Stay at Home with Pitzer College Art Galleries

In collaboration with Alumni & Family Engagement, Pitzer College Art Galleries is pleased to invite the Pitzer Community to join us for a series of “Stay at Home” artist talks, programmed in connection with Pitzer@Home

Summer 2020 Alumni Artist Talks

Sean Cavanaugh, Upcountry Fractal, 2020, watercolor and gouache, 20 x 26 inches

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 3 p.m., PST

Sean Cavanaugh ’91 discusses his artistic practice and creative process to convey a sense of his daily work in the studio, starting with the initial spark of an idea to the completion of a painting. Touching on lessons learned at Pitzer and wisdom gleaned from family and years at the easel, he will speak to the challenges of working within the art world during these uncertain times.

A brief Q & A will follow the talk.

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Kathleen Ryan, Green-Eyed Monster, 2019, aventurine, amethyst, labradorite, Ching Hai jade, sesame jasper, serpentine, freshwater pearl, mother of pearl, marble, lodolite, smokey quartz, grey agate, clear quartz, magnesite, tree agate, citrine, amazonite, bone, grey feldspar, yellow quartz, forest green serpentine, jasper, pink opal, Czech glass, steel pins on coated polystyrene, 19.5 x 28.5 x 17.5 inches

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 3 p.m., PST
Kathleen Ryan ’06

Join us for a conversation with Los Angeles-born, New York-based sculptor Kathleen Ryan. Ryan, who studied archaeology and art at Pitzer, received an MFA from UCLA’s art program, where she studied under noted sculptor Charles Ray. Her recent exhibition Bad Fruit, presented at François Ghebaly in Los Angeles, February 15 – March 29, 2020, recast found and handmade objects as spectacular, larger-than-life hieroglyphs of Americana.

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Steven Liang, Billy Taing, video still

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 3 p.m., PST
Steven Liang ’10

Narratives of Resistance: Scripted and Documentary Hybrids as a Model of Film Production for Social Change
Steven Liang’s narrative and documentary films center the lives of those occupying intersectional identities—Queer, Latinx, Undocumented, Asian American, Incarcerated. In this talk, Steven will showcase clips from his work and discuss his community-based model of film production for social change.

Steven Liang’s artist talk, Narratives of Resistance, is organized with the Pitzer College Art Galleries, the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement and the Pitzer College Community Engagement Center (CEC). This is the first event in the “Stay at Home” series to focus on Alumni Artists and Social Justice Practices.

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The Last Newspaper: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models, New Museum, New York, October 6, 2010 – January 9, 2011, co-curated by Richard Flood and Benjamin Godsill

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 3 p.m., PST
Benjamin Godsill ’00

Benjamin Godsill is a leading authority in the realm of late 20th and early 21st Century art and is a global taste-maker whose savvy curatorial and market insights have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Bloomberg, among other publications.

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Julia White, Columbia Edgewater, 2019, oil on canvas, 52 x 48 inches

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 3 p.m., PST
Julia White ’90

Julia W. White ’90 is a painter living in Tacoma, Washington. She majored in Art and Psychology at Pitzer. Upon graduation, she moved back, closer to home in the Pacific Northwest, where she has lived ever since. She has shown in numerous venues in Seattle, and more recently in Tacoma.

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Installation view of Paroxysm of Sublime, co-curated with Anna Milone for the FLAX Foundation at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Photo credit: Christopher Wormald

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 5 p.m., PST
Ana Iwataki ’11

Ana Iwataki is a curator, writer, translator, and organizer. Currently, she is a doctoral student in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture at USC.  She received her BA in Art History from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA and MA in Curatorial Studies from the Sorbonne, Paris, France. She is Co-Editor of the forthcoming X Topics book series published by X Artists’ Books and art consultant to the ACLU SoCal for the inaugural Artist-in-Residence program. 

