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Soft Histories

Bean Gilsdorf makes three-dimensional collages that function as portraits for the post-truth age. Her work subverts the prestige of political icons by rendering them as abject sculptures with sagging, misshapen faces and absurdly overstuffed limbs. Gilsdorf will discuss the connection between history and textiles, how historical images are like zombies, the anti-commemorative impulse, and the fiction of America as a virtuous nation.

Gilsdorf's projects have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and the American Textile History Museum, as well as exhibition spaces around the US and in Poland, England, Italy, China, and South Africa. Gilsdorf holds an MFA from California College of the Arts and is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a Graduate Fellowship Residency at Headlands Center for the Arts and two Fulbright Fellowships to Poland.

Sponsored by the art department Cooley Gray Fund. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Studio Art, Art Seminar Room (201)
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public, Staff

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