Telling Stories: Resilience and Struggle in Contemporary Narrative Drawing
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:30pm to Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 8:00pm
Telling Stories: Resilience and Struggle in Contemporary Narrative Drawing

Thursday, July 19 

reception at 6 p.m., lecture at 6:30 p.m.

free and open to the public


Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery

1219 SW Park Ave.


About the event


The PSU College of the Arts welcomes Dr. Robin Reisenfeld to Oregon as part of the 2018 Connective Conversations: Curator and Critic Tours and Lecture Series.

Co-sponsored by The Ford Family Foundation and the University of Oregon School of Art and Design, the Connective Conversations program brings professional curators and critics from outside the Northwest to conduct one-on-one studio visits with established Oregon artists, to deliver public lectures, and to join in community conversations.

Dr. Reisenfeld is Curator of Works on Paper at the Toledo Museum of Art. During her visit to Oregon from July 16 through 20, she will meet selected artists specializing in prints, drawings, collage, or book arts, and will present two public lectures on the theme of "Resilience and Struggle in Contemporary Narrative Drawing." 

In this lecture, Dr. Reisenfeld will explore the primacy of drawing as a medium in the work of Amy Cutler (Poughkeepsie, New York), Robyn O’Neil (Los Angeles), and the late Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook (Cape Dorset, Canada). These artists rely on inventive mark-making and distinctive approaches to rendering space in drawings that chronicle the complexities of modern human relationships. Analyzing the artists' idiosyncratic subject matters and formal choices, Dr. Reisenfeld will discuss how Cutler, O'Neil, and Pootoogook incorporate strategies of resilience in imaginative stories in which the notion of an individual self within the framework of a larger community is a recurring concern. 




Amy Cutler, Fossa, 2016 (detail). Graphite on paper. 55 ¼ x 47 in.


Robyn O’Neil, "We, the Masses," 2011. Animated video.


Annie Pootoogook, "Cape Dorset Freezer," 2006. Pencil, ink, and pencil crayon on paper. 4 x 8 feet.