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Beth Sorensen
Office of Communications
503/777-7574
beth.sorensen@reed.edu


REED ARTS WEEK FEATURES FILM, ART, POETRY, AND DANCE

The 14th annual Reed Arts Week (RAW), featuring installations, lectures, and performances exploring the theme "Manufacture," will be held from Wednesday, February 19, to Sunday, February 23, on the Reed College campus. Portland dance troupe Oslund + Company, performance artists the Typing Explosion and the Yes Men, photographers Patrick Nagatani and Leigh Anne Langwell, sculptor Pete Beeman, and Portland filmmaker Andrew Dickson all challenge ideas about the creative process and what distinguishes the production of art from production at large. Please note that the previously scheduled reading by poet and activist Sonia Sanchez has been cancelled due to illness.

All events listed here are free and open to the public, with the exception of Oslund + Company’s Sunday evening performance (details below). Maps showing the location and times of professional and student exhibitions will be available on campus. More information is available at http://web.reed.edu/raw or from the RAW hotline, 503/777-7708. A full schedule follows.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Student art tour
4 p.m. to 5 p.m., student union
Tour of artworks around the campus that have been created by Reed students.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Sonia Sanchez reading

Poet and activist Sonia Sanchez is the author of over 16 books including Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, and Homegirls and Handgrenades. Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant and an American Book Award. A founding member of the "Broadside Quartet," Sanchez is also known for her involvement in the civil rights movement and later in the black arts movement. Sponsored by Reed's Multicultural Enrichment Committee with support from Reed Arts Week, Reed's division of literature and languages, and the Reed visiting writers series.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20

The Yes Men lecture: We Are the Yes Men
7 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel
Political activists and corporate gadflies, the Yes Men use consumer culture as their base material, parodying status quo ideologies by twisting them into the troupe’s own brand of performance art. These activist artists are constantly struggling against the manufacture of consent with their theatrical protests, which throw monkey wrenches into the cogs of the big social machine that keeps capital in power.

Andrew Dickson lecture, performance, and films: An Evening with Andrew Dickson
8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Portland based filmmaker, actor, and writer Andrew Dickson will screen a series of short films including Autographhss.com, a primer for dot.com startup failure; Hunter Dawson, a mock application video for reality TV shows; and a segment from the fantasy role-playing game adventure Good Grief. His films have screened at film festivals, independent theaters, and punk house basements across the country. Dickson and fellow artist Bradlee Simmons will introduce the films and speak about the creative process and making films outside Hollywood.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21

The Typing Explosion interactive literary production
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., commons
Part spectacle, part poetry, the Typing Explosion is a trio of Seattle performance poets who crank out assembly-line poetry while you wait. The typists, each carefully coifed and dressed in 1950s style secretarial attire, communicate through bells and whistles, and the occasional "Dear Diane" memo. Each poet contributes a line or two to the custom-crafted verse before passing it to the next woman. The Typing Explosion has become a national phenomenon with a loyal Seattle fan base, which helped make the Typing Explosion’s first theatre piece, Dear Diane, a success.

Patrick Nagatani photography exhibition and lecture: Nuclear Enchantment
4 p.m., Vollum lounge
An associate chair and professor of art at the University of New Mexico, and the recipient of many grants and awards, Patrick Nagatani has exhibited his photographs internationally. The images in Nuclear Enchantment are a commentary on America’s fascination with nuclear power. Nagatani uses ironic humor in his post-apocalyptic scenarios, emphasizing our inability to realistically grasp the tremendous threat of nuclear fallout.

Leigh Anne Langwell photography exhibition and lecture: Photograms
5 p.m., Vollum lounge
Leigh Anne Langwell’s award winning "photograms" reflect the New Mexico artist’s background in biological and medical imaging. Langwell creates her photograms in the darkroom without a camera or negative, laying her own latex sculptures on photographic paper and exposing it to light pulses. The resulting shadowy images appear to offer a microscopic peek into the inner workings of the human body. Langwell has worked as a college lecturer, graphic artist, and a technical writer, and has been exhibiting her photography nationally since 1993.

Blown glass group exhibition and reception
6 p.m., Hauser Library lobby
This collection of work by Sue Moir, Beverly Toledo, Diane Arndt, and William Ray, Jr. demonstrates why the Pacific Northwest is known as the glass Mecca of the West. Each handcrafted piece is a unique blend of imagination, technique, and chemistry. These pieces remind the viewer that the production of utilitarian objects can be an inspired, creative act.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22

Mary Oslund master class workshop
9 a.m. to noon, gym II
Participation limited to 15, $10 fee per person. Call 503/788-6692 for reservations.
Mary Oslund, artistic director of Oslund + Company/ Dance, will be offering a dance class for intermediate to advanced level dancers.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Oslund + Company/Dance performance: Fold, The Eleanor Trios, Kinder Weather, Fifty Infants
8 p.m., sports center, gym II
Tickets available at the door beginning at 7 p.m. Prices are $10 for students and working artists or $15 general admission. Seating will be limited.
Mary Oslund, artistic director of Oslund + Company/ Dance, creates work that is marked by rigorous and expressive physicality, movement invention, intricate group work, and unusual partnering. Oslund has served on the faculties of the University of Oregon, Lewis & Clark College, and Reed College, and is the recipient of many awards for her choreography, including a National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Dance, and a New York Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts award.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Sculpture: Pete Beeman’s Portrait of the Artist as a Schoolboy, Vollum lounge
Photography: Patrick Nagatani and Leigh Anne Langwell, Vollum lounge
Blown glass: Sue Moir, Beverly Toledo, Diane Arndt, and William Ray, Jr., library

Shows will be free and open to the public from Wednesday, February 19, through Sunday, February 23. Maps are available in the Reed student activities office in Gray Center 104. The Vollum lounge gallery will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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