The Design & Craft of Prosthetics at Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art

Bespoke Bodies Showcases Past, Present, and Future of Prosthetic Design

Press || Jan 08, 2018

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Media Contacts:

Amanda Hawkins                    
Design Museum Foundation               
amanda@designmuseumfoundation.org         
917-747-4422                        

Mack McFarland
Director, Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, Pacific Northwest College of Art
mmcfarland@pnca.edu
503-821-8969

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New Exhibition Showcases Past, Present, and Future of Prosthetic Design
Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics

Portland (January 9, 2018) – Design Museum Portland and the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) are pleased to announce the opening of Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics, a major exhibition and education program developed by Design Museum Portland. From the sculpting of ocular prosthetics to crowdsourcing affordable 3D printed hands, this exhibition surveys the past, present, and future of prosthetic design on a global scale. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will be on view from February 15 - May 9, 2018 at the Center for Contemporary Art and Culture at PNCA’s main campus building, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design at 511 NW Broadway.

“Bespoke Bodies is all about innovation and impact,” said Sam Aquillano, Executive Director of Design Museum Foundation. “At the Design Museum we’re focused on how design impacts people’s lives, and this awe-inspiring work is making a difference for so many — but so few people know about it. We know people will find these incredible human stories and engineering marvels inspirational on many levels.”

The exhibit features over 35 case studies — spanning DIY-inventions from kids to mind-controlled bionic limbs — telling the stories behind the patients, clinicians, designers, and artists who are changing how we think about the impact of design, and ultimately, the future of our mobility. Visitors will explore the evolution of and design process behind a range of prosthetic devices through visual stories, historical surveys, videos, and interactive models.

Wilson Smith, Senior Designer at Nike inc. and member of the Content Advisory Committee of Design Museum Portland states, “Design plays an important role in the world of prosthetics. Not only, is it about creating something that performs and is functional, but it’s also about designing something that speaks to the individuals passions and style.”

“At PNCA we are committed to showcasing how art, design and culture intersect with everyday life.” says Mack McFarland, Director of Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art​ “This exhibition showcases how design and innovation is an integral component of people’s lives, and we are proud to be a part of that.”

To complement and extend the impact of the exhibition there will be a number of events featuring inspirational leaders in the field, prosthetic users, clinicians, designers, and community organizers — including an opening reception, Paralympics viewing party, workshops, tours, and panel discussions.

Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics was made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Press Preview:

A press preview and curator’s tour of Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics will be held for the media on the morning of Thursday, February 15 at 10:00am.

Public Events Related to the Program:

Opening Reception

Thursday February 15th
5:00 pm • Member’s & Invite-Only Preview & Curator’s Tour
6:00 pm • Public Opening Reception
Free

First Thursday, Exhibition Tours
March 1 • 5:30-7:00pm
Free

Panel Discussion: UNITE: Human Tech Connect
March 8 • 6:00-8:00pm
Design Museum and PNCA Members: Free; Not-Yet-Members: $20

Viewing Party: Paralympics Opening Ceremonies
March 9 • 6:00-9:00pm
Free

First Thursdays, Exhibition Tours
April 5 • 5:30-7:00pm
Free

Workshop: Hand Built Hands
April 7 • 10:00am-12:00pm
Design Museum and PNCA Members: Free; Not-Yet-Members: $10

Design Week Open House
April 17 • 6:00-8:00pm
Free

Special Event: VIP Dinner with Dr. Albert Chi and Johnny Matheny
April 24th • 6:00-8:00pm
Please inquire for more details

First Thursdays, Exhibition Tours
May 3 • 5:30-7:00pm
Free

For full details on public programs visit designmuseumportland.org

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About Design Museum Portland

At Design Museum Portland we believe design can change the world. Done well, it can elevate our quality of life, make businesses more competitive, and protect our environment. Design awareness, education, and expertise are more important now than ever before as design continues to impact communities, organizations, and markets around the world. Design Museum Portland is redefining what it means to be a museum in the 21st century — we're online, nomadic, and accessible to all through a network of exhibitions, events, and content. Our mission: show the world the positive impact good design can have and create t he most accessible museum imaginable. Design is everywhere. So are we.

