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.
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
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
YOUNG AMERICANS & MFA Open Studios
If you missed the opening reception, the Mills College MFA Thesis Exhibition is up and running through the month of May.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Spring Is Here!
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.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Mary Heilmann - Thursday April 16, 2009
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 www.mills.edu/art.
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity to approximately 950 undergraduate women and 500 graduate women and men. Since 2000, applications to Mills College have more than doubled. The College is one of the top colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, one of the Best 368 Colleges by the Princeton Review, and ranks 75th among America's best colleges by Forbes.com. Visit us at www.mills.edu.