MoCC mourns Don Reitz
Museum of Contemporary Craft mourns the passing of ceramic artist Don Reitz. A well-loved and respected teacher, Reitz’s legacy lives on through his work and those who learned with and from him. Reitz, along with fellow ceramists Frank Boyden, Elaine Coleman, and Tom Coleman each made a set of eight tea bowls for the 2004 MoCC exhibition, The Soul of a Bowl. Reitz’s bowls became part of the permanent collection and have been featured in the MoCC publication Unpacking the Collection and last year’s critically-acclaimed exhibition, Object Focus: The Bowl.
From Unpacking the Collection, “Reitz is recognized for reviving a centuries old salt-fired glazing process in studio practice in the United States. When fired in a salt kiln, spontaneous recordings of fumes on clay mark the surfaces with unusual colors, an extension of Reitz’s spontaneous and expressionistic approach to ceramics.”
Don will be greatly missed by friends, students and the ceramic community.
Image: L to R: Two tea bowls by Don Reitz and two by Tom Coleman, From The Soul of a Bowl, 2004. (Collection of Museum of Contemporary Craft)
— Posted on 03/24 at 01:22 PM
Community Connections | The Unpredictable Nature of Fire: Wood-Fired Pottery
The Unpredictable Nature of Fire: Wood-Fired Pottery is a Community Connections exhibition in the Lab that takes a deeper look into work created in two very different wood-fired kilns: the first, Stephen Mickey’s Soulgama kiln; and the second, Careen Stoll’s Tin Man kiln. A look at the unique qualities of a wood-fired pot: the glaze effects of wood ash and the unpredictability of the finished product. A look at how community plays a crucial role in the firing of these two kilns, and how community develops around the fire.
Concurrent with the work on view at Museum of Contemporary Craft is an additional satellite exhibition of wood-fired ceramics at Biwa, a southeast Portland restaurant. See additional pieces by Dan Kunnecke, Steven Mickey, and Careen Stoll during open hours, seven nights each week, 5pm to midnight.
— Posted on 03/19 at 08:34 AM
Oregonian Reviews Current Exhibition
In The Oregonian piece entitled ‘This Is Not a Silent Movie’ at Museum of Contemporary Craft seeks out past, embraces present, John Motley appreciates the exhibition’s giving contemporary context to work by Native artists saying that the works on display, “prove that the practices of contemporary Alaskan Natives are varied, nuanced and anything but stereotypical.” The exhibition is on view through April 19, 2014.
— Posted on 03/04 at 07:33 AM
Illuminations Spring Reading Series of Native American Writers
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Craft presents the Illuminations Spring Reading Series in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists. The series of readings at the Museum features Native American poets and writers, including Elizabeth Woody, Trevino Brings Plenty, and Stephen Graham Jones.
In a related event, the Alfred Edelman Lecture at PNCA will feature poet and activist Joy Harjo. Harjo will speak on her life and work March 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm in PNCA’s Swigert Commons.
Organized by Monica Drake, head of PNCA’s Writing program, the Illuminations Spring Reading Series is supported by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation. The impetus, This is Not a Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists at Museum of Contemporary Craft, is an exhibition organized by The Craft & Folk Art Museum in collaboration with Anchorage Museum. This programming is supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust.
March 12, 2014
Alfred Edelman Lecture: Joy Harjo
Swigert Commons at PNCA, 6:30 pm
April 10, 2014
Trevino Brings Plenty
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 6:30 pm
April 17, 2014
Stephen Graham Jones
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 6:30 pm
Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. She just published her memoir, Crazy Brave, detailing her journey to becoming a poet.
Harjo’s seven books of poetry, which include such well-known titles as How We Became Human-New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and She Had Some Horses, have garnered many awards. These include the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 2009, For A Girl Becoming was published.
She has released four award-winning CD’s of original music and in 2009 won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year for Winding Through the Milky Way. Her most recent CD release is a traditional flute album: Red Dreams, a Trail Beyond Tears. She performs nationally and internationally with her band, the Arrow Dynamics.
She also performs her one-woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, which premiered at the Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles in 2009 with recent performances at the Public Theater in NYC and LaJolla Playhouse as part of the Native Voices at the Autry. She has received a Rasmuson: US Artists Fellowship and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Harjo writes a column “Comings and Goings” for her tribal newspaper, the Muscogee Nation News. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen Graham Jones is the author of 18 books. Most recent are the detective novel Not for Nothing, the flash fiction collection States of Grace, and the zombie novel The Gospel of Z. Coming soon is a young-adult novel and another collection of horror stories.
Jones has been a Shirley Jackson Award finalist three times, a Bram Stoker Award finalist, a Black Quill Award finalist, an International Horror Guild finalist, a Colorado Book Award Finalist, a Texas Monthly Book Selection, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction. He’s also been a Texas Writers League Fellow and an NEA fellow in fiction. His short fiction has been in Cemetery Dance, Asimov’s, Weird Tales, The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, and journals including Open City, Black Warrior Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Literal Latte, and Cutbank.
