2017-2018

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 Experimental Theater 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.

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Sarah Jaquette Ray: Wednesday, 12/6, from 11:30-1:00 pm in the Recital Hall, COM Building

Sarah Jaquette Ray is an associate professor of environmental studies at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, where she also leads the BA program in Environmental Studies.

She is author of The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture (University of Arizona Press, 2013), which considers ways in which environmental ideas have been used for purposes of social control and oppression in the U.S. She has co-edited two collections: Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory (University of Alaska Press) and Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory (University of Nebraska Press), both published this year.

Ray is working on two new scholarly projects: a co-edited volume titled Latinx Literary Environmentalisms: Justice, Place, and the Decolonial, and a book that argues that environmental studies and science instructors need to take students’ emotions about climate change and social injustice seriously in the classroom: Coming of Age in the Anthropocene: Climate Justice Pedagogies and Affective Resilience.  Her talk for this lecture series, “What Do the Arts and Humanities Have to Do with Our Environmental Crisis?” will focus on the important role that the arts and humanities play in addressing environmental problems.

 

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Storme Webber: Wednesday, 10/4 from 11:30-1pm in Recital Hall, COM Building

Storme Webber is a Two Spirit, Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw, internationally-nurtured poet, playwright, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She creates blues-influenced, socially-engaged texts and images exploring identity, art activism, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory and spirit.

Storme’s poetry collections include DiasporaBlues Divine, and the forthcoming Noirish Lesbiana. Her solo theatre works include Buddy RabbitNoirish Lesbiana: A Night at the Sub Room, and Wild Tales of Renegade Halfbreed Bulldagger. She has been highlighted in numerous anthologies, documentaries (including Venus Boyz, May Ayim: Hope in HeartWhat’s Right with Gays These Days?Living Two Spirit), and international performance tours.

Storme is an inspired educator, bringing art, history & soul as a visiting artist in programs across the country. She enjoys teaching Creative Writing to young people at the University of Washington. She has served as featured faculty at Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference, Chuckanut Writer’s Conference, The University of Puget Sound, Seattle University, and Richard Hugo House.

Storme was honored to receive a 2015 James W. Ray Venture Project Award from the Artist Trust/Frye Art Museum Consortium. Storme’s work has also been supported & awarded by 4Culture, Hedgebrook, Richard Hugo House, Pride Foundation, Seattle Art Museum, CIRI Foundation, City of Seattle and Jack Straw Foundation.

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Bonnie Whiting: Wednesday, November 15th from 11:30-1pm in the Recital Hall, COM Building

Bonnie Whiting is Chair of Percussion Studies at the University of Washington. She performs and commissions new experimental music for percussion, seeking out projects that involve non-traditional notation, interdisciplinary performance, and the speaking percussionist. Recent work includes a series of performances at the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington DC, solo appearances with the National Orchestra of Turkmenistan, and as a soloist in Tan Dun’s “Water Passion” under the baton of the composer himself.

In 2011, she joined red fish blue fish percussion group in premiering the staged version of George Crumb’s “Winds of Destiny” directed by Peter Sellars and featuring Dawn Upshaw for Ojai Festival. Her debut album, featuring an original solo-simultaneous realization of John Cage’s “45′ for a speaker” and “27’10.554″ for a percussionist”, was released on the Mode Records label in April.

Whiting has collaborated with many of today’s leading new music groups, including the International Contemporary Ensemble (American premiere of James Dillon’s Nine Rivers at Miller Theatre), Ensemble Dal Niente (the Fromm Concerts at Harvard), Bang on a Can (Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians for the LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series), and eighth blackbird (the “Tune-in” festival at the Park Avenue Armory). She received her DMA in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California San Diego, and also holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Interlochen Arts Academy.

 

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John Feodorov: Wednesday, November 1st from 11:30-1pm in the Recital Hall, COM Building

Born in Los Angeles of mixed Native and European American heritage, John Feodorov grew up in the suburbs of Southern California while making annual visits to his family’s land on the Navajo Reservation. The time he spent with his grandparents on their homestead in New Mexico, near the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon, continues to inform his work.

Feodorov’s art both engages and confronts the viewer through questioning assumptions about Spirituality, Identity and Place. Lately, he has been responding to ongoing environmental exploitation and degradation by both government and corporate sources, as well as their potential effects on how we relate to and understand our sense of Place.

John’s work has been featured in several publications; most recently in, Time and Time Again, by Lucy R. Lippard, and Manifestations, edited by Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo.  He was also featured in the first season of the PBS series, “Art 21: Art for the 21st Century”.

