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.