Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mills College Art Lecture Archive (Apr - Nov 2009)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Patty Chang Lecture

*Patty Chang* November 18, 7:30pm*  *Patty Chang received her BA from University of California, San Diego, she currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and internationally at such institutions as the Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA; Deste Foundation Center for Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece; the Fri-Art Centre d'Art Contemporian Kunsthalle, Fribourg, Switzerland; the Hamburg Kunstverein in Germany and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

On Wednesday, November 4th at 7:30pm in Danforth, the Painting and Drawing Department will be hosting a lecture by three abstract painters: Stephan Fritsch, Leonhard Hurzlmeier, and Brent Hallard. This lecture will be a small group discussion about abstraction in contemporary art practice as well as an opportunity to hear from artists who work internationally. Each artist will make a 20 minute presentation of their work and then Robin McDonnell will moderate the discussion. Although the program begins at 7:30pm, there will be an opportunity to mingle with the artists while enjoying pizza and beer at 7pm.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Uta Barth Lecture October 21st

We are very excited to present Uta Barth as part of our Artist Lecture Series.
October 21, 7:30pm*

*German-born, American-based artist Utha Barth is among the key recent figures who have brought photography to the prominent position once occupied by painting. Her photographs of interior and exterior, urban and natural environments capture fleeting moments as if glimpsed out of the corner of one's eye, where we become aware of the beauty of everyday light, space, texture and luminous surfaces. Barth's work has been exhibited at museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. She was a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim fellowship in 2004-05.*
*All programs will take place in Danforth Lecture Hall, Art Building unless noted.* 

Art 21 Season 5 sneak peek

We are very lucky and excited to get a chance to screen a couple of sneak peeks of the BRAND NEW season of Art 21. Last Wednesday we had our first screening, we watched Part 3. We were very pleased to have the art critic/art historian Glen Helfand give a short presentation introducing the episode.

Next Wednesday we will be screening Part 1, at 7:15 pm in the Danforth Lecture Hall. Please join us!

Pae White Lecture

Last week we had artist Pae White fill the Danforth Lecture Hall for a great lecture. 
Pae was speaking as part of the Mills Artist Lecture Series. 
Here's some info about Pae White and the lecture.
*Pae White September 30, 7:30pm   Presented in conjunction with *Pae White: In Between the Inside-Out* on view at the Mills College Art Museum from September 2-October 18, 2009. This exhibition has been co-produced by New Langton Arts, San Francisco. Major support for the production of Pae White's show has been received from the LEF Foundation, the FOR-SITE Foundation and a San Francisco Arts Commission Organization Project Grant.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


If you missed the opening reception, the Mills College MFA Thesis Exhibition is up and running through the month of May.

Also, this Saturday from 1pm to 6pm, the Spring 2009 Mills College MFA Open Studios.  Come see the work and talk with the 22 MFA students currently enrolled in this unique MFA program.  It's a wonderful setting and the museum is located next door.

For directions click here.

Thursday, April 30, 2009


Exhibition Dates:  Sunday, May 3 to Sunday May 31, 2009
Opening Reception:  Saturday, May 2, 2009.  7 to 9pm

