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PNCA - Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway

511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)

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  • Thursday
    Feb 15 2018
    Show Opening — Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics

    Come celebrate the opening of Design Museum’s Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics exhibition at PNCA - Pacific Northwest College of Art's Center for Contemporary Art and Culture

    Join us on February 15 for an evening of music, refreshments and the first look at this major exhibition and education program that considers the contemporary world of prosthetic design from both a functional and aesthetic perspective. Bespoke Bodies will feature over 35 case studies with real stories from professional athletes, veterans, and kids learning to live with limb difference. Visitors will get to view and examine actual prosthetic devices, historical surveys, videos, interactive models and more to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the impact of prosthetic design.

    Free and open to all, you can RSVP for the opening reception online: https://goo.gl/FBmphX

    This exhibit will be on view, Mon. - Sat. : 11am - 6pm, through May 9, 2018.

    ABOUT THE EXHIBIT //

    Advancements in medicine, robotics, and 3D-printing have transformed the intersection between the human body and technology. For the researchers and innovators around the world working to improve the field of prosthetics, design plays a critical role in humanizing new technology, allowing people to integrate devices into their lives — not only functionally, but aesthetically as well.

    Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics is a major exhibition and education program by Design Museum Foundation. From sculpting ocular prosthetics to crowdsourcing affordable 3D printed hands, this exhibition surveys the past, present, and future of prosthetic design on a global scale. Featuring case studies with real stories from professional athletes, veterans, kids learning to live with limb difference, and more, the exhibit considers the contemporary world of prosthetic design from both a functional and aesthetic perspective. Visitors will explore evolution and design process behind a range of prostheses through visual stories, historical surveys, videos, and interactive models. Over 35 case studies — spanning DIY-inventions to the development of mind-controlled bionic limbs — tell the stories behind the patients, clinicians, designers, and artists changing how we think about the impact of design, and ultimately, the future of our mobility.

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 7 2018
    A discussion on Timothy Snyder’s 2017 book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

    “On Tyranny” Discussion Wednesday, February 7th 6-7:30 Room 413

    Worried about the possibility of right-wing dictatorship in America? Want to take action in an informed way, guided by the lessons of history? Curious to know what one of the world’s most respected historians of Nazi Germany has to say about the dangers of Trump’s presidency?

    Timothy Snyder’s 2017 book "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century" represents that very rare thing: a work of history that is also a call to action. It is a short text, pithy and readable enough to have already become a go-to source for contemporary popular resistance.

    This workshop will be a discussion of the book, chaired and facilitated by PNCA prof. Michael Rogers, whose work as a historian focuses on similar issues. Michael will give a brief introductory talk and then we will open things up for freewheeling, respectful, impassioned and thoughtful group discussion.

    Participants are encouraged to read the book beforehand (126 short pages). It will be available on 3-hour reserve in the library, or you can purchase a copy for around $5 online, e.g. amazon.com/Tyranny-Twenty-Lessons-Twentieth-Century/dp/0804190119

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  • Thursday
    Feb 1 2018
    New Feelings | Opening Reception

    The Center for Contemporary Art and Culture at PNCA - Pacific Northwest College of Art is pleased to present NEW FEELINGS. A transformative Play and Discourse on Photography from a Diasporic Perspective.

    Curated by Modou Dieng

    Opening Reception:
    FEB. 1, 2018 6-9PM, First Thursday (Portland OR)

    With the artists: Hassan Hajjaj, Ayana V. Jackson, Admire Kamudzengerere & Rachel Monosov, Mickalene Thomas, and Rodrigo Valenzuela.

    Straying from traditions of documentary photography, “New Feelings” focuses on artists exploring staged photography as a way of portraying contemporary life, identity, race struggle and history. This pastiche of voices, communities and stories work to find new landscapes and platforms to fully expand the medium of photography beyond its destine aperture.

    This exhibition was supported by the Barrett Barrera Projects and their founder/president, Susan Barrett.