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Stay at Home with Pitzer College Art Galleries

Spring 2020 Artist Talks

Hans Baumann: 5 Distillations (Salton Sea), 2020, installation view. Photo by Ruben Diaz

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 10 a.m., PST

Pitzer College Art Galleries Director and Pitzer College Director of Curatorial Affairs Ciara Ennis welcomes artist Hans Baumann to join the Pitzer Community on Zoom for a talk about his work and recent exhibition Hans Baumann: 5 Distillations (Salton Sea), presented at Pitzer’s Lenzner Family Art Gallery.

5 Distillations (Salton Sea) examines the political frameworks and biophysical processes that created—and now imperil—the largest body of water in the State of California. Drawing from empirical observation, archival research and the artist’s long-term collaboration with the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, this project reflects upon the inevitable collapse of a vast inland sea that has sustained the indigenous people of this region since time immemorial.

A brief Q & A will follow the talk.

Hans Baumann: 5 Distillations (Salton Sea) was organized by Ciara Ennis, PhD., Pitzer College Art Galleries Director and Pitzer College Director of Curatorial Affairs.

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Images: Faculty Art Show, 2017, installation view; detail: above, Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers, Needle in a Haystack, 2015; below, Jessica McCoy, Room with Llewyn and Harris, 2017, watercolor on paper, 144 x 156 inches (three panels each 47 x 156 inches). Photos by Ruben Diaz

Friday, May 1, 2020, 11 a.m., PST

Pitzer College Professor of Art and co-curator of the 2017 Faculty Art Show, Bill Anthes is joined by Pitzer Art Field Group faculty Tim Berg and Jessica McCoy in the second in our “Stay at Home” series for a Zoom conversation about their work. Faculty Art Show was co-curated by Professor of Art Bill Anthes and Pitzer College Art Galleries Director and Pitzer College Director of Curatorial Affairs Ciara Ennis, PhD.

This exhibition focused on the legacy of the Pitzer College Art Field Group and its dedication to progressive ideas around environmentalism and art. Work made by Tim Berg (Rebekah Myers), Sarah Gilbert, Tarrah Krajnak and Jessica McCoy will be discussed in the context of work made by Carl Hertel, David Furman, Michael Woodcock, Kathryn Miller and Paul Faulstich that have contributed to the conversation.

A brief Q & A will follow.

Images: (above) Kang Seung Lee, Untitled (Artspeak?), 2015, installation view; Jenny Yurshansky, Blacklisted, a Planted Allegory, 2015, installation view (detail). Photos by Ruben Diaz

Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 3 p.m. PST

The third iteration of “Stay at Home with Pitzer College Art Galleries,” takes the form of a conversation between artists Jenny Yurshansky and Kang Seung Lee who will discuss their respective exhibitions (both 2015) and their experience working at Pitzer and engaging Campus communities. Concerned with systems of inclusion and exclusion, Jenny Yurshansky: Blacklisted, a Planted Allegory explored the official terminology used by the Californian invasive plant registry—which described plants as alien, invasive, and non-native—as a means to discuss border control issues and immigration. Alternatively, Kang Seung Lee: Artspeak (Untitled?), took the mainstream compendium of art from the early 90’s as its point of reference to rewrite conventional art history from a queer perspective.

A brief Q & A will follow.

Jenny Yurshansky: Blacklisted, a Planted Allegory and Kang Seung Lee: Artspeak (Untitled?) were organized by Pitzer College Art Galleries Director and Pitzer College Director of Curatorial Affairs Ciara Ennis, PhD.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 3:00 p.m. PST

Elana Mann will discuss her 2018 exhibition Instruments of Accountability, in the fourth iteration of “Stay at Home with Pitzer College Art Galleries.” Tracing the relationship of early listening and speaking devices from the seventeenth century to those utilized by modern-day protest movements, Mann’s exhibition comprised sculptural instruments, musical scores, and a 1960s hand-crafted mega-kazoo-horn, which was on loan from the Folk Music Center in Claremont.

A brief Q & A will follow.

Elana Mann: Instruments of Accountability was organized by Pitzer College Art Galleries Director and Pitzer College Director of Curatorial Affairs Ciara Ennis, PhD.


“Stay at Home with Pitzer College Art Galleries” is made possible through the generous support of Alumni & Family Engagement and Pitzer Advancement and is programmed in conjunction with Pitzer@Home