Spring 2018

MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal Symposium
Friday, March 23, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal is an exhibition of the ideas, wishes, and demands of scores of citizens with something to say and a need to be heard. It is our current climate of discord that created MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal. It was conceived to give citizens a soapbox and to amplify their voices. These voices are many, and these voices belong to people from various walks of life. In our current climate of discord, it is essential that we reexamine just who we are and what we stand for. MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal has joined the conversation as have the voices in this symposium.

Full Schedule

This Symposium is free and open to the public.

Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory

Book Launch:
Jenny Yurshansky
Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Recollections)
Saturday, January 20, 2-3 p.m.
Broad Center Courtyard, Pitzer College

Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Recollections) is an artist edition, which contains distinctly textured components. It is a box that contains original images, short poetic narratives, a plastic-coated index sheet, an introductory essay by Glenn Harcourt, and an interview with Jenny Yurshanky and Ciara Ennis. It is a record of the 133 invasive plant species that make up this project’s collection and is the final result of four years of research. This publication was developed as the last component tied to the exhibition, Jenny Yurshansky: Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory, curated by Ciara Ennis, Director and Curator, Pitzer College Art Galleries, it took place January 24 to March 26, 2015.

$60, edition of 200 / $160, special edition of 15 with blacklisted plant (Placeholder)

The artist multiple will be available for sale through Pitzer College Art Galleries by cash or check only. Sales through PayPal or Venmo can be made through Jenny Yurshansky.

Edgar Heap of Birds: Mount Rushmore

Annual Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture
Edgar Heap of Birds
Influences, Mentors, Colleagues and Our Homage to this Earth
Tuesday, January 23, 4:15 p.m.

Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

Edgar Heap of Birds is a citizen of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma whose art decries the colonization of Indigenous lands and expresses Native American claims to sovereignty. A multi-media artist, Heap of Birds’ work includes large-scale drawings, paintings, prints, public art projects and sculpture. Through these mediums, he addresses issues of Native American history, identity, colonialism, time, modernity and the meaning of art.

Heap of Birds is a professor of Native American studies at the University of Oklahoma. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution and the Hong Kong Art Center. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation, among other institutions. In 2012, Heap of Birds was recognized as one of 50 of “America’s most accomplished and innovative artists” when he won a United States Artists Ford Fellowship in the visual arts.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Edgar Heap of Birds: Defend Sacred Mountains at the Pitzer College Art Galleries, January 20th March 29, 2018.

Past Events, Fall 2017

Pitzer College Art Galleries and LACE invite you to the Exhibition Publication Launch of Juan Downey: Radiant Nature

Sunday, December 3, 1–4 p.m.
Doing Things Together: Presentation by Grant Wahlquist 2–3 p.m.
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)

6522 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Grant Wahlquist will present a short talk and exhibition walk through focused on Juan Downey’s collaborations with dancers and choreographers. In these performances and videos, Downey was one of the first to use live-feed video as a choreographic tool or actor. Wahlquist will address the difficulty of researching what were often inherently ephemeral events as well as their unique place in the history of the intersections between dance and visual art.

Grant Wahlquist is a critic, gallerist, and attorney based in Portland and Vinalhaven, Maine. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. A Southern California native, he formerly worked at the Orange County Museum of Art, where he assisted with the 2008 and 2010 California Biennials and exhibitions of the work of Peter Saul and Richard Diebenkorn. His writing has appeared in catalogues published by the Orange County Museum of Art and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, including the catalogue for Juan Downey: Radiant Nature. He has also published reviews and essays in publications in the U.S. and internationally, such as FrogAspect: the Chronicle of New Media ArtArt Ltd, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, and the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal.

We hope you’ll join us for the final day of the exhibition for a Chilean wine reception.

About the Publication:

This beautiful hardcover book, which accompanies the exhibition of the same name, explores the early work of Chilean artist, Juan Downey (1940-93), made between 1967-75. In contrast to previous exhibitions on Downey’s work, this publication focuses on three early bodies of work—Electronic Sculptures, Happenings and Performances, and Life-Cycle Installations. The publication includes an introduction by exhibition co-curators Robert Crouch and Ciara Ennis, as well as essays by Bill Anthes, Ciara Ennis, Ming-Yuen S. Ma, Julieta González, and Grant Walquist. Also included is a special interview: Marilys Downey in conversation with Stuart Comer.

This program is free and open to the public.

Both the catalogue and the exhibition Juan Downey: Radiant Nature are part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin America and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California.

Pitzer College Art Galleries and LACE present a symposium:
Inside the Robot: Reconsidering Cybernetics after Juan Downey

Saturday, November 18, 2017
9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College
1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

In conjunction with the exhibition Juan Downey: Radiant Nature, part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, Inside the Robot: Reconsidering Cybernetics after Juan Downey traces the various strands of Chilean artist Juan Downey’s practice through the lens of second-order cybernetics as evidenced in Downey’s Electric Sculptures, Happenings and Performances, and Life Cycle Installations. This symposium will present a series of challenging and diverse viewpoints on the subject of cybernetics as defined by systems of interaction between the human, non-human, machinic, and digital entities. More information about the Symposium.