There is always something happening in the College of Design. Join us for art exhibits, guest lectures, conferences, and research symposia. Most of these are free and open to the public. You can join our email list to receive our Upcoming Events weekly announcement and stay in the know about the latest happenings.
Danielle Knapp, JSMA McCosh curator discusses the group of artists invited to participate in Visual Magic: An Oregon Invitational and their education and activities in Oregon in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Aesthetics of Gentrification: Art, Architecture, and Displacement
UO Portland, April 5-6, 2019
Organized by SLOW LAB, this interdisciplinary conference at UO Portland’s historic White Stag Block brings together scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and art and design fields to explore the aesthetic dimensions of gentrification in the present era of accelerated urbanism.
Gentrification is reshaping cities worldwide, resulting in seductive spaces and exclusive communities that aspire to innovation, creativity, sustainability, and technological sophistication. Gentrification is also contributing to growing social-spatial division and urban inequality and precarity. In a time of escalating housing crisis and unaffordable cities, scholars speak of eco-gentrification, techno-gentrification, super-gentrification, and planetary-gentrification to describe the different forms and scales of involuntary displacement occurring in vulnerable communities in response to current patterns of development and the hype-driven discourses of the creative city, smart city, and sustainable city.
In this context, how do contemporary practices in art, architecture, and related fields help to produce or resist gentrification? What does gentrification look and feel like in specific sites and communities, and how is that appearance or feeling implicated in promoting stylized renewal to a privileged public? To what extent do the aesthetics of displacement travel globally between cities and cultures? And in what ways do those aesthetics express contested conditions of migration and mobility? Addressing such questions, this conference seeks to examine the relationship between aesthetics and gentrification in contemporary cities from multiple, comparative, and transnational perspectives.
Discover how designers protect athletes through experiment and play. Start with sneaker making: learn how sneakers are made and design your own paper shoe prototype. Finish with polymer waffles: learn the story of Bill Bowerman (UO track coach and Nike co founder) and make your own waffle sole. Take home your scientifically verifiable shoe upper and sole.
Draw athletic shoes like a pro footwear designer. Choose your sport: basketball, skateboarding, soccer, running, and learn the tools, views and tricks to design your world-changing kicks. Take home an amazing set of drawings and the tools used to make them.
Personal biomechanical testing and analysis is now possible for everyone. Measure your own foot pressure, and compare everyday walking to what you do in performance running. Take home your own personal analysis to use for your walking, training and shoe-selecting
HOPES will take flight April 10-13, and we will come together from various backgrounds and disciplines to discuss this year’s theme, Destructive Idealism.
Our way of life is the product of decades of ideals—growth, individualism, the American Dream. While these ideals have inspired hard work and innovation, too often they lead to mass scale disruption of our environment. Like a double-edged sword, our ideals separate us from the reality of current issues and we respond with devastating complacency.
Destructive Idealism is both an attack on complacency and a pledge to resilience. In its 25th year, HOPES revisits the visions of past generations. We call for resilient thinking that transcends scales, anticipates challenges, and unrelentingly pursues a dynamic and equitable future.
To keep up-to-date as the conference approaches, follow us on Instagram: @hopesconference.
Serena William’s jumpsuit at the 2019 Australian Open embodied the mashup of sport technicality with high pop culture fashion. Design your own sport/fashion mashup learn the proportions, tools and layouts to show your fashion ferocity. Take home the tools to develop your designs for the next superstar performance.
Co-presented with the CLLAS Spring 2019 Research Presentation Series.
How does sports equipment change the sport? Our top javelin throwers are throwing perilously close to the edge of the field. Redesign the javelin for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics! What change can you make that would be exciting for athletes and spectators and the history of the sport?
Work on your throwing and your designing with 2X Javelin World Record Holder, Olympian and TurboJav creator Tom Petranoff.
2019 marks the ten-year anniversary and ninth annual What is...? conference-experience.
What is Technology? will examine interactions and transactions among practical arts and tools, techniques and processes, moral knowledge and imagination, to navigate our everchanging world. In a broad sense, technology can be understood as methods of intelligent inquiry and problem-solving in all domains of life. The conference-experience will enact a collaborative network of transdisciplinary research by cultivating information and communication as the heart of science, technology, engineering, art, medicine, and environments.
• Eric Schatzberg (Georgia Tech)
• Victoria Vesna (UCLA)
• Colin Koopman (Univ. of Oregon)
• Nandini Ranganathan (PNCA)
• Clifford Christians (Univ. of Illinois)
• Carolyn Marvin (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
• Larry Hickman (Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale)
• Kenji Williams (NASA)
• Charlene Haddock Seigfried (Purdue Univ.)
• Mark Bedau (Reed College)
• Carolyn R. Miller (North Carolina State Univ.)
• Donna Z. Davis (Univ. of Oregon)
• Peter Golding (Univ. of Glasgow, England)
• Lana Rakow (Univ. of North Dakota)
• Melissa Gregg (Intel Corporation)
• Scott Stoud (Univ. of Texas at Austin)
• Amber Case (Institute for the Future)
Early Bird Registration Open!
You know the athletes, you know the teams, but do you know the products that they rely on to bring home the gold? Come test your knowledge of sports products and how they've influenced sports, society and culture. Categories include: Sneakerhead,
Olympics, Regulation-breakers, and pre-Pre History. High school competitors through Masters professionals will battle in our design arena. Take home the Sports Product Trivia Cup!
Sonya S. Lee
University of Southern California
The monumental Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara