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October 22, 2021

Critical Conversations lecture series: Lumi Tan & Christian Viveros-Fauné

University of Oregon Center for Art Research (CFAR), Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Left: Christian Viveros-Fauné. Photo: Will Lytch. Right: Lumi Tan.

Critical Conversations is pleased to announce our fall 2021 curator and critics tour lecture series hosted by the University of Oregon Center for Art Research (CFAR) and Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University. All lectures are free and open to the public.

University of Oregon Center for Art Research (CFAR) will host Lumi Tan on October 28, 2021, for an online lecture conducted via Zoom webinar and YouTube Live broadcast. Visit CFAR for details and links.

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University will host Christian Viveros-Fauné on November 8, 2021, for an in-person and online lecture, which will take place at PNCA and be streamed via YouTube Live. Visit PNCA for details and links.

Lumi Tan is Senior Curator at The Kitchen in New York, where she has organized exhibitions and produced performances with artists across disciplines and generations since 2010. Most recently, Tan has worked with Kevin Beasley, Baseera Khan, Autumn Knight, and Kenneth Tam. Previously she curated projects with artists including Gretchen Bender, Meriem Bennani, Liz Magic Laser, The Racial Imaginary Institute, Sahra Motalebi, Sondra Perry, Tina Satter/Half Straddle, Anicka Yi, and Danh Vo and Xiu Xiu. Prior to The Kitchen, Tan was Guest Curator at the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Nord Pas-de-Calais in France, director at Zach Feuer Gallery, and curatorial assistant at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, Mousse, Cura, and numerous exhibition catalogues. She was the recipient of 2020 VIA Art Fund Curatorial Fellowship.

Christian Viveros-Fauné has worked as a gallerist, art fair director, art critic, and curator since 1994. He was awarded the University of South Florida’s Kennedy Family Visiting Fellowship in 2018, a Creative Capital/WarholFoundation Grant in 2009 and named Critic in Residence at the Bronx Museum in 2011. He co-founded The Brooklyn Rail in 1999, wrote art criticism for the Village Voice from 2008 to 2016, was the Art and Culture Critic for artnet news from 2016 to 2018, and has additionally served as Chief Critic for Artland and Sotheby’s in other words. He has lectured widely at institutions such as Yale University, Pratt University and Holland’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He currently serves as Curator-at-Large at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum. He presently writes for The Art Newspaper and the Village Voice 2.0. He was recently appointed Artistic Director for Converge 45's (Portland, Oregon) 2022–23 season. He is also the author of several books. His most recent, Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art, was published by David Zwirner Books in 2018.

About Critical Conversations
The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program honors late co-founder Hallie Ford and her lifelong interest in the arts by helping Oregon’s most promising established visual artists actively pursue their work. One element of the program is Critical Conversations, a collaboration between the Foundation and the University of Oregon’s Center for Art Research, in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University, Portland State University, and Reed College’s Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery.

Critical Conversations provides a space for artists and cultural producers that is rooted in exchange and inquiry. Organizing partners facilitate a year-round calendar of studio visits for Oregon artists by prominent visiting curators and arts writers, who also offer public lectures and other forms of engagement to our community. Recognizing the nexus between artists and those who reflect upon and present their work, Critical Conversations also sponsors a series of convenings, commissioned writing, and an annual publication that specifically engage Oregon’s curators and arts writers around currents in society and the field.

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