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3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Performance: 11am – 12pm, Reed College Library

Luncheon and conversation with artist: 12:15pm–1:30pm in the historic Student Union


Choreography for Reading Aloud activates libraries, literary collections, bookstores, and any spaces with consumable texts. Performers are given writings from each site to read aloud, creating a cacophony of voices and sounds in which stories collide with facts, theory, opinions, lists, and all manner of written works. What happens when multiple platforms of knowledge overlap, intersect, and obscure each other? How does the transmission of meaning shift when multiple printed works are amplified by voice?

MK Guth is a visual artist working in video, photography, sculpture, performance, and interactive projects. An alumna of the New York University Graduate School of Fine Arts, MK Guth has exhibited her work internationally at numerous museums, galleries, and festivals, including the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Nottdance Festival in England, Gallery-Pfeister, Gudhjem Denmark, Franklin Parrasch Gallery (NYC), Cristin Tierney (NYC), Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland), Swiss Institute (NYC), White Columns (NYC), Frye Art Museum, and Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington. Guth is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon and Cristin Tierney Gallery in NYC and is the interim Chair of the Critical Studies Program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Organized by the artist in collaboration with Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College.

Image: MK Guth, Choreography for Reading Aloud, 2017

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