For more information visit designmuseumfoundation.org

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. As the Northwest’s premier college of art and design, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape the region's visual arts landscape for more than a century. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten 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 students of all ages. For more information visit pnca.edu

MA in Design Systems field work at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland

Pacific Northwest College of Art Launches New MA in Design Systems

Press || Dec 19, 2017

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December 17, 2017 

Contact: Lisa Radon, lradon@pnca.edu

Pacific Northwest College of Art Launches New MA in Design Systems

Portland, OR—December 17, 2017— New for Fall 2018, Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies announces a new MA in Design Systems. This 40-credit program embraces the reality that all creative endeavors are embedded within complex systems: of design, relationships, hierarchies, production, power, collaboration, and competition. The MA in Design Systems was developed for the early- to mid-career creative who wants to master those systems, whether inside a firm, between organizations, or among multiple stakeholders. The program's faculty, mentors, partners, and participants share a vision where future creative leaders effect systemic change creating equitable, resilient, and profitable solutions for a changing world. The MA in Design Systems, chaired by Peter Schoonmaker, draws on the city of Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Rim as learning labs for design leaders to effect meaningful change.

Priority deadline for application to this program is February 1, 2018. The MA in Design Systems joins its sister program, the MFA in Collaborative Design program, a 60-credit program with a studio emphasis and a mentored capstone project. The MFA in Collaborative Design is tailored for early and mid-career creatives who wish to continue working while taking late afternoon and evening classes to up-level skills and aptitudes for a rapidly changing design environment. The program takes a critical and entrepreneurial approach to “wicked” problems such as resource depletion, emerging technologies, climate change, and global demographic shifts. These are two innovative programs for hybrid designers, strategists, ecologists, systems thinkers, sociologists, neuroscientists, attorneys, artists, and technologists who are committed to making a difference in the world.  

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA 
For over 100 years, Pacific Northwest College of Art has served as a creative center for artists and designers with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry, and cross-disciplinary exchange. The graduate programs of PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies are designed to support students as they grow and define a sustainable, engaged, and dynamic practice that will continue to evolve years after graduation. PNCA’s graduate programs are rooted in meaningful faculty-student relationships and close community, enhanced with mentors drawn from greater Portland, and expanded further still with visiting artists, curators, and scholars. Located in the heart of Portland, PNCA is in the center of a progressive and affordable urban center known for its independent spirit, innovative mindset, and creative industries.</p>

Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies / MA in Critical Studies / MFA in Applied Craft + Design (with Oregon College of Art and Craft) / MFA in Collaborative Design/MA in Design Systems / MFA in Print Media / MFA in Visual Studies

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 ten 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  

NEW FEELINGS: Photography from a Diasporic Perspective at The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture

Press || Dec 04, 2017

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December 4, 2017

Contact: Lisa Radon

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NEW FEELINGS: Photography from a Diasporic Perspective at The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA

Portland, OR—December 4, 2017—The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art is pleased to present NEW FEELINGS, Photography from a Diasporic Perspective February 1, 2018 to April 14, 2018.

Straying from traditions of documentary photography, NEW FEELINGS focuses on artists exploring staged photography as a way of portraying contemporary life, identity, race struggle, and history. This pastiche of voices, communities, and stories works to find new landscapes and platforms to explore the medium of photography beyond its customary aperture.

The exhibition, curated by Modou Dieng brings together work by an international slate of artists including Hassan Hajjaj, Ayana V. Jackson, Admire Kamudzengerere and Rachel Monosov, Mickalene Thomas, and Rodrigo Valenzuela.

