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.

Past Events

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.

Distance In/Formation (2016), production stills. Photo: Johanna Breiding

In conjunction with the exhibition Distance In/Formation: Johanna Breiding, Rebecca Bruno, Yann Novak, and Willy Souly, artists Johanna Breiding and Rebecca Bruno will discuss their work.

Wednesday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Lenzner Family Art Gallery, Atherton Hall, Pitzer College

Johanna Breiding is a Los Angles-based photographer, video and installation artist who locates her work within the intersection of analog and digital technologies to emphasize voice, movement and experiential pathos.

Rebecca Bruno is a dance artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her works address our perception of time, space and relatedness through the body in performance, installation and dance for the stage.

This event is free and open to the public.

Jessica McCoy, Compositional Study for Room (2016), Collage

Art Talk: Please join Pitzer College’s art professors Tim Berg, Sarah Gilbert, Tarrah Krajnak and Jessica McCoy for a discussion about their artwork.

Wednesday, March 1 at 12 p.m.

Nichols Gallery, Broad Center, Pitzer College

This event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

Greg Sholette - Delrium and Resistance Book Cover

The Annual Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture

Greg Sholette

Wednesday, February 8, 4:15 p.m.

George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Pitzer College

Join artist, writer and activist Greg Sholette for a discussion of his forthcoming book, Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism. In the wake of the 2016 US election, Brexit and a global upsurge of nationalist populism, Sholette contends that the delirium and the crisis of neoliberal capitalism are now the delirium and crisis of liberal democracy and its culture. Delirium and Resistance provides a firsthand account of the relationship between politics and art in a neoliberal society.

Greg Sholette is an associate of the Art, Design and the Public Domain program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is an associate professor at the City University of New York. The author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, Sholette is a founding member of numerous art collectives, including Political Art Documentation/Distribution.

This lecture is free and open to the public. A public reception and book signing will follow immediately after the lecture. Sholette’s book, Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (Marxism and Culture), will be available for purchase and limited on a first come, first serve basis. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Tim Berg, Detail view of Worth Its Weight (rabbit’s foot) (2014), Paper, plastic.

Art Talk: Please join Bill Anthes, professor of art and co-curator of the Faculty Art Show in conversation with Paul Faulstich, professor of environmental analysis.

Friday, February 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Nichols Gallery, Broad Center, Pitzer College

This event is free and open to the public.

Artwork from the exhibit Far from Indochine

Far from Indochine
Panel Discussion: Modernism: Western Fantasies of the Orient
Wednesday, October 5 at 11 a.m.
Broad Center Performance Space, Broad Center

Panelists: John Tain, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute; Wendy Cheng, Assistant Professor, American Studies, Scripps College; Viet Le, Artist and Professor, California College of the Arts; and Dewey Ambrosino, Artist and Professor, CalArts and Art Center College of Art and Design.

Generous funding provided by the Pitzer College Campus Life Committee.

Untitled (Diablo), Digital color print, 34 x 49 in.

Cannon Bernáldez
Exhibition walk-through with curator Jesse Lerner

Wednesday, November 16 at 11 a.m. (New date)
The Lenzner Family Art Gallery, Atherton Hall

Artwork from the exhibit Far from Indochine

Far from Indochine
Lecture by Guest Curator Chương-Đài Võ
Wednesday, September 7 at 11 a.m.
Room 210, Broad Hall

Artwork from the exhibit Far from Indochine

Far from Indochine
Artist Lecture: “Site and the Imaginary”
Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Broad Center Performance Space, Broad Center

Patty Chang and David Kelley join us to discuss their collaborative video work Route 3, which is currently on view at the Pitzer College Art Galleries in the Far from Indochine exhibition, and a selection of other projects. While the pair work across a wide range of mediums and disciplines, from sculpture, drawing and photography to film, performance and new media, at the core of their collaboration is the intersection of site and the imaginary.

Route 3 is their recent video about a newly completed highway in rural Laos. Connecting China to Thailand through the former Golden Triangle, the new highway has accelerated Chinese development of Lao agricultural and gambling industries, and the migration of rural Lao minority populations to the growing roadside towns. The video considers the enigmatic changes in the visual landscape through performance and sculpture.

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Panel Discussion: “Public Art, Identity, and Space” with Tony Crowley, Jessica McCoy (Pitzer College), Frances Pohl (Pomona College), and documentarian Tad Nakamura
Monday, October 3, 11-12:15
CCL Founders Room, Honnold-Mudd Library

co-sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Library and the Pitzer College Art Galleries