    /// About the Artists ///

    Hassan Hajjaj (b.1961 Morocco)

    Known as the “Andy Warhol of Marrakesh,” Hassan Hajjaj thrives in a space between cultures, traditions, mediums, and artistic movements. His images vibrate with an energy unique to the contemporary clashes that emerge from a world inundated with global consumption and ever-changing shifts in style. The artist relocated to London in the early 1980s, growing up within the reggae and hip-hop club scenes that defined the underground urban environment. During his childhood, Hajjaj began to create recycled objects from everyday items. He carried this practice into his work designing the spaces of basement soul and hip-hop clubs in London, culminating in the founding of his own London boutique, Rap, in he late 1980s. Through Rap, Hajjaj sold designer streetwear, while being able to explore his own fashion and interior design, which continued to incorporate the recycled North African consumer goods that had always inspired him. Becoming introduced to photography at this time, Hajjaj found the ideal platform to merge his interest in fashion, design, music and contemporary art.

    The subjects of his portrait photography range from underground musicians to friends and strangers he encounters on the street. Hajjaj subverts Western preconceptions of the Arab world, confronting the consumerism that has appropriated and forever changed traditional craft production. A new exhibition Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane opens in London’s Somerset House on 5 October 2017, his first solo show in the city in seven years.

    Ayana V. Jackson (b. 1977 American Photographer)

    Ayana V. Jackson’s work seeks to crystallize the experience of contemporary Africa and African diasporic societies. She combines honed technical skills with richly laced historical allusions to create hauntingly candid portraits that depict varying constructions of African and African-American identities. She does this through several photographic approaches ranging from reportage and portraiture to performance and studio based practice. Based between Johannesburg, New York and Paris, Jackson has exhibited her work in association with The Studio Museum in Harlem, the San Francisco Mexican Museum (USA), Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA), USA, and the Philadelphia African American Museum (USA), Gallery MOMO (Johannesburg, RSA), Galerie Baudoin Lebon, (Paris, FR), Primo Marella Gallery (Milan), Galerie Sho Contemporary (Tokyo, Japan) Mariane Ibrahim (Seattle USA). She received the 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for Photography and has received grants from the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Inter America Foundation, US State Department as well as the French Institute.

    Admire Kamudzengerere (b. 1981, Zimbabwe)

    Admire Kamudzengerere’s work explores identity, politics, and society, often informed by the multifaceted structural and social issues that have marked Zimbabwe’s last decade. Working in various media, he frequently reveals an unequal world in which the powerful ride roughshod over the weak. His monotype self-portraits, intense and indefinable, speak to personal struggle, self-definition, and father-son relationships, but are also pieces of a universal puzzle invoking a unifying human thread—the file rouge of community and ancestry. An artist with an international exhibition history, in 2013 Kamudzengerere completed the prestigious Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam program. In 2017, he mounted his first solo exhibition at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in New York City, completed the Triangle Residency in Brooklyn, New York, represented Zimbabwe at the 57th Venice Biennial, and will be mounting a 2-artist exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. He is a member of the CTG Collective.

    Rachel Monosov (b. 1987, Israeli)

    Bridging photography, video, performance and sculpture, Russian-born Rachel Monosov delves into cultural notions of alienation, territorial belonging, gender, and identity. Nature serves as a source for the artist’s imagery and objects, which can be interpreted as both symbolic and indexical. While her early career focused on autobiographical works steeped with a desire to grapple with her personal history, in recent years her work has reflected a rootless present rife with broader social implications. Monosov works on a project basis, each year producing several bodies of work in a variety of themes and methodologies. She constructs entire worlds around her subjects, which function pursuant to their own set of rules and laws. Together, the works speak on socio-political issues related to territory as geography and body. Monosov holds two MFAs from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent, Belgium (2014 / 2016). She made her first museum presentation in 2016 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, which was closely followed in January 2017 with a screening and performance at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium. Monosov is a co-founder of the CTG collective.

    Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY)

    Mickalene makes paintings, collages, photography, video, and installations that draw on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power. Blurring the distinction between object and subject, concrete and abstract, real and imaginary, Thomas constructs complex portraits, landscapes, and interiors in order to examine how identity, gender, and sense of self are informed by the ways women are represented in art and popular culture. Rhinestones—the artist’s signature material and a symbol of femininity—serve as an added layer of meaning and a metaphor of artifice. Thomas uses rhinestones to shade and accentuate specific elements of each painting, while subtly confronting our assumptions about what is feminine and what defines women. Thomas has drawn inspiration from multiple artistic periods and cultural influences throughout Western art history, particularly the early modernists such as Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edouard Manet, and Romare Bearden. She models her figures on the classic poses and abstract settings popularized by these modern masters as a way to reclaim agency for women who have been presented as objects to be desired or subjugated. Though Thomas draws from a number of time periods and genres, her use of pattern and domestic spaces often references various periods throughout the 1960s to the 1980s. This was a time of immense social and political conflict, change, and transformation—the civil rights movement, the black is beautiful movement, and the second wave of feminism—during which many women, particularly African-Americans, rejected and redefined traditional standards of beauty. Thomas received a BFA from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, in 2000 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, in 2002.

