Jen Delos Reyes
July 29 – July 31, 2016

The Art Gym presents its first summer outdoor project, I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song, by Jen Delos Reyes, from July 29 to 31, 2016.

Fritz Haeg, Domestic Integrities detail. Photo credit: Terri Lowenthal

Fritz Haeg, Domestic Integrities detail.
Photo credit: Terri Lowenthal

Inspired by her newly released book, I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning, the summer project will take place in a small geodesic dome on the Marylhurst University campus. Each day, Delos Reyes will serve cocktails in the dome during happy hour and will be on hand to discuss the ideas in the book. Invited artists will also host events and talks each day, and Delos Reyes will do a reading from her book.  In addition, a preview event for Converge 45’s Artists’ Congress will be held.

The Art Gym’s 2016 summer programming is generously funded by the Collins Foundation.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 29

5 pm: Happy hour cocktails in the dome with Jen Delos Reyes. The first three attendees will receive a free copy of I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning.

6 pm: Talk with home school cofounder Victoria Anne Reis about the pop-up art school and a performative/interactive lecture from Giovanna Olmos.

home school is a free pop-up art school in Portland run by Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu. We provide welcoming contexts for critical engagement with contemporary art and its issues. Our pedagogy honors the casual rigor of the etymology of “school,” from the Greek ‘shkole,’ meaning “spare time, leisure, idleness, rest.” home school’s 2016 curriculum is funded by the Precipice Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Calligram Foundation / Allie Furlotti.

Saturday, July 30

1–4 pm: Sunday Painters Group kicks off its second semester, based around Delos Reyes’s book, by inviting five artists to lead thirty-minute activities based on a simple chore or activity they typically do on a Sunday afternoon.

5 pm: Happy hour cocktails in the dome with Jen Delos Reyes. The first three attendees will receive a free copy of I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning.

Sunday Painters Group is a conceptual art club in Portland, Oregon. The group includes artists and educators interested in making art more accessible and liberating. Each week a different member leads an assignment they’ve created.

Sunday, July 31

5 pm: Happy hour cocktails in the dome with Jen Delos Reyes. The first three attendees will receive a free copy of I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning.

6:30 pm: Reading with Jen Delos Reyes.

About

Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, radical community arts organizer, and author of countless e-mails. She is the director and founder of Open Engagement, an international annual conference on socially engaged art that has been active since 2007. Delos Reyes currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, where she is the associate director of the School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Art Gym is nationally recognized as being at the forefront of contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Since 1980, our ambitious exhibitions by emerging and established artists have created the standard for culturally significant art in our region. Our mission is to educate and inspire our visitors by connecting them with the larger contemporary art conversation through exhibitions, artists’ projects, publications and public engagement.

Blake Shell is the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator of The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion at Marylhurst University, providing the artistic direction and leadership of the organization.

Converge 45 is an annual multi-day event that showcases international, national, and regional contemporary art and ideas. Situated in and around Portland, Oregon, a dynamic and expanding center for art, design, and culture, Converge 45 provides a stimulating environment for artists, collectors, and scholars, as well as opportunities for the public to discover the vibrant range of art being produced today. The ArtistsCongress, with Kristy Edmunds Converge 45 Inaugural Artistic Director and Guest Curator, will explore Portlands creative ecology, its strengths in nurturing and supporting artists, and the cultural production in the region. Conversations during the 2016 Congress will drive expanded exhibits, installations and events to be presented at Converge 45 2017.

The Art Gym
Marylhurst University
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261
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Gallery Hours
TuesdaySunday, Noon to 4 pm
Admission: Free to the public.Parking is free.  The gallery is located on the third floor of the central building on campus – BP John, on the south side of the building.Class visits and special tours of The Art Gym exhibitions are available for classes and groups with advanced planning. Let us know if you need the gallery opened at other times, we are happy to accommodate your group visit. Please email Blake Shell to make arrangements. – bshell@marylhurst.eduAbout The Art Gym
Since 1980, The Art Gym has been recognized as a venue exhibiting some of the most significant and timely art of this region. The mission of the gallery is to increase public understanding of contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest through exhibitions, artists’ projects, publications, and public engagement. The Art Gym is a non-collecting, non-commercial gallery that supports artists in creating ambitious and risk-taking projects at various stages in their careers. As an art space working within an academic venue we are committed to providing artistic and intellectual freedom. The Art Gym catalogues continue to be one of the greatest records of the contemporary art history of the Pacific Northwest, contributing to the discourse on contemporary art and representing the region. We are dedicated to making knowledge accessible and connecting artists and community.

About the curator

Blake Shell is The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator of The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion at Marylhurst University, providing the artistic direction and leadership of the organization. Shell is a contemporary art curator and artist with over twelve years of experience in directing nonprofit and educational galleries. She received a BA in art from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and an MFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her curatorial work has gained regional attention and press in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a national review on Artforum.com’s Critic’s Picks. Shell is currently a panelist for the Visual Chronicle of Portland, managed by Regional Arts & Culture Council.
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For more information or photos, please contact Kathleen Murney, kmurney@marylhurst.edu