2018-19 Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Lecture Series

October 01, 2018


October 1, 2018

Contact: Lisa Radon, lradon@pnca.edu

2018-19 Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Lecture Series
Free public lectures with renowned visiting artists and scholars

Portland, OR—October 1, 2018—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is proud to announce the 2018-19 Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Lecture Series featuring renowned visiting artists, designers, writers, critics, and scholars who leaven the conversation on campus and in the community. A highlight of the 2018-19 season is the 2018 Graduate Symposium, Pedagogy: Engage, Critique, Inspire. The symposium convenes current and prospective graduate students, as well as educators, artists, and community members to engage in critical dialogue, experiential workshops, and thoughtful interactions surrounding the teaching and learning of art, design, and critical theory. As is the case with all of our lectures and public programs, the Graduate Symposium is free, open to the public, and participation is invited. All lectures and programs are held at PNCA’s main campus building, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design at 511 NW Broadway unless otherwise noted.

Mohanad Elshieky, The Road from Libya Lecture/Stand Up Comedy Workshop
October 10, 6:30pm
Presented by MA in Critical Studies

Mohanad Elshieky is a stand up comedian based in Portland, Oregon. He has been featured on the Lovett or Leave it Podcast, NPR, Buzzfeed, Put Your Hands Together Podcast, and Livewire Radio. He has recently been named one of the Top Three Funniest people in Portland and been called an Undisputed Genius of Comedy by the Portland Mercury. Mohanad has opened for National touring acts such as Colin Quinn, Emily Heller, Andy Kindler and Sarah Schaefer. He is also a co-host of Portland’s most powerful comedy show Earthquake Hurricane. Originally from Libya, Mohanad brings a unique perspective to the comedy scene, not afraid to say what on his mind, he discusses politics, racial issues and has an opinion on everything. His comedy has been described as genuine and thought provoking.

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Graduate Symposium
Pedagogy: Engage, Critique, Inspire
October 12-13

Keynote: Allan deSouza
Friday, October 12, 6pm
Presented by MA in Critical Studies with Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies

Allan deSouza's forthcoming book How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change (Duke UP, 2018) examines popular terminology through which art is discussed, valued, and taught. It emphasizes thinking and talking about art as active processes that not only produce meaning and direct how viewers experience art, but which steer artists through the discursive foundations from which art is produced.

Z. Nicolazzo
October 13, 11:45am-1:15pm
Workshop: “Teaching While Marginalized: What Our Bodies Teach Us About Critical Pedagogy.” Part of Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Graduate Symposium Pedagogy: Engage, Critique, Inspire
Presented by MA in Critical Studies

Dr. Z Nicolazzo is Assistant Professor of Trans* Studies in Education in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. She has published her scholarship in a variety of inter/national publication venues, and her first book, Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion, was awarded the 2017 Publication of the Year from AERA’s Division J.

Will Rawls
October 22, 6:30
Presented by MFA in Visual Studies. Rawls is the program’s 2018 Caldera Visiting Artist.

Will Rawls is a choreographer, performer, and writer exploring the instability of identity and form afforded by live performance. Curious about the ambiguous nature of dance as a medium, his choreographic practice employs movement, often in conjunction with text, objects, and other media, to reconsider how personal and cultural histories are embodied, resisted, and reconstructed. With the support of his FCA grant, in 2015 Rawls presented three new works: #loveyoumeanit, at Danspace Project’s PLATFORM 2015: Dancers, Buildings, and People in the Streets, curated by Claudia La Rocco; Personal Effects, a solo performance that for Performa 10; and Settlement House, a choreographic installation for the 100th Anniversary of the Henry Street Playhouse and the Abrons Arts Center. #loveyoumeanit was a collaboration with former New York City Ballet dancer Kaitlyn Gilliland that, Rawls notes “touched on themes of intimacy body dysmorphia, digital estrangement, and the dynamics of race, gender, age, and dance training.” Personal Effects, Rawls explains, “is a series of scores in which I am singing, dancing and uttering bits of text comprising my history as a performer.” For Settlement House Rawls choreographed and directed a three-hour installation and performance with nine collaborators—five dancers, one sculptor, one writer, one singer/composer, and a lighting designer. Rawls explained that Settlement House drew on “Henry Street’s 100-year involvement with the local residents, immigrant communities and performing artists that have populated the Lower East Side.”