    Rodrigo Valenzuela (b. 1982, Santiago, Chile)

    Valenzuela uses staged scenes and digital interventions, manipulating codes of representation to affect viewers’ perception of logic and reality. Working primarily in photography, video and installation, his imagery is rooted in the contradictory traditions of documentary and fiction, often involving narratives around immigration and the working class. In Valenzuela’s words, “Gestures of alienation and displacement are both the aesthetic and subject of much of my work.” He completed an art history degree at the University of Chile in Santiago, then moved to the United States, settling briefly in Boston before moving to Seattle. During his first decade in the US, he worked in construction and on cleaning crews while making art. Valenzuela holds an MFA at the University of Washington (2012) and an art history degree at the University of Chile, Santiago (2004). His many residencies include a recently-completed Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine; Bemis Center, Nebraska and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York. Valenzuela is the recipient of several awards, including an Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award (2014). Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at Klowden Mann, Los Angeles; David Shelton Gallery, Houston; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago; envoy enterprises, New York and Upfor in Portland, Oregon. Valenzuela is selected for the 2016-17 Open Sessions at The Drawing Center, New York.

    About the Curator.

    Born in Saint-Louis, Senegal. Dieng is a multidisciplinary artist and curator exploring the symbolic and mythological power of pop culture icons through mixed media and hybrid materials. He is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon. Dieng holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in Painting, a BFA in Painting from the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Senegal,and founded the influential Worksound Gallery in Portland OR.

    Image: Hassan Hajjaj Wamuhu, 2015 c-print mounted on Dibond. Courtesy of Barrett Barrera Collection. Photo by Sarah CarmodyTransformative Play and Discourse on Photography from a Diasporic Perspective. Curated by Modou Dieng

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  • Wednesday
    Jan 31 2018
    Film Screening: By Hook or By Crook

    The MA in Critical Studies presents a Queer Film Screening and Discussion of By Hook or By Crook Followed by Discussion of the film and J. Jack Halberstam’s "In a Queer Time and Place". This event is part of the MA in Critical Studies Program lecture series, which seeks out diverse writers and thinkers to involve the community in critically engaging topics

    By Hook or By Crook
    Written & Directed by Harry Dodge and Silas Howard
    Produced by Steak House, Silas Howard and Harry Dodge

    "By Hook or By Crook " is a buddy film that chronicles three weeks in the life of a handsome, gender-bending, small-town butch with a nagging messiah-complex. Emotionally defeated, since the death of her father, Shy heads to the big city to sink herself into a “life of crime” when she is distracted by Valentine, a deliriously expressive, wise-acre adoptee on a misguided search for her birthmother. The two freaky grifters join forces and learn the true meaning of “poise under pressure” in this visually stunning and wonderfully acted, anti-authoritarian tale of friendship, trust and redemption.

    http://harrydodge.com/portfolio/by-hook-or-by-crook-2001/

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 30 2018
    Ayana V. Jackson Lecture

    MFA in Visual Studies and the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture are excited to welcome Ayana V. Jackson for a lecture in connection with the NEW FEELINGS exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture.

    Ayana V. Jackson’s work seeks to crystallize the experience of contemporary Africa and African diasporic societies. She combines honed technical skills with richly laced historical allusions to create hauntingly candid portraits that depict varying constructions of African and African-American identities. She does this through several photographic approaches ranging from reportage and portraiture to performance and studio based practice.

    Based between Johannesburg, New York and Paris, Jackson has exhibited her work in association with The Studio Museum in Harlem, the San Francisco Mexican Museum (USA), Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA), USA, and the Philadelphia African American Museum (USA), Gallery MOMO (Johannesburg, RSA), Galerie Baudoin Lebon, (Paris, FR), Primo Marella Gallery (Milan), Galerie Sho Contemporary (Tokyo, Japan) Mariane Ibrahim (Seattle USA).