He served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Seattle and is presently an Associate Professor of Art at Fairhaven College at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington. He currently writes and performs with his band, The Almost Faithful.

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Thalia Field: Wednesday, 10/18 from 11:30-1pm in Recital Hall, COM Building

 Thalia Field’s most recent book, Experimental Animals (A Reality Fiction), explores the history of animals at the foundation of modern science. Her prior collection, Bird Lovers, Backyard, used animal-human relations to engage questions of hybridity in art and science. Prior collections include Point and Line, Incarnate: Story Material, as well as a performance novel, ULULU (Clown Shrapnel), and two essay-fiction collaborations with French writer, Abigail Lang: A Prank of Georges, and the forthcoming Legends of Janus/Leave to Remain.

Thalia teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.

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Storme Webber: Wednesday, 10/4 from 11:30-1pm in Recital Hall, COM Building

Storme Webber is a Two Spirit, Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw, internationally-nurtured poet, playwright, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She creates blues-influenced, socially-engaged texts and images exploring identity, art activism, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory and spirit.

Storme’s poetry collections include DiasporaBlues Divine, and the forthcoming Noirish Lesbiana. Her solo theatre works include Buddy RabbitNoirish Lesbiana: A Night at the Sub Room, and Wild Tales of Renegade Halfbreed Bulldagger. She has been highlighted in numerous anthologies, documentaries (including Venus Boyz, May Ayim: Hope in HeartWhat’s Right with Gays These Days?Living Two Spirit), and international performance tours.

Storme is an inspired educator, bringing art, history & soul as a visiting artist in programs across the country. She enjoys teaching Creative Writing to young people at the University of Washington. She has served as featured faculty at Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference, Chuckanut Writer’s Conference, The University of Puget Sound, Seattle University, and Richard Hugo House.

Storme was honored to receive a 2015 James W. Ray Venture Project Award from the Artist Trust/Frye Art Museum Consortium. Storme’s work has also been supported & awarded by 4Culture, Hedgebrook, Richard Hugo House, Pride Foundation, Seattle Art Museum, CIRI Foundation, City of Seattle and Jack Straw Foundation.

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2017-2018

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 Experimental Theater 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.

Fall Quarter 2017

Week 2, 10/4 Storme Webber, interdisciplinary artist, writer
A writer, interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator, Storme Webber was born and raised in Seattle where she attended Lakeside School. She holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. She has performed and toured her work internationally, and consistently foregrounds the work of other marginalized artists, most recently founding Voices Rising: LGBTQ of Color Arts & Culture in Seattle. Her poetry collections include Diaspora and Blues Divine. She has been featured in numerous anthologies, including Black Women and Writing: The Migration of SubjectInternational Queer Indigenous Voices, and The Popular Front of Contemporary Poetry, and in the documentaries Venus BoyzWhat’s Right with Gays These Days, and Living Two Spirit.Webber received the 2015 James W. Ray Venture Project Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in her current exhibition, “Casino: A Palimpsest,” at the Frye Art Museum.

Week 4, 10/18, Thalia Field, interdisciplinary writer, performer
Thalia Field was born in Chicago in 1966. After attending lycée in France, she graduated with honors from Brown University, where she was awarded the first John Hawkes prize in fiction. Thalia Field’s most recent novel is EXPERIMENTAL ANIMALS (A Reality Fiction) from Solid Objects Press. Thalia Field also has three books published with New Directions: POINT AND LINE (2000) and INCARNATE: STORY MATERIAL (2004) and BIRD LOVERS, BACKYARD. A performance novel, ULULU (CLOWN SHRAPNEL) was published by Coffee House press in 2008, with film stills by Bill Morrison, and a hybrid essay/poem co-authored with French writer Abigail Lang, A PRANK OF GEORGES, was published by Essay Press. Thalia’s writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Chicago Review, Ploughshares, Fence, Theater, Central Park, Chain, and Conjunctions, where she served as editor and senior editor from 1995-1999. Performance works and plays include THE POMPEII EXHIBIT, composed by Toshiro Saruya, which was awarded an NEA commission grant in 1992, and HEY-STOP-THAT which was published in Theater magazine and produced at various US venues.

