Art Talk AM on Art 21 Blog

Check out this post on former graduate student Cyrus Smith’s project Art Talk AM!

Hard Times Double Feature with Kelly Reichardt and Jon Raymond featuring “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Wendy and Lucy.”

Join our friends at the Hollywood Theatre for this great double feature on December 17th at 7:00pm  I  Tickets $10

People are jobless, hungry and just plain fed up.  These are hard times.  Join Kelly Reichardt and Jon Raymond for a double feature exploring themes of economic hardship and the resilience of the human spirit, featuring “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Wendy and Lucy” both presented in 35mm.  This marks the second installment in the Hollywood Theatre’s En Route series, in which artists program films that are meaningful to them.  Reichardt and Raymond will be present to introduce each film.

“Wendy and Lucy” marked Reichardt and Raymond’s second collaboration. Based on a short story by Raymond, whose prose has been compared to Raymond Carver’s, the film follows Wendy over a few days in a strange town during which her life takes a series of dives we are not certain she can regroup from. Continuing in the meditative style of “Old Joy,” Reichardt and Raymond’s first collaboration, “Wendy and Lucy” is a careful, visually rich snapshot of a pivotal moment in one person’s life. The film confirms New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott’s assertion that Reichardt is “quietly establishing herself as an indispensable filmmaker.”

Widely considered one of director John Ford’s masterpieces, “The Grapes of Wrath” has enthralled audiences since its premier in 1940. When the film first screened in theaters, New York Times critic Frank S. Nugent wrote that ”In the vast library where the celluloid literature of the screen is stored there is one small, uncrowded shelf devoted to the cinema’s masterworks, to those films which by dignity of theme and excellence of treatment seem to be of enduring artistry … To that shelf of screen classics Twentieth Century-Fox yesterday added its version of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.” Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see this masterpiece of classical Hollywood as it was intended on 35mm film.


Walking Stories

“Walking Stories” is the final presentation of public walks by participants of the Walk Study Training Course which is co-organized by MFA candidate Dillon de Give. More here

In the Shadows Blinded by the Art

Current PSU MFA Social Practice artist/student Carman Papalia’s Shine a Light project is featured in the Portland Mercury. 

Full Story Here:

Indianapolis Island Tour by Katherine Ball

Take a tour of Andrea Zittel’s “Indianapolis Island” from current resident and PSU MFA in Art and Social Practice student, Katherine Ball.
About 20 feet in diameter, Indianapolis Island is a fully inhabitable experimental living structure that examines the daily needs of contemporary human beings. Each summer, the island will be occupied by one or two commissioned residents who are local art students.

Shine a Light in Portland Monthly

Be sure to check out the October issue of Portland Monthly. There is a great article about the upcoming Shine a Light at the Portland Art Museum.


The PSU MFA Art and Social Practice is proud to announce the following event from our friends at the Hollywood Theater.

WHEN: September 25th

TIMES: 12:00-2:10pm in the downstairs auditorium & 12:30-2:40pm in the upstairs right auditorium (doors at 11:00am)

NOTE: The total run-time per event is 2 hours 10 minutes, including the 30-minute artist talk and 140-minute screening.

WHERE: Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR

TICKETS: $35 for General Public and $30 for members

After casting Franco in the award-winning film “Milk” (2008), Van Sant showed him the dailies and other footage that he had shot many years before for “My Own Private Idaho” (© 1991 New Line Cinema Corp. All rights reserved), which starred River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as street hustlers in Portland, Oregon. Franco describes being mesmerized by Phoenix’s “uninhibited acting” in this unreleased footage.  “I humbly asked Gus if I could…cut something together, and if he didn’t like it, I would never show anybody,” Franco said. “I thought it would be interesting because it took us six months to cut the film together, and James was going to do it in a month,” Van Sant said. “By himself.”  “My Own Private River” consists largely of shots of Phoenix’s character, Mike, woven into a compelling portrait; his edit captures the gifted actor at his most emotionally expressive and physically dynamic. The score is by Michael Stipe.

