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Claire Pentecost Lecture

Oct 13 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Shipley/Collins Mediatheque

Free and open to the public


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Center for Contemporary Art & Culture & MFA in Visual Studies is excited to welcome Claire Pentecost for a lecture on her work, practice and research as part of their Visiting Artist Lecture Series and in connection with her work in the exhibition YOU IN MIND for Converge 45.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, 1956 Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois Claire Pentecost is an artist and writer whose poetic and inductive drawings, sculpture and installations test and celebrate the conditions that bound and define life itself. Her projects often address the contested line between the natural and the artificial, focusing for many years on food, agriculture, bio-engineering, and anthropogenic changes in the indivisible living entity that animates our planet. Pentecost has said she wishes to “to pass symbolic value through the flesh of materiality.” Since 2006 she has worked with Brian Holmes, 16 Beaver, and many others organizing Continental Drift, a series of seminars to articulate the interlocking scales of our existence in the logic of globalization. She is professor and Chair of the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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.

Converge 45 is a curatorial-driven arts platform that engages audiences and artists in Portland, Oregon, connecting the city in a global dialog through the vision of leading curators. This multi-year cycle and four days of extended programming (August 9 – 12) has been lead by Guest Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds, Executive and Artistic Director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. Twenty-six artists working in the United States have been invited to present new and existing works throughout eight venues and the public realm, each responding to Edmunds’ framework of “YOU IN MIND.”