2011-2012 Mills College Art Lecture Series
Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613
Tuesday-Sunday 11 am - 4 pm
Wednesday 11 am - 7:30 pm
Admission is Free
All lectures take place at 7:00 pm
in Danforth Hall in Aron Art Center
unless stated otherwise.
Lectures are free and open to the public.
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Martha Wilson ** Oct 26
Martha Wilson: Staging the Self (Transformations, Invasions and Pushing Boundaries)
Martha Wilson will trace her work as a performance artist, activist, and the founder and ongoing Director of Franklin Furnace. She will begin in 1971 with her early “body art” in Nova Scotia, Canada, followed by her move to New York in 1974, where she continued to work as an artist. In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, the famous New York-based alternative art space that has for 35 years championed temporal art: artists’ books, installations, and performance art.
Lecture will be held in Lisser Theatre.
Camille Utterback *** Nov 9
Camille Utterback creates spaces for kinesthetic discovery and play using video tracking software or other sensors to react and respond to human movement and gesture. In her installation Text Rain (1999), participants use their bodies to catch and play with projected lines of a poem. In her External Measures series (2001–2007) Utterback explores the possibilities of interactive painting systems. She will also discuss her large-scale public commissions, such as Aurora Organ (2009), City of St. Louis Park, Minnesota and her recently completed commission for the Sacramento Airport. Utterback’s extensive exhibit history includes more than fifty shows on four continents. Awards include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2009), a Transmediale International Media Art Festival Award (2005), and a Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowship (2002).
Leslie Shows * Nov 16
Leslie Shows reinvigorates the practice of landscape painting with large, materially rich pieces that conflate a vast continuum of geological and human change. Through broad gestures and intricate details, she articulates a world in which we are but fleeting specks. She has won numerous awards including an Artadia Award; Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation; SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tournesol Award, Headlands Center for the Arts; and the Cadogan Award. Her work has been exhibited widely including four solo shows at Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco.
Frances Stark Dec 7
Frances Stark is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer who completed her MFA at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA and is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. Through performance, writing, and visual art, Stark addresses the conditions of creative labor, producing candid and affecting work about the nature of artistic practice and the corresponding yet integral banality of the everyday. She has had numerous national and international exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Portikus, Frankfurt; Secession, Vienna; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Kunstverein, Munich.
Presented in conjunction with Frances Stark: The whole of all of the parts as well as the parts of all the parts, on view at the Mills College Art Museum September 15 to December 11, 2011
Trevor Paglen * Jan 25
Trevor Paglen’s work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. His work has been widely exhibited from the Tate Modern to the Istanbul Biennial 2009, as well as published in The New York Times, Wired, Vanity Fair, and Artforum. Paglen has received grants and awards from the Smithsonian, Art Matters, Artadia, the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, and the Aperture Foundation. He holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley. In 2011-2012, Paglen is an artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and at MIT, Cambridge.
Jennifer Steinkamp *** Feb 8
Jennifer Steinkamp is a Los Angeles-based artist who uses computer animation and new media to create projection installations that explore architectural space, motion, and phenomenological perception. Her digitally animated works show the interplay between actual and illusionistic space. Steinkamp’s recent projects and exhibitions include Five in Istanbul at the Borusan Muzik Evi in Istanbul, Turkey; Madame Curie at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and set design for Arnold Schoenberg’s Erwartung at the New York City Opera. In November 2011, she will participate in Prospect New Orleans, Louisiana.
Apsara DiQuinzio * Feb 15
Apsara DiQuinzio is currently assistant curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she has organized solo exhibitions with Felix Schramm, Paul Sietsema, Mai-Thu Perret, Vincent Fecteau, and R. H. Quaytman. She organized the 2008 SECA Art Award Exhibition, as well as the forthcoming 2010 iteration, and Abstract Rhythms: Paul Klee and Devendra Banhart. Formerly she worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art where she organized the exhibitions Burgeoning Geometries: Abstract Constructions and Skin Is a Language. In 2010 she received a curatorial research fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. DiQuinzio has an M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute Chicago (2001), and a B.A., cum laude, from Colgate University (1998).
Laurel Nakadate * Mar 14
Laurel Nakadate is a New York-based photographer, video artist and filmmaker. Her first feature film, Stay the Same Never Change (2009), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was featured in New Directors/New Films at The Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. Her second feature film, The Wolfe Knife, premiered at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival and was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award and Independent Spirit Award. Her work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Reina Sofia, Madrid; and her 2011 ten-year survey exhibition Only the Lonely was on held at MoMA P.S.1.
Lectures made possible with the generous support from the:
*Herringer Family Foundation
**Jane Green Endowment for Studies in Art History and Criticism