University of Oregon

College of Design

Connective Conversations | Inside Oregon Art 2015–2016

The University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation is pleased to announce the continuation of the Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures program, Connective Conversations | Inside Oregon Art for the 2015-2016 season. We are pleased to welcome these outstanding curators to Oregon.

Connective Conversations is the seventh and final element of The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program's Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures that invites professionals from outside the Northwest region to join in community conversations.


Herb Tam

Chinese Americana: Curating from an Archival History

In Portland

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Portland, Oregon

During this free presentation, Tam will describe the challenges and rewards of curating from a unique cultural and historical point of view. Attendees will learn how Tam’s rigorous analysis and investigation can serve the curatorial process.

Herb Tam is the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York. He recently curated the “Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving ” exhibition, which explores the construction of Chinese American identity through MOCA’s archival materials. In 2012 he curated “America through a Chinese Lens,” a photographic survey of America by contemporary artists and non-professional photographers of Chinese descent. Tam has previously served as the Associate Curator at Exit Art and the Acting Associate Curator at the Queens Museum of Art. While at Exit Art, he curated "New Mirrors: Painting in a Transparent World"; and co-curated "Summer Mixtape Volume 1," an exhibition exploring the role of pop music in the work of emerging artists. In 2007, Tam curated "A Jamaica, Queens Thing" exhibition about the intersection between hip hop and the crack cocaine epidemic. He has also curated solo exhibitions with artists Lee Mingwei, Rafael Sanchez, and Regina Jose Galindo; and worked on historical exhibitions about urban planner, Robert Moses, and alternative art spaces in New York. Tam was born in Hong Kong and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied at San Jose State University and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, New York. 


Steven Matijco

Based on a True Story: Misbehaving Memory

Steve Matijco workIn Portland

Sunday, November 15, 2015
University of Oregon in Portland

In Eugene

Wednesday, November 18, 2015  
University of Oregon

Steven Matijcio is the curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to this position he served as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Matijcio is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York (MA) and the University of Toronto (HBA). He has held positions in a number of institutions including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada. In 2012 he curated the 4th edition of the Narracje Festival in Gdansk, Poland. Matijcio’s 2013 essay “Nothing to See Here: The Denial of Vision in Media Art” was accepted into the RENEW: Media Art Histories Conference in Riga, Latvia.


Sara O'Keeffe

Surround Audience

In Portland

August 24, 2015
Reed College Chapel

A special lecture on the methodologies and practices of the 2015 New Museum Triennial by participating curator Sara O'Keeffe.

Sara O'KeeffeSara O’Keeffe, assistant curator at the New Museum, was part of the curatorial team that organized the 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, along with New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin. Surround Audience featured fifty-one artists from over twenty-five countries and pursued numerous lines of inquiry, including: What are the new visual metaphors for the self and subjecthood when our ability to see and be seen is expanding, as is our desire to manage our self-image and privacy? Is it possible to opt out of, bypass, or retool commercial interests that potentially collude with national and international policy? How are artists striving to embed their works in the world around them through incursions into media and activism? O’Keeffe will discuss these conceptual threads, as well as the process of producing the New Museum Triennial—for which a third of the works were commissioned—and discuss the Triennial’s numerous research and production residences for international and local artists.

Sara O'Keeffe also worked on the “The Great Ephemeral” (2015); "Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module" (2014); and “Kelly,” the exhibition of Wynne Greenwood, co-presented with Reed College's Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery (2015). Previously, she served as Curatorial Assistant at the Guggenheim Museum where she was a curatorial liaison for the Young Collectors Council, a patrons group and acquisitions committee that focuses on the work of emerging artists. Between 2012 and 2013, she served as coordinator of Critical Practices' La Table Ronde conversation series—an intimate forum for the discussion of contemporary social and cultural issues. O'Keeffe graduated from Reed College with a degree in art history in 2010.



Caryn Coleman

Contagious Allegories: art, film, horror, and spectatorship

In Portland


Thursday, May 21, 2015
White Stag Block
University of Oregon in Portland

Caryn Colman

Caryn Coleman is a New York-based curator and writer whose curatorial practice explores the intersection of cinema and visual art with a focus on horror film's influence on contemporary artists. She is currently the Senior Film Programmer at Nitehawk Cinema and co-editor of the philosophy journal Incognitum Hactenus. Her blog on horror and contemporary art, THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, received the 2012 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writers Initiative grant. Recent film programs include the monthly Art Seen series, Journalists in Film with VICE News, Summer Doc Initiative with the Tribeca Film Institute, Committed: the mental institution in film, and the annual Nitehawk Shorts festival. Recent curatorial projects include Empty Distances at Mark Moore Gallery, Film as a Social Art for the 2013 New York CAA conference, and Keep Moving: objects and architecture in the apocalypse at the Power Plant Gallery.

Coleman was the Curator for the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts' Art & Law Residency (2011 & 2012). She owned the art gallery sixspace in Los Angeles (2002-2008) and in Chicago (1998-2000). She has worked in the Education Department at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and provided exhibition/publication research to Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery. In addition to founding the seminal art., her writings have appeared in Fangoria.comOneplusOne Journal, VICE. com, Brighton Photo FringeLUXRue Morgue, the ModernistArt Review online, Beautiful Decay, and Los Angeles Weekly.

She received her MFA in Curating, with distinction, from Goldsmiths College.


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