    She received the 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for Photography and has received grants from the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Inter America Foundation, US State Department as well as the French Institute.


    Visiting artists and curators enrich PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies, a multidisciplinary, mentor-based program that encourages independent inquiry and supports critical approaches to the production of visual art. Grounded in one-on-one mentorships, the program is enhanced by exhibition opportunities, seminars, residencies, and national and international travel.

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  • Thursday
    Jan 25 2018
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail

    Letter from Birmingham Jail
    Thursday, January 25 at noon
    In the PNCA Atrium

    The Critical Studies MA Program welcomes Michael Rodgers as he leads a discussion on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” . This event is part of the MA in Critical Studies Program lecture series, which seeks out diverse writers and thinkers to involve the community in critically engaging topics.

    Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a focal text of the American Civil Rights struggle. It is also a groundbreaking work of political philosophy, providing a revolutionary theory of the relationship between law and moral goodness.

    This event will consist of a short introductory talk by PNCA prof. Michael Rogers, who will discuss the political and intellectual contexts mentioned in King’s text. After that we will open things up for freewheeling, respectful, impassioned and thoughtful group discussion.

    Participants are encouraged to read King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” beforehand (six densely packed pages). A PDF file of the text is freely available at https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/documents/Letter_Birmingham_Jail.pdf

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 23 2018
    Anti-Racist Teach-In with Shawna Lipton

    Join us for an Anti-Racist Teach-In at PNCA
    Co-presented by Critical Studies and the PNCA Equity Council

    Shawna Lipton, Making Whiteness Visible
    Film Screening of "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible" followed by discussion, Tuesday January 23, 6pm, in the Mediatheque

    All Trainings and Workshops are Free and Open to the Public
    Community Members Welcome

    This series of workshops and trainings seeks to create greater awareness and understanding of whiteness, white privilege, inequality, oppression, and the history of white supremacy. Taught by a series of experienced facilitators, educators, activists, and community organizers, these teach-ins will provide skills and tools for fostering anti-racism, allyship, and coalition building.

    Contact:
    Shawna Lipton, Chair of Critical Studies slipton@pnca.edu
    Victor Maldonado, Inclusions Specialist vmaldonado@pnca.edu
    (E-mail us with questions, comments, critiques, or to lead a workshop)

    Resources:
    30+ Resources to Help White Americans Learn About Race and Racism
    http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/white-americans-learn-race/

    Whiteness Studies and White Privilege
    http://studywhiteness.blogspot.com/

    White Awake
    https://whiteawake.org/

    More about the Equity Council at PNCA:

    The Equity Council provides a space for on-going dialogue and self-reflection about issues of equity and social justice at PNCA. The discussions that take place during these bi-weekly meetings (Mondays 12:30-1:30 in Bridgelab) will help keep our learning community accountable and guide more culturally responsive programming in the future.

    The Equity Council is intended to be a place where students, faculty, and staff can:

    • Share experiences
    • Air grievances
    • Pose questions
    • Make suggestions
    • Shape the learning environment
    • Address issues of race, identity, class, sexuality, gender, ability, and difference in a space free of judgement
    • Discuss PNCA's relationship to the Portland community and the world at large

    As a grassroots committee, we encourage everyone to participate and contribute their critical perspective and creative energy. Please join us as regularly as possible. If, for whatever reason, you can't make Equity Council please email vmaldonado@pnca.edu to learn about other opportunities to get involved in our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives as part of our Strategic Plan.

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  • Saturday
    Jan 6 2018
    Children’s light vigil for Kameron Prescott

    Hours after Kameron Prescott's Christmas party at his Texas school, the 6-year-old boy was fatally shot when deputies opened fire on a suspected car thief, the local sheriff said.

    Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar called Kameron's death Thursday a "tragic accident." No weapon was found after four deputies fired, also killing the suspect, Amanda Lene Jones, 30, whom they believed was armed, Salazar said.

    A bullet pierced the wall of the mobile home where Kameron lived and lodged in his abdomen, Salazar told reporters.

    After out scheduled art printing event : https://www.facebook.com/events/1826562450688401/?ti=icl

    we plan to hold space outside of the building. Bring candles and your own ART/Signs if you choose.

    Our children have continually had access to art it’s a vehicle that supports their grief and education. This Arts Council is helping both children affected by violence and those who want to make a stand against it. Please come in honor of Kameron Scott and help us give the children acknowledgement and support of Community as they explore their emotions and freedom of expression within the sanctuary of ART.