Week 6, 11/1,  John Feoderov, visual artist
Born in Los Angeles of mixed Navajo (Diné) and European American heritage, John Feodorov grew up in the suburbs of Southern California while making annual visits to his family’s land on the Navajo Reservation. The time he spent with his grandparents on their homestead near the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon New Mexico continues to inform his work. Feodorov is interested in creating art that both engages and confronts the viewer; often utilizing pop culture detritus, as well as sound and video, to create works that question ideas and assumptions about Spirituality, Identity and Place. His work explores the longing for spiritual (re)connection that can be easily exploited by charlatans, corporations and political forces. In addition, his paintings and drawings are experiments in creating hybrid mythical iconographies that respond to issues such as environmental disasters, consumerism, and post-Colonial identity.
Feodorov is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington. In 2001 he was featured in the first season of the PBS television series, “Art 21: Art for the 21st Century” as well as in the companion book published by Harry N. Abrams. His work also appears in such publications as Time and Time Again, by Lucy R. Lippard; Manifestations, edited by Nancy Marie Mithlo; and A World of Art, edited by Henry M. Sayre. He served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Seattle, worked as an artist/educator for various non-profit youth groups in the Seattle area

Week 8, 11/15 Bonnie Whiting, percussionist, musician
Bonnie Whiting performs and commissions new experimental music for percussion. She seeks out projects involving non-traditional notation, interdisciplinary performance, improvisation, and the speaking percussionist. Recent work includes a series of concerts at the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington DC, and performance as a soloist in Tan Dun’s Water Passion under the baton of the composer himself. In 2011, she joined red fish blue fish percussion group in premiering the staged version of George Crumb’s Winds of Destiny directed by Peter Sellars and featuring Dawn Upshaw for Ojai Festival.
Whiting has collaborated with many of today’s leading new music groups, including eighth blackbird (the “Tune-in” festival at the Park Avenue Armory), the International Contemporary Ensemble (American premiere of James Dillon’s Nine Rivers at Miller Theatre), Bang on a Can (Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians for the LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series) and Ensemble Dal Niente (the Fromm Concerts at Harvard.) During the summer, she is a member of the Walden Players, enesmble in residence at the Walden School in Dublin, NH. She performs regularly with percussionist Allen Otte; they have presented concerts at The Stone in New York, The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, throughout New Zealand, and at colleges and universities around the country. Her debut album, featuring an original solo-simultaneous realization of John Cage’s 45’ for a speaker and 27’10.554” for a percussionist, will be released by Mode Records in 2015.

Week 10, 12/6   Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray environmental justice educator and scholar
Dr. Sarah Jaquette is Program Leader of their new Environmental Studies program at Humboldt State University. Ray’s interests include environmental justice, cultural studies, critical human geography, disability studies, and issues of power, identity, and discourses of nature. As she engages with each, she is passionate about putting the topics in conversation with each other: “I think it’s valuable to have a variety of activisms dealing with environmental issues,” she explains. “Some people may wonder why we need to be thinking about issues of identity, discourse, and social justice when the planet is at stake, and I hear that critique often.  But I think this rhetoric of urgency is problematic, and I genuinely believe that we’re not going to save that planet unless we do so in ways that incorporate—as central to, not just as a byproduct of—concerns of social justice.”

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Meehan Crist: Wednesday, May 31st from 11:30-1pm in Purce Hall 1

Crist, Meehan_Web_pic5FINALMeehan Crist is writer-in-residence in Biological Sciences at Columbia University. Previously she was editor-at-large at Nautilus and reviews editor at the Believer. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Lapham’s Quarterly, Tin House, New Republic, Nautilus, the Believer, Bookforum, Scientific American, and Science. Awards include the 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the 2016 AOA Award for excellence in Health Journalism, the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship and fellowships from MacDowell, The Blue Mountain Center, Ucross, and Yaddo.

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Dawn Cerny: Wednesday, May 24th from 11:30-1:00 pm in Purce Hall1

Cerny_AT_printDawn Cerny is a multidisciplinary  artist based in Seattle. Her recent works on paper and in sculpture examine the formal articulation of value and power—or lack thereof—through everyday gestures, bodily postures, and personal aesthetic choices.  Cerny’s monochromatic sculptural works also evoke racks, chairs, and cabinets of uncertain purpose, at once amplifying and distorting furniture’s connection to the human form.  Amassed together within the gallery, they might comprise a domestic arrangement, a showroom, or a crowd of people, alone together in public space. Like Buster Keaton’s slapstick comedy—a favorite of the artist’s—Cerny’s sculptures can be seen as an absurdist response to the productive rationalism of modern times, one that both represents and is alienated from everyday life. Cerny’s work has been exhibited at many venues including Henry Art Gallery; Or Gallery in Vancouver, Canada; Night Gallery in LA and Derk Eller Gallery in New York.

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