Jones, a Blackfeet, was born in 1972 in West Texas. He is a professor of humanities at The University of Colorado at Boulder, having received his PhD from Florida State University in 2000.
Trevino Brings Plenty
Trevino L. Brings Plenty is an American and Native American; a Lakota Indian born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota, USA. Currently, Plenty is a poet and musician based in Portland, Oregon. He is singer/songwriter/guitarist for the musical ensemble Ballads of Larry Drake. He has read/performed his work at poetry festivals as far away as Amman, Jordan and close to his home base at Portland’s Wordstock Festival. In college, Plenty worked with Primus St. John and Henry Carlile for this poetry work, studied with Tomas Svoboda for music composition, and Jerry Hahn for Jazz guitar. His books include Real Indian Junk Jewelry (2012) and Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (2008).
Elizabeth Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon. She was born in Ganado, Arizona, and studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, earning a BA in the humanities from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, in 1991. Her collections of poetry include Hand into Stone (1988) (reprinted as Seven Hands, Seven Hearts), winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and Luminaries of the Humble (1994). Woody received the William Stafford Memorial Prize for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association in 1994. She has also been the recipient of Hedgebrook’s J.T. Stewart Award for transformational work and a “Medicine Pathways for the Future” Fellowship/Kellogg Fellowship. Woody works as a program coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction. She is a founding member of the Northwest Native American Writers Association and a board member of Soapstone, a writing retreat for women.
— Posted on 03/03 at 05:08 AM
This Is Not A Silent Movie Film Festival Rescheduled
Previously cancelled due to weather, This Is Not A Silent Movie Film Festival has been rescheduled for March 30 at 7 PM at Hollywood Theater.
Co-sponsored by Hollywood Theater, this festival will feature films by Native filmmakers, including the feature-length film, On the Ice, by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean. This is a featured program in conjunction with This is not a Silent Movie, an exhibition organized by The Craft & Folk Art Museum in collaboration with Anchorage Museum.
The evening will feature two Sundance shorts:
TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT
And a feature-length film:
ON THE ICE
by Andrew Okpeaha McLean
The program will be followed by Q&A with Roben Itchoak, curator-at-large, former curator of the Jensen Arctic Museum in Monmouth, OR
$8 General Admission
$6 Seniors / Students
Available at the door and through: HOLLYWOODTHEATER.org.
— Posted on 02/13 at 03:10 AM
Stephanie Simek Storefront Residency
The Storefront Residency Project at Museum of Contemporary Craft features Artist-in-Residence Stephanie Simek, March 4 – 29, 2014. Simek is an artist and conceptual jewelry designer who embraces idiosyncratic takes on technology and explorations of the weirder phenomena in the natural world. Known for working with sound, light, and handmade circuits and machines, she has made a room-sized crystal radio, a circuit whose switches were copper-tipped tendrils of a venus flytrap, and a turntable whose needle is that of a cactus.
In March, Stephanie Simek will transport her studio to the Gallery Store to create small-scale, decorative, functional electrical devices that are made from unusual natural materials.
Visit Stephanie in residence:
Thursday 3/6, 5–8pm
Thursday 3/13, 2–5pm
Thursday 3/20, 2–5pm
Thursday 3/27, 2–5pm
The Storefront Residency Project bridges Gallery Store and Museum to create a visible platform for demonstrations and discussions relating to the materials, processes, and products of contemporary craft and design.
— Posted on 02/12 at 08:26 AM
Snow Day | Museum is CLOSED Saturday and Sunday
Due to inclement weather, the Museum and Gallery Store will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. Please consult PNCA’s website for news of further closures: www.pnca.edu.
— Posted on 02/06 at 01:16 PM
CANCELLED: Screening of On the Ice
Tonight’s (Saturday) screening of “On the Ice” is cancelled due to inclement weather. The irony of this is not lost on us. Watch website for new date.
Co-sponsored by Hollywood Theatre, Portland’s historic non-profit theatre, this festival will feature films by Native filmmakers, including the feature-length film, On the Ice, by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean.
This is a featured program in conjunction with This is not a Silent Movie, an exhibition Organized by The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum that is centered around four acclaimed Alaska Native artists whose groundbreaking contemporary works question institutional methods of identifying Native heritage, examine their own mixed-race identities, and challenge perceptions and stereotypes about indigenous peoples.
Additional information and TICKETS!
The Hollywood Theatre is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, inspire, educate and connect the community through the art of film, while preserving a historic Portland landmark. See more here.
— Posted on 02/04 at 04:53 PM
This is Not a Silent Movie | Opening Festivities All Week
Organized by the Anchorage Museum and the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists, is centered around four acclaimed Alaska Native artists whose groundbreaking contemporary works question institutional methods of identifying Native heritage, examine their own mixed-race identities, and challenge perceptions and stereotypes about indigenous peoples. The exhibition opens this week at Museum of Contemporary Craft, where it will be on view through April 19, 2014.
