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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Jordan Abel: Wednesday, May 10th from 11:30-1:00 pm in Purce Hall 1

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Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from BC. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on the intersection between Digital Humanities and Indigenous Literary Studies. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of Injun, Un/inhabited, and The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award).

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517EuBwvNoL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Gregg Horowitz is Professorghorowi2 of Philosophy at Pratt. He writes on aesthetics, the philosophy of art, theories of art history, psychoanalysis, and political theory. His publications include the books Sustaining Loss: Art and Mournful Life (Stanford, 2001) and The Wake of Art: Philosophy, Criticism and the Ends of Taste (Routledge, 1998, with Arthur C. Danto and Tom Huhn) and articles on “Robert Pippin’s After the Beautiful: Hegel and the Philosophy of Pictorial Modernism” (Platypus Review, 2014).“Tradition” (Art Bulletin, 2013), “A Made-to-Order Witness: Women’s Knowledge in Vertigo” in Katalin Makkai, ed., Vertigo: Philosophers on Film (Routledge, January 2013), and “The Homeopathic Image, or, Trauma, Intimacy and Poetry,” (Critical Horizons, 2010). He is also a past Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin.

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Margot Quan Knight: Wednesday, April 26, from 11:30 to 1:00 pm in Purce Hall 1

MQK_DetailHallwayMargot Quan Knight‘s photography and video work has been featured in over 70 international publications and exhibited around the world, including solo shows at GAS Art Gallery, (Turin, Italy), 911 Media Arts Center, (Seattle, W.A.), and California State University (Chico, CA) and group shows at the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Ar/ge Kunst Galleria Museo (Bolzano, Italy), and the Dotmov Festival (Sapporo, Japan). Margot received a Master in Fine Art degree from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 2009.

 

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Thalia 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.

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