The Mills College Art Museum is proud to present Young Americans, featuring works by the 2009 Master of Fine Arts degree recipients. This exhibition provides an opportunity to see works in all media created by a promising group of emerging artists eager to share what they have been developing during their graduate program with a broader audience. This year's exhibition is curated by Terri Cohn, Bay Area writer, independent curator, and faculty member at the San Francisco Art Institute.
In the brochure accompanying the exhibition, Cohn observes that the ten artists who will receive their MFA degrees this year are unusual in their choice to name their MFA show Young Americans. The title situates them as citizens emerging within a national context, and suggests that in addition to their collective experiences as youthful Americans-with the burden of history this implies, this identity also affords them an intrinsic right to personal freedom. A desire for a sense of security-articulated in various metaphoric and formal ways-is one fundamental concern expressed through their work.
Kate Pszotka's fascination with the idea of home and stability has motivated her consideration of family members, which she represents iconographically with everyday objects, realized as paper cut out line drawings. Gina Tuzzi's seemingly simple, naïve structures-houses, barns, huts-stacked on trucks to become rolling homes, or represented as drawings, underscore a sense of safety and comfort in the mythic past of coastal California.
In related ways, Esther Traugot's knitted tree sweaters and forest of trunks with projected flower pattern coverings suggest the utopian potential of the natural world, as well as her desire to protect and preserve it. By contrast, Leigh Merrill's large-scale photographs explore the relationship between fantasy and reality in our constructed environments, blending urban and suburban architecture and landscape styles, or cut and artificial flowers. Modesto Covarrubias has spent much time creating rooms and shelters as means to define and express his fears, insecurities, and sense of vulnerability, while Andrew Witrak's sculptures pose slightly ridiculous solutions to the question of what can provide some fleeting impression of safety or exit: lifejackets sewn together; a beeswax boarding pass. Annie Vought translates found handwritten letters to wall-mounted versions created with cutout text, fragile portraits of each author that are reminiscent of silhouettes.
Joseph Berryhill's paintings express a tension between order and chaos, proposing ways that animate experience can be distilled into visual experience. Steuart Pittman's abstract paintings reflect what he calls a "longing for quiet beauty in a chaotic, high-speed age," while Brian Caraway creates tools and rules to implement his mixed media works, relating his process-based investigations through texture as they change over time.
As artists who have come of age in the extraordinarily volatile circumstances of the 21st century, these individuals focus on singular modes of expression as a way to make sense of and stake a claim in their separate and collective futures. Their works express a sense of hope and possibility, going forward into their lives as young Americans.
In addition to an essay by Cohn, the illustrated catalog for Young Americans contains an essay by critic Glen Helfand. This publication will be available in the gallery during the course of the exhibition.

Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94613

Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Sunday 11:00-4:00pm
Wednesday 11:00-7:30pm
Monday Closed

Admission is free for all exhibitions and programs. 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spring Is Here!

Young Americans and Open Studios on the horizon...

The Senior Thesis Exhibition, Meridian, just closed this past weekend.  Now, the graduate students are gearing up for the MFA Thesis Exhibition as well as Spring 2009 Open Studios.

Come back for updates...

Mills College MFA Open Studios Blog Page:

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mary Heilmann - Thursday April 16, 2009

The Mills College Art Department's annual Correnah Wright art lecture will feature artist Mary Heilmann on April 16 at 7:30 pm at the Littlefield Concert Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613. The event is free and all members of the public are invited.

The New York Times describes Heilmann's work as "wildly colorful abstractions that riff with irreverent verve on basic elements of Modernist painting: the grid, the monochromatic rectangle, stripes, organic forms, linear webs, spots, checks, and drips...She makes it look easy and fun...the final picture almost always seems spontaneous, and her lively touch gives her works a sensuous intimacy."

The New Yorker said she is "a formalist impatient with formal consistency" and describes her technique as "Big, fluid strokes often seem to sail, albeit invisibly, into surrounding space. When she does emphasize the edge, it's as if she were observing the arbitrary rules of a rather silly but interesting game."

Heilmann will present Her Life which is a multimedia presentation she said is arranged in a poetic rather than linear narrative tale. "I'd like the people that are watching it to get a feeling for how it felt to be making that work," she said.

Her recent exhibition Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone was at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.

Heilmann, 68, is a California native who grew up in San Francisco. She received a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1962, and a MA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1967. In 1968, Heilmann went to New York City to try to break into the minimalism and post-minimalism art scene dominated by male artists. She came as a woman, a Californian, and a painter and with that she faced challenges from the art establishment.

"She's an inspiration," said Mills College art professor and head of the department Ron Nagle, "She stuck to her guns, got into fights with the art world, but didn't change her style."

Nagle, who knew Heilmann when they were at UC Berkeley together where she originally trained in ceramics, calls Heilmann a "minimalist with a funky edge."

Her colorful, playful, and abstract painted works range from truncated drips of paint to nesting canvases and looping brushstrokes, but she also creates chairs and ceramics.

While her works have been in major galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum, for more than three decades, their price have only recently escalated with the demand from collectors clamoring for them. In the late 1990s, the Hauser & Wirth gallery in London, which represents her, also began cultivating an audience for her in Europe.

Heilmann's current auction record for a single work is $169,000, set at Sotheby's in May 2008 for The Yellow Blue of the Square Pair, 1976, which sold for $38,4000 only four years earlier. However, 303 Gallery in New York, which also represents Heilmann, said her large paintings sell for about $300,000.

Each year the Mills College Art Department sponsors a practicing artist for the Correnah Wright lecture. The annual event gives graduate studio art students access to some of the top artists in the country. More information about this selective art program is available at

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Mills College Art Lecture Archive (Nov 2008 - Apr 2009)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Mills College Senior Thesis Show 2009: Meridian

April 1 to April 19, 2009.  Mills College Art Museum.

