Mona Hatoum at Reed
Tonight, as part of the Portland Arts & Lectures "Literary Arts"
series, Charles Jencks
presents a slide/lecture presentation on The Iconic Building
, his new
book surveying modern structures that challenge the traditional architectural
monument. Jencks is a seminal theorist on architecture and postmodernism. This
evening, he will discuss the work of his contemporaries Frank Gehry, Norman
Foster, Peter Eisenman, Enric Miralles, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Renzo
Piano, Will Alsop, and Rem Koolhaas. A Q&A session and book signing will
follow the event.
Tuesday, November 1 • 7:30p (Doors open at 6:30)
First Congregational Church • 1126 SW Park Ave
$15 General, $12 College/Senior, $10 Youth/Architecture Interns
Call 503.227.2583 for tickets
Mona Hatoum stands as one of the most important British artists of her generation.
You may have seen her humorous photographs and small-scale sculptures in the
project room at the
last month. Through the hard work of Stephanie
Snyder and the Coolley Gallery
, we are fortunate to have her and her work
in Portland. Hatoum emerged onto the British art scene in the 1980s during the
brouhaha of the YBA (Young British Artists) movement. Since that time she has
been exploring the cultural dynamics of immigration, gender, and physical and
psychological displacement,often using the personal space of the body and its
products as a context for broader cultural and political concerns. Tomorrow
night, she talks about her work, which has ranged from physically extreme public
performance in her early years to more recent video, photography, and mixed
media sculpture. This is one not to be missed!
Wednesday, November 2 • 7 p • Free
Vollum Lecture Hall • Reed
• 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Tel. 503.771.1112
Hatoum's exhibition runs through December 23
I met a really kind person tonight who gave me directions to the lecture hall and she also gave me a card for this site. I was hoping to see examples of her installations here?
Anyway, I loved the lecture tonight. I like how she spoke of the work being more about ideas than the craft. The word visceral sprang out at me, I have been trying to think of that particular word. Someone asked her why she wanted to provoke such extreme emotion in her audience and she was tired and drew a blank. I think as artists, we not only want to have people think about our art, we would like to get that sort of gut reaction to our work.
Looking forward to reading more on this site....
It was a good lecture to a packed house... Portland loves lecture series and I'm certain you will be seeing more on Hatoum here soon.
Also, I agree some of the questions were just plain odd but that happens. In my opinion the best aspect of her work is the visceral reaction her best work produces... some of the more simple visual puns just look dated but the most visceral experences like "Light Sentence" or "The light at the end" (with its resister wire heating elements) are really powerful, poetic installations. Her focus on the body of the viewer being put in a state of unease and curiousity at the same time are what elevates her work above some of the weaker shock jock YBA stuff. Still, her visual pun stuff seems to be what connects her work to the YBA movement and I think Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas do that sort of thing better.
Light sentence was one of my favorites. I also was really drawn to the two wire chairs. The looked like a mother and child and yet somehow that attachment conveyed the uncomfortable nature of that locked closeness. I am so happy exploring your site...you guys have put a lot of work into this place, it is like you spent the time gathering the feast... it is left to us to partake of it.