Events Archive

Spring 2016

Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

Monday, May 2 - Monday, May, 16
Edith Feldenheimer Gallery, Studio Art Building

Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 5 - 7 p.m. 
Edith Feldenheimer Gallery, Studio Art Building

Featuring work by:

Gita Castallian
Abigail Emiko Inoue Cox
Cylvia Jean Michelle Davis
Maggie MacLean
Harrison R. Martin
Paloma Martinez-Miranda
Camila Medina Mora
Jade Novarino
Ella Smith
Nicholas Zhu

Edith Feldenheimer Gallery, Studio Art Building
Open weekdays 
from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
and weekends 
from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


A Failed Performance and Demonstration of the Interpersonal and Sensory by Nicholas Zhu

May, 2nd - May, 12th, 5 p.m., 9 p.m., 12 a.m.

Viewings by Appointment Only


An artist talk on free & cheap art, mail correspondence, making space, and “living as form” by Jade Novarino


Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 pm, Eliot 314


Aphra Behn and Guerrilla Girls on Tour!

Wednesday, April 20, 8:15 p.m., Diver Studio Theatre


Reed College departments of Theatre, Art, Political Science, English, the Dean’s office, and the Cooley Gallery, are pleased to announce that Aphra Behn of Guerrilla Girls on Tour!, an internationally acclaimed anonymous theatre collective, will be on campus with a performance lecture: Act Like a Feminist Artist: what no one told you about starting a grassroots movement. Aphra shares her experiences as a feminist activist for almost 20 years as a member of Guerrilla Girls (1997-2001) and Guerrilla Girl On Tour (2001-present). Revealing the inside workings of the grassroots groups she discusses the successes (protests, fax blitzes, speak outs and street theatre); the struggles (hate mail, death threats, backlash); and the downright defeats (sabotage, infighting). Act Like a Feminist Artist challenges audiences to rethink the concepts of what it means to be "grassroots," "activist," "artists," or "feminist." The talk is framed with readings from Aphra's upcoming memoir, "UN/MASKED, My Secret Identity Revealed" (forthcoming from Skyhorse Publications in October of 2016). If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a feminist masked avenger check out Act Like a Feminist Artist--what no one told you about starting a grassroots movement.

Guerrilla Girls On Tour! is an anonymous touring theatre company of 33 women trained in a variety of comedic theatre techniques who develop unique and outrageous activist plays, performance art, and street theatre. All of their work is presented using masks and draws from a variety of classic theatre techniques such as vaudeville, parody, sketch, improv, slapstick and song-and-dance resulting in a distinct feminist theatre style. Guerrilla Girls On Tour! aims to educate, entertain, and ultimately transform their audiences into identifying as feministists/activists/artists. In addition to creating new plays and performances Guerrilla Girls On Tour! also trains and educates via workshops, gallery exhibits, master classes and community collaborations which have resulted in participatory performance projects and site-specific productions that include local women's history. The troupe has presented over 200 performances and workshops around the world addressing reproductive rights, war, sex trafficking, hunger, herstory/history/hirstory and violence against women in the US, UK, Poland, Argentina, South Korea, Spain, Japan, China, Hungary, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, France and Sweden. They can be reached at or tweeted @GuerrillaGsOT. In 2010 Guerrilla Girls On Tour! received the Yoko Ono Courage for the Arts Award.

Sarah Miller, "New Photographies, New Politics?" 

Wednesday, April 13, 4:30 p.m., Psych 105

Contemporary photography has taken a dramatic turn toward materiality, with many artists undertaking creative, messy, hands-on exploration of the medium’s physical substances and properties.  However, the critical tools of photo-historians have not kept pace; we are still working with tenets of the 1970s and '80s that hold photography should interrogate representation and the construction of truth, while avoiding the indulgence of craft.  This talk will explore current materialist practices, especially on the West Coast—asking how they provoke a reconsideration of “politics” in photography, and asking how historians might update our critical tools to assess them.

bio: Sarah M. Miller is an Oakland-based historian of photography and modern art.  Currently a Lecturer in History of Art & Visual Culture at the University of California-Santa Cruz, she has also held teaching positions at the San Francisco Art Institute and University of Chicago. She is working on a book about the multiple and contested inventions of the concept “documentary” in American photography of the 1930s, and on an exhibition of contemporary alternative-process landscape photography.

Image: Meghann Riepenhoff, "Littoral Drift #50 (Mono Lake, Mono County, CA 07.05.14, Four Waves, Poured)" Unique cyanotype, 42”x72”

Riepenhoff Poster

Amir F. Fallah, "All Experience is an Arch"

Opening Reception, Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m., Hap Gallery
Lecture, Friday, April 8, 4:30 p.m., Studio Art Classroom

Amir H. Fallah

Amir H. Fallah, Milk Maid, 2015, acrylic and colored pencil on panel, 24 in. diameter

Amir H. Fallah, All Experience is an Arch

Hap Gallery is proud to announce All Experience is an Arch, an installation of paintings and sculptures by Los Angeles artist Amir H. Fallah. The opening reception is April 7, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The exhibition will run through April 30, 2016. On Friday, April 8 at 4:30pm, Fallah will be giving a public lecture at The Studio Art Classroom at Reed College.

In All Experience is an Arch, Fallah continues an exploration of portraiture using material sourced from an estate sale—trophies, diaries, photos, clothes, and various trinkets— amassed by members of a family over decades. Fallah's paintings are not likenesses (faces are covered) but, rather, carefully researched and imagined representations of individuals and their personal narratives based on the objects they saved and as reconstructed by the artist.

All Experience is an Arch combines Fallah's portraits and selected objects in the gallery space. The gallery walls are painted a version of the grey and dark charcoal polka dot fabric found throughout the family home. On several small shelves yellow enamel-dipped objects display as artifacts. As these details come together, the individual family  members blur, shared history replaces personal narratives, and a more complex story emerges.

Amir H. Fallah has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Exhibitions have included shows at The Nerman Museum, Overland Park, KS; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; The Sharjah Biennial 2009, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Volta New York, New York, NY; LA Louver, San Francisco, CA; 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA; among others. He is a 2015 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Born in Tehran and raised in Virginia, Fallah earned his MFA from UCLA, and his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

About Hap Gallery 

Hap Gallery opened in November 2013 to show contemporary artists, explore curatorial issues, and experiment with gallery practices. Hap works to build bridges between artists and their audiences, and to engage new and experienced collectors. Hap is located at 916 NW Flanders Street in Portland, OR. For more information, please contact Hap at 503- 444-7101 or, or visit

Douglas Crimp, "Before Pictures" 

Stephen Ostrow Distinguished Visitors Program in the Visual Arts
Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Free and open to the public.

Douglas Crimp

Image courtesy of the Dorothea Tuch.

A central figure in the field of art history and cultural and queer studies, Douglas Crimp will read from his upcoming memoir, Before Pictures, an autobiographical reflection on art, theory, and the queer subcultures of New York in the 60s and 70s. Reading from the chapter "Hotel des Artistes," Crimp will revisit the first catalogue essay he wrote—for an exhibition devoted to American minimal painting—and weave in stories of his first summer on Fire Island and various early excursions to Europe.

Crimp is Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester and the author of On the Museum's Ruins (1993), Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics (2002), and "Our Kind of Movie": The Films of Andy Warhol (2012). He was guest curator of Pictures at Artists Space, in New York, in 1977 and an editor of October magazine from 1977 to 1990. He co-organized Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices 1970s to the Present for the Reina Sofía in Madrid, and he was on the curatorial team for the current iteration of MoMA PS1's quinquennial Greater New York.

Intersecciones: Havana/Portland Artist Panel Discussion - Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Reynier “El Chino” Novo, Elizabet Cerviño, Rafael Villares

Tuesday, January 26, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Eliot 314
This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be in Spanish with an English language interpreter.

ARTIST PANEL DISCUSSION An opportunity to meet four of the artists who have travelled from Havana to install site-specific work. 


Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo
Reynier “El Chino” Novo 
Elizabet Cerviño
Rafael Villares


INTERSECCIONES IS A CONVERSATION BETWEEN two crossroads of the Americas. Cuba is one of the earliest colonies and a pivot of global trade. Portland is the end of the Oregon Trail — first traveled by the college’s namesakes. The artists have considered the particular history of Portland in their work for the exhibition and four of the artists will be here to discuss their work. Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo creates installations and public actions that poke at the troubled cultural space for people of African ancestry. Reynier “El Chino” Novo’s repurposed cultural objects reveal the depleted energy of true political action. Elizabet Cerviño’s spare performances draw from the haunted contradictions in historic spaces. Rafael Villares’ displaced landscapes create tensions between desire and reality. The exhibition contains the work of two additional artists: Adriana Arronte’s installations of exquisitely crafted glass and plastic objects complicate spaces of personal consumption; and Yornel Martinez’ works often leads off the canvas or page and into sculpture and even public interventions that create situates for language to grow and change.

Intersecciones: Havana/Portland is co-curated by Daniel Duford, Visiting Associate Professor of Art at Reed College; Hoffman Gallery Director Linda Tesner; and Elliott Young, History Professor at Lewis & Clark College. 

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Fall 2016

Reception: December 11, 2015
Exhibition: December 6th-Wednesday, December 13, 2015
Senior Thesis Exhibition, Fall 2015
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November 24th, 2015
Adriana Arronte, "Intersecciones: Havana/Portland"
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October 1st, 2015
Kaspar T Locher Summer Creative Scholarships Presentations
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September 15th, 2015
Julia Portela, "Intersecciones: Havana/Portland"
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Spring 2015

Reception: May 8th, 2015
Exhibition: May 9th - Monday, May 18th
Senior Thesis Exhibition, Spring 2015
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March 18th, 2015
Solveig Nelson, "From Selma to Stonewall: On Civil Rights and Early Video"
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March 9, 2015
Sinem Casale, "Kiss both his eyes for me/Take good care of my prince" The Reception of Safavid Child Hostage Prince at the Ottoman Court
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February 7, 2015 Round Table Conversation & Reception
January 20 through February 20, 2015, Exhibition
Emergent Art Space "Translations"
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Fall 2014

Reception: December 12, 2014
Exhibition: December 15th-Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Senior Thesis Exhibition, Fall 2014
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November 20, 2014
Vikramāditya Prakāsh "The Many Names of Chandigarh: Preservation as Critical Practice"
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November 11, 2014
Buster Simpson "Erratic Moment"
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Ocboter 2, 2014
Dipesh Chakrabarty "Climate and Capital: On Conjoined Histories"
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August 25 - September 18, 2014
Laura Heit "Two Ways Down"
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October 28, 2013
Dario Gamboni "Paul Gauguin, the 'Listening Eye' and the Universality of Art"
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October 2, 2012
Kara Walker, “More & Less”
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February 7, 2012
Richard Shiff, “Loss of Subject (Cézanne)”
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September 21, 2010
Do Ho Suh, “Recent works”
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November 1, 2010
Patricia Fortini Brown, Professor Emeritus of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University
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March 14, 2011
Joseph Koerner, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard
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September 1– December 5, 2009
The Language of the Nude: Four Centuries of Drawing the Human Body
Old Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum.

September 6, 2009
Brody Condon: "Without Sun Modification"
Condon stages three successive performances beginning at 6:30 pm. Condon explores the human body's gestures in extremis, creating visionary explorations of the body in the throes of psychoactive and transformative events.
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September 6, 2009
Antoine Catala: "Video Portraits for Vertical Televisions"
Catala uses digital and analog technology to explore the human body as an ecstatic, revelatory organism, synthesizing the corporeal and the technological.
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September 15, 2009
Curator's Talk
Crocker Art Museum Curator William Braezeale lectures on the exhibition

September 29, 2009
Kaspar Locher Summer Creative Scholarship presentations

October 8, 2009
Anne Wilson 
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October 26, 2009
"Things Never Seen: Graphic Fantasy and the Dreaming Draftsman"
Renowned Renaissance Art Historian David Rosand, Meyer Shapiro Professor of Art History, Columbia University
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October 28, 2009
Lunch with art majors.

November 2, 2009
"Calling All Souls"

Join Cooley Gallery curator Stephanie Snyder and PICA Visual Art Program Director Kristan Kennedy for a conversation about the contemporary projects by Brody Condon and Antoine Catala.

November 4, 2009
Susie Lee 
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November 12, 2009
Kenneth Haltman

February 24, 2010
Terry Winters 
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February 5, 2008
Lucy Orta
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March 8, 2008
Professor Martin Powers, the Sally Michelson Davidson Professor of Chinese Art and Visual Cultures, The University of Michigan
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March 27, 2008
Mary Weatherford

April 3, 2008
Professor Bryan J. Wolf, Jeanette and William Hayden Jones Professor in American Art and Culture at Stanford University

"Teapots and Air Pumps: Science, Sentiment and Painting in the 18th Century."

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