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Saturday 11.04.06

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Too Much To Do, Too Little Time

Monday night promises amazing feats of travel as art-o-philes zip above the city of Portland on their hovercrafts to enjoy a bonanza of lectures all spaced conveniently 30-45 minutes apart…or about as long as it will take to get from one place to another. PSU, Reed College and PNCA/Contemporary Craft are all inviting you to fill their seats and listen at approximately the same time.

Unfortunately, the technology's not quite there and you’re going to have to choose. Don’t the people in charge of the schedule know each other? Might I suggest a nice coffee date before the next scheduling session with calendar in hand? It would be one thing if something was happening every night, but this ain’t NYC people. There are other days of the week that are open, free and available-like Tuesday, for instance.

Jenny Hart, This Work Never Ends, 2003
hand stitched embroidery on vintage linen, 11 x 11 inches
collection of the artist

Andi Zeisler is a writer, illustrator, co-founder and creative/editorial director of Bitch Magazine, and editor of the new publication BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine. She will lecture on the evolution of craft beyond ”women’s work” – and beyond its segregation from the art world. The lecture is in conjunction with the New Embroidery exhibit at The Contemporary Craft Museum and Gallery.

Which Stitch? Gender and the Evolution of Craft • Andi Zeisler, Bitch Magazine
7p • PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson



Lucien Samaha has been photographing his life since 1973 and wants to talk to you. Throughout his many careers (TWA Flight Attendant, Marketing Manager for Eastman Kodak Company and world renowned DJ on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center) photography has been Samaha's companion. For his part in the show Samaha will take up residence in the gallery and try to talk with as many people as possible here and throughout the world. Check your teeth, he'll probably try to take your picture. Samaha has exhibited his work at spaces including: the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; the Center for Opinions in Music and Art (C.O.M.A.), Berlin; the Elizabeth Foundation, NY; the Sara Tecchia Roma Gallery, NY, NY, and the Feldman Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR. Samaha was a finalist for the Nam June Paik award in 2004.


During the summer of 2006, Hadley + Maxwell re-staged news photographs of the Kent State Riots of May 4, 1970 as video on the Reed College campus, "alternating roles as victim and bystander, corpse and "person," re-imagining and re-opening consideration of the images as historical records, but more critically, as spaces for the incomplete and idiosyncratic articulation of gesture, time, and attachment." In addition to the video installations in the gallery "Promise", a 22 foot flag pole with a white flag at half-mast will be installed on the campus.

I Want To Show You Somewhere
Lucien Samaha and Hadley+Maxwell • Lecture with reception to follow
7:30p • Vollum Lounge • Reed College


"The Ground I Stand on is Beautiful" with "Now", both 2006

Jessica Jackson-Hutchins, who showed in September at small A projects, will discuss her ceramics, papier-mâché sculptures, and collages all of which share a crass aesthetic and “preoccupation with the thin line between disaster and success that disguise a genuine attempt to convey ideas about communion, fear, and loneliness.” Her exhibitions include: Derek Eller Gallery, Champion Fine Art, EFA, Deb & Co., Lombard-Fried Fine Art, and The Sculpture Center in Long Island City, Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and Midway Contemporary in Minnesota. International venues include: Frankfurt, Germany, the UK and Iceland.

Jessica Jackson-Hutchins
8:15p • 5th Avenue Cinema • Room 92 • 510 SW Hall • PSU

Posted by Melia Donovan on November 04, 2006 at 8:57 | Comments (5)


I am trying to figure out how to teleport myself. Sorry folks. Travel schedules for out of town speakers complicate the best laid plans. Gerri Ondrizek did videotape Lou Cabeen's talk at Reed last Thursday, and we hope to record Andi Zeisler's talk as well. We can make those available at a later date for viewing upon request.

Thanks for listing the event, Melia. One more week to see the exhibition if you haven't already -- it closed on November 12.

Posted by: Namita Wiggers [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2006 10:10 PM

Oops. Please don't let that be a deciding factor because the sound on recordings at PNCA is pretty lousy.

Posted by: Namita Wiggers [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2006 10:13 PM

namita-you're a good sport. just teasing, scheduling is complicated.

do you have a formal check out process for viewing videos that are made of your events? how would one find out what you have available? and would they circulate or must one view at the craft?

do other institutions make their videos available for viewing?

Posted by: melia [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 5, 2006 01:21 PM

How about we get a courtroom sketch artist to cover the lectures? Kidding of course but I kinda miss those days when the news would employ sketch artists.

That said If anyone sketches a lecture and feels like sending PORT a scan??? then go ahead, if it's cool we will publish it.

Posted by: Double J [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 5, 2006 03:43 PM

Great questions. I will get back to you with ideas about viewing videos. Off the cuff, I'd say viewing at CCMG by appointment is probably the best approach.

Now, if those sketches are embroidered we're really on to something!

Posted by: Namita Wiggers [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 5, 2006 09:01 PM

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