Join us for three events to welcome this highly-lauded and much anticipated exhibition to Portland:
Members’ Preview Opening Reception
Thursday, January 30, 6 – 8pm
Museum of Contemporary Craft
This event is open to Museum members and special guests, including featured artists and curator Julie Decker, PhD. Not a Museum member but want to attend? Sign up today for as little as $25-per year.
This is not a Silent Movie | Symposium
Friday, January 31, 9am – 4:30pm
Portland Art Museum, Grand Ballroom
This day-long symposium begins with panel discussions with Native artists and curators, then moves into breakout sessions on Place and Identity from which actionable items are expected to emerge at the end of the day. Moderators include: Julie Decker Ph.D CEO, Anchorage Museum, and curator This Is Not A Silent Movie; Deana Dartt, Ph.D., Curator of Native American Art, Portland Art Museum; Todd Clark, curator of I.M.N.D.N.—Native Art for the 21st Century, currently on view at Marylhurst Art Gym; and Terri Hopkins, former director Marylhurst Art Gym. In conversation with visiting artists: Kaila Farrell-Smith; Nicholas Galanin; Sonya Kelliher-Combs; Da-ka-xeen Mehner; Wendy Red-Star; Sara Seistreem; Susie Silook and Demian Diné Yazhi’.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite. Register here.
Saturday, February 1, 11am
Museum of Contemporary Craft
Join Julie Decker, PhD, curator of This is Not a Silent Movie for a walkthrough of the exhibition.
Free and open to the public.
— Posted on 01/27 at 09:52 AM
Symposium | This Is Not A Silent Movie
This Is Not A Silent Movie Symposium
Portland Art Museum, Grand Ballroom
Friday, January 31, 2014 9:00 – 4:30
In a unique gathering of contemporary Native artists and curators from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest the This Is Not A Silent Movie Symposium at the Portland Art Museum examines the themes of place and identity through the lens of contemporary Native Art.
This symposium is on the occasion of the exhibition by the same name currently on view at Museum of Contemporary Craft. The exhibition originated from the Anchorage Museum and is circulated by Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles. This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists, is centered around four acclaimed Alaska Native artists whose groundbreaking contemporary works question institutional methods of identifying Native heritage, examine their own mixed-race identities, and challenge perceptions and stereotypes about indigenous peoples. Considering aspects of language, representation, and bringing tradition into the contemporary sphere, the works in the exhibition provide a launch point for rich discussion.
It is also part of a larger citywide cultural programming initiative, Illuminations, that comprises This Is Not A Silent Movie, the exhibition I.M.N.D.N. — Native Art for the 21st Century, currently on view at Marylhurst Art Gym, and exhibitions and programs at galleries, arts institutions, and academic institutions throughout the spring.
The symposium begins with panel discussions with Native artists and curators, then moves into breakout sessions on Place and Identity from which actionable items are expected to emerge at the end of the day.
Julie Decker Ph.D CEO, Anchorage Museum (previously Chief Curator), curator This Is Not A Silent Movie
Deana Dartt, Ph.D., Curator of Native American Art, Portland Art Museum
Todd Clark, curator of I.M.N.D.N. — Native Art for the 21st Century, currently on view at Marylhurst Art Gym
Terri Hopkins, former director Marylhurst Art Gym
Demian Diné Yazhi’
Namita Gupta Wiggers, Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft
Nicole Nathan, Curator of Collections, Museum of Contemporary Craft
Adults $85. Members $75. Students $45.
Please purchase tickets at: https://tinasmsymposium.eventbrite.com
Moderated by Julie Decker, Ph.D., curator of This is not a Silent Movie, in conversation with four contemporary Alaskan artists–Nicholas Galanin, Sonya Keliher-Combs, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and Susie Silook–on their work, the exhibition, and its themes.
Moderated by Deana Dartt-Newton, Ph.D., Curator of Native American Art at Portland Art Museum, in conversation with four Northwest contemporary artists: Demian Dine’ Yazhi’, Wendy Red-Star, Sara Siestreem, Kaila Farrell-Smith, and Sara Seistreem.
Led by curators and artists in dialogue with symposium attendees about issues relating to place and identity raised in the preceding Panel Discussions.
All symposium attendees regroup to report about the Breakout Sessions and create visual maps connecting ideas and themes.
Location: Portland Art Museum, Kridel Grand Ballroom
Tickets are available through Eventbrite:
$85 for the public
$45 for Members of Museum of Contemporary Craft, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) or Portland Art Museum’s Native American Arts Council
$20 for students with ID
Free for PNCA faculty, staff, and students
Lunch and parking are not included.
— Posted on 01/21 at 04:23 PM
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