Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mills Art Lecture Series: Yasufumi Nakamori

Yasufumi Nakamori
February 3rd, 2016


Danforth Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m.

In this lecture Nakamori will shed light on the development of photo conceptualism found in Japan in the 1970s. Nakamori argues that, after the 1960s, when the force of avant-garde art and the tension in politics peaked, many artists devoted themselves to experiments with the camera, individually searching for new and vital directions in their practice, exploring such emerging notions as conceptualism, post-minimalism, and international contemporaneity. He will make a case for the emergence of a shared field of practice between art and photography, and for the critical role that photography played in the emergence and development of contemporary art in the 1970s Japan. Nakamori is an associate curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where he focuses on art and photography made after 1945. He also teaches the history of modern and contemporary Japanese art and architecture at Rice University. He has authored a dozen scholarly essays, and the book titled Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture. Sponsored by Corenah Wright Lecture Series/Art Dept.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mills College Art Lecture Series: Sophie Calle

NOVEMBER 19, 2015
7:00 PM

Please join us for an evening with internationally acclaimed artist, Sophie Calle as she discusses her interdisciplinary art practice spanning over thirty years. Sophie Calle uses the mediums of photography, video, film, books, text, and performance to pursue her sociological and autobiographical investigations. Her work often incorporates elements of voyeurism, surveillance, and personal narrative to explore the nature of love, intimacy, violence and death. Many of her works juxtapose writing and photography to question the dichotomies of truth versus fiction and public versus private.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


November 11th, 2015
Lisser Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Katz, the 2015 Jane Green Endowment for Studies in Art History and Criticism speaker, is the Director of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Buffalo (SUNY). He was the co-curator of the 2010 exhibition, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, and
is co-curating Art AIDS America, which previewed in Los Angeles in June and will be shown in Tacoma, Atlanta and
New York in its entirety starting in October. Sponsored by Jane Green

Monday, November 2, 2015

Christian L. Frock and Tanya Zimbardo

November 4th, 2015

Danforth Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Frock and Zimbardo are the co-curators of Public Works: Artists’ Interventions 1970s—Now at the Mills College Art Museum. Frock is 
an independent writer, curator and educator whose work focuses on art and politics, the role of artists in public life and social justice. Invisible Venue, the alternative curatorial enterprise Frock founded and has directed since 2005, collaborates with artists to present art in public spaces, online and in the built environment. Zimbardo is the assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Among other exhibitions, she co-curated public commissions for the off-site exhibition 2012 SECA Art Award and has organized numerous screenings of film, video and performance-based work at the museum and other venues. For more information visit mcam.mills.edu. Supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation

Thursday, October 22, 2015


7:00 PM, DANFORTH LECTURE HALLThornton is a writer and sociologist of culture. She is the author of Seven Days in the Art World (2008) and33 Artists in 3 Acts. Thornton has been the chief correspondent on contemporary art for The Economist and has written for many other publications.

Rinder is director of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). He has held positions at the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was the founding director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

Sponsored by Corenah Wright Lecture Series/Art Dept. 


Friday, October 9, 2015

Mills College Artist Lecture Series: Mildred Howard

October 14th, 2015
Danforth Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Born in San Francisco in 1945, Howard is an artist known primarily for her sculptural installation and mixed-media assemblages. Howard began her career as a dancer prior to working in visual art. Howard is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco and has been shown at galleries in Boston, LA, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Cairo and Venice and at the Oakland Museum, the de Young, SFMOMA, the San Jose Museum of Art and the Museum of the African Diaspora. Howard has been the recipient of two Rockefeller Foundation Awards, the Joan Mitchell Award and an NEA Fellowship in Sculpture. Howard has taught at Stanford and Brown Universities, SFAI and CCA.Sponsored by Herringer Graduate Lecture Series

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nandipha Mntambo

Amazing artist, Nandipha Mntambo, lecturing at Mills College!

October 7th, 2015
Mills College, Danforth Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Born in 1982, Mntambo graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, in 2007. She won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art in 2011, for which she produced the national travelling exhibition Faena. Mntambo has had five solo shows at Stevenson in Cape Town and Johannesburg and two at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm. In her work, Mntambo makes cascading sculptures that are molded from cowhide and suggest the human figure. These three-dimensional works, along with her photographs, videos, and performances, explore the similarities and differences between humans and animals, men and women, and attraction and repulsion. Sponsored by Herringer Graduate Lecture Series.