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