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  • Printmaking + Art-making Event in Support of Reclaim MLK DAY!

    Community is invited to our last print and art preparation event before the Big January 15th #ReclaimMLK March! https://www.facebook.com/events/129680964370430/?ti=icl

    This years theme is focused on Dr King and other civil and human rights leaders. Don’t Shoot Portland’s Children’s Arts and Social Justice Council will be launching the Freedom Unity Bazaar and you are welcome to help us make that DREAM a Reality! We will be screen printing, printing large woodblock prints and producing Art for the Reclaim MLK Day March! No printmaking skills necessary. All are welcome!

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  • Sunday
    Dec 3 2017
    Sarah Schulman - Critical Studies Lecture

    Sarah Schulman Critical Studies Lecture
    Sunday December 3, 4:00-6pm,
    Mediatheque

    The Critical Studies MA Program welcomes Sarah Schulman.

    This lecture is part of the Critical Studies MA Program lecture series, which seeks out diverse writers and thinkers to involve the community in critically engaging topics.

    Sarah Schulman is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, journalist, and AIDS historian. Her most recent books are the novel THE COSMOPOLITANS, selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best American novels of 2016, and CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE, winner of the Publishing Triangle Nonfiction Award. Sarah is currently collaborating with icon Marianne Faithful on a work of musical theater, THE SNOW QUEEN, incorporating 24 of Marianne's great songs from her long career. Sarah is co-founder, with Jim Hubbard, of MIX: NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, (now in its 30th season), the ACT UP Oral History Project (www.actuporalhistory,org) and are co-producers of Jim's featuring documentary film UNITED IN ANGER: A history of ACT UP. Sarah is on the advisory board of Claudia Rankine's The Racial Imaginary, and Jewish Voice for Peace. She is faculty advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, where she is a Distinguished Professor.

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 21 2017
    Anti-Racist Teach-In with Melanie Stevens

    Join us for an Anti-Racist Teach-In at PNCA Co-presented by Critical Studies and the PNCA Equity Council

    November 21 5:30-7:00pm: Melanie Stevens, Media Literacy

    Anti-Racist Teach-Ins will take place select Tuesday Evenings 5:30-7:00pm, Room 413.

    All Trainings and Workshops are Free and Open to the Public Community Members Welcome

    This series of workshops and trainings seeks to create greater awareness and understanding of whiteness, white privilege, inequality, oppression, and the history of white supremacy. Taught by a series of experienced facilitators, educators, activists, and community organizers, these teach-ins will provide skills and tools for fostering anti-racism, allyship, and coalition building.

    Contact: Shawna Lipton, Chair of Critical Studies slipton@pnca.edu Victor Maldonado, Inclusions Specialist vmaldonado@pnca.edu (E-mail us with questions, comments, critiques, or to lead a workshop)

    Upcoming: January 23 6:00-8:00pm: Shawna Lipton, Making Whiteness Visible Film Screening of "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible" followed by discussion

    Resources: 30+ Resources to Help White Americans Learn About Race and Racism http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/white-americans-learn-race/

    Whiteness Studies and White Privilege http://studywhiteness.blogspot.com/

    White Awake https://whiteawake.org/

    More about the Equity Council at PNCA:

    The Equity Council provides a space for on-going dialogue and self-reflection about issues of equity and social justice at PNCA. The discussions that take place during these bi-weekly meetings (Mondays 12:30-1:30 in Bridgelab) will help keep our learning community accountable and guide more culturally responsive programming in the future.

    The Equity Council is intended to be a place where students, faculty, and staff can: Share experiences Air grievances Pose questions Make suggestions Shape the learning environment Address issues of race, identity, class, sexuality, gender, ability, and difference in a space free of judgement Discuss PNCA's relationship to the Portland community and the world at large

    As a grassroots committee, we encourage everyone to participate and contribute their critical perspective and creative energy. Please join us as regularly as possible. If, for whatever reason, you can't make Equity Council please email vmaldonado@pnca.edu to learn about other opportunities to get involved in our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives as part of our Strategic Plan.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Nov 15 2017
    Crime and Punishment in Oregon

    Crime and Punishment in Oregon
    Oregon Humanities Conversation Project: Monica Mueller
    Part of the Critical Studies Lecture
    Wednesday November 15, 6-7:30pm
    2nd floor commons

    The Critical Studies MA Program welcomes Monica Mueller. Monica Mueller will be leading a conversation about Crime and Punishment in Oregon through the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. This event is part of the Critical Studies MA Program lecture series, which seeks out diverse writers and thinkers to involve the community in critically engaging topics. Monica Mueller is an instructor of philosophy at Portland State University and specializes in ethical and political philosophy. She published the book Contrary to Thoughtlessness: Rethinking Practical Wisdom and is interested in discussing the seemingly overwhelming problems of living together in a world with others.

