Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mills College Art Lecture Archive (Mar - Oct 2008)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Favianna Rodriguez

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Danforth Lecture Hall, Aron Art Center

Favianna Rodriguez is a printmaker and digital artist based in Oakland. Using high-contrast colors and vivid figures, her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day laborers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in Juárez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens. Through her work we witness the changing U.S. metropolis and a new diaspora in the arts.

Rodriguez is renowned for her vibrant posters dealing with issues such as war, immigration, globalization, and social movements. She has lectured widely on the use of art in civic engagement and the work of artists who, like herself, are bridging the community and museum, and the local and international. Rodriguez's has worked closely with artists in Mexico, Europe, and Japan, and her works appear in collections at Bellas Artes (Mexico City), The Glasgow Print Studio (Glasgow, Scotland), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles).

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department, Mills College Art Museum, and Mills College Mujeres Unidas.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Packard Jennings - This Wednesday - CANCELED

The MFA Lecture series scheduled for Wednesday, October 22 featuring local artist Packard Jennings has been CANCELED.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ginger Wolfe-Suarez: DON'T STOP WRITING

Ginger Wolfe-Suarez is an artist whose pluralistic practice is rooted in conceptual art making, writing, and political organizing. In DON'T STOP WRITING she will discuss the relationships between her practice and text, along with the history of nonviolence and writing. Presented in conjunction with Ginger Wolfe-Suarez: AS LONG AS I WILL LIVE YOU WILL LIVE on view at the Mills College Art Museum.

Wednesday, October 8, 7:30pm.  Danforth Lecture Hall.

Above image:  Ginger Wolfe-Suarez, work camp (detail), 2007-2008.  Mixed media installation. Courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Uli Sigg & Ai Weiwei This Friday! (9/26/2008)

The Mills College Art Faculty and Graduate Art Students are pleased to announce round table discussions with Uli Sigg and Ai Weiwei.

Friday September 26, 2008.
Danforth Hall.
See below for times.

Uli Sigg is the world's premiere collector of contemporary Chinese art.  A former Swiss ambassador to China, Mr. Sigg's expertise extends well beyond art into the realms of international politics and economics.  Mr. Sigg's discussion with Mills College Professor of Painting, Hung Liu, will begin at 2pm.

Ai Weiwei is widely regarded as one of the most famous and infamous artists working in the world today.  In addition to exhibiting his work internationally, he is a highly acclaimed curator, critic, activist, and writer.  Mr. Weiwei's discussion with Hung Liu will begin at 5pm.

These events are open to the public and all Mills students are encouraged to take part in this rare opportunity.  Q&A sessions will follow both discussions.

Checkout his blog and look for the photos of the graduate students at dinner with Ai Weiwei...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Lecture Series Announced for Fall 2008!

Adrienne Salinger*
Wednesday, October 1
Adrienne Salinger has exhibited her photographs internationally in venues that include the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Barcelona’s Fundacion “la Caixa,” The New Museum, and the National Museum of American Art among others. Salinger has published three books: In My Room: Teenagers in their Bedrooms, Living Solo and Middle Aged Men. Presented by the Herringer Family Foundation Danforth Lecture Hall, Art Building, and 7:30 p.m.


Ginger Wolfe-Suarez
Wednesday, October 8

Packard Jennings*
Wednesday, October 22

Favianna Rodriguez
Wednesday, October 29

Eyebeam, the Eyebeam Road Show*
Saturday, November 15
(times and workshops TBA)

Debra Pincus+
Wednesday, November 12

All lectures are in the Danforth Lecture Hall in the Aron Art Center (next to the Mills Art Museum) and begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted.

*The MFA Lecture Series is made possible by the Herringer Family Foundation.
+The Studies in Art History and Criticism Lecture Series is funded by the Jane Green Endowment.

Check back for updates and changes.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Hou Hanru Lecture Wednesday April 9, 7:30 pm Danforth Hall

