Events Fall 2014

Senior Thesis Exhibition, Fall 2014

Reception: Friday, December 12th, 2014 - 5-7 pm
Exhibition: Monday, December 15th-Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 - 11 am-5 pm
Studio Art Building, Edith Feldenheimer Gallery
Free and open to the public.

Featuring work by:

Hannah June Choi
Marisa Rose Barone
Austen Camille Weymueller

Fall 2014 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Vikramāditya Prakāsh "The Many Names of Chandigarh: Preservation as Critical Practice"

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - 5:00 pm, Psychology Building, Room 105
Free and open to the public.

Prakāsh is Professor of Architecture, Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture, and Adjuct Professor of Urband Design and Planning at the University of Washington, as well as teh Director of Chandigarh Urban Lab.

Professor Prakāsh works on issues of postcolonial history and theory, modernism, global history, globalization and urbanization and preservation, and is the author of Chandigarh's Le Corbusier: The Struggle for Modernity in Postcolonial India (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002).

Vikram Prakash

Martha Easton, “One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Women, Feminism, and Medieval Art History”

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 - 4:15 pm,  Psychology Building, Room 105
Free and open to the public.
Martha Easton, assistant professor of art history and museum studies at Seton Hall University has combined two leading art historical approaches in her research, feminism and social history, to explore provocatively a series of previously underappreciated medieval images. In this lecture, she builds on that research, as she discusses how feminist theory has impacted the field of art history in general and how it can be used to think about medieval objects in different ways. In it, she analyzes both religious images, such as medieval illuminated prayerbooks, and secular ones, such as a series of carved ivories with courtly love scenes. Sponsored by the art department. 

Buster Simpson "Erratic Moment"

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 - 7:00 pm, Vollum Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public.

Buster Simpson has worked on major infrastructure projects, site master planning, signature sculptures, museum installations, and community projects. He received an MFA and the distinguished alumni award in architecture and design from the University of Michigan. A recipient of numerous other awards, Simpson’s honors include NEA fellowships and being named the Americans for the Arts 2009 artist of the year. He often melds social and ecological concerns into an aesthetic and continues to employ intervention and temporary prototypes as a way to inform his more lasting works in public:

Abandon Erratic, photo by Buster Simpson

Sponsored by the Reed Art Department and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. 


Dipesh Chakrabarty "Climate and Capital: On Conjoined Histories"

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014- 5 pm, Performing Arts Building, Room 320

Wallace T. MacCaffrey Distinguished Lecture in History

Dipesh Chakrabary is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is also a faculty fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory and an associate faculty of the Department of English. He is a founding member of the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies, a coeditor of Critical Inquiry, a founding editor of Postcolonial Studies, and has served on the editorial board of the American Historical Review.

Dipesh Chakrabarty

This public lecture, sponsored by the Reed College History Department, with the support of the Art Department, the Dean of the Faculty, and the Dean for Institutional Diversity, is the third in an annual series presented in honor of Wallace T. MacCaffrey (1920–2013), Reed class of 1942 and Professor of History Emeritus at Harvard University.

Edith Feldenheimer Gallery, Studio Art Building

Laura Heit "Two Ways Down"

Monday, August 25th - Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Opening reception: Tuesday, September 9th, 4-6 pm
Artist's talk: Thursday, September 18th 4pm
Gallery hours 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Free and open to the public

This project was funded in part by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture council.A hand drawn animated installation and film Two Ways Down, which takes inspiration from the Hieronymus Bosch work Garden of Heavenly Delights. Reflecting on the momentary nature of life, Heit’s fantastical piece uses thrown shadows from tabletop dioramas and a reflected and refracted animated projections to create a fleeting world where human-animal hybrids, specters, and body parts morph and flit across the walls.  

Bio:Laura Heit is an experimental filmmaker and performance artist living in Portland Oregon since 2011. Her experimental animation and puppet films have been screened extensively in the US and abroad including Rotterdam, Annecy, Hong Kong International Film Festival, London International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film festival, Walker Art Center, MOMA, Millennium Film, Guggenheim. Recent performances of her solo cabaret act in which tiny stories unfold with puppets inside match boxes The Matchbox Shows have included Pompidou Centre, Paris, FIMFA Puppet Festival Lisbon, Portugal, TBA, Portland (2012), REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA., Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA., The 8th Annual Great Small Works Toy Theater Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse, DUMBO, NY., and others. Two Ways Down premiered at Adams and Ollman gallery Portland Oregon Spring 2014. She has been given grants and awards from RACC -including this years 2014 Innovation Award for this project, Henson Foundation (2009, 2014), ARC California, Illinois Arts Council, Puppeteers of America, Thames and Hudson,The British Council, and the Mac Dowell Colony.

Laura Heit

This project was funded in part by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture council.


Events Spring 2014

Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitors Program in the Visual Arts

To Die Upon A Kiss, 2011
To Die Upon A Kiss, 2011
Murano glass
No. 52842
Photograph by: Kerry Ryan McFate / Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York

Fred Wilson
"The Silent Message of the Museum"

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Kaul Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Fred Wilson will present his museum installations of the past 25 years, which infiltrate museum structures and art historical canons through the medium of display. He will also show his recent sculpture in bronze and glass, which investigate the symbolism and meaning of the color black. In these works, inspired by historic design, art, and literature, Wilson creates both baroque and simple forms that speak to contemporary times.

Fred Wilson is a conceptual artist whose work explores the relationship between museums, individual works of art and collections of other kinds. Wilson is a 1999 MacArthur Fellow and represented the United States at the 2003 Venice Biennale. Since 2001, Wilson has explored making sculpture in glass, among other media. His work can be found in several public collections, including The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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About the Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitors Program

The Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitors Program in the Visual Arts was established by a generous 1988 gift from Edward and Sue Cooley and John and Betty Gray in support of art history and its place in the humanities. The lecture program enables Reed College's art department to bring distinguished individuals in the arts to the college for periods of up to a week. These visitors give public lectures and seminars with students.

The intent of the program is to bring to campus creative people who are distinguished in connection with the visual arts and who will provide "a forum for conceptual exploration, challenge, and discovery." The program is named in honor of Stephen Ostrow as a tribute to his career and out of respect for his advisory role in the formulation of the Cooley-Gray gift and the design of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. Ostrow is the Chief of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, D.C.

Past artists have included:

2013.10 Dario Gamboni, art historian
2012.10 Kara Walker, collage artist
2012.02 Richard Shiff, art historian
2011.09 Do Ho Suhinstallation artist/sculptor
2011.03 Joseph Koerner, art historian
2010.11 Patricia Fortini Brown, art historian
2010.02 Terry Winters, painter/printmaker
2009.10 David Rosand, art historian
2009.03 Alexander Nemerov, art historian
2008.10 David Reed '68, painter/installation artist
2008.03 Martin Powers
2007.11 Gary Hill, video artist
2007.10 Barbara Stafford, art historian
2007.04 David Freedberg, art historian
2006.10 Mona Hatoum, installation artist/sculptor
2005.04 Ann Hamilton, installation artist
2004.09 Hans Haacke, conceptualist artist
2003.11 Jennifer Bartlett, painter/printmaker
2003.04 T.J. Clark, art historian
2003.04 Al Held, abstract painter
2002.11 Leo Steinberg, art historian
2000.04 Michael Fried, art historian
2000.01 Judy Pfaff, installation artist
1999.04 Linda Nochlin, art historian
1999.03 Adrian Piper, performance artist
1998.09 Robert Davidson, performance/installation artist
1997.09 Robert Morris, minimalist sculptor
1996.09 Jules Feiffer, graphic artist