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 7 2017
    Screening: I Am Not Your Negro
    free

    The PNCA Library and Students of Color Coalition (SoCC) invite you to a free screening of Raoul Peck's acclaimed documentary "I Am Not Your Negro" in PNCA's Mediatheque. The documentary is based on an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin and delves into the history of racism in the United States. This screening is free and open to the public.

    The purchase of this film, with public performance rights, was made possible by the Edelman Library Fund. Each year, the Edelman Library Fund allows the Library to purchase materials around a topic chosen by the PNCA student body. The 2016 theme was “Politics & Activism.”

    Please RSVP if you plan to attend! See you there!

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  • Wednesday
    Nov 1 2017
    Internet Health (Or How Convenience Broke Privacy): A Conversation with Bradley Cohen

    Join the MFA in Collaborative Design for a conversation with Bradley Cohen around issues of internet privacy and personal data commodification.

    The oft repeated saying for online services is “If it’s free, then you’re the product.” Let’s talk about the danger of being lulled by convenience, and how a non-profit tech company has the freedom to look at data collection responsibly. We’ll also look at why an independent web browser is even a thing that matters, and why it’s so hard to explain that to people.

    In PNCA's BridgeLab. Happy Hour at 5pm. Talk begins at 5:30. Snack and adult beverages provided.

    Bradley Cohen is a Senior Brand Strategist for Mozilla, the non-profit makers of Firefox. He works on creative strategy for Mozilla and Firefox, and spreading the word about Internet Health with an approach informed by a background in zoology and communication theory. BBradley has worked for over a decade in the intersection of technology and creative strategy, including work with BitTorrent, Nike, Intel, Adobe, IBM, and more.

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  • Thursday
    Oct 26 2017
    Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Artists of Color

    Join us on Thursday, October 26th from 4pm to 8pm in BridgeLab at Pacific Northwest College of Art for a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon centered on adding and improving content about artists of color. This event, inspired by the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons now taking place around the world, seeks to address underrepresentation of artists of color from around the world on Wikipedia, one of the most ubiquitous sources of information today.

    The demographic makeup of Wikipedia contributors is overwhelmingly white and male. Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons like this one are intended to train and provide community for more diverse contributors through the process of adding content that better represents historical and contemporary artists, movements, exhibitions, and events. By participating in the creation of information, we can begin to address the skewed narrative of contemporary and historical art that prioritizes white artists and omits the contributions of artists of color.

    During the event, we are also happy to present brief talks by Portland-based artists Angélica Maria Millán Lozano and Kevin Holden.

    No experience is necessary, as training sessions will be available with Jason Moore, Senior Wikipedia Editor. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas of pages they want to edit or create, and there will also be a list of possible topics. There will be only a few computers available, so please bring your own laptop and charger if possible. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public!

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  • Saturday
    Sep 23 2017
    Emerge Oregon Annual Celebration

    We have a lot to celebrate - in Oregon and across the nation! Join us!

    We have had an incredible year - and invite you to celebrate all that we have achieved!

    Come hear about our accomplishments in Oregon and across the country!

    Because it's not just about electing women - but also about getting things done - join us to hear from these electeds about what they have accomplished in office!

    • Rep. Julie Fahey, Eugene
    • Rep. Karin Power, Milwaukie
    • Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, Woodburn
    • Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, Portland
    • Rep. Sheri Malstrom, Beaverton

    Special Guest: A'shanti Gholar - Political Director, Emerge America
    For 15 years, A’shanti Gholar has been a grassroots organizer and activist for women, communities of color, and progressive causes. She has experience in building coalitions, program development, and community and political engagement. In her role as Political Director for Emerge America, A’shanti works with all of the national political organizations and elected officials. She also assists in the creation of new state affiliates.