Hou Hanru is Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and Chair of the Exhibitions and Museum Studies program. A prolific writer and curator, Hou received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Central Institute of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he was trained in art history, with additional work in painting, performance, installation, and architectural research. He is a consultant for several cultural institutions internationally including the Global Advisory Committee of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Contemporary Art Museum in Kumamoto, Japan. Described as a significant international voice on cultural difference, Hou is the French correspondent for Flash Art International and a regular contributor to several other journals on contemporary art including Frieze, Art Monthly, Third Text, Art and Asia Pacific, Domus, Atlantica, Texte Zur Kunst, and Tema Celeste. Most recently, Hou was appointed Curator of the 10th International Istanbul Biennial, which will take place from September to November 2007. Other recent curatorial projects include the second Guangzhou Triennale where he co-curated Beyond: An Extraordinary Space of Experimentation for Modernization; Go Inside, the 3rd Tirana Biennale (Tirana, Albania, 2005); Out of Sight, organized by the De Appel Foundation (Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2005); Nuit Blanche 2004 (Paris, 2004); and A L'Ouest Du Sud De L'Est / A L'Est Du Sud De L'Ouest (Villa Arson, Nice, 2004). Hou is one of the first curators and thinkers to examine postmodern issues of nomadic identity, hybridity, globalized mobility, what he calls “in-betweeness,” and artists living in the diaspora.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Charolette Cotton Lecture Thursday May 3, 6:45pm

Charlotte Cotton is Curator and Department Head of Photographs at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Previously, she was Head of Programming at The Photographers' Gallery in London and Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1993to 2004. She has curated many exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography including, 'Imperfect Beauty: the making of contemporary fashion photographs' (2000), 'Out of Japan' (2002), 'Stepping In and Out: contemporary documentary photography' (2003) and 'Guy Bourdin' (2003). Charlotte is the author and editor of publications such as 'Imperfect Beauty' (2000), 'Then Things Went Quiet' (2003), 'Guy Bourdin' (2003) and 'The Photograph as Contemporary Art' (2005).

Friday, March 7, 2008

Marisa Olson Lecture March 12, 7:30pm

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Dave Muller Lecture March 19, 7:30 pm

Artforum article on Dave Muller: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0268/is_9_39/ai_75914283

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mills College Art Lecture Archive (Aug - Sept 2007)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Installing the work - Preview

Entrance to the exhibition

Carrie Moyer

Kinke Kooi

 Lara Schnitger

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Don't Let the Boys Win opens Sept. 19 at Mills Art Museum

September 19 - December 9, 2007

Don't Let the Boys Win
Kinke Kooi, Carrie Moyer, and Lara Schnitger

Wednesday, September 19:
Opening Reception: 5:30-7:30 pm, Art Museum
Artist's Lecture by Kinke Kooi: 7:30-8:30 pm, Danforth Hall, Art Building

Curated by Jessica Hough, director, Mills College Art Museum

The Mills College Art Museum presents Don't Let the Boys Win, featuring the dynamic work by nationally and internationally recognized artists Kinke Kooi, Carrie Moyer, and Lara Schnitger.

Don't Let the Boys Win is curated by Jessica Hough. This is Hough's first exhibition in her new position as director of the Mills College Art Museum. She was previously curatorial director at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum where she worked for over nine years.

Each of the artists in Don't Let the Boys Win, through different means, produces work that is imbued with an empowered female perspective. Boldness and humor characterize the work and many of the pieces are unapologetically erotic. Ornament and texture is integral to each of the artists' practices, and a hippie-inspired aesthetic is also at work. The title of the exhibition, borrowed from a sculpture of the same name by Schnitger, highlights the provocative playfulness of the work in this exhibition.

In her drawings on paper and on photographs, artist Kinke Kooi, based in Arnhem, Netherlands, imbues such things as human eyes, a hand, or an ordinary apartment building with a talisman-like quality. Kooi fills the space around the objects in her compositions with a dense swirling line pattern that gives the air a pillow-like effect. It is as if each object is cushioned by its surrounding, and at the same time is setting into motion the atmosphere around it.

Baba Jaga, 2007, Acrylic paint on photograph, 26 x 20 inches, Courtesy Feature Inc., New York

New York-based Carrie Moyer balances specific Feminist and other art historical references in her paintings with a seemingly effortless painting style. References to the history of abstract painting are evident, even as she seems to re-claim that history for her own end. Her process combines paint applied with a brush, with large areas of translucent poured pigment. In some paintings she mixes glitter with the pigment-risky business for most artists but Moyer makes it a seamless part of her seductive surfaces.

The Stone Age, 2006, Acrylic, glitter on canvas, 60 x 84 inches, Collection of Stephen Hilton, New York

Los Angeles-based Lara Schnitger's sculptures have an animated physical presence that makes it seem as if they might begin to move around the gallery. Each work is composed of a sewn fabric "skin" stretched over a wooden armature. The wooden structures are made from a series of joined long, narrow pieces, which point out into space and threaten to puncture the fabric into which they push. The literal tension on the fabric adds to the already emotional quality of the works.

The Only Bush I Trust is My Own, 100 x 92 x 72 inches, Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York

Lecture Series Schedule Announced for Fall 2007!

