2022 Senior Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception

Shift + Ground

Jack Contreras
Lily Fillwalk
Claire Manning
Olivia Meehan
Max Otake
Julia Duran Stewart
Zoe Storz

@Nichols Gallery, Lenzner Family Art Gallery, Scott Hall, Academic Quad

Food & Drink will be served at all locations during the opening reception.

For full exhibition information view 2022 Senior Thesis Exhibition: Shift Ground.

Beatriz Cortez: Cosmic Portals

Special Event and Closing Reception

Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture: Beatriz Cortez and rafa esparza in conversation

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 4:15 p.m.
Benson Auditorium

Top: Beatriz Cortez, Cosmic Mirror (The Sky over Los Angeles), 2022, detail. Steel with patina, dimensions variable, installation view, Beatriz Cortez: Cosmic Portals, at Pitzer College Art Galleries, February 5 – April 12, 2022. Photo: Ramak Fazel;
rafa esparza, Earth Eye, 2021, adobe bricks, wood, plastic, installation view (detail) were-:Nenetech Forms, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, October 8, 2021 – March 12, 2022. Photo: Evan Zavitz

Join us for Beatriz Cortez and rafa esparza in conversation as they discuss their practice and engage with the ancient idea of the unfolding of worlds as a continuum and as the context for their exploration of cyborgs, hyperobjects, and gestures as acts of generosity across time and space.

Followed by a closing reception
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Pitzer College Art Galleries

Complete event information and artist bios: Beatriz Cortez and rafa esparza in conversation

Masks are required for this event and guests must complete a health screening before arriving on campus:

Guests from off-campus must register for a free admission ticket at Eventbrite:

Pau S. Pescador: Working

Closing Reception

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 5:30 p.m.
Pitzer College Art Galleries

Pau S. Pescador, Working 2 (2021), photographic collage, 16 x 12 in.

Pau S. Pescador: Working explores the stories of trans individuals employed in the civil service sector at a time when legal protections have become contested ground. Pescador addresses these conditions in a video comprising interviews with US government trans employees and cultural historians to understand the challenges that this bureaucratic environment presents for a trans, non-binary, gender queer individual.

Masks are required for this event and guests must complete a health screening before arriving on campus:

Pato Hebert: Lingering

Pato Hebert, Talking in Circles (2021). Mirrored acrylic.

Wednesday, March 9, 4:15 p.m.

Artist’s Talk with Pato Hebert

Presented in partnership with the Intercollegiate Department of Media Studies

Preregistration for this Zoom event:

Wednesday, March 30, 2:45-4 p.m.

Ruti Talmor, Associate Professor of Media Studies and curator of Lingering discusses her curatorial process

Pitzer Media Studies 40.1: Contemporary Exhibition and Curatorial Practice, with professors Jesse Lerner and Ciara Ennis

Thursday, April 14, 5:45-8:45 p.m.

Closing Events
West Hall Academic Courtyard and Kallick Gallery, Pitzer College


5:45 pm, Introduction:
Ciara Ennis, Curator and Director of Pitzer College Art Galleries

6:00 pm, Care Collaboration, Community and COVID — A roundtable discussion:
Pato Hebert, Associate Arts Professor, NYU
Sarah Gilbert, Assistant Professor of Sculpture
Alex Juhasz, Distinguished Professor of Film, Brooklyn College
Ruti Talmor, Associate Professor of Media Studies 

7:00 pm, I Feel Like Making Love:
A reading by Reid Gómez, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona 

7:10 pm, Longing in Rest:
A performance choreographed by Cynthia Ling Lee

7:30 pm, Lingering reception and catalogue launch: Food and drinks will be served

Masks are required for this event and guests must complete a health screening before arriving on campus:

Off-campus guests must register for a free admission ticket at Eventbrite:

Pau S. Pescador: Working
Performance, in Lenzner Family Art Gallery

Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Register for the in-person performance:

Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture: Sadie Barnette, Rodney Barnette, and Ericka Huggins in conversation

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 4:15 p.m.

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Sadie Barnette Artist Talk and Opening Reception

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Installation view of Sadie Barnette: Legacy and Legend at Pitzer College Art Galleries (Lenzner Family Art Gallery) at Pitzer College, July 22 to December 18, 2021. This exhibition is co-organized with the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College. Photography courtesy of Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

Sadie Barnette: Legacy & Legend
One exhibition in two venues

Opening Reception & Artist Talk
In celebration of Sadie Barnette: Legacy & Legend, Pitzer College Art Galleries and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College invite you to the public opening and artist talk by Sadie Barnette.

Saturday, November 6, 2021
4:00 p.m. Sadie Barnette Artist Talk
4:30–6:00 p.m. Opening Reception
Loeb Family Art Pavilion, Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College

The exhibition is open for viewing at both venues throughout the event. Maps to Pitzer College Art Galleries, open 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., will be available at the Benton.

The event is free and open to the public. For the safety of our communities, masks and registration are required.

Saturday, November 6, 2021
Please register in advance or at the event upon arrival.

In collaboration with Faculty-In-Residence, Professor Andrea Scott, Pitzer College Art Galleries is pleased to present the West Coast debut of Bunker (2021), a film by Jenny Perlin. This is a rare opportunity to view Perlin’s newly released feature film outside of independent film festival circuits.

Pre-register for this free Claremont Colleges event. Masks are required, and guests must complete Pitzer’s Health Questionnaire.

Bunker is a film about people who sell subterranean living space and those that live underground. Completed just before the 2020 U.S. Presidential elections, it depicts the crafting of exclusive underground shelters across the U.S. and the conversion of missile silos into subterranean skyscrapers, whose high-end condos now sell for millions of dollars. The film also provides an intimate look at men who have, for various reasons, devoted their lives to reclaiming and inhabiting repurposed Cold War sites.

I started traveling to meet people living underground in former missile silos and munitions bunkers in the American Midwest in early 2018, after spending a year contending with the result of the 2016 elections. The project seemed a necessary way to try to revisit and reclaim some of my own upbringing. I knew there was more to the place than the way the media portrayed it. 

People ask me why I make these trips alone and how I can deal with spending days and nights underground talking with strange men who like to declaim their philosophies for hours on end. In short, I suppose that talking to others allows for a kind of dissolution that I find both satisfying and strange. As the conversation continues, it’s not at all that I agree with their perspective, but that their person-ness is present before me, and in the context in which they are speaking, it is simply logical that what they are saying comes out of them. Only later, usually as I’m transcribing the interview, does it hit me where I’ve been. But by then, the empathy is there too, all mixed in.”

Jenny Perlin, January 2021

Jenny Perlin has written more on her film Bunker at her substack, Beyond Place.

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