The Evergreen Art Lecture Series presents a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art issues by artists, writers, activists and scholars. The emphasis is to introduce the way in which a variety of practices undertake fields of inquiry in the arts. The series provides a lively forum for the exchange of ideas between the speakers, students, faculty and the public. The series will take place in the Purce/Lecture Hall 1 at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Most of the talks take place on every other Wednesday, on even weeks, during the quarter from 11:30-1:00 pm and are free and open to the public.
WEEK 2 – 10/3 Christopher Paul Jordan, painting and sculpture. Christopher Paul Jordan integrates virtual and physical public space to form infrastructures for dialogue and self-determination among dislocated people. Jordan’s paintings and sculptures are artifacts from his work in community and time-capsules for expanded inquiry.
WEEK 4 – 10/17 Rodrigo Valenzuela, photography, video, installation. Born in Chile, Valenzuela is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography, video, painting, and installation. Using autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience, his work constructs narratives, scenes, and stories that point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. Much of Valenzuela’s work deals with the experience of undocumented immigrants and laborers. He is an Evergreen alumni and assistant professor in the Art Department at UCLA.
WEEK 6 – 10/31 Susanna Bluhm, painting. “My paintings are usually related in some way to my physical environments and experience of them. Source material I draw from when I’m painting often includes photographs I’ve taken of places I’ve been. Also, the paintings are experiments in creating new environments. An individual painting can become a new place in itself, with sensations of things that might happen in a place, such as weather, touch, landscape, temperature, sex or noise. Abstract marks interact with more recognizable shapes, and a kind of narrative ensues.”
WEEK 8 – 11/14 Tradition and Innovation in the Work of Indigenous Basket Makers! Gail Tremblay, who has come out of retirement to teach the first ever class in Evergreen’s new Fiber Arts Studio, has assembled a panel of weavers to wow you! Joe Feddersen, Jeremy Frey, Terrol Dew Johnson, and Lisa Telford are joining Gail to allow students in the arts and students who are interested in learning more about the lives of contemporary Native American artists to study how those artists shape and maintain culture and support people in their communities. It will also help them to understand and value the way Indigenous American Artists represent their cultures to people so participants can learn to value and understand the meaning of Indigenous artwork.