    Prior to coming to Emerge America, A’shanti served as the National Deputy Director of Community Engagement and Director of African American Engagement for the Democratic National Committee. A’shanti has also served as the Manager of National Partnerships for United Way Worldwide, as a political appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor, and as the Director of Public Engagement for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte, NC. A’shanti is based in Washington, D.C., but as a native of Nevada, she calls the West home.


    Emerge Oregon
    Political Organization · Portland, Oregon
    Our Vision: To change the face of power, politics and leadership in this country in order to have policies that are responsive all.

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  • Tuesday
    Aug 8 2017
    Third Annual Ferguson Solidarity Plenary
    through
    PNCA - Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway

    This years Plenary will focus on the work and continued focus of Activist nationally standing up in their communities to support change and demanding an end to the human rights violations against the bodies of BLaCK PEOPLE

    During the entire month of #BLACKAugust we TURN UP The Heat by Promoting ART and Political Discussions and Engagement around the Politics of Poverty! This year in addition to live music, panels and street demonstrations we plan to SCREEN Several Films and Documentaries centered around Activism that Uprose in #Solidarity with #OpFerguson and the #MikeBrown Killing in Ferguson, Mo


    Dont Shoot Portland - In August 2014 we agreed to take political action and organize at Dawson Park to be in solidarity with the growing response from Ferguson, MO #MikeBrown

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 27 2017
    Wiki Loves Pride Edit-a-Thon

    Join us in the PNCA Library for a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon that celebrates LGBTQ+ people, events, movements, and institutions (local, national, and international) as part of Pride Month! No prior Wikipedia editing experience is necessary...we'll have tutorials and lots of assistance. Bring a laptop and charging cord, snacks provided. We'll have a list of topics that need work, but if you have something you're passionate about, that's great!

    Wikipedia is often the first place we go for in-depth information about almost everything in the world. With edit-a-thons like this one and Art+Feminism, we hope to make Wikipedia a more representative and inclusive site of information for everyone.

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  • Saturday
    Apr 29 2017
    PNCA Library Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
    free

    Join us for the second of two Art & Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons this Spring in Portland! These events require no previous experience and are open to people of all gender identities. Just bring a laptop and charging cable and we'll provide everything else! Snacks and experienced, dependable childcare provided! Please RSVP via the EventBrite link...this is not mandatory, but helpful to the organizers, especially if you need childcare.

    About the event:

    Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the uneven gender participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. We all know that this bias is not just about gender. Women of color are often the least represented voices in history. Let’s change that! This event is about amplifying voice. Attendees are encouraged to edit any entry of interest related to arts, feminism, gender studies, activism and LGBTQ issues. All are welcome who care about the representation of all genders in Wikipedia’s content and among its contributors. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and laptops. Bring your own laptop if you have one and any ideas for entries that need updating or creation. We will have a couple extra computers available. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support, learn more about this project, and eat snacks.

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  • Thursday
    Apr 27 2017
    Don't Shoot PDX Community Printmaking Action
    free

    Please join us for a Community Printmaking Action Plan on April 27th at PNCA in PRINT MEDIA's Printmaking Studio (Room #209). This event is to support and produce works of art from the front lines of the social justice movement in Portland Oregon with Don't Shoot PDX.

    A noon time conversation and community building session will kick off the event to announce the goals and plans for the printmaking workshops. Speakers include Teressa Raiford of Don't Shoot Portland and Mike Murawski of the Portland Art Museum. The conversation will transition into a collaborative printmaking workshop and community print action focusing on large scale woodcuts and screenprinting.

    The collaboratively produced artwork will be exhibited at the Portland Art Museum during the Upstanders Festival: Voices of the Unheard event on May 27, which will be a day of spoken word, restorative justice, music and media, interactive workshops, art zines, and poster making in support of Black Lives Matter, houselessness, and building tolerance for immigrants. Upstanders Festival is a social justice extravaganza, shining a light on the bravery and brilliance of activism and changemakers in our midst. Produced by the Museum of Impact, this event series transforms audiences from bystanders to Upstanders through a variety of activities to enhance equity and creative expression. Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, on view through June 18.

    This is a project in support of the community action and art by Don’t Shoot PDX in collaboration with Pacific Northwest College of Art PRINT MEDIA, Portland Art Museum and Marylhurst University Art Program.

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