Julia BW, “Big Miss M,” Julia on Joanie 4 Jackie. Courtesy Julia Bryan-Wilson
Julia BW, “Big Miss M,” Julia on Joanie 4 Jackie. Courtesy Julia Bryan-Wilson

Julia Bryan-Wilson
in conversation with Jon Raymond
Friday, April 20, 7pm
PNCA Bridge Lab
Free and open to the public

Julia Bryan-Wilson will discuss her research genealogies, including her formative years living in Portland as a DIY queer and feminist critic and curator. She will also present an overview of recent and upcoming projects, including her recently published book "Fray: Art and Textile Politics."

Bryan-Wilson will be in conversation with Portland writer, Jon Raymond.

Julia Bryan-Wilson is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art with a focus on art since 1960 in the US, Europe, and Latin America at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also the Director of the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center, a think tank for the arts which challenges the “cross-disciplinary ethos of contemporary art through dialogue and debate." She is the author of "Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era" (2009), an Artforum "best book of the year;" "Art in the Making: Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing" (with Glenn Adamson, 2016); and "Fray: Art and Textile Politics" (2017), a New York Times "best art book of the year." With Andrea Andersson, Bryan-Wilson co-curated the exhibition "Cecilia Vicuna: About to Happen" which travels to the Berkeley Art Museum in fall 2018. She was an inaugural recipient of the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant and she has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and the Getty Research Institute.

Jon Raymond is the author of the novels "Freebird," "Rain Dragon" and "The Half-Life," a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2004, and the short-story collection "Livability," a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and winner of the 2009 Oregon Book Award. He is also the screenwriter of the film "Meek’s Cutoff" and co-writer of the films "Old Joy" and "Wendy and Lucy," both based on his short fiction, and the film "Night Moves." He also co-wrote the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce," winner of five Emmy Awards. Raymond’s writing has appeared in "Tin House," the "Village Voice," "Bookforum," "Artforum," "Playboy," "Zoetrope" and other publications. Called “one of Portland’s most perspicacious commentators on the arts,” Raymond was the editor of "Plazm" for over 20 years and, in 2016, those writings were collected in "The Community: Writings About Art in and Around Portland 1997-2016". He lives in Portland, Oregon.

“Gendered Work and DIY Making” with Julia Bryan-Wilson is presented in collaboration with PNCA’s Media Arts and MFA in Visual Studies programs as part of Zena Zezza’s “Dialogues” series which brings artists and leading thinkers into new conversations on the ideas and influences within the work of contemporary artists, bringing together theory, scholarship and artists' practices.

Many thanks to PNCA, Emily Ginsburg, Chair of Media Studies, and Peter Simensky, Chair of MFA in Visual Studies, for their support in making this event possible, and Zena’s Artist Project Season Patrons, Founding Friends and Event Producers for their support.