Kinke Kooi Lecture
scheduled September 19, 2007 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Laleh Khorramian lecture 3:30
scheduled September 23, 2007 from 3:30 PM to ?

Carrie Moyer Lecture
scheduled October 17, 2007 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Hank Willis Thomas Lecture 7:30pm
scheduled October 24, 2007 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Richard Shaw Lecture
scheduled November 7, 2007 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Deborah Oropallo Lecture
scheduled November 14, 2007 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM



Welcome to the blog for the Mills MFA lecture series. Here you will find information about the artists in our series as well as unique content to support your experience and knowledge of the Lecture Series and the school's MFA program.

The MFA Lecture Series is made possible by the incredible support of the Herringer Family Foundation without whom we would just be talking to ourselves and not with a world of artists from around the globe.

We hope you will enjoy the lectures we've lined up.
Many thanks!
Michael Hall

Monday, February 25, 2008

Mills College Art Lecture Archive (Sep 2007 - Feb 2008)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Yu Hong lecture

Yu Hong has consistently explored three themes since she graduated from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1988: the female point of view in all phases of life from childhood to maturity, the relationship of the individual in China to the convulsive transformation of society and finally, the poetry of day-to-day existence despite “most of us leading a life of trivialities…”

Trained in the oil-painting department of the Academy, she has become one of the most accomplished painters of her generation. She uses her technical virtuosity to produce jarring color schemes and inventive compositions that allow us to reconsider the value of the various daily activities. The most recent developments of her work present her astute observations combined with a refined painting sensibility of colorful scenes of daily life. Her pastel portraits and Routine series present paintings of her daughter and herself, respectively, that invest the subject with a persuasive power and universality of the moment depicted. In Britta Erickson’s words, “leavened by Yu Hong’s subtly sardonic wit, her recent works are both profound and utterly enjoyable.”

February 27, 7:30 pm
free to the public
Danforth Hall
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Michael Rees lecture

The Mills MFA Lecture Series is happy to present an evening lecture with Michael Rees.

Michael Rees' art defies category, combining sculpture, animation, performance, video, installation, and computer software programs to express his interest in the body and its connection to mind and spirit. Rees' work references surrealism and other movements in art history, as well as western analytic science and eastern metaphysics. Rees is a self described "pataphysician", a maker of imaginary solutions and an investigator of the truth of contradictions and exceptions. He is professor of Sculpture at the Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Exhibition History: Rees was included in the 1995 Whitney Biennial and in Michael Rees: Digital Psyche at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Articles have appeared about his work in World Art, Artbyte, Popular Mechanics, Art in America, The New York Times and other publications. In October of 1999 he presented his work in the French Senate in the George Clemenceau Hall at the Palais Du Luxemborg, Paris, France. His work was included in the 2001 Whitney Museum exhibition BitStreams curated by Lawrence Rinder.

The Mills MFA Lecture Series is made possible by the generosity of the Herringer Family Foundation. The Series allows the MFA candidates to invite artists they are interested in to speak at Mills and meet with the students.

February 13, 7:30 pm
free to the public
Danforth Hall
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd

Monday, January 28, 2008

Spring Lecture Series announced

January 23, 7:30 pm
Curator Marcia Tanner in conversation with Jean Shin and Claudia X. Valdes

February 13, 7:30 pm
Lecture by Michael Rees

February 20, 7:30 pm
Samara Halperin in conversation with Anne Walsh and Gail Wight

February 27, 7:30 pm
Lecture by Yu Hong

March 12, 7:30 pm
Lecture by Marisa Olson

March 19, 7:30 pm
Lecture by Dave Muller

THURSDAY - April 3, 6:45 pm
Lecture by Charlotte Cotton,
curator of Photography from LACMA

April 09, 7:30 pm
Lecture by Hou Hanru

All lectures will take place in Danforth Hall at Mills College, Oakland

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Richard Shaw Lecture 11-7 @ 7:30 pm

Richard Shaw

Public Lecture

Danforth Hall
Mills College, Oakland

11-7 @ 7:30 PM

Friday, October 12, 2007

Laleh Khorramian lecture for download

DivShare File - Laleh Khorramian-Sequence 1-MPEG-4 300Kbp.mp4

An insightful glimpse into Laleh's process and an exciting preview of her most recent film "inamorare".

