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All MCAM exhibitions and programs are open to the public. Admission is free unless otherwise stated.

Rob Storr FEB 4, 2015 Artist Lecture Series: Rob Storr 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Robert Storr is an American curator, critic, painter, and academic. From 1990 to 2002 Storr was Senior Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. As a curator, Storr made his mark early with a number of major exhibitions at MoMA and elsewhere, which enhanced the public prominence of such artists as Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith and Robert Ryman. He also organized a number of reinstallations of MoMA's permanent collection, covering such topics as abstraction and the modern grotesque. From 2002 to 2006 he was Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He is currently the dean of the Yale School of Art and was the first American commissioner of the Venice Biennale in 2007. Over the years, Storr has written for the following publications: Art in America, Artforum, Art Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, Art & Design, Interview, etc. He is considered to be one of the most influential Americans in the art world. Sponsored by Corenah Wright Lecture Series/Art Dept.
Entrance performed by Christiana Axelsen and Molissa Fenley. Photos by Julie Lemberger FEB 7, 2015 Performance Series: Molissa Fenley and Company 2:00 PM, ART MUSEUM Molissa Fenley and Company (Christiana Axelsen, Rebecca Chaleff, and Molissa Fenley) performs three phenomenal works in the museum—Dance an Impossible Space (2013), On the Other Ocean (2000), and Entrance (2014)

Molissa Fenley founded her dance company in 1977 and has created over 80 dance works during her continuing career. Her work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Molissa is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation, a recipient of two Asian Cultural Council residencies in Japan, and a Master Artist of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is Danforth Professor of Dance at Mills College in Oakland, California in residence during the spring semesters only.
Sheldon B. Smith, Endless Gestures of Goodwill, 2014 (video still) FEB 10, 2015 In Conversation: Sheldon B. Smith and Lisa Wymore 4:00 PM, ART MUSEUM Sheldon B. Smith has been making dances, music, and video art for over 25 years in both the Midwest and California. He has been interested in technology for many years and with collaborator Lisa Wymore regularly makes performance works that skillfully integrate technology and dance in ways that allow both elements to speak to common human experience. Smith is a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor in the Mills College Dance Department.

Lisa Wymore is an Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Dance Program within the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance at UC Berkeley. Wymore is currently the Co-Artistic Director with Sheldon B. Smith of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts. Wymore’s other projects include: creating distributed performances utilizing tele-immersion technology within the Z-Lab, and working with the Urban Bush Women Leadership Institute on a recent community engagement project around food justice entitled From the Field to the Table.
Untitled [Party, Fur, Feather and Big Sunglasses], ca. 1973, Gelatin silver print, 10 in. x 7 7/8 in. (25.4 cm x 20 cm). Gift of Marion Brenner and Robert Harshorn Shimshak. FEB 11, 2015 In Conversation: Bill Owens and Robert Shimshak 7:00 PM, ART MUSEUM World-renowned photographer Bill Owens joins local collector Robert Shimshak in a conversation about Owens’s work in Suburbanites and Socialites, his experience as a photographer, and his exciting ventures in brewing and distilling.

Bill Owens was born in San Jose, California in 1938. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in 1976 and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and are held in numerous museum collections including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Berkeley Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Maria Elena Gonzalez, Date Unknown. FEB 18, 2015 Artist Lecture Series: Maria Elena Gonzalez 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Maria Elena Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1957. She is best known for her sculptural installations that are architecturally as well as personally informed, one of González’s most recent series “Tree Talk” was inspired by her encounter with a fallen birch tree in the woods of the summer artist colony Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. She collected and flattened its bark, made drawings, rubbings, and then scanned its striated patterns to see what kind of sounds would result. She digitally translated the bark patterns and had them laser cut into a roll for a player piano. When played, the scroll has an unexpected “score”: the phrasing, polyphony, and rhythms seem deliberately composed and modern. This project allows us to hear the “music” of the birch tree, and reminds us of the inherent logic that exists in all of nature’s patterns. Sponsored by Corenah Wright Lecture Series/Art Dept.
95 Rituals for Anna Halperin FEB 20, 2015 Performance Series: Inkboat and Rova Saxophone Quartet 7:00 PM, ART MUSEUM Rova:Arts presents inkBoat and ROVA in a special collaborative workshop performance entitled "Ritual 2: future numbers." This performance is the prelude for new collaboration that will culminate in summer 2015 as one of the rituals of "95 RITUALS," performed by inkBoat and guests. Experience the process of creative dialogue as these two groups use structured improvisation to experiment and build their dynamic play.

ROVA Saxophone Quartet explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires.

Founded by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 1998, inkBoat is a physical theatre and dance company built by and with the collaborative efforts of choreographers, musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists, and directors. Presenting in environments ranging from the proscenium theater to site specific locations, inkBoat’s performances mix experimentalism and humor with a hint of the grotesque.

