FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REED ARTS WEEK FEATURES PERFORMANCES, FILM, ART, AND DANCE
Reed Arts Week (RAW), a series of performances, exhibitions, and lectures, will be held from Wednesday, February 27, to Sunday, March 3, at various locations on the Reed College campus. The theme of this year's RAW is "Artifacts," with an emphasis on how we interpret and ascribe value to objects, ideas, and cultures within a society. This year Reed will host a variety of performers, painters, filmmakers, dancers, and lecturers, including Danny Hoch, an internationally renowned solo performer, writer, and actor.
All events are free and open to the public, with the exception of Hoch's solo performance, Miranda July's multimedia film event, and the dance and music performances of Teresa Mathern, Minh Tran, and the Portland Taiko Ensemble; a limited number of tickets for these events are available to the public. Ticket prices, show times, locations, and artist bios follow. Maps showing the location and times of student artwork will be available on campus. For more information call the RAW hotline at 503/777-7708, or visit http://web.reed.edu/raw. Tickets can be purchased after February 4 at http://bookstore.reed.edu, or through Ueli Stadler at 503/777-7758.
Danny Hoch: Jails, Hospitals, & Hip-Hop
Performance: Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium
Tickets $12, in advance or at the door
Inspired by what he calls "structured improvisation," Danny Hoch has created a solo act that illuminates what is unheard, unspoken, and desperately needed for contemporary youth and culture. He has toured over 50 states and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2000—01 fellowship from the New School's Vera List Center for Art & Politics. Jails, Hospitals, & Hip-Hop and Some People was published in 1998 by Villard Books, while the film version of JHH received the Best of the Fest award at the New York International Latino Film Festival and an Urbanworld Film Festival award. Hoch has also appeared recently in several feature films, including the current hit Black Hawk Down, Spike Lee's Bamboozled, and The Thin Red Line.
David Wilson, founder of the Museum of Jurassic Technology
Lecture: Wednesday, February 27, 7—8:30 p.m., student union
Free and open to the public
David Wilson was recently awarded the prestigious MacArthur "genius fellowship" for his masterful ability to force "reinterpretations of our understanding of science, natural history, mythology, and vernacular art forms." For RAW he will discuss the function of the museum through history, while focusing on "Lower Jurassic technologies." Tucked in the heart of Los Angeles, Wilson's museum has attracted national attention for its emphasis on eccentric technologies, histories, and natural phenomena. Wilson and his museum are the subjects of Lawrence Weschler's book Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder.
Miranda July: How I Learned to Draw
Multimedia and film performance: Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m., student union
Tickets $5, in advance only
Miranda July is a prolific multimedia performer and video artist based in Portland. Her videos have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. Her video Nest of Tens will be included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. July has directed a music video for Sleater-Kinney and made her acting debut in the highly acclaimed feature film Jesus' Son. Her broad range of work is both energetic and consistently innovative.
Teresa Mathern, Minh Tran, and the Portland Taiko Ensemble: Evidence of Division, Verses, One, New Work, Elements
Dance and drumming performance: Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, 7 p.m., Gymnasium II, sports center
Tickets $8, in advance or at the door
Teresa Mathern is core artist and past director of Conduit, an organization dedicated to advancing contemporary dance and movement forms. Mathern has taught and performed throughout the United States, and her work often incorporates media such as images, text, live music, and film. Minh Tran is prominent in Oregon's dance community, both as dancer and choreographer. He has received numerous awards and grants, most recently New York's Dance Theater Workshop Suitcase Fund for his Mekong Project. Tran's approach to dance draws on both his Vietnamese background and his commitment to breaking down cultural and racial barriers. Established in 1994, the award-winning multiethnic Portland Taiko Ensemble has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and they were chosen by the American Composers Forum to represent the state of Oregon in a national music project. Their exuberant music weaves rhythm, melody, humor, and movement together into both traditional and contemporary compositions.
Evelyn Roth: Whale
Installation: Wednesday, February 27, 8:30—10:30 p.m., quad next to Old Dorm Block
Free and open to the public
Evelyn Roth, a Canadian native who lives near Adelaide, Australia, has made an international effort to combine art with environmentalism. Roth, who began her career in the 1960s, has worked in a variety of different mediums, such as dance, sculpture, film, and knitting and crocheting out of recycled natural fibers. Her work has been shown in galleries in Australia, Canada, and Brazil, and has been featured at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Spokane Expo ’74, Vancouver Expo ’86, and other festivals worldwide. She has recently been constructing inflatable objects that bear an ecological meaning. For this year's RAW, Roth presents a huge inflatable nylon orca whale, with a storyteller inside.
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