Carrie Moyer Lecture this Thursday 10/17 @ 7:30

Lecture by artist Carrie Moyer
Wednesday, October 17, 7:30pm, Danforth Lecture Hall

New York-based Carrie Moyer balances specific Feminist and other art historical references in her paintings with a seemingly effortless painting style. References to the history of abstract painting are evident, even as she seems to re-claim that history for her own end. Her process combines paint applied with a brush, with large areas of translucent poured pigment. In some paintings she mixes glitter with the pigment—risky business for most artists but Moyer makes it a seamless part of her seductive surfaces. In a review in Artforum of her most recent exhibition, Julia Bryan-Wilson wrote of Moyer’s paintings, “With their emphatic vision of how a politics of contemporary abstraction might operate, these are invigorating, even thrilling works from an artist increasingly confident in the range of her powers.”

Moyer recently contributed an article to U.K.-based Modern Painters entitled “Feminist Art: VIVA,” which addressed the recent series of exhibitions dedicated to Feminist Art in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere. For her presentation at the Mills College Art Museum, Moyer will discuss her own work and also the context in which artists work today touching on the relevance of these recent exhibitions.

Moyer’s (Lives and works in New York, NY) is a mixed media painter, whose work has been shown in solo exhibitions, such as The Stone Age, CANADA, New York, NY (2007), Carrie Moyer and Diana Puntar, Samson Projects, Boston, MA (2006), Sister Register, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX (2004), Straight to Hell: 10 Years of Dyke Action Machine!, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2002), along with group exhibitions, Late Liberties, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY (2007), When Artists Say We, Artists Space, New York, NY (2006), BAM Next Wave Visual Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY (2005), About Painting, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, Unjustified, Apexart, New York, NY (2002), and Raw Womyn, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2002).

Moyer earned her MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY in 2001 and MA from the New York Institute of Technology, New York, NY in 1990. She has received the Alijira Emerge Professional Development Fellowship, Art Matters Fellowship, Elaine de Kooning Memorial Fellowship, Rockefeller New Media Fellowship, and Wattis Artist Residency. She is represented by CANADA, New York, NY. Her work is currently on-view in the group exhibition, Don’t Let the Boys Win, at the Mills College Art Museum through December 9, 2007.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information: 510.430.2164 or www.mills.edu/museum

Friday, September 28, 2007

KINKE KOOI Lecture for your viewing pleasure

If you were unable to make the lecture please treat yourself to the wonderful musings of Kinke Kooi.

DivShare File - Kinke Kooi-Sequence 1-MPEG-4 300Kbps Stre.mp4

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Map to Danforth Hall

Kinke Kooi Lecture Wednesday 9/19 7:30 PM


Born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, in 1961
Lives in Arnhem, Netherlands


1980–85 Academy for the Visual Arts, Arnhem

One-Person Exhibitions

2006 Feature Inc., New York
“Women Love Small Things,” De Praktijk, Amsterdam

2004 “Pink Web,” De Praktijk, Amsterdam

2002 Feature Inc., New York
“De Ruimte tussen alle Dingen,” De Praktijk, Amsterdam

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007 “Don’t Let the Boys Win,” Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; curated by Jessica Hough

2006 “Domino,” Air de Paris, Paris
“Twice Drawn” (Part 1), Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
“Quantum Vis II,” RC de Ruimte, IJmuiden, Netherlands
“Anti-makassar,” De Gele Rijder, Arnhem

2005 “The sun rises in the evening.,” Feature Inc., New York
“Drops in the Ocean: Contemporary Images from the Subliminal,” Met Wilde Weten, Project Space, Rotterdam
“Black and White and a Little Bit of Color,” Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem
“Malpractice,” De Praktijk, Amsterdam

2004 “Wim Izaks Prijs: Aaron Van Erp, Iris Kensmil, Kinke Kooi,” Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, Netherlands (catalogue)
“Grey Goo,” Flaca Gallery, London
“Floor of Heaven,” Artis, Den Bosch, Netherlands

2002 “The Space between All Things,” Galerie De Praktijk, Amsterdam
“GtT2,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

2001 “de Appel van Eva,” Lokaal 01, Breda, Netherlands
“Border Stories: IX International Biennial of Photography,” Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia,Torino, Italy; curated by Denis Curti (catalogue)
“Not a. Lear,” Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York; Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston; curated by ANP

2000 “Faith: The Impact of Judeo-Christian Religion on Art,” Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; curated by Christian Eckart, Harry Philbrook, and Osvaldo Romberg (catalogue)
“Not a. Lear,” Torch, Amsterdam; Galerie S. & H. De Buck, Ghent, Belgium; Art Process, Paris; curated by ANP
“Grok Terence McKenna Dead,” Feature Inc., New York
“Oogdwalen,” Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, Netherlands
“Sans Papier,” Consortium, Amsterdam
“City Projects,” Galerie S. & H. De Buck, Ghent, Belgium