Hassan Hajjaj (b.1961 Morocco)

Known as the "Andy Warhol of Marrakesh," Hassan Hajjaj thrives in a space between cultures, traditions, mediums, and artistic movements. His images vibrate with an energy unique to the contemporary clashes that emerge from a world inundated with global consumption and ever-changing shifts in style. The artist relocated to London in the early 1980s, growing up within the reggae and hip-hop club scenes that defined the underground urban environment. 

During his childhood, Hajjaj began to create recycled objects from everyday items. He carried this practice into his work designing the spaces of basement soul and hip-hop clubs in London, culminating in the founding of his own London boutique, Rap, in he late 1980s. Through Rap, Hajjaj sold designer streetwear, while being able to explore his own fashion and interior design, which continued to incorporate the recycled North African consumer goods that had always inspired him. Becoming introduced to photography at this time, Hajjaj found the ideal platform to merge his interest in fashion, design, music and contemporary art. 

The subjects of his portrait photography range from underground musicians to friends and strangers he encounters on the street. Hajjaj subverts Western preconceptions of the Arab world, confronting the consumerism that has appropriated and forever changed traditional craft production. A new exhibition Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane opens in London's Somerset House on 5 October 2017, his first solo show in the city in seven years.

Ayana V. Jackson (b. 1977 American Photographer)

Ayana V. Jackson’s work seeks to crystallize the experience of contemporary Africa and African diasporic societies. She combines honed technical skills with richly laced historical allusions to create hauntingly candid portraits that depict varying constructions of African and African-American identities. She does this through several photographic approaches ranging from reportage and portraiture to performance and studio based practice.

Based between Johannesburg, New York, and Paris, Jackson has exhibited her work in association with The Studio Museum in Harlem, the San Francisco Mexican Museum (USA), Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA), USA, and the Philadelphia African American Museum (USA), Gallery MOMO (Johannesburg, RSA), Galerie Baudoin Lebon, (Paris, FR), Primo Marella Gallery (Milan), Galerie Sho Contemporary (Tokyo, Japan), Mariane Ibrahim (Seattle USA). She received the 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for Photography and has received grants from the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Inter America Foundation, US State Department as well as the French Institute.

Admire Kamudzengerere (b. 1981, Zimbabwe)

Admire Kamudzengerere’s work explores identity, politics, and society, often informed by the multifaceted structural and social issues that have marked Zimbabwe’s last decade. Working in various media, he frequently reveals an unequal world in which the powerful ride roughshod over the weak. His monotype self-portraits, intense and indefinable, speak to personal struggle, self-definition, and father-son relationships, but are also pieces of a universal puzzle invoking a unifying human thread—the file rouge of community and ancestry. 

An artist with an international exhibition history, in 2013 Kamudzengerere completed the prestigious Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam program. In 2017, he mounted his first solo exhibition at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in New York City, completed the Triangle Residency in Brooklyn, New York, represented Zimbabwe at the 57th Venice Biennial, and will be mounting a 2-artist exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. He is a member of the CTG Collective. 

Rachel Monosov (b. 1987, Israeli)

Bridging photography, video, performance, and sculpture, Russian-born Rachel Monosov delves into cultural notions of alienation, territorial belonging, gender, and identity. Nature serves as a source for the artist’s imagery and objects, which can be interpreted as both symbolic and indexical. While her early career focused on autobiographical works steeped with a desire to grapple with her personal history, in recent years her work has reflected a rootless present rife with broader social implications. Monosov works on a project basis, each year producing several bodies of work in a variety of themes and methodologies. She constructs entire worlds around her subjects, which function pursuant to their own set of rules and laws. Together, the works speak on socio-political issues related to territory as geography and body.

Monosov holds two MFAs from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent, Belgium (2014 / 2016). She made her first museum presentation in 2016 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, which was closely followed in January 2017 with a screening and performance at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium. Monosov is a co-founder of the CTG collective.

Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) 

Thomas makes paintings, collages, photography, video, and installations that draw on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power. Blurring the distinction between object and subject, concrete and abstract, real and imaginary, Thomas constructs complex portraits, landscapes, and interiors in order to examine how identity, gender, and sense of self are informed by the ways women are represented in art and popular culture. Rhinestones—the artist’s signature material and a symbol of femininity—serve as an added layer of meaning and a metaphor of artifice. Thomas uses rhinestones to shade and accentuate specific elements of each painting, while subtly confronting our assumptions about what is feminine and what defines women.
 
Thomas has drawn inspiration from multiple artistic periods and cultural influences throughout Western art history, particularly the early modernists such as Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edouard Manet, and Romare Bearden. She models her figures on the classic poses and abstract settings popularized by these modern masters as a way to reclaim agency for women who have been presented as objects to be desired or subjugated. Though Thomas draws from a number of time periods and genres, her use of pattern and domestic spaces often references various periods throughout the 1960s to the 1980s. This was a time of immense social and political conflict, change, and transformation—the civil rights movement, the black is beautiful movement, and the second wave of feminism—during which many women, particularly African-Americans, rejected and redefined traditional standards of beauty. Thomas received a BFA from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, in 2000 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, in 2002.

Rodrigo Valenzuela (b. 1982, Santiago, Chile)

Valenzuela uses staged scenes and digital interventions, manipulating codes of representation to affect viewers’ perception of logic and reality. Working primarily in photography, video, and installation, his imagery is rooted in the contradictory traditions of documentary and fiction, often involving narratives around immigration and the working class. In Valenzuela’s words, “Gestures of alienation and displacement are both the aesthetic and subject of much of my work.” He completed an art history degree at the University of Chile in Santiago, then moved to the United States, settling briefly in Boston before moving to Seattle. During his first decade in the US, he worked in construction and on cleaning crews while making art.

Valenzuela holds an MFA at the University of Washington (2012) and an art history degree at the University of Chile, Santiago (2004). His many residencies include a recently-completed Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine; Bemis Center, Nebraska and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York. Valenzuela is the recipient of several awards, including an Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award (2014). Solo exhibitions of his work 
have been presented at Klowden Mann, Los Angeles; David Shelton Gallery, Houston; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago; envoy enterprises, New York and Upfor in Portland, Oregon. Valenzuela is selected for the 2016-17 Open Sessions at The Drawing Center, New York.

About Modou Dieng

Born in Saint-Louis, Senegal, Modou Dieng is a multidisciplinary artist and curator exploring the symbolic and mythological power of pop culture icons through mixed media and hybrid materials. He is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon. Dieng holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in Painting, a BFA in Painting from the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Senegal, and founded Worksound Gallery in Portland, OR. 
 

Image:
Hassan Hajjaj
Wamuhu, 2015 c-print mounted on Dibond.
Courtesy of Barrett Barrera Collection. Photo by Sarah Carmody

About the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture

The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture is a platform for cultural production including exhibition, lecture, performance, and publication. Housed within Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), the Center throws open its doors to the greater public to foster conversation and community.

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 ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six 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 Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages.

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David Senior

SFMOMA’s David Senior Lectures on Performing Publications at PNCA

Press || Nov 20, 2017

SFMOMA’s David Senior Lectures on Performing Publications at PNCA

One of two upcoming programs for the exhibition Projects for the Page

Portland, OR—November 9, 2017—The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to present Performing Publications, a lecture by David Senior, Chief of Library and Archives at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). This lecture, on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30pm, is presented in conjunction with, Projects for the Page, an expansive exhibition of publications made by artists that is on view through January 12, 2017 at PNCA. The exhibition broadly considers the subversive potential of the publication as an alternative exhibition space to include questions around and implications of publications' potential to circulate works of art outside of traditional channels

Senior will talk about artists’ publications and contemporary art history, introducing a selection of historical artists’ books, magazines and ephemera that reflect experiments with performance and the various ways that these published works were used to communicate and distribute these new art practices. The examples will come from some recent exhibitions that Senior has curated and the library collections where he has worked.

