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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nancy Genn: The Shape of Water

February 26 - March 11, 2012
Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College UCSC

This exhibition is being held in conjunction with a reenactment of the 1966 Cowell College Fountain Dedication Ceremony. Complete with a performance by the original Cowell alumni returning to perform as they did at the original celebration. A contingent of Osher Lifelong Learning members; emeritii faculty; current faculty, students and staff; and with the current Cowell a capella choir also performing, should make this a fun event.


Nancy Genn’s style is deeply personal, finding inspiration and themes between geometric abstraction, landscape and architectural motifs with great attention to light and to the calligraphic images that have constantly influenced Genn’s works throughout her career. While growing up she was strongly influenced by her mother’s lobbying efforts on behalf of nature and trees, and many of Genn’s works take their semblance from nature as does the Cowell fountain she designed in 1966 and those pieces in the exhibit at the Smith Gallery.


The exhibition features seven large scroll paintings, mixed media works on paper, and six bronze sculptures.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Peter Voulkos Event Coverage

These photos were taken of former students, colleagues and admirers of the highly influential and world-renowned sculptor and Cal professor, Peter Voulkos, at a party and screening of the energetic documentary film by Susan Fanshel called "Voulkos and Company." For more info on Peter Voulkos, here is a good link:

(click images below to enlarge)
Photos Courtesy of Susan Felter

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Spaces of Life: The Art of Sonya Rapoport

JAN 18–MAR 11, 2012

Mills College Art Museum
The art of Sonya Rapoport has long operated as a bridge between the public sphere of intellectual curiosity and scholarship, and the domestic one of spiritual inquiry and nurturing. Spaces of Life presents a group of Rapoport’s interactive works, created between 1980-2010, that function in the intersection between questioning and inviting.

The installation will be structured so as to infuse the spaces of the museum with the energy of the artist’s Berkeley home and studio. A mixture of documentation of original interactive installations, domestic objects that provide a launching pad for interactions, and new interpretations of the works’ systems of interaction will be developed in conjunction with Mills students and departments. Visitors to the gallery will engage in ongoing, distributed performance actions that draw on imagery and ideas from a range of disciplines including biochemistry, anthropology, psychology, and feminist studies.

Central to this installation of Rapoport’s work at Mills is Objects on My Dresser (1979-1983), an 11 phase work intended as a kind of “conceptual visit” to the artist’s home and studio. The titular dresser, which has occupied Rapoport’s foyer for decades, will be installed along with the original objects that sparked her investigation of the connections between symbols, words and ideas. Documentation of “netweb plots” created by Rapoport and by visitors to installations of previous project phases will be included along with a new “netweb plot” created with Mills students. The “Mills plot” will include images, correlative images and words determined by Mills students in advance of the exhibition, and will be on display for visitors to the exhibition to manipulate and customize according to their own, personal correlations.

Curated by Terri Cohn and Anuradha Vikram.
This exhibition is supported by the Agnes Cowles Bourne Fund for Special Exhibition and the Helzel Family Foundation.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Crave: The Art of Dependency

Arizona State University, Tempe Campus
opening reception :
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Bachelors of Fine Arts candidate, Jeanné (Juno) Schaser, presents Crave: The Art of Dependency. Schaser is curating a national multimedia group exhibition comprised of works dealing with the subject matter of dependency and addiction that speak to the human nature for dependency as well as the negative effects addiction can have on individuals.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sonya Rapoport Pre-Release Book Launch


MAR 7, 2012PRE-RELEASE BOOK LAUNCH, PAIRING OF POLARITIES: THE LIFE AND ART OF SONYA RAPOPORTEDITED BY TERRI COHN7:00 PM, Mills College, ART MUSEUMIn conjunction with Spaces of Life: The Art of Sonya Rapoport, join Malcolm Margolin of Heyday Press in the launch of Pairing of Polarities: The Life and Art of Sonya Rapoport. Books will be available for pre-sale.

Sonya Rapoport Event at Mills College

FEB 12, 2012OBJECTS ON MY DRESSER: ARTIST TALK AND PERFORMANCE1:00–3:00 PM, Mills College, ART MUSEUM

As part of MCAM’s current exhibition, Spaces of Life: The Art of Sonya Rapoport, Sonya Rapoport and Dr. Revathi Vikram,psychiatrist, come together to explore the artist's memories of her past work and the life experiences that give her work context. Central to this discussion is Rapoport’s ongoing work Objects On My Dresser: Shared Dynamics, an interactive “netweb plot” from which connections between symbols, words and ideas are made. Over the course of the exhibition, gallery visitors have been invited to participate in this work by manipulating and customizing a new “netweb plot.” Dr. Revathi will analyze the recorded actions and motivations that have created this new plot in an effort to determine acollective Mills consciousness.


This performance with Dr. Revathi is an updating of Rapoport’s original collaboration with psychologist Winifred de Vos.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gyöngy Laky - Solo Show and Conversation

101L ALTERATIONS, 2008 (apple, grapevine, nails, wire)

On Saturday, February 4, 3:00pm at the Cain Schulte Gallery in San Francisco, join artist and 1971 Cal alumna Gyöngy Laky for a talk on her work.

The artist will have a solo show at the Cain Schulte Gallery with an opening reception on Thursday, May 3, 5:30-7:30.