The Mills College Art Museum announces Meridian, the 2009 Mills College Senior Exhibition. Meridian features work by 15 undergraduate students who have studied with Mills College art faculty - Jesus Aguilar, Jennifer Brandon, Ken Burke, Freddy Chandra, Julie Chen, James Fei, Michael Hall, Samara Halperin, Hung Liu, Robin McDonnell, Anna Valentina Murch, Ron Nagle, Sean Olson, Dharma Strasser MacColl, Michael Temperio, Deirdre Visser, Catherine Wagner, and Ethan Worden.

Alison Ashcraft layers photographs of the American landscape with drawings that question the psychology of the national culture.

Cherise Bentosino uses ready-made materials in modular sculptures to bring a renewed scientific and artistic perspective on the unnoticed patterns of our universe.

Danica Collins works with clay and other materials to abstract memories and history.

Cocoa Costales confronts and dissects trends of addiction and methods of consumption in her work. Using painting and photography, she navigates the complex relationship between person and product.

Amanda Cronkright works with oil paint to come face to face with herself.

Maryam Epting works with photography and video to consider and accommodate contradictions.

Kathalina Ho's paintings explore the particulars of the ways we live as individuals and as a community.

Amelia Hogan's work consists of mixed media pine boxes referencing the tenuous subject of child abuse and the internal dialogue that is often forgotten in external discussions.

Eunjee Lee paints with charcoal and oil pastels on paper and mylar about the restoration of destroyed buildings to console people in their sorrow.

Sophie Leininger creates large scale paintings to explore how metaphor may construct myth and humanness.

Anne Magratten is a painter with an obsession for the body as a medium of emotion.

Jennifer Martin explores color relationships, the viewer's interaction with them, and emphasizes the creative process through using randomization and chance as a determining factor in her work.

Lily Ann Page creates fashion-inspired, ambiguous narratives through photography.

Vivianna Peña shares her history and personal experiences, which root from her Mexican and Chicano upbringing, through illustration in ink and paint.

Meryl Rose Phillips uses video installation to tackle the longstanding issues and connotations that come along with living above or below the social and federal boundary of the U.S. Interstate 580 in Oakland, California.

Public Program

Special Event with Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company
Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 7:00-9:00pm
Mills College Art Museum
Suggested donation $5.00 (sliding scale)

The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC) is a multicultural group of teens who create original performance art pieces, in collaboration with professional artists, that combine hip-hop, modern, and aerial dance, theater, martial arts, song and rap. DAYPC comes out of Destiny Arts Center, an Oakland-based nonprofit violence prevention and arts education organization that has been serving youth for over 20 years, through after-school, summer and weekend programs in dance, theater, martial arts, conflict resolution, self-defense, and youth leadership at our Oakland center and in over 25 East Bay public schools and other community centers.

Click here for more information.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thank You Clare!

On behalf of all the grads in the Art Department here at Mills, thank you Clare Rojas!

We had a great day, and your lecture was the most eloquent and perfect way to end our lecture series for 2008-2009.

For those who missed it, check out her tunes here:  Peggy Honeywell

It was like honey for dinner, indeed!

Love, the MFAs in Studio Art at Mills College, 2008-2009  (aka the 10 + 12).

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Clare Rojas - Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Untitled, 2007
gouache and latex on canvas

Artist Lecture by Clare Rojas

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 7:30 pm
Danforth Lecture Hall, Art Center, Mills College Campus

In Clare Rojas' works, women, men, nature and animals are strong and weak caring and connected to one another in their struggle to find harmony and balance. She celebrates women for their traditional and most basic differences and strengths. While the characters are often imbued with feelings of loss and nostalgia, one gets the sense that they will not back down. They will ultimately beat their predators at their own game.

At Gallery Paule Anglim, Clare Rojas recently exhibited new paintings in her signature gouache technique placing figures in a crisp and colorful landscape. Combining features of cartoon and folk art, her paintings depict sexual role reversals with the male as the object of a critical (and mocking!) female gaze. Rojas blends ironic spice into the expected charm of her visual treats.

Clare Rojas has shown widely in the United States and abroad.  She has enjoyed major solo exhibitions at Deitch Projects in New York and the MCA Chicago.  A seminal figure in the "Mission School," Rojas remains a major influence in the Bay Area and performs regularly as the musician Peggy Honeywell.

