PNCA Fall Graduate Symposium:
“Visualizing Resistance: Examining the Social Functions of Art and Design” 

October 5-7, 2017

What is the role of art and design practice in the current political climate which is rife with conflict and regular crises? Over the course of this three-day event we will engage with critical debates both in and beyond the art world in order to contextualize and advocate for the art activist tradition that, in Gregory Sholette's words, "radically-and, at times, deliriously-entangles" the visual arts with political struggles. Gathering together a diverse group of interdisciplinary scholars, artists, activists, and educators, this symposium explores the past and present trajectories of activist/community/political/socially engaged art and design practice.

This October, Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA is excited to invite artists, designers, social activists, creative thinkers as well as all inquiring graduate candidates to explore our individual and collective roles in social change, and discover how we empower artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world learn more about our dynamic suite of graduate programs.

Events will include: a roundtable discussion on “The Social Function of Art and Design: Visualizing Resistance and Building the New” featuring Kris Cohen author of Never Alone, Except for Now: Networked Life between Populations and Publics (Duke UP, 2017); a panel of artists moderated by Kristan Kennedy, Visual Arts Curator at PICA titled, “Revolutionary Objects, Do Things Matter?"; performances by artists Alexandria Eregbu and manuel arturo abreu; and a keynote address by Gregory Sholette, author of Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism (Pluto Press, 2017).

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Online RSVP →

Location:
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design
511 NW Broadway 
Portland, OR 97209
Check-in Oct. 5, 2017, 12pm
Last event ends Oct. 7, 2017, 8pm

 

Keynote Lecture: Gregory Sholette 

What is the role of art and design practice in the current political climate which is rife with conflict and regular crises? Over the course of this three-day event we will engage with critical debates both in and beyond the art world in order to contextualize and advocate for the art activist tradition that, in Gregory Sholette's words, "radically-and, at times, deliriously-entangles" the visual arts with political struggles. Gathering together a diverse group of interdisciplinary scholars, artists, activists, and educators, this symposium explores the past and present trajectories of activist/community/political/socially engaged art and design practice.


Program Highlights

Thursday, October 5, 5-8pm
First Thursday Opening Graduate Exhibition & Reception

Friday, October 6, 9am-5pm
Individual Program Events

Saturday, October 7, 10:30am-5:30pm
Keynote Lecture - Gregory Sholette & Guest Panels

 

Full Schedule

 

Thursday, October 5, 5-8pm

First Thursday Opening Reception for Graduate Exhibition

  • Critical Studies Open House With Exhibition Curated by First Brick

 

Friday, October 6, 9am-6:30pm

Individual Program Events
Optional Facilities Tours (available upon request)

  • 9:00am-11:00am — Open Air Discussion with Andrew Santa Lucia at Applied Craft + Design MFA Studios (at Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Ave, 97232)
  • 11:30am - 12pm  —  Critical Studies - Informal info session (light refreshments)
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm — Brown Box Lunch Hour “Graduate School Info. Session”; RSVP with Director of Graduate Admissions, Tyler Mackie
  • 1:30pm-2:45pm — MA in Critical Studies Discusses The Black Artist in America facilitated by Bart Fitzgerald Reading The Black Artist in America: A Symposium
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm — MFA PRINT MEDIA hosts collaborative print event with Monica Montgomery and the Museum of Impact in Watershed Center for Fine Art Publishing and Research
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm — MFA in Collaborative Design hosts “Socrates Cafe” with Chris Phillips, Topic: “Disrupting Design Complacency”

 

Saturday, October 7, 10:30am-6:30pm

Highlights 

  • 10:30am-12:30pm — Welcome + Keynote Lecture with Gregory Sholette
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm —  Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm — Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies Performative lectures by Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas, and guest artists Alexandria Eregbu and manuel arturo abreu 
  • 2:30pm-3:45pm — Roundtable Discussion “The Social Function of Art and Design: Visualizing Resistance and Building the New”,
    Moderator: Chris Phillips
    Panelists: Kris Cohen, Andrew Santa Lucia, Anna Goodman, Amanda Schurr
  • 4:00pm-5:15pm — Panel: “Revolutionary Objects, Do Things Matter?”
    Moderator: Kristan Kennedy
    Panelists:  Sidony O’Neal, Derek Franklin, Kaila Farrell-Smith
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm — MFA in Collaborative Design hosts “Socrates Cafe” with Chris Phillips, Topic: “Disrupting Design Complacency” with panelists from Portland’s design community
  • 5:15pm-6:30pm — Closing Discussion & Post-Symposium Cocktail Hour

 

Graduate Programs

MFA in Visual Studies —Chair, Peter Simensky

MFA in Collaborative Design —Chair, Peter Schoonmaker

MA in Critical Studies —Chair, Shawna Lipton

MFA in PRINT MEDIA —Chair, Matthew Letzelter

MFA in Low Residency Visual Studies —Chair, Aeron Bergman

MFA in Applied Craft + Design —Chair, Heidi Schwegler (offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft)

 

Symposium Contacts

Tyler Mackie
Director of Graduate Admissions
503.821.8975
tmackie_admissions@pnca.edu

Shawna Lipton
Chair of Critical Studies
503.821.8975
slipton@pnca.edu

 

About Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA

For over 100 years, PNCA has served as a creative center for artists and designers with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry, and cross-disciplinary exchange. The graduate programs of PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies are rooted in meaningful faculty-student relationships and close community, enhanced with mentors drawn from greater Portland, and expanded further still with visiting artists, curators, and scholars. Learn more about HFSGS here ⟶