MFA Studio Practice Lecture Series

Shattuck Hall Annex, SW Broadway & Hall

Past Lectures

Tony Feher, Enigma Machine (detail), 2013. Courtesy of the Miller Meigs Collection.

Tony Feher

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Shattuck Hall Annex
7 pm

Tony Feher is currently the subject of an in-depth introspective organized by Claudia Schmuckli, Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, which premiered at the Des Moines Art Center in 2012 and traveled to the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. This retrospective is currently on view at the Akron Art Museum through August 17, 2014.

Feher will soon be in residence at the lumber room in Portland, where his site-determined exhibition will open to the public on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 12-2 pm.

Tony Feher was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1956, and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, with early stops in Florida and Virginia. He received a BA from The University of Texas, and currently resides in New York City. Feher's work can be found in important international public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.

Sponsored in part by Blick-Utrecht Art Supplies, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and MFA Happy Hour, the PSU MFA Studio Lecture Series brings together artists from a variety of disciplines to explore the subjects of their own work before a live audience. Lectures are held throughout the year, most often in Shattuck Annex (SW Broadway at SW Hall on the PSU Campus) on Wednesday nights at 7 pm. The lectures are FREE and open to the public.

PSU’s MFA IN CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE/STUDIO degree program is dedicated to interdisciplinary experimentation and the exploration of ideas through the experience of making. Students are supported in a range of research and production, from the traditional to the emerging, as they consider the multiple ways art can live in and beyond the studio.


Shattuck image: Three Chants Modern, Installation ASpace, Toronto (Images Festival) 2013.

Andrea Geyer
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Shattuck Hall Annex
7 p.m.

A 2000 graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Andrea Geyer works with photography, video and performance, using both fiction and documentary strategies in order to address larger concepts such as national identity, gender, and class in the context of the ongoing re-adjustment of cultural meanings and social memories.

Geyer’s work has been shown at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Apex Art, and Artists Space, in New York City; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; RedCat and LACE, in Los Angeles; Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery, London; Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Switzerland; Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden; Generali Foundation and Secession, Vienna; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand; the Turin Biennale; the São Paulo Biennial; and dOCUMENTA (12), Kassel, Germany.

Geyer was born in 1971 in Freiburg, Germany. She lives and works in New York City.

Martha Wilson
Artist, Founder of Franklin Furnance
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Shattuck Hall Annex

7 p.m.

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and “invasions” of other people’s personae. She began making these videos and photo/text works in the early 1970s while in Halifax in Nova Scotia, and further developed her performative and video-based practice after moving in 1974 to New York City, embarking on a long career that would see her gain attention across the U.S. for her provocative appearances and works. In 1976 she also founded and continues to direct Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artists’ books, installation art, video, onliine and performance art, further challenging institutional norms, the roles artists play within society, and expectations about what constitutes acceptable art mediums. In 2008 she had her first solo exhibition in New York at Mitchell Algus Gallery, “Martha Wilson: Photo/Text Works, 1971-74.” In 2009, “Martha Wilson: Staging the Self,” an exhibition of Ms. Wilson’s early photo/text work and one project from each of Franklin Furnace’s first 30 years, began international travel under the auspices of ICI (Independent Curators International); and in 2011, ICI published the Martha Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Performance, Feminism, Alternative Spaces. Martha Wilson joined P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, and mounted a solo exhibition, “I have become my own worst fear,” in September, 2011.


William Pope. L
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Shattuck Hall Annex
7 p.m.

William Pope.L's PSU lecture and exhibition marks the artist's first visit to Portland since his solo exhibition, eRacism, at PICA in 2001. 

William Pope.L was born in 1955 in New Jersey.  He currently lives and works in Chicago, IL, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.  He has had solo exhibitions at institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and the Kunsthalle Wien.  The MIT Press published a monograph to accompany The Friendliest Black Artist in America, his 2002-2004 traveling survey exhibition.  His work has been exhibited and performed at Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Whitney Museum in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, The New Museum in New York and the Renaissance Society in Chicago.  Recent exhibitions and performances include Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas; Flux This! With Pope.L and Special Guests at Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY; and The Long White Cloud, Te Tuhi Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

The lecture is supported in part by the Portland State Educational Activities Speakers Board, Blick-Utrecht Artist Supplies, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and MFA Happpy Hour.


Sergei Tcherepnin
Sound Artist

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Shattuck Hall Annex

7 p.m.

In partnership with the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)

Trained as a composer, Sergei Tcherepnin (b. 1981) works at the intersections of sound, sculpture, and theatre. Tcherepnin was included in the 55th Venice Biennale and in the recent exhibition of sound works at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He presented a major site-specific sound and sculptural installation as part of “The Imminence of Poetics, the 30th Bienal de São Paulo.” Other recent exhibitions include “Pied Piper, Part 1,” Audio Visual Arts, New York (2012); “Looking at Listening with Ei Arakawa,” Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo (2011); “Be a speaker. So be it…” with Ei Arakawa and Gela Patashuri, CAC Brétigny (2011) and the Showroom, London (2011).  Recent performances include The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2012); The Art Institute of Chicago with Das Institut and United Brothers (2012); Issue Project Room, Brooklyn with Woody Sullender (2012); the 30th Bienal de São Paulo with Jutta Koether and Yuki Kimura (2012); Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York with Das Institut and United Brothers (2012).



Amanda Ross-Ho

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Shattuck Hall Annex 
7 p.m.

Amanda Ross-Ho’s work is inspired by detritus: the clutter and remnants of daily existence and the ‘negative space’ of things overlooked. Ranging across sculpture, installation, painting, and photography, her work seeks to uncover the subtle beauty of coincidence and anomaly and to highlight points of cultural intersection. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including recent solo exhibitions, “AMANDA ROSS-HO: TEENY TINY WOMAN,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2012 and “Time Waits For No-one” at The Approach in London, UK in 2011, and the Museum of Modern Art’s “New Photography 2010.” A graduate of USC and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ross-Ho is in the Rubell Family Collection, and is represented by Mitchell-Innes and Nash (New York) and Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles).

Lia Gangitano
Monday, October 14, 2013
Shattuck Hall Annex 
7 p.m. 

In 2001, Lia Gangitano founded PARTICIPANT INC, a not-for-profit art space, presenting exhibitions by Virgil Marti, Charles Atlas, Kathe Burkhart, Michel Auder, and Renée Green, among others. As former curator of Thread Waxing Space, NY, her exhibitions, screenings, and performances include Spectacular Optical (1998), Luther Price: Imitation of Life (1999), Børre Sæthre: Module for Mood (2000) and Sigalit Landau (2001). She is editor of Dead Flowers(2010) and the forthcoming anthology, The Alternative to What? Thread Waxing Space and the '90s. As an associate curator, she co-curated Dress Codes (1993) and Boston School (1995) for The ICA, Boston, and edited New Histories(with Steven Nelson, 1997) and Boston School (1995). She has contributed to publications including Renée Green, Endless Dreams and Time-based Streams, Lovett/Codagnone, Whitney Biennial 2006-Day for Night, and 2012 Whitney Biennial. She served as a Curatorial Advisor for MoMA PS1, with exhibitions including Lutz Bacher, My Secret Life (2009).

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