In addition, on Saturday, December 9 at 11am, art historian Emily Henderson, co-curator of Projects for the Page, will deliver a talk entitled Intimacy: in-between the form. Her talk concerns researches undertaken on intimacy in art explored through the lens of poetics, metaphysics, and writing-based practices. She will discuss the opening in art and art-working via the extension of the form i.e. the object, the sculpture, the individual(s) in process and in communion. The talk stems from her thesis researches at University of Amsterdam and her work in the Michael Gibbs archive.

About Projects for the Page
The more than 50 works by artists published in the past 50 years that are included in Projects for the Page imagine the scope of possible works that might be envisioned as living in books, zines, and folios. Collectively, the works also demonstrate the scope of disciplines contemporary artists fold into their practices, with conceptual projects and works of philosophy, literature, translation, anthropology, comics, and poetry.

Projects for the Page comprises publications by artists including Sturtevant, Dorothy Iannone, Irena Haiduk, Alice Aycock, Hannah Black, Susan Cianciolo, Trisha Donnelly, Shannon Ebner, Mary Beth Edelson, Madeline Gins, Adrian Piper, Sturtevant, and Evelyn Taocheng Wang.

Projects for the Page is organized by art historian and curator, Emily Henderson, Assistant Director of the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, Ashley Gibson Graeter, and artist and poet, Lisa Radon. The Center gratefully acknowledges loans to the exhibition made by the Reed College Library, Air de Paris, Container Corps, PNCA’s Albert Solheim Library, and private collectors.

About David Senior
David Senior is the Head of Library and Archives at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Formerly he was the Senior Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City. At MoMA, he was responsible for developing the Library’s collection, especially its esteemed artists’ books collection. Senior also curated many exhibitions of MoMA Library materials, including Back in Time with Time-Based Works: Artists’ Books at Franklin Furnace, 1976–1980 (2016), THE ELECTRO-LIBRARY (2016), Ray Johnson Designs (2014), Please Come to the Show (2013), Millennium Magazines (2012), Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74 (2011). In 2016-2017, he co-curated Thoughts Isolated: The Foksal Gallery Archives 1966–2016, at CUNY Graduate Center in NYC and Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. For the last nine years, he has organized a program of events for Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair and more recently, at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair. This program is called the Classroom and has involved over 300 talks, performances and workshops by contemporary artists, designers, writers and publishers. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Dot Dot Dot, Bulletins of the Serving Library, ART PAPERS, and C Magazine. Please Come to the Show, a book documenting his exhibition of artists’ invitations and show flyers from the MoMA Library, was published by Occasional Papers in 2014. He serves on the advisory committees of Printed Matter and Art Resources Transfer and the board of directors of Primary Information and Yale Union.

About Emily Henderson
Emily Henderson is an art historian and researcher from Portland, Oregon USA. She is the managing editor for the annual journal EIGHTS and most recently has been conducting researches in the archive of the late artist Michael Gibbs for which she contributed to the recent publication on Gibbs’ work, Michael Gibbs: All or nothing and other pages. Henderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sculpture and Art History from Portland State University and is currently finishing her Master’s in Art History from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to her graduate work, she was a researcher for Pacific Northwest College of Art and program coordinator for c3:initiative. She is currently based in Portland and Amsterdam. 

About the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture
The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture is a platform for cultural production including exhibition, lecture, performance, and publication. Housed within Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), the Center throws open its doors to the greater public to foster conversation and community. ccac.pnca.edu

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 ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six 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 Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

 

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Sarah Schulman lectures at Pacific Northwest College of Art on her new book Conflict is Not Abuse

PNCA Welcomes Sarah Schulman: Conflict is Not Abuse

Press || Nov 20, 2017

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November 20, 2017

Contact: Lisa Radon, lradon@pnca.edu

PNCA Welcomes Sarah Schulman: Conflict is Not Abuse

Portland, OR—November 20, 2017—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is honored to welcome writer and AIDS historian Sarah Schulman to discuss her controversial new publication, Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair, at 4:00pm, December 3, 2017 in PNCA’s Mediatheque theater. Schulman’s talk will be followed by a moderated conversation with anti-violence and anti-racism activist and conflict resolution expert Dana Ghazi. A free, facilitated reading group on Conflict is Not Abuse will be held Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 – 7:30pm at Third Space gallery for those interested in discussing the text in advance of the December 3 event with the author.

