January 11, 2018

Spring 2018 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Anicka Yi

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

Anicka Yi, Force Majeure (detail), 2017. Plexiglas, aluminum, agar, bacteria, refrigeration system, LED lights, glass, epoxy resin, powder coated stainless steel, light bulbs, digital clocks, silicone, and silk flowers, dimensions variable.

The MFA in Visual Studies program at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents a free public lecture by Anicka Yi on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 6:30pm. Yi’s installations, videos, and objects draw on scientific concepts and techniques and use unconventional materials to examine what she calls “a biopolitics of the senses,” or how assumptions and anxieties related to gender, race, and class shape physical perception. Her work was included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, and she has recently had exhibitions at the Guggenheim and Kunsthalle Basel among others. In 2016, Yi was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize. This lecture is part of PNCA's Hallie Ford Schoool of Graduate Studies Spring 2018 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

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. Past visitors have included Katherine Bradford, Michelle Grabner, Jibade Khalil Huffman, Wangechi Mutu, and A.L. Steiner.

Lecture schedule

Anicka Yi
February 2, 2018

Garrick Imatani
February 15, 2018
Through sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, video, memorials and situated events, Imatani places the complexities and nuance surrounding race, the body, and political history within the framework of slow-moving performance and constructed landscapes.

Harry Dodge
March 15, 2018
Dodge is an American sculptor, performer, video artist, and writer, whose interdisciplinary practice is characterized by its explorations of relation, materiality, and the unnamable with a special focus on ecstatic contamination.

Maggie Nelson
March 16, 2018
Nelson is a writer forging a new mode of nonfiction that transcends the divide between the personal and the intellectual and renders pressing issues of our time into portraits of day-to-day lived experience.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya
April 26, 2018
Sepuya’s photographs of young men in his community demonstrate his active engagement with the history and process of portraiture, as well as his experiments with framing, cropping, and editing.

Full lecture schedule and details here.

MFA in Visual Studies at PNCA
is a multidisciplinary, mentor-based program that encourages independent inquiry and supports critical approaches to the production of visual art. The program’s flexible structure and nature allow students to pursue a single discipline, such as painting, or a combined practice that bridges multiple disciplines and media, such as installation, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sequential arts, sound, and video.

As a complement to intensive one-on-one faculty mentorships, students benefit from contact with a rich network of instructors, critical thinkers, writers, and curators in the Portland area, as well as from exposure to a dynamic roster of acclaimed visiting artists and curators. In addition, seminars, lectures, exhibition opportunities, and national and international travel add to a rigorous and investigative educational experience. This is a program for experienced makers who are looking to refine and expand their creative practice.

For more information about the MFA in Visual Studies program, contact Chair, Peter Simensky, psimensky [​at​] or visit Priority application deadline: February 1, 2018. Apply now.

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies / MA in Critical Studies / MFA in Applied Craft + Design (with Oregon College of Art and Craft) / MFA in Collaborative Design/MA in Design Systems / MFA in Print Media / MFA in Visual Studies

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