This is the final lecture in the MFA Lecture series for 2008-2009.
This lecture is made possible by the Herringer Family Foundation.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Angela Dufresne

Imitation of Life, or why Queen Jane Should be Approximately

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
7:30 pm
Danforth Lecture Hall

In her paintings, New York-based Angela Dufresne irreverently concocts imaginary communities that satisfy her vision for the world.  She describes her paintings, which bring together disparate sources from film, music, architecture, and the history of painting, as "mashups"--hybrids.  Dufresne has also had recent solo exhibitions at Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.  

Angela Dufresne's lecture is presented in conjunction with Painting the Glass House, currently on view at the Mills College Art Museum through March 22, 2009.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Message to Keith Boadwee...

Dearest Keith, the graduates at Mills feel the same way.   What a fantastic day it was, indeed.  We clink our beer and wine glasses with your gimlet glass .  "CLINK"

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


The Mills College MFA students in Studio Art have invited California artist Keith Boadwee to lecture in Danforth Hall, Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 7:30pm.

Keith Boadwee studies at UCLA in the 80s where he worked with Paul McCarthy and Chris Burden.  Boadwee's work achieved notoriety in the 90s when grouped with other artists in the arena of identity politics.  His works have been exhibited at venues such as the Venice Biennale, MOCA Los Angeles and P.S. 1.

This lecture is made possible by the Herringer Family Foundation.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Spring 2009 at Mills College


Opening reception for the exhibition Painting the Glass House: Artists Revisit Modern Architecture.  

5:30 to 7:30 pm 
with a walkthrough by the curators at 6pm

This exhibition runs through March 22, 2009.

Reminder about the Spring Art Lecture Series at Mills College:

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009
Aaron Betsky, Blob Utopia:  Digital Destiny or Aesthetic Escape?
presented in conjunction with Painting the Glass House
3pm, Danforth Lecture Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009
Keith Boadwee
Mills College MFA Lecture Series 08-09*
7:30pm, Danforth Lecture Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009
Angela Dufresne, Imitation of Life, or why Queen Jane Should be Approximately
presented in conjunction with Painting the Glass House
7:30pm, Danforth Lecture Hall

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2009
Clare Rojas
Mills College MFA Lecture Series 08-09*
7:30pm, Danforth Lecture Hall

Please note, the last two lectures in the series, Astria Suparak and Teresa Foley, have been postponed indefinitely.  Please check back for updates.  

*The Mills College MFA Lecture Series is made possible by the Herringer Family Foundation.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Eyebeam Roadshow - Workshop Schedule

Workshops to begin around 2:00 pm.

ERS 101 - Avant Garde and Parties:  Since its inception in the Parisian cabarets, avant-garde creativity has been associated with partying.  David Jimison will cover the historical avant-garde's use of parties, cabarets, night clubs, and beer halls as spaces of intervention and performance. From Futurist manifestos through '60s Happenings and into contemporary practices, distinct methodologies will be discussed.
Instructor: David Jimison
Location: Danforth Lecture Hall

ERS 102 - Inspiring an Online Workforce:  Steve Lambert and Jeff Crouse will talk about their experiences working with strangers on the Internet to accomplish specific tasks. Hands-on activities may include 
1) starting a Google Code/Sourceforge project
2) using the online labor market (Mechanical Turk) 
3) making friends you never knew you had through online collaboration.
Instructors: Steve Lambert and Jeff Crouse
Location:  TBA

ERS 107 - Shopdropping:  Learn how to reverse shoplift your artwork into stores with Steve Lambert, a former undercover investigator. Plus, how to be a superhero.
Instructor: Steve Lambert
Location:  TBA (off-site)

ERS 105 - Ear Cleaning:  Andrea Polli will introduce you to field recording and free software for sound editing projects by taking you through a series of "ear cleaning" exercises, including a neighborhood soundwalk with various microphones and recording devices.
Instructor: Andrea Polli
Location:  Prieto Lab

The finalized schedule of workshops and locations will be announced at the beginning of the lecture on Saturday.  Please check this blog for updates.

Eyebeam Roadshow - Saturday November 15, 2008

The Eyebeam Roadshow is what you get when you mix a rock 'n roll tour with the fine fellows of New York City's Eyebeam Art and Technology Center.

Please join us for a lecture about the Center with workshops to follow (full schedule posted shortly):

Lecture & Introduction at 12:00 Noon, Saturday November 15, 2008.
Danforth Lecture Hall, Art Center, Mills College

Workshops to begin at 2:00 pm.

This event is made possible by the Herringer Family Foundation.