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FORUM 2000 OCTOBER LECTURE SERIES ON ART FEATURES DALE CHIHULY

The Reed College Women's Committee Forum 2000 lecture series, Art Scene, will present four Thursday lectures during the month of October--October 5, 12, 19, and 26--in the Kaul Auditorium on the Reed campus. Forum 2000 features internationally known artists and art experts discussing their dynamic work and the challenges faced by the art world. Expect a lively debate over artistic freedom and morality-based restrictions designed to limit that freedom.

Speakers this year are Joan Holden '60, award-winning principal writer for the San Francisco Mime Troupe; Dale Chihuly, world-famous master of glass art; and James Coddington '74, chief conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A panel discussion moderated by Julie Mancini, former executive director of Literary Arts, includes Kristy Edmunds, executive director of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; Tad Savinar, artist and playwright; David Schiff, the R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music at Reed College; and Linda Tesner, curator of the Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College. (See below for details on the lectures.)

Series tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advance directly from committee members, by mail c/o the Reed College Women's Committee, 10110 NW Ash, Portland OR 97229, or by phone with VISA or Mastercard at 503/777-7787. Individual tickets are $10 and are available only at the door. For further information, please call 503/777-7787. All proceeds from Forum 2000 support the Reed College Women's Committee Scholarship Fund.

Coffee and conversation
Please join us in the Gray Center lounge (next to the Kaul Auditorium) before each lecture to enjoy complimentary coffee, book sales, and stimulating conversation. You are invited to return to the lounge after the lectures to meet and visit with the speakers.

FORUM 2000

Art Scene

All lectures are in the Kaul Auditorium in the Gray Campus Center, Reed College

October 5,10:30 a.m.
JOAN HOLDEN '60
For more than 30 years Joan Holden '60, the award-winning principal writer and collaborator for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, has written its best known and most provocative plays. Noted for her commitment to social justice and her ability to satirize political hypocrisy, Holden has a unique ability to exaggerate story and song to the point of paradoxical absurdity. Widely recognized for her intellectual rigor and social conscience, she attributes her social activism to growing up in Berkeley, California. She earned her B.A. in English from Reed.

October 12, 7:30 p.m.
DALE CHIHULY
Master glass artist Dale Chihuly has shaped the art of glassblowing worldwide. Over the past three decades, he has become celebrated for his large architectural sculptures, and his works are in display in more than 180 museums. Chihuly’s most ambitious work to date is the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem, with 15 large sculptures crafted from 10,000 pieces of glass. He co-founded the world-famous Pilchuck Glass School outside Seattle in 1971. Chihuly studied interior design at the University of Washington and glass at the University of Wisconsin and the Rhode Island School of Design. He was named the first National Living Treasure in the United States in 1992.

October 19, 10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion: What is Art?
Five highly regarded art experts will discuss some of the perplexing and interesting problems in today’s art environment. Panelists are Kristy Edmunds, executive director of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; Tad Savinar, artist and playwright; David Schiff, the R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music at Reed College; and Linda Tesner, curator of the Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College. Moderated by Julie Mancini, former executive director of Literary Arts, Inc.

October 26, 7:30 p.m.
JAMES L. CODDINGTON '74
James Coddington '74 has been chief conservator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York for more than 20 years. A specialist in modern art, he is an esteemed authority on historical, philosophical, and technical aspects of art conservation, and its place in art history. Coddington has also focused on new approaches developed to clean and restore the paintings of Kandinsky and Pollock. An Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, he earned his master's degree in art conservation from the University of Delaware and his B.A. in biology with an art history minor from Reed.

The Reed College Women's Committee
Backgrounder

The Reed College Women's Committee was founded in 1956 as an educational and social liaison between the college and the Portland community. The committee's goals are to enlarge and enhance the reputation of Reed in the community and to provide stimulating intellectual activities associated with the college to the public.

The principal project of the Reed College Women’s Committee is its fall lecture series, planned and executed by volunteer committee members. While the format may change depending upon the speakers and program, traditionally four lectures are given on the Thursdays in October. The series has achieved distinction in the Portland community.

All proceeds from the lecture series support the Reed College Women's Committee Scholarship fund, which over the years has contributed significantly to the opportunity to attend Reed for 51 recipients. As testimony to both Reed's estimable national standing as one of the country's outstanding colleges of the liberal arts and sciences and to the goals of the committee, the speakers who participate in the lecture series waive their usual fees and honoraria so that the proceeds for scholarship are maximized.

Subjects for the series, selected by the committee from topics suggested by its members, have been as varied as "A Sense of Humor," "Politics and the Media:" Who's Using Whom," "European Unity: 1992," and "Privacy and Censorship." Internationally recognized speakers have included Arun Gandhi, Cleveland Amory, Mark Russell, Jane Howard, and Morris Dees.

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