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PMMNLS Lecture Series 2010-2011

Spring 2011


March 28, Natasha Wheat / Project Grow
Natasha Wheat, an internationally exhibiting interdisciplinary, socially engaged artist, proposed Project Grow to Port City Developmental Center, a vocational day program in Portland, Oregon, in January of 2009. Project Grow was founded on the principle that adults with developmental disabilities deserve the right to create and share meaningful art, establish a closer relationship with their food source, and lead a physically healthier life.


April 4, Jon Raymond
Jon Raymond attended Swarthmore College. He was an editor at Plazm magazine and received his M.F.A. from New School University. He is the author of the book of short stories Livability, the novel The Half-Life, and the movies Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


April 11, Daniel Eatock
London-based artist Daniel Eatock (born 1975) has a practice shaped by discovery, invention, and an alert sensitivity to coincidence and contradiction. A graduate of London's Royal College of Art, Eatock served on the design staff of the Walker Art Center before returning to England to work with clients that include Channel Four Television and the Serpentine Gallery. In 2008 Princeton's Architectural Press published Eatock's monograph Imprint. Entirely authored and designed by Eatock, the book is distinguished not only by its (deceptive) lack of apparent order but also by the fact that each individual copy in the run of 4,000 is unique.


April 18, Jon Rubin
Jon Rubin is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the social dynamics of public places and the idiosyncrasies of individual and group behavior. He has exhibited video, drawings, installations and public projects internationally including at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico; The Rooseum, Sweden; Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany; Nemo Film Festival, Paris; as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners.


April 25, Carson Ellis
Carson Ellis was born in 1975 in Vancouver, Canada. She was raised in suburban New York and earned a BFA in Painting at the University of Montana, Missoula. She has worked previously as a nanny, a hot dog vendor, a chairlift operator, an artist's model, and a cocktail waitress. These days she is solidly employed as an illustrator, providing art for bestselling books such as The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart, and The Composer Is Dead, by Lemony Snicket. Additionally, she is the illustrator-in-residence for the band, The Decemberists, and has created art for their album covers, t-shirts, websites, posters, and stage sets. Carson lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, son, and cat.


May 2, Kaia Sand and Jules Boykoff
Kaia Sand and Jules Boykoff are performance poets and activists for political and social justice. They combined their talents to co-author the book, "Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space," a book that explores what dissent looks like when framed and made by poets, and how dissent alters our understanding of what poetry might be and become.


May 9, Dr. Eleonora Belfiore
Dr. Eleonora Belfiore is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. Between 2004 and 2007 she worked on a three year research project on the social impact of the arts, jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Arts Council England. The project's main objective was a critical reformulation of the claims made about the impacts that the arts can have on the individual and society, with a view of investigating the possibility of developing a rigorous framework and methodology for impact assessment.



May 16, Rick Lowe / Project Row Houses
Project Row Houses (PRH) is a neighborhood-based nonprofit art and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American communities. PRH began in 1993 as a result of discussions among African-American artists who wanted to establish a positive, creative presence in their own community. Artist and community activist Rick Lowe spearheaded the pursuit of this vision when he discovered the abandoned 1 1/2 block site of twenty-two shotgun-style houses in Houston’s Third Ward.

Winter 2011


January 10, Roger Peet/Just Seeds
Justseeds Artists' Cooperative is a decentralized network of 26 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods.
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January 24, Mark Allen/Machine Project
Machine Project is a Los Angeles based not for profit arts organization and community event space dedicated to making specialized knowledge and technology accessible to artists and the general public. Machine Project offers workshops, exhibitions, performances, and talks at a storefront gallery in the Eco Park neighborhood. Machine Project was founded by Mark Allen in 2004.


January 31, Laylah Ali
Laylah Ali was born in Buffalo, New York in 1968, and lives and works in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She received a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Laylah Ali has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; ICA, Boston; MCA Chicago; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; and MASS MoCA, among others. Her work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale (2003) and the Whitney Biennial (2004).


February 7, Deborah Stratman
Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Her films, rather than telling stories, pose a series of problems - and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, the Pompidou, Hammer Museum and many international film festivals including Sundance, the Viennale, Ann Arbor and Rotterdam. She is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships and she currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


February 14, John Feodorov
John Feodorov was featured in the first season of the PBS television series, "Art21: Art for the 21st Century"  as well as in the companion book published by Harry N. Abrams. He has served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Seattle and currently teaches as an Assistant Professor of Art at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington.


February 21, Sara Reisman
Sara Reisman is Director of Percent for Art at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs where she oversees the City of New York’s permanent public art commissioning program. As an independent curator, Reisman has curated exhibitions in New York City and elsewhere that have focused on public and social practice, site-specificity, and modes of cultural and political identification.


October 4, Tina Olsen
Dr. Christina Olsen is Director of Education and Public Programs at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. Olsen has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Italian Renaissance Art and serves on advisory boards for several local and national organizations including the Creative Advocacy Network, the Right Brain Initiative, and Oregon’s National Art Education Association.
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October 11, Mel Chin
Mel Chin was born in Houston, Texas in 1951. Chin's art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. He is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. He developed Revival Field (1989-ongoing), a project that has been a pioneer in the field of "green remediation," the use of plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil. These projects are consistent with a conceptual philosophy, which emphasizes the practice of art to include sculpting and bridging the natural and social ecology.
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October 18, Clare E. Rojas
Clare E. Rojas was born in Ohio in 1976. She has had solo exhibitions in a number of galleries, such as the Galleri Nicolai Wallner (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Stuart Shave/ Modern Art (London), and museums, including the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita (Kansas, USA - 2006), the Art Rose Museum (San Francisco, 2006), and Deitch Projects (New York, USA, 2004), as well as taking part in collective exhibitions, among them the touring exhibition 'Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art, Skateboarding and Street Culture' which started at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
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October 25, Natalie Jeremijenko
Jeremijenko directs the xdesign Environmental Health Clinic. Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, and Faculty of Engineering at Yale. Her work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial of American Art (also in 1997) and the Cooper Hewit Smithsonian Design Triennial 2006-7. Her work is described as experimental design, hence xDesign, as it explores the opportunity new technologies present for non violent social change.
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November 1, Chris Johanson
Chris Johanson currently lives and working in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California. Johanson was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and has exhibited extensively in group and solo shows nationally and internationally, including solo shows at Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco and Deitch Projects in New York. His most recent solo show, "Backwards Towards Forwards," opened at Chicago's Kavi Gupta gallery in September. Johanson operates "Awesome Vistas," a record label that produces limited-edition vinyl in collaboration with musicians and artists.
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November 8, Tom Marioni
For over forty years Tom Marioni has been experimenting at the boundaries of art. His first art action—One Second Sculpture (1969) in which he released a coiled metal tape measure into the air and allowed it to fall to the ground—encapsulated Marioni's desire to eradicate the distinctions between sculpture, music, drawing, and performance by embodying all of the genres at once. A key figure in the invention of Conceptual Art in the 1960s, Marioni's identity as artist, writer, and curator also defies categorization.
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November 15, Ryan Pierce / Signal Fire
Signal Fire was formed in 2008 in response to the urban demand on working artists. The project brings artists to the farthest stretches of our remaining wild and open places. Utilizing Oregon's vast area of public lands, Signal Fire advocates for the importance of access to and protection of these places in order to enrich and sustain society. In 2009, Signal Fire hosted a retreat in eastern Oregon and had seven artists participate in the residency program. Signal Fire maintains a commitment to keep programming low-cost or free and accessible to artists working in all media.