This event is part of a three-day series that considers the political past, present, and future of art, AIDS, social justice, and queer life, timed with World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art. Associated events include a December 1 screening of newly commissioned films by Visual AIDS and an afternoon of back-to-back readings, panels, and screenings on December 2 in connection with Sarah Schulman’s 2012 publication, Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination. Please see details of the scheduled events below.

The three-day program is curated by PICA’s Roya Amirsoleymani (Director and Curator of Public Engagement) and Kristan Kennedy (Director and Curator of Visual Art), in collaboration with Shawna Lipton, Chair of PNCA’s MA in Critical Studies. This is co-presented in partnership with the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s MA in Critical Studies and MFA in Visual Studies Programs and the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College. Supported by a grant from Oregon Humanities.

SCHEDULE

Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings
December 1, 2017, 7pm
​Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), 15 NE Hancock St., Portland
Short Videos by Black Queer artists commissioned by Visual AIDS (NYC)
Free admission. For more information: http://pica.org/event/alternate-endings-radical-beginnings/

Sarah Schulman, Gentrification of the Mind + Housing Justice Panel + UNITED IN ANGER Screening
December 2, 2017, 2pm
PICA, 15 NE Hancock St., Portland
With Sarah Schulman, d.a. carter, Lisa Bates, Sharita Towne, manuel arturo abreu, and Stephanie Snyder. Sliding scalte: $0 - $20 – All proceeds benefit Esther’s Pantry. For more information: http://pica.org/event/sarah-schulman-gentrification-mind/

Sarah Schulman, Conflict is Not Abuse + Q&A
December 3, 2017, 4pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), 511 NW Broadway, Portland
Sarah Schulman discusses her controversial new publication, Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair. Followed by a moderated conversation with anti-violence and anti-racism activist and conflict resolution expert Dana Ghazi. Free admission. For more information: https://cal.pnca.edu/e/2134?s=20171203

About Sarah Schulman
Sarah Schulman is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, journalist, and AIDS historian. Her most recent books are the novel THE COSMOPOLITANS, selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best American novels of 2016, and CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE, winner of the Publishing Triangle Nonfiction Award. Sarah is currently collaborating with icon Marianne Faithful on a work of musical theater, THE SNOW QUEEN, incorporating 24 of Marianne’s great songs from her long career. Sarah is co-founder, with Jim Hubbard, of MIX: NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, (now in its 30th season), the ACT UP Oral History Project (www.actuporalhistory,org) and are co-producers of Jim’s featuring documentary film UNITED IN ANGER: A history of ACT UP. Sarah is on the advisory board of Claudia Rankine’s The Racial Imaginary, and Jewish Voice for Peace. She is faculty advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, where she is a Distinguished Professor.

About Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) acknowledges and advances new developments in contemporary art while fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences. PICA’s programming supports the experiments of the most vital and provocative artists of our time. Our vision is international, intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and decidedly forward thinking (even when those explorations look back in history). PICA is unique among institutions for working right alongside artists at the increasingly blurry boundaries between forms and at the edge of new ideas. Throughout the year, audiences have myriad opportunities to interact with artists, curators, critics, and cultural visionaries in a direct, in-depth way. From performances to exhibitions to lectures to the annual Time-Based Art Festival, our programs catalyze conversations about contemporary culture. pica.org.

