A1QmlI6CQYLThalia Field‘s work lives at the crossroads of prose, essay, poetry, even theater. Her collections include Point and Line; Bird Lovers, Backyard; A Prank of Georges; Ululu (Clown Schrapnel); and Incarnate: Story Material.

Thalia Field is 3rd generation from the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. She worked in theater as a writer, director, and producer before beginning to write books. Thalia has lived and worked in Paris, Berlin, and New York, as well as spending many summers in Juneau, Alaska where she helped to start a summer writing project. Thalia has been teaching fiction and multimedia and interdisciplinary creative/critical practice in the Literary Arts department at Brown University since 2000.

 

 

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Dr. Lina Aguirre presents Trends in Latin American Experimental Animation: Wednesday, February 22nd from 11:30 to 1:00 pm in Purce Hall 1

Latin Animation picA vibrant selection of contemporary experimental animation from filmmakers in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Peru.  Curated by the Moebius Animación collaborative, these 16 short films produced between 2007 and 2014 represent an effort to map trends in technical, narrative, material, and sensorial/affective dimensions in recent experimental animation.

Experience a diverse selection of vibrant experimental animation from filmmakers in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Peru.

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Alexis Pauline Gumbs: February 15th from 11:30-1:00 pm in Purce Hall 1

alexis pauline2Alexis Pauline Gumbs, multi-disciplinary artist, scholar, activist and this year’s Evan’s Chair at The Evergreen State College.  As an educator, Alexis Pauline Gumbs walks in the legacy of black lady school teachers in post-slavery communities who offered sacred educational space to the intergenerational newly free in exchange for the random necessities of life. She honors the lives and creative works of Black feminist geniuses as sacred texts for all people. She believes that in the time we live in access to the intersectional, holistic brilliance of the black feminist tradition is as crucial as learning how to read.  She brings that approach to her work as the provost of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, a transmedia- enabled community school (aka tiny black feminist university) and lending library based in Durham, North Carolina.

A queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist and a prayer poet priestess, Alexis has a PhD in English, African and African-American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University. She was the first scholar to research the Audre Lorde Papers at Spelman College, the June Jordan Papers at Harvard University, and the Lucille Clifton Papers at Emory University during her dissertation research.

 

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Dawn Lundy Martin: Week 4 – February 1st from 11:30-1:00pm in Lecture Hall 1

Dawn Lundy Martin

Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual video artist. She is the author of three books of poems and three chapbooks, including most recently, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015) and Good Stock Strange Blood (forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2017). She is currently at work on a memoir. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New YorkerHarper’s, and other magazines.

Martin is also a co-founder of the Black Took Collective, an experimental performance art/poetry group of three, and a member of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, a global arts collective. She has been awarded the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and a 2016 Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. Martin is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and Co-director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.

(photo credit: Max Freeman)

 

 

 

 

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Jeffry Mitchell

Identifying himself as a “gay folk artist,” Jeffry Mitchell creates work that deals largely with dualities. Using a variety of materials and methods, including ceramics, printmaking, and drawing, Mitchell manages to juxtapose seemingly disparate ideas into beautiful, fragile, and startling works. Using sweet, furry animals and soft, pastel colors, Mitchell transforms kitsch subject matter into a study of complex human experiences, including death, sex, religion, and loss. His work, at times appearing clumsy and hand-wrought, remains approachable and innocent, engaging viewers with his child-like curiosity and ungainly re-creations of recognized subjects. While highly sophisticated in his technique, Mitchell chooses to display vulnerability in his work, allowing both himself and his viewers to negotiate frightening realities by couching them in the comfort of the familiar and a faith in innocence. His work is suffused with a desire to welcome, accept, and even love the disconcerting and flawed aspects of ourselves and others.

Jeffry Mitchell was born in 1958, the fourth of nine children of working-class parents. After experiencing a largely itinerant childhood owing to his father’s career, Mitchell continued this nomadic lifestyle in his young adulthood. Although his family eventually established a somewhat permanent residency in Seattle, he decided to attend the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, and spent a semester in Rome, an experience that had a profound effect on his work. After graduating with a BA in painting, Mitchell moved to Japan to teach English and landed an apprenticeship with a production potter in Seto (known as one of the “Six Old Kilns” in traditional Japanese pottery). Impressed and changed by his experiences abroad, Mitchell returned to Seattle in 1984 and enrolled in a printmaking class at the Cornish College of the Arts. This spurred his decision to pursue an MFA in printmaking at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. During his studies he returned to Rome, setting up a studio in the basement classrooms at Villa Caproni. Notable solo exhibitions of Mitchell’s work include: Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell, 2012-2013, Henry Art Gallery; Some Things and Their Shadows, 2009, Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA; Shiny Happy Pretty (with Tina Hoggatt), 2008, Missoula Art Museum; Hanabuki, 2001, Henry Art Gallery; My Spirit, 1992, New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; and Documents Northwest: The Poncho Series, 1990, Seattle Art Museum. (from the Henry Art Gallery website)

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2016-2017

The Evergreen Art Lecture Series presents a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art issues by artists, writers, activists and scholars.  The series provides a lively forum for the exchange of ideas. The talks take place every other Wednesday during the quarter from 11:30-1:00 pm, in Lecture Hall 1. They are free and open to the public.

Winter 2017

Week 2, 1/ 18: Jeffry Mitchell, visual artist

Week 4, 2/1 Dawn Lundy Martin, poet

Week 6, 2/15  Alexis Pauline Gumbsmulti-disciplinary artist, scholar, activist and this year’s Evan’s Chair

*Week 7, 2/22 Lina Aguirre and Latin American Experimental Animation(Please note this is an extra week. There will be a screening of Trends in Latin American Experimental Animation on Tuesday, 2/21, 6 pm in LH 1

Week 8, 3/1 Thalia Field, literary artist

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Molly Dilworth: Week 8 – November 16th from 11:30-1pm in Lecture Hall 1

Molly Dilworth_headshotFrom  Molly Dilworth…For me, creative practice is a tool for investigation and problem solving. Using data from a specific site as a structure, I give form to the things that invisibly motivate our actions. I have partnered with green building organizations, climate change activists, arts organizations and government agencies to make public art that addresses our relationship to history, nature and technology. Currently, I am investigating the relationship of domestic space, global trade, feminism, labor and craft.

From the rooftops of Brooklyn to the Pedestrian plazas of Times Square, I have created outdoor site-specific paintings in New York City and exhibited across the United States. I have been a resident artist at the Salina Art Center in Kansas and in the Art & Law Program with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in NYC. My work was part of Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good in the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale.

I have been an artist in residence at Recess Activities/Pioneer Works (2012), in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program (2013) and Smack-Mellon (2014). In the spring of 2013 I installed a permanent exterior painting for the Garden at The James Hotel in Lower Manhattan. Recent commissions include a 6,000 sq. ft. mural for Toledo, a temporary garden for a city block in Seattle, and a sculpture for a light rail station in Denver.

 

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Anna Moschovakis: Week 7, 11/9, from 11:30-1:00 pm in the Recital Hall of the COM Building

anna_mAnna Moschovakis’s most recent books are They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This (poems) and Bresson on Bresson (interviews with Robert Bresson, translated from the French). She is the author of two previous books of poems, You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone, as well as numerous chapbooks. Other translations include books by Annie Ernaux, Albert Cossery, and Marcelle Sauvageot.

She has received grants from the Howard Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts and The Fund for Poetry, the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and residency fellowships from Ledig House/Writers OMI and The Edward Albee Foundation; in 2009 she was the recipient of an apexart “outbound” residency grant to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She teaches in the MFA programs at Pratt Institute and Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and was the 2016 Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry at U.C. Berkeley. She is a longtime member of Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse, for which she edits several books a year and heads up the Dossier Series of investigative texts, and she recently co-founded Bushel, an art and community space in Delhi, NY. Her first novel, The Rejection of the Progress of Love, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press.

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Art Lecture Series: Charles Mudede on Wednesday, 11/2, from 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

Charles MudedeCharles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born cultural critic, urbanist, filmmaker, and writer.  Mudede collaborated with the director Robinson Devor on two films, Police Beat and Zoo, both of which premiered at Sundance–Zoo was screened at Cannes. Mudede, who is an editor for The Stranger, has contributed to the New York Times, LA Weekly, Village Voice, Black Souls Journal, e-flux, C Theory, Cinema Scope, Keyframe, Filmmaker and is on the editorial board for the Arcade Journal and Black Scholar. His fiction has appeared in Seattle Review. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.

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Geraldine Ondrizek: Wednesday, October 19th, 11:30-1:00 pm in the Recital Hall of the COM Building

Gerri 1Geraldine Ondrizek is a Professor of Art and artist at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. For the last twenty-five years she has collaborated with genetic and medical researchers to make architectural based installations.

She has had over 30 solo exhibitions internationally and is the recipient of several grants including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ford Family Foundation, an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, an exhibition grant from NASA and the Houston Foundation, a UNESCO Artist in Residence grant, an NEA exhibition support grant, and a Mellon Foundation Art and Science Research Grant.

Geraldine’s work is currently on exhibit in the Evergreen Gallery, located in the Library building,  from October 5th to November 7th.  A reception will be held for her on Tuesday October 18, from 4 – 6pm.

Her 2014-15 project Shades of White done in collaboration with Dr. Alexandra Stern focused on skin color charts and eugenics practices in the US. In 2015, she was an artist in residence at Kaiser Wilhelm Archive at The Max Plank Institute in Berlin where she studied the work of Dr. Georg Geipel and the origins of Biometric Data to create a series of artist books and a short film. Her work was recently in Global Exo-Evolution, curated by Peter Weibel, at ZKM, the Center for Media, in Karlsruhe, The Momentum AIR in Berlin and in Translocation at the Musrara Mix Festival in Jerusalem. In 2016, she completed mtDNA an architectural installation charting of mitochondrial DNA world-wide that will travel to several museums in 2017.  Geraldine received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from the University of Washington.

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