This is the first of an irregular series of bulletins about what is happening in and outside of class. First, to recapitulate the Gallery Talk Requirement. You are to attend one talk given by an artist explaining his or her work. You will then write up an essay about the artist and the art. You will want to report on what the artist has to say on his or her art, and you will want to comment upon both the presentation and the art. This is due TWO WEEKS from the date of the talk. You will also need to hand in proof of attendance: a flyer or card (they always have these at the talks).
*More on the Gallery Talk Paper Requirement in General:
- Again, you'll probably want to get to the gallery, wherever it is, sufficiently in advance of the talk so that you can look over the artist's work before the lecture begins. Artist talks vary greatly, and it would not be unusual for the artist to make assumptions about what the audience knows about his or her art that are perhaps ambitious. It's also helpful for your paper to look at the art, write down your impressions, and then look again after the talk is over. How has what the artist said affected how you how you consider his or her art?
- When listening to the talk, make sure to note information such as training--how important was it? Does the artist mention teachers or mentors? If he or she doesn't, this would be a good question to ask.
- Small aside--every single artist talk I've been to includes a remark about art history that is either disparaging or perhaps overly respectful. As it always helps your grade to amuse the professor, please let me know if any gratuitous insults towards my profession are offered. End of aside.
- How does the artist talk about why he or she works in that particular type of art? Why, for example, does the painter (for example) work primarily in oil or prefer watercolor? Does the sculptor prefer a particular material? If so, why?
- What I'm looking for in your paper is evidence that you have thoughtfully considered what you've heard and seen. If you have more questions about this assignment, please come to see me during my office hours (after class); if you can't make it then, please talk with me about making an appointment.
Lee Imonen, Thursday, April 5, 10:30-11:30 am
LCC Art Department Gallery
This is your first, and closest, artist lecture opportunity. Lee Imonen teaches sculpture here at LCC and has a special interest in "site specfic" sculpture.
Susanna Kuo, Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m.
115 Lawrence Hall, University of Oregon
If you can't make it to Lee's lecture, or are more interested in textile art, make the long journey to the UO campus for this event.
And Don't Forget Pollock!!
At the Bijou theatre in Eugene on 13th street, to next Thursday. Your essay on this film is your first required "quiz" for this course. This is due Wednesday, April 11. Length: the equivalent of one and one-half typed pages to two and one-half pages typed pages.
Newsletter No. 2
What's happening this week
- On Monday we will continue the general lecture on painting, illusionism, and the development of abstract art in painting--this goes along with the film Pollock
- On Wednesday we will conclude the lecture on painting and illusionism. You should have the text by now, and be exploring it. You should have finished reading the Introduction by this coming Monday, April 16.
Extension on the Pollock Assignment
- The movie has been held over and so the last date I will accept these is Monday, April 16.
Link to the List of Paintings shown last week
Next artist lecture opportunity:
Sondra Sherman, jewelry designer
This will be held at the U of O, 115 Lawrence Hall, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12.
And another one:
Spike Lee, filmmaker
He will speak on "his experiences and challenges as a black filmmaker" on Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in MacArthur Court (where the basketball games are) at the U of O. This does cost money; tickets are $10-12 each for students.
**Please note that if you wish to use another artist for your paper you will have to clear it with me first.**
This week's To-Die-For Link Apartment in Paris Who needs the Youth Hostel?
Art on TV
Here are some shows I've mentioned that you may find interesting:
- Oregon Art Beat On channel 28, Thursdays at 8 p.m.
- Egg The same type of art journal tv show, but based in NYC with some coverage of the U.S. Organized thematically. On channel 28, Sunday at 10:30 p.m. (!!!)
- American Visions Australian art critic Robert Hughes' interpretation of the History of American art. On channel 28, Mondays at Midnight! (Set that VCR)
- On this Friday : Alfred Stieglitz : the Eloquent Eye, part of the American Masters Series. On channel 28, at 9:30 p.m. And, lest you wonder why it's being shown, it turns out that there is a grand exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. on "Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries."
Newsletter No. 3
Another artist lecture opportunity:
Jon Jay Cruson
"Following the Road" an exhibition of his paintings at the White Lotus Gallery. This is located at 767 Willamette Street, Eugene. Telephone: 345-3276.
There is a reception for the artist on Friday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The artist talk will be on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m.
This gallery is located in downtown Eugene, not far from the Hult Center. There are several galleries and antique stores in the area, so if the weather is nice (and by this date it should be) you can add in some picturesque strolling around the neighborhood.
Susan Lowdermilk teaches printmaking and graphic design here at LCC. She will be with us for part of Monday's class. You can see some of her art here.
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