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Cooley Gallery Lecture: Nat Turner Project

The Cooley Gallery is honored to host home school as they present a lecture by Nat Turner Project—part of home school’s 2017 curriculum in conjunction with the Cooley Gallery exhibition (self), on view from August 29 through October 1, 2017.

For the Cooley exhibition, Nat Turner Project has created a special research library accompanied by a video chronicle of their first exhibition season. Join us for the opening of (self) on September 13, 3–7 pm, at the Cooley. (self) is part of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s 2017 Time-Based Art Festival and is curated by Stephanie Snyder and Samiya Bashir.

Nat Turner Project allows artists of color to go beyond the usual initial expositions inherent in presenting art borne of marginalized perspectives to a dominant culture; allowing artists of color freedom to create or express their own language within and without the parameters of racial commodification or designation. NTP creates an environment of inclusivity, a communal harbor for artists previously silenced by institutional constraints, and actively provides priority spaces to artists of color; allowing others the privilege of viewership from an outsider role. Nat Turner Project, not just a name, but a statement of artistic freedom.

Melanie Stevens is an artist, illustrator, and writer. She is co-founder and co-curator of Nat Turner Project. She is the creator of the graphic novel Black Picket Fences and the co-founder, editor, and an instructor of Miss Anthology, an organization that supports and publishes racially and economically diverse young comic artists who identify as female or genderqueer. Stevens received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Yale University and her Masters of Fine Arts degree in visual studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

maximiliano makes art in the trap. PERFORMANCE x VIDEO x POETRY x COLLABORATION. maximiliano’s practice explores diaspora, the multiplicity of identity, ritual x mythos, brujerix, healing of trauma, the body, and black sovereignty x autonomy. They are one half of Cvllejerx, a performance x fashion collaboration, and are recipients of the Andy Warhol Foundation and Precipice (2016). Nat Turner Project: a radical art space are C3 initiative artists-n-residence for 2017. maximiliano recieved their MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2017. They have performed, exhibited, and curated at S1, Disjecta, Gallery 114; C3 Initiative, and UNA Gallery in Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington.

home school is a free pop-up art school in Portland, OR run by Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu. They provide welcoming contexts for critical engagement with contemporary art and its issues with a curriculum featuring artist talks, exhibitions, monthly classes, poetry readings, and more. Their pedagogy honors the casual rigor of the etymology of “school,” from the Greek ‘shkole,’ meaning “spare time, leisure, idleness, rest.”

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Eliot Hall, Eliot 314

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