Gus Van Sant was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1952. He obtained a BA from the Rhode Island School of

Design where he studied painting and cinema. Best known for his work as an award-winning director, he has

also exhibited his art at galleries and public institutions including Jamison-Thomas Gallery, Portland, PDX

Contemporary Art, Portland, and The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.

James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California in 1978. He obtained a BA from the University of California,

Los Angeles and an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. He is currently enrolled in the Digital

Media Department at the Rhode Island School of Design. An acclaimed actor, Franco is also actively engaged

in performance art, painting, video, and installation art. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Clocktower Gallery, New York, and Peres Projects, Berlin.


Presenting Sponsor:

Barran Liebman

Contributing Sponsors:

Hotel Deluxe

New Belgium Brewing

Oregon Film   


For more information contact:

Justen Harn


About the Hollywood Theatre: For the last 19 years the Hollywood Theatre (formerly known as Film Action Oregon) has earned a national reputation for its unique combination of award-winning film programming, cutting edge educational programs supported in part by LAIKA (an Oscar winning studio), and fiscal sponsorship services for local filmmakers. Each year the Hollywood Theatre screens close to 300 of the best films from all over the world, provides educational opportunities for over 2,000 young people and supports multiple Oregon-based, independent film projects.  The organization has been honored by two of the most respected names in film, both the Sundance Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for its myriad contributions to the film community.

Living As Form Creative Time Summit- PSU September 23

30+ Artists, Curators, and Thinkers present their work engaging pressing issues affecting our world

Friday, September 23, 2011
Join us in the Art Department at PSU, 2000 SW 5th, Room 200

We will be live streaming the summit and you will be able to direct questions and comments to the presenters in real time.

Presented by the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA Program

Writing through the Body Workshop at PSU

Carmen Papalia, Art & Social Practice MFA candidate, offers a unique
undergraduate writing course through Chiron Studies at PSU!

The Writing through the Body Workshop offers an open workshop
environment where beginner / intermediate writers will develop a body
of creative work that is initiated by, and informed by, their bodies.
Each week students will be introduced to strategies for addressing
their bodies in their autobiographical poetry and prose, and will be
exposed to the work of contemporary authors who use the body as an
entry point for investegating topics such as gender, disability, and
cultural and sexual identity. Through their participation in class
discussion and group activities (including Skype conversations with
published authors) students will become well-positioned to begin
developing an informed body poetics. The class will culminate in an
off-campus public reading where students will share excerpts from
their final portfolios with an audience of family and friends.

Course Objectives:

Upon their completion of the Writing through the Body Workshop,
students will have learned that their bodies hold reference to stories
and verse that, if explored, may serve as the basis for necessary work
on topics ranging from identity politics to urban design. Weekly
workshops will teach students a number of editing skills, allowing
them to be productivly critical of their own work and the work of
others. A balance of theoretical readings and a diverse sample of body
writing by contemporary authors, the reading list wil introduce
students to a number of strategies for addressing their bodies in
their autobiographical poetry and prose—while laying the foundation
for a unique and informed body poetics. Students of the Writing
through the Body Workshop will grow professionally as writers through
their construction of a writing portfolio (that will be sent to a
publisher for consideration) and through their experience organizing
and participating in an off-campus public reading.

For more info about PSU’s Chiron Studies program visit:

Blind Field Shuttle, Pro Arts Gallery, Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Join PSU MFA Social Practice artist/student Carmen Papalia on Wednesday, September 21 (2:00PM
– 4:00PM) for a non-visual walking tour through Oakland. 25 participants will link arms and, with eyes closed, be lead by Papalia through spaces where they will consider how soundscape and the non-visual senses can figure into map making and ones perception of place. The Blind Field Shuttle is presented as part of Medusa’s
Mirror: Fears, Spells and Other Transfixed Positions–an independently curated exhibition by Amanda Cachia at Pro Arts Gallery.

  Blind Field Shuttle
  Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
  Wednesday, September 21, 2011
  2:00PM – 4:00PM
  Admission: FREE

  For directions to Pro Arts visit:

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