March 2 Modou Dieng
Born in Saint-louis-Senegal, West Africa, Dieng now lives in Portland, OR, where he was recently granted the position of assistant professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Dieng uses mixed media, painting, photography and installation strategies to engage in issues of urban history, race, social status, gender, and belonging. He has exhibited in galleries and museums in Los Angeles, Brussels, Paris, New York, Madrid and others. He is also the founder and curator of Worksound Gallery, a contemporary art and music venue located in industrial SE Portland.
March 9 J. Morgan Puett
J. Morgan Puett is widely known for her distinctive fashion design and installations. Her projects ambitiously engage communities, localized culture, and historical sites, drawing from traditions of costume and labor, personal appearance and adornment. Puett Recently opened Mildred Lane, a long-term collaboration with Mark Dion inspired by "a desire to critically re-imagine the space between environmental practice, artistic domesticating, and socially engaged research."
March 30 MK Guth
Portland based MK Guth is a multidisciplinary artist working in video, sculpture and performative social exchange projects. She was recently included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, with a project titled "Ties of Protection and Safe Keeping," exhibited at the Park Avenue Armory. Guth is a founding member of the Red Shoe Delivery Service, an ongoing collaborative performance project. She is also chair of the recently formed MFA in Visual Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
April 6 Michael Rakowitz
A graduate of the school of Visual Studies at MIT, Rakowitz gained international attention for paraSite, an ongoing project initiated in 1998 in which the artist custom builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior out-take vents of a building's heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system. He is the recipient of a 2008 Creative Capital Grant for a collaboration with Emna Zghal, and is also Contributing Editor for Surface Tension: A Journal on Spatial Arts.
April 13 Larry Sultan
A bay area photographer, Larry Sultan is best known for such projects as "Pictures from Home" where Sultan photographed his father and family over a ten year period spanning the 70s and 80s, and "The Valley," a study of the pornographic film business in the San Fernando Valley, where he grew up. Represented by Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Sultan's work is in the collections of numerous institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in NY and SF, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
April 20 Neighborhood Public Radio
Neighborhood Public Radio is a guerilla radio broadcast group who share their moniker, NPR, with the station they critique through community-based, noncommercial programming. Setting up temporary booths to stream content onto the internet, or using low-power portable FM transmitters, NPR's nomadic team anchored by artists Linda Arnejo, Whiz Biddlecombe, Jon Brumit, Lee Montgomery, Katina Papson, and Michael Trigilio broadcasts live shows from galleries, residences, and neighborhood points of interest. NPR's work was recently featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, where they opened a radio station in a small storefront on Madison Avenue, next door to the Whitney Museum of American Art.
April 27 Doug Blandy
Doug Blandy is the director of the institute for community arts studies at the University of Oregon. This Institute sustains and strengthens arts and culture through community engagement, research and education. Blandy provides service to professional organizations internationally, nationally, regionally and locally.
May 4 Mark Dion
Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion's often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkabinetts of the 16th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. He has had several major solo exhibitions and was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford School of Art in 2003. Dion lives and works in rural Pennsylvania, where he recently opened Mildred's Lane, a long term collaboration with J Morgan Puett.
Los Angeles based Frances Stark's drawings, collages, sculptures, and textual commentary have been exhibited widely including exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, SFMOMA, and the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Also a well-known as a writer, Stark is the author of The Architect and the Housewife (Book Works, 1999).
May 18 Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Mierle Laderman Ukeles is a New York based artist known for her feminist and service oriented artwork. In 1969 she wrote a manifesto entitled Maintenance Art Proposal for an Exhibition, challenging the domestic role of women and proclaiming herself a "maintenance artist". One of her most well-known projects Touch Sanitation(1970-1980), involved shaking hands with more than 8,500 workers in the New York City Department of Sanitation while saying "Thank you for keeping New York City alive."
Missed seeing your favorite artist speak at the PMMNLS? Want to see them again? Stop by the PICA Resource Room (open Monday through Friday from 10 AM until 6 PM) and watch past PMMNLS lectures by Dan Attoe; Julia Bryan-Wilson; Yan Chung-Hsien; Anne Daems; Bill Daniel; Jim Drain; Kate Fowle; Jo Jackson; Chris Johanson; Arnold Kemp; Jeffry Mitchell; Frederic Paul; Vanessa Renwick; Simparch, Steven Badgett; Edie Tsong; and Kathryn Van Dyke. Looking for someone else? Contact PICA for availability.