For more information visit www.95rituals.org
Jonn Herschend, The Man who Disappeared into his own Clothes Pile, 2007-2008. FEB 25, 2015 Artist Lecture Series: Jonn Herschend 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Jonn Herschend is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and experimental publisher whose work explores fiction, reality and the narrative structures that we employ as a way to explain the chaos and clutter of our everyday lives. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Den Frie Contemporary Art Center in Copenhagen, Denmark; SITE Santa Fe, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is the co-founder and co-editor, along with Will Rogan, of the experimental publication THE THING Quarterly, and is a recent recipient of a Danish Arts Council grant for his work as co-curator of the Deadpan Exchange international exhibition series. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California Berkeley, San Francisco State University, California College of Art and Stanford University. His work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Sponsored by Herringer Graduate Lecture Series.
A+P+I Open House FEB 28, 2015 A+P+I Open House 12:00–2:00 PM, ART STUDIOS 114B, 114C, & 104 Join us in welcoming the new A+P+I artists––Zarouhie Abdalian, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, and Weston Teruya! Visitors are encouraged to engage with the artists in their studios, experience new works in progress, and learn more about this new residency program.

Art + Process + Ideas (A+P+I) is a new artist-in-residence program created in collaboration with the Mills College Studio Art Department.
Libby Black, Sparkle and Spin, 2009. MAR 11, 2015 Artist Lecture Series: Libby Black 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Libby Black, a dedicated adjunct professor at California College of the Arts, is a prolific painter and installation artist. She has exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Orange County Museum of Art, and numerous galleries in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. She has been an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and Montalvo Arts Center. Her work has been reviewed in many notable publications including Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times. She received a BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Painting from the California College of the Arts. Sponsored by Herringer Graduate Lecture Series.
Smith/Wymore, Disappearing Acts, 2014 MAR 13, 2015 Performance Series: Sheldon B. Smith and Lisa Wymore 7:00 PM, ART MUSEUM Join artists Sheldon B. Smith and Lisa Wymore for a performance in the museum.

Sheldon B. Smith has been making dances, music, and video art for over 25 years and with collaborator Lisa Wymore regularly makes performance works that skillfully integrate technology and dance in ways that allow both elements to speak to common human experience. Smith is a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor in the Mills College Dance Department.

Lisa Wymore is an Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Dance Program within the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance at UC Berkeley. Wymore is currently the Co-Artistic Director with Sheldon B. Smith of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts.
Zarouhie Abdalian, As a demonstration, 2013. MAR 18, 2015 A+P+I Lecture: Zarouhie Abdalian 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Zarouhie Abdalian lives and works in Oakland, CA. She was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA. Recent exhibitions include Prospect.3, New Orleans, LA; "Audible Spaces," David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI; 8th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany; "Nothing Beside Remains," Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia; CAFAM Biennale, Beijing, China; "Shanghai Biennial: Reactivation," Shanghai, China; "When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes," CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia; "Rendez-vous 12," South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; and the Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey. Her solo exhibition "An Overture" is currently on view at Altman Siegel, San Francisco through December 20, 2014.

Art + Process + Ideas (A+P+I) is a new artist-in-residence program created in collaboration with the Mills College Studio Art Department.
Weston Teruya, Scenic Recall, 2014 APR 8, 2015 A+P+I Lecture: Weston Teruya 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Weston Teruya was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has had solo exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts and Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco and Pro Arts in Oakland. He has also exhibited at Southern Exposure and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Longhouse Projects & the NYC Fire Museum in New York, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and the Palo Alto Art Center. Weston was an Irvine Fellow at the Lucas Artist Residency of the Montalvo Arts Center, a recipient of a 2009 Artadia grant, and received a 2014 Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. Weston received an MFA in Painting and Drawing and MA in Visual & Critical Studies from California College of the Arts.

Art + Process + Ideas (A+P+I) is a new artist-in-residence program created in collaboration with the Mills College Studio Art Department.
Jacqueline K. Gordon, It Only Happens All the Time, 2014 APR 22, 2015 A+P+I Lecture: Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon 7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL Los Angeles-based artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon works in sound, installation, and sculpture. She’s particularly interested in the history of cybernetics and its relation to regulation and control. Her work is often systems-based and it incorporates the physical and sonic qualities of surrounding architecture to engage the viewer’s senses. She’s exhibited at Eli Ridgway Gallery, Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Sonoma State University, and the Cue Arts Foundation. She received an MFA from Stanford in 2011.

Art + Process + Ideas (A+P+I) is a new artist-in-residence program created in collaboration with the Mills College Studio Art Department.
A+P+I Open House MAY 2, 2015 A+P+I Open House 4:00–6:00 PM, ART STUDIOS 114B, 114C, & 104 Come visit the studios of our A+P+I artists! After three months in residence, the artists will be presenting new works as well as works in progress. We encourage you to engage with them about their process and ideas.

Art + Process + Ideas (A+P+I) is a new artist-in-residence program created in collaboration with the Mills College Studio Art Department.
A+P+I Open House JUN 17, 2015 A+P+I Opening Reception 6:00–8:00 PM, ART MUSEUM The Mills College Art Museum is excited to present new works created by the A+P+I artists while in residence at Mills College. Come meet the artists and see what their 5-month residency inspired! Refreshments provided.

Art + Process + Ideas (A+P+I) is a new artist-in-residence program created in collaboration with the Mills College Studio Art Department.