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 ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six 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 Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

Pacific Northwest College of Art Hosts Dia de Muertos

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October 23, 2017

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Pacific Northwest College of Art Hosts Dia de Muertos

Portland, OR—October 23, 2017—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), in collaboration with Latino Art Now and Don’t Shoot PDX, is honored to host a series of events, October 24-November 2, 2017 surrounding the traditional celebration of Dia de Muertos. PNCA’s MFA in Print Media and Students of Color Coalition have worked with Maria Garcia, President of Don’t Shoot PDX and owner of Revolución Coffee House and Hector Hernandez, artist and professor at Portland State University to develop a series of programs that delve into the historical origins of this traditional day for the celebration of one’s ancestors. Both Garcia and Hernandez are from Mexico City and wanted to bring a traditional celebration to the Portland community. The Portland Art Museum has provided crucial support for this series.

“Maria and Hector have been wanting to make a community celebration for Dia de Muertos in Portland, and they reached out to Meghann Gilligan, Print Media Program Coordinator, and I here at PNCA as we had done another Community Print event with Marylhurst and Portland Art Museum in Spring of this year,” said Matthew Letzelter, Chair of the MFA in Print Media program. “We are happy to throw our doors open for conversation and celebration around this traditional event.”

Day of Dead is a traditional Mexican celebration recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. For the first time held at PNCA where local artists, students, and community members will celebrate and learn history and meaning of this cultural Mexican celebration that is becoming more popular in the Northwest.

"Celebration of life and death is deep in the Mexican hearts, but now it should be a conscious state of mind in every individual due to our current political climate," Maria Garcia states. "How are we living our life? Are we giving the best of us every day? Are we living the live we are supposed to? Through art, we would like to transmit  our respect to cultural traditions and express how this 'life-death' topic is interpreted by younger generations in the college of art."

Events include collaborative printmaking, a wheatpaste workshop, lectures, a demonstration of prehistoric instruments, and a Dia de Muertos celebration on First Thursday, November 2, 2017 with art, food, traditional music, and Aztec dancers. The full schedule of events follows.

 

October 24, 12-2pm
Collaborative Printmaking Event
PNCA Atrium

October 26, 6:30pm
Origins of Dia de Muertos
Guest Speaker - Willan Cervantes
2nd Floor, Design Corridor

October 27, 12-2pm
Workshop on Wheatpaste Techniques
Guest Artist & Alumna Kanani Miyamoto
2nd Floor, Watershed Studio

November 1, 6:30pm
Conversation with the Past
Guest Speaker - Vojislav Radovanovic
2nd Floor, Design Corridor

November 2, 5:30-8:30pm
Dia de Muertos Celebration & Opening Reception
with Mexican coffee, traditional foods, and music

5:30pm Presentation & Demonstration of Prehispanic instruments
Guest Speaker - Eduardo Cruz
2nd Floor, Design Corridor

6pm “Day of the dead, Day of the life”
Guest Speaker - Hector H Hernandez MA, MFA
2nd Floor, Design Corridor

6:30pm Aztec Dancers
PNCA Historic Corridor

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 ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six 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 Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

Projects for the Page

PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture Presents Expansive Exhibition of Artist’s Publications

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October 17, 2017

Contact: Lisa Radon, lradon@pnca.edu

PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture Presents Expansive Exhibition of Artist’s Publications

Portland, OR—October 17, 2017—The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is proud to present Projects for the Page, an expansive exhibition of publications made by artists, opening November 2, 2017 and running through January 12, 2017. There will be an opening reception on First Thursday, November 2 from 6 to 9pm.

The exhibition broadly considers the subversive potential of the publication as an alternative exhibition space to include questions around and implications of publications' potential to circulate works of art outside of traditional channels.

The more than 50 works by artists published in the past 50 years that are included in the exhibition imagine the scope of possible works that might be envisioned as living in books, zines, and folios. Collectively, the works also demonstrate the scope of disciplines contemporary artists fold into their practices, with conceptual projects and works of philosophy, literature, translation, anthropology, comics, and poetry. Some of the works offer critiques and détournements of the publications commonly produced by institutions, and some highlight the economies and assumptions around the production of the publications themselves.

We deliberately choose the word publication vs. book to be clear that this is not a book arts show with a focus on the precious book-as-object. We are less interested in the object as an object than in its potential as a delivery mechanism for viral, hand-to-hand dissemination of image and word and idea. Thus, while there are publications that privilege design, craft, and material, there are also publications that take on the most pedestrian of forms.

Projects for the Page comprises publications by artists including Sturtevant, Dorothy Iannone, Irena Haiduk, Alice Aycock, Hannah Black, Susan Cianciolo, Trisha Donnelly, Shannon Ebner, Mary Beth Edelson, Madeline Gins, Adrian Piper, and Evelyn Taocheng Wang.

David Senior, Chief of Library and Archives at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA and formerly Senior Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library will give a lecture in conjunction with the exhibition, as will artist and head of PNCA’s Printmaking department, Abra Ancliffe, who will speak on her book projects. Programming for the exhibition will also include a lecture by co-curator Emily Henderson, a reading group, and lunchtime Skype chats with an international slate of artists and curators.

Projects for the Page is organized by art historian and curator, Emily Henderson, Assistant Director of the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, Ashley Gibson Graeter, and artist and poet, Lisa Radon. The Center gratefully acknowledges loans to the exhibition made by the Reed College Library, Air de Paris, Container Corps, and private collectors.

About the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture
The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture is a platform for cultural production including exhibition, lecture, performance, and publication. Housed within Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), the Center throws open its doors to the greater public to foster conversation and community.

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 ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six 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 Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

Pacific Northwest College of Art Increases Enrollment by 10%

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Pacific Northwest College of Art Increases Enrollment by 10%

Portland, OR—October 17, 2017—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to report the largest ever incoming class for the six programs of PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies since its first program was launched ten years ago.

In addition, PNCA reports a nearly 10% increase in total enrollment for the 2107-18 academic year with the largest incoming undergraduate class in five years. PNCA credits part of the boost in numbers to smoothing the process for transfer students, particularly community college students from Oregon as well as others who are seeking to complete their 4-year degree at a private art and design college.

Finally, PNCA's new partnership with Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland has also boosted enrollment. PNCA expects to introduce new design programs for Fall 2018.

"The faculty and staff at PNCA have worked together to bring in many great students from Oregon, across the country, and internationally" says Don Tuski, President of PNCA. 

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 ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six 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 Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

Pacific Northwest College of Art to Host Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Artists of Color

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October 17, 2017

Contact: Lisa Radon
lradon@pnca.edu

Pacific Northwest College of Art to Host Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Artists of Color

Portland, OR—October 17, 2017—Portland Northwest College of Art is proud to host a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon centered on adding and improving content about artists of color October 26, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm in BridgeLab at Pacific Northwest College of Art at 511 NW Broadway. This event, inspired by the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons now taking place around the world, seeks to address underrepresentation of artists of color from around the world on Wikipedia, one of the most ubiquitous sources of information today.

All are welcome at this edit-a-thon, even those who have never edited Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world. The event is organized by Linden Howe, Reference and Instruction Librarian at PNCA’s Albert Solheim Library.

The demographic makeup of Wikipedia contributors is overwhelmingly white and male. Wikipedia Edit-a-thons such as this one are intended to train and provide community for more diverse contributors through the process of adding content that better represents historical and contemporary artists, movements, exhibitions, and events. By participating in the creation of information, we can begin to address the skewed narrative of contemporary and historical art that prioritizes white artists and omits the contributions of artists of color.

During the event, we are also happy to present brief talks by Portland-based artists Angélica Maria Millán Lozano and Kevin Holden.

No experience is necessary, as training sessions will be available with Jason Moore, Senior Wikipedia Editor. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas of pages they want to edit or create, and there will also be a list of possible topics. There will be only a few computers available, so please bring your own laptop and charger if possible. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public!

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 ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six 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 Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu