Thursday, February 28, 2019

MFA NOW 2019 Featuring Wyatt Hall and Lindsay Rothwell

Congratulations to MFA students Wyatt Hall and Lindsay Rothwell who will be exhibiting in this year's MFA NOW!

Now in its sixth iteration, Root Division's MFA Now project provides a platform for looking at Bay Area artists and institutions in order to promote dialogue between programs and to archive current art-making practices and models. This year's exhibition will be juried by Maria Jenson, Executive Director, SOMArts.

This year’s exhibition will include the work of twenty five artists. Selected based on a single image and artist statement, the works included in this exhibition display a quality of content and execution that is indicative of the rigor of advanced art degree programs. Works range in media from large scale installation, to video, sculpture, photography and painting. This exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the developing practices of candidates prior to their thesis presentations.

The opening reception is Saturday, March 9th, at 7-10 PM.

Click here for more information on MFA NOW, including the full list of participating artists. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Mills College Art Lecture Series | Torreya Cummings

Torreya Cummings is a project-based visual artist working with ideas of space, place, and time. Their work ranges from photo and sculpture to installation, performance and video with a particular emphasis on making spaces for action. Cummings uses drag aesthetics, hardware store materials, the unsettling relationship of history and fiction, the paradoxes of life in the west, ambivalence, theater tricks, bad illusions, props, sets, and interpretive sites. They showed work in Bay Area Now 7 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, have presented performances with Machine Project, Southern Exposure, and the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, among others. Cummings received an MFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts and lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Danforth Lecture Hall
followed by a light reception

This lecture is supported by the Herringer Graduate Lecture Series.

Notes from Camp, AKA Transdimensional Ghost Town Discotheque

Mills College Art Lecture Series | LillyMcElroy

Lilly McElroy is a photographer and performance artist who uses humor and the absurd to pick apart ideas of culturally sanctified space. Employing performance, video art, photography, and sculpture, McElroy often bluntly enacts turns of phrase, as in her series "I Throw Myself at Men" and "California's Full of Whisky, Women, and Gold." Through a feminist lens, she examines both the mythos of American West as well as gendered expectations for intimacy and personal space. Lilly received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. She has participated in numerous exhibitions which include solo exhibitions in New York and Chicago as well as international group exhibitions in Chile, Finland, and the UK. McElroy currently lives and works in Kansas City.

Danforth Lecture Hall
followed by a light reception

This event is generously supported by the Herringer Graduate Lecture Series.

I throw myself at men #12
Archival Inkjet Print
30 x 40 "
Image courtesy of the Artist and Rick Wester Fine Art

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Steve Roden Lecture

April 6th, 7:00 p.m, Danforth Lecture Hall,

Roden is an American sound and visual artist who pioneered the lowercase style of music where quiet, usually unheard, sounds are amplified to form complex and rich soundscapes. Roden has been exhibiting his visual and sound works since the mid 1980s and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including: Mercosur Biennial Porto Alegre Brazil, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, UCLA Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art EMST in Athens, Greece, Singuhr-Horgalerie in Parochial Berlin, Center for Book Arts, New York, The Kitchen, New York, Pomona College Museum of Art, La Casa Encendida Madrid, Susanne Vielmetter LA and Berlin Projects, Studio la Citta Verona Italy and others. In 2010, curator Howard Fox organized the exhibition steve roden / in between: a 20 year survey, which opened at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. Sponsored by Herringer Graduate Lecture Series.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Nicholas de Monchaux

February 17th, 2016

Local Code: 3,659 Reflections on Gordon
Matta-Clark and the Nature of Cities

Danforth Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Nicholas De Monchaux is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, 2011), an architectural and urban history of the Apollo Spacesuit. He was also awarded the Eugene Emme award from the American Astronautical Society and shortlisted for the Art Book Prize. His work has been exhibited at the 2010 Biennial of the Americas, the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale and San Francisco’s SFMOMA. De Monchaux received his B.A. with distinction in Architecture from Yale, and his M.Arch. from Princeton. Prior to his independent practice, he worked in the offices of Michael Hopkins & Partners in London, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York. Sponsored by Corenah Wright Lecture Series/Art Dept

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mills Art Lecture Series: Yasufumi Nakamori

Yasufumi Nakamori
February 3rd, 2016


Danforth Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m.

In this lecture Nakamori will shed light on the development of photo conceptualism found in Japan in the 1970s. Nakamori argues that, after the 1960s, when the force of avant-garde art and the tension in politics peaked, many artists devoted themselves to experiments with the camera, individually searching for new and vital directions in their practice, exploring such emerging notions as conceptualism, post-minimalism, and international contemporaneity. He will make a case for the emergence of a shared field of practice between art and photography, and for the critical role that photography played in the emergence and development of contemporary art in the 1970s Japan. Nakamori is an associate curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where he focuses on art and photography made after 1945. He also teaches the history of modern and contemporary Japanese art and architecture at Rice University. He has authored a dozen scholarly essays, and the book titled Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture. Sponsored by Corenah Wright Lecture Series/Art Dept.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mills College Art Lecture Series: Sophie Calle

NOVEMBER 19, 2015
7:00 PM

Please join us for an evening with internationally acclaimed artist, Sophie Calle as she discusses her interdisciplinary art practice spanning over thirty years. Sophie Calle uses the mediums of photography, video, film, books, text, and performance to pursue her sociological and autobiographical investigations. Her work often incorporates elements of voyeurism, surveillance, and personal narrative to explore the nature of love, intimacy, violence and death. Many of her works juxtapose writing and photography to question the dichotomies of truth versus fiction and public versus private.