Creative Writing Faculty Mentor Brandon Shimoda has forthcoming nonfiction book from City Lights Publishers
May 14, 2019
I just received advanced reader’s copy of Brandon Shimoda’s most amazing forthcoming nonfiction book, The Grave on the Wall, published by City Lights Books. Fifteen pages in—and every sentence dazzles. Shimoda makes a lyric portrait of his grandfather Midori who was born in a small village in Japan before emigrating to the United States.
Translator and poet, Don Mee Choi says:
“It was part dream, part memory, part forgetting, part identity. It is a remarkable exploration of how citizenship is forged by the brutal U.S. imperial forces—through slave labor, forced detention, indiscriminate bombing, historical amnesia, and wall. If someone asked me, Where are you from?, I would answer, From The Grave on the Wall.’
Brandon will be teaching this summer as part of the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program. Our first residency begins on July 28th, and we are rolling admissions. Other faculty / guest artists include Daniela Naomi Molnar, Taylor Eggån, Monica Drake, Vi Khi Nao, Rachel Jamison Webster, Selah Saterstrom, Alejandro de Acosta, Sara Jaffe, Reema Zaman, and Emily Kendal Frey.
You can catch Brandon:
On Monday, July 29: Brandon gives a talk titled “Dementia: On (Or Under) The Poetry Of Japanese American Incarceration.” 9 am / PNCA / Room 601
On Monday, July 29, Brandon is at Powell’s in conversation with the amazing writer Janice Lee. 7:30 pm / Powell’s Downtown.
On Tuesday, July 30th, Brandon reads along with Guest Artists Taylor Eggån and Daniela Naomi Molnar. 7 pm / PNCA / Mediatheque
Wednesday, June 26, 6pm in the Mediatheque
The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies welcomes Aria Dean. Aria Dean will be speaking about her artwork and research. This lecture is part of the Low- Residency MFA in Visual Studies Summer Intensive Wednesday night lecture series.
Aria Dean is an artist, writer, and curator living and working in Los Angeles and New York. Her writing has appeared in publications including Artforum, Art in America, e-flux, The New Inquiry, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Spike Quarterly, Kaleidoscope Magazine, and CURA Magazine. She serves as Assistant Curator of Net Art and Digital Culture at Rhizome. She also co-directs Los Angeles project space As It Stands. Dean used the residency to produce a series of short films based on Get-Together: A Tragedy of Language, a play she wrote and directed for the Swiss Institute, New York. Her work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Sunroom, Richmond, Virginia (2018); Knockdown Center, Maspeth, New York (2017); de Young Museum, San Francisco (2017); and Veronica, Seattle (2017); among others.
Wednesday, June 19 in The Hammer
The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies welcomes Jessica Jackson Hutchins. Jessica Jackson Hutchins will be speaking about her artwork and research. This lecture is part of the Low- Residency MFA in Visual Studies Summer Intensive Wednesday night lecture series.
Jessica Jackson Hutchins lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Hutchins’ expressive and intuitive studio practice produces dynamic sculptural installations, collages, paintings, and large-scale ceramics, all hybrid juxtapositions of the handmade. As evidence of the artist’s dialogue with items in her studio, these works are a means by which the artist explores the intimacy of the mutual existence between art and life. Her transformations of everyday household objects, from furniture to clothing, are infused with human emotion and rawness, and also show a playfulness of material and language that is both subtle and ambitious. Based upon a willingly unmediated discourse between artist, artwork and viewer, Hutchins’ works ultimately serve to refigure an intimate engagement with materiality and form.
Hutchins had solo exhibitions at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH (2016); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2014); the Hepworth Wakefield Museum (2013); the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, MI (2013); and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA (2011). Significant group exhibitions include the 55th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace (2013) and The Whitney Biennial (2010). Her work has been incorporated into public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Margulies Collection, Miami; and the Portland Art Museum, Portland.
Hutchins holds a BA in Art History from Oberlin College and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
PNCA Welcomes the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies class of 2021!
Our incoming class includes students exploring a range of materials and ideas.
Third Room presents Capital Crawl
April 5th for the opening reception of Capital Crawl, a celebration and solo multimedia installation of new works exploring disability aesthetics and identity revelry by Marie Conner.
Reception 7 – 10 pm
Performance @ 8 pm