Prior to his 2015 Grants to Artists award, Rawls premiered The Planet-Eaters at The Chocolate Factory Theater in 2013. His other choreographic work had appeared at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, the Brooklyn Museum, Tanzquartier Wien, Mount Tremper Arts, and Williams College, among others. From 2006 to 2013, Rawls collaborated with Kennis Hawkins on the performance duo Dance Gang working in public spaces and galleries, including MoMA PS1, dOCUMENTA (13), various Brooklyn parks, ISE Cultural Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop, and Performance Space 122. As a dancer, he has worked with Jérôme Bel, Brian Brooks, Alain Buffard, Maria Hassabi, Noemie LaFrance, Nicholas Leichter, Neal Medlyn, David Neumann, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and Katie Workum. Rawls has also been an interpreter for Tino Sehgal and has re-performed works by Marina Abramović. Rawls is co-editor of Critical Correspondence, Movement Research’s online publication, focusing on developments in contemporary dance practice and thought, in New York City, nationally and internationally. Recent and upcoming publications include Dog Years (2014), Leap of Fake: Speculations on a Dance as Doubting (Scores 4, Tanzquartier Wien), and Mirror Mirrored: A Contemporary Artist’s Edition of 25 Grimm’s Tales.

Prior to his 2015 Grants to Artists award, Rawls received residencies and fellowships from danceWEB (2008), Mount Tremper Arts (2010), and The MacDowell Colony (2013). He was a 2014 Process Space Artist with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and joined Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s two-year, Extended Life fellowship program in 2015. Rawls has been a guest artist at Bard College, Barnard College, Williams College, and a mentor for Colorado College’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Rawls graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Williams College in 2000.

Annica Cuppetelli
October 24, 6:30pm
421 NE 10th Avenue
Presented by MFA in Applied Craft + Design

Annica Cuppetelli is a fiber/installation artist and fashion designer based in Detroit, MI. Drawing on her past experience in the fashion world, her practice lies on the intersection of fashion, design and art. Her process uses techniques and materials borrowed from garment making and fashion design and applies them to create forms that evoke garments, but exist as sculptures and spaces. Rather than simply wrap, transform, or conceal, she attempts to question fashion in order to reveal its complicated relationship with the female body and identity.

Annica is a recipient of the Daimler Financial Emerging Artist Award, the Searchlight Emerging Artist Award and was a nominee for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. She also collaborates with Cristobal Mendoza as Cuppetelli and Mendoza, focusing on the creation of site-specific, multimedia installations that address issues of space, interaction and materiality. Their work has been exhibited in the Denver Art Museum, Telfair Museums (Savannah, GA), the Biennial of Video and Media Arts (Chile, 2012) and festivals such as Nemo 2013 (France) Scopitone 2012 (France), ISEA 2012, FILE 2011 (Brazil), FAD 2011 (Brazil), video_dumbo 2013 (NYC, USA) among others. They were selected as Kresge Visual Arts Fellows in 2015. Cuppetelli obtained her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (Fiber, 2008) and her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.

Cuppetelli and Mendoza

Future Firm
November 28
421 NE 10th Avenue
Presented by MFA in Applied Craft + Design

Future Firm designs spaces, big and small, for people to come together in new ways. Founded by Craig Reschke and Ann Lui in 2015, the Chicago-based architecture practice spans diverse scales: from pop-up exhibition spaces, to residential and commercial buildings, to urban and territorial speculations. Future Firm’s work has been exhibited at Storefront for Art & Architecture, New Museum’s Ideas City, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation and published in The Architect’s Newspaper, Chicago Architect, Mas Context and Newcity. Future Firm currently operates The Night Gallery, a nocturnal exhibition space on Chicago's south side, which features video and film works by artists and architects from sunset to sunrise.

Craig Reschke is a registered architect and Designer-in-Residence in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work on fast matter in landscape architecture was recently published in Codify: Parametric and Computational Design in Landscape Architecture (Routledge, 2018). Ann Lui is an architect and Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ann recently co-edited Public Space? Lost and Found (SA+P/MIT Press, 2017) and was co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 titled Dimensions of Citizenship.

Instagram: @futurefirm

Suzy Halajian
November 29, 6:30
511 NW Broadway
Presented by MFA in Visual Studies with the Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center

Suzy Halajian is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles. Her work begins at the intersection of art and politics, treating image making as steeped in colonial pasts and modern surveillance states. Additionally, her research interests center on the legacies of trauma and conflict in experimental documentary and performance practices from the Middle East and North Africa and their diaspora. Halajian has curated exhibitions and programs at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Hammer Museum, Human Resources LA, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (all Los Angeles); Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Sursock Museum, Beirut; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; UKS, Oslo, among others.

Halajian serves on the Programming Committee of Human Resources LA, and is the 2018-19 Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta, Portland. From 2015-16 she co-organized the invitation of sorts talk series in Los Angeles. In 2017 she was granted a Creative Capital Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant with Anthony Carfello and Shoghig Halajian for the journal Georgia, and in 2014 she received a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Her writing has been published by ArtEast, BOMB, X-TRA, Ibraaz, among others.

Becca Albee
December 13, 6:30
511 NW Broadway
Presented by MFA in Visual Studies

Becca Albee is a multimedia artist known for her photo-based conceptual art. Albee is a veteran of the 1990s “riot grrl” scene, a loose affiliation of women artists, writers, and musicians who merged punk rock’s rebellious DIY ethos with a commitment to feminism. Whether she’s creating a sound installation based on figure skating champion Dorthoy Hamil, revisiting the scandalous fake memoirs of silent actress Joan Lowell, or juxtaposing photographs of flowers with newspaper clippings, feminism remains one of Albee’s central commitments. Albee has exhibited widely in New York City and collaborated with punk rocker and activist Kathleen Hanna in a two women show at Fleisher/Ollman in Philadelphia. She was a 2009-10 LMCC Workspace resident.

Chris Kraus
January 24, 2019 6:30pm
Co-presented by MA in Critical Studies and MFA in Visual Studies

Chris Kraus is a Los Angeles–based writer, art critic, and editor whose novels include I Love Dick (1997), Torpor (2006), and Summer of Hate (2012). Her most recent book is After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography (2017). Her writing navigates and mediates seamlessly between autobiography, fiction, philosophy, and art criticism. She teaches creative writing and art writing at The European Graduate School and has been a visiting professor at the Art Center College of Design, the University of California at San Diego, New York University, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Los Angeles Contemporary Archives. Along with Sylvère Lotringer and Hedi El Kholti, Kraus is co-editor of the influential publishing house Semiotext(e).

Wendy Red Star
January 30, 2019
421 NE 10th Avenue
Presented by MFA in Applied Craft + Design

Artist Wendy Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty and unsettling. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral to her practice, along with creating a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art.

Red Star has exhibited in the United States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fondation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Portland Art Museum, Hood Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. She served a visiting lecturer at institutions including Yale University, the Figge Art Museum, the Banff Centre, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Dartmouth College, CalArts, Flagler College, and I.D.E.A. Space in Colorado Springs. In 2017, Red Star was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and in 2018 she received a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. In 2019 Red Star will have her first career survey exhibition at the Newark Museum in Newark New Jersey.

Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles. She lives and works in Portland, OR.

Matt Olson
March 6, 2019
421 NE 10th Avenue
Presented by MFA in Applied Craft + Design

Matt Olson is the founder of OOIEE (Office Of Interior Establishing Exterior) a trans-disciplinary studio that works on projects related to art, design, architecture, and landscape. The “open practice” model is on the belief that the world makes us as much as we make it and thus, trusting the work that emerges, whether commissioned or self-initiated, is an act of poetic surrender that gives life to something that is easy to care about. Informed by a love of research and an interest in using art history as a material, OOIEE participates in climates of knowledge with an open heart and is committed to intentions of generosity, kindness, and expansiveness. Their work has been shown at the Aspen Art Museum, Etage Projects in Copenhagen, ANNEX at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles and company in Minneapolis. Teaching, especially through workshops, is vital and they've been visiting artist/lecturer at SCI-Arc, Cranbrook, SAIC (School Art Institute Chicago), SCAD (Savannah) and elsewhere.

Ezra Shales
April 3, 2019
421 NE 10th Avenue
Presented by MFA in Applied Craft + Design

Ezra Shales is an art historian, curator, and artist whose research, publications, and exhibitions explore the intersection of design, craft, and art in modern and contemporary culture. A professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, he is the author of Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era (2010), which analyzes art as an expression of civic ideals. As a curator, he is currently preparing two exhibitions opening in 2015, one at the Museum of Art and Design and the other at Alfred University. He has exhibited his own work at the Brooklyn Museum, P.S. 1, Art in General, and Artists Space. He recently answered a few questions about his BGC studies and his career.

About Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies
The programs of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA celebrate and support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through meaningful faculty-student relationships, engaging seminars, and mentor-guided studio practice. For more than 100 years, Pacific Northwest College of Art has served as a dynamic creative center for emerging artists and designers with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry and cross-disciplinary exchange.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers eleven art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, seven graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Community Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu