Reed Arts Week presents our 2015 showcase, a student-curated exhibition featuring work created by the students of Reed College and by several internationally acclaimed visiting artists.
Reed Arts Week will include performances, lectures, and workshops that will take place over the five days of the exhibition. Events and exhibitions open to the public from March 3rd to 8th on the Reed College campus. An exhibition catalog accompanies the show.
Our show, titled Might Now, works within the framework provided by the concepts inherent in the words trace, archive, and memoria. A trace can leave an imprint of the past; an archive acts to physically preserve the past; and memoria signifies the power of the object as a structure that can monumentalize the memory of an event.
Derived from research in the Reed College Special Collections, the title Might Now refers to an excerpt from a newspaper article about a fire at the Theater Annex, the exhibit’s location: "The fire at a building on SE 28th Ave. which is used by Reed College for storage might now be a pile of smoldering ruins if it hadn’t been for the quick response of a college maintenance man – and his trusty garden hose."
Might Now's underlying themes inform the student artist's work as well as the visiting artist selection process.This year's featured artists are: Dan Attoe, Jen Bervin, Jesse Carsten and David Cook, Patricia Esquivias, Lindsay Lawson, Kristie MacDonald, and Margaret Weber. Our featured musical performers are: Aboriginal Flowers (Jesse Carsten and Raf Spielman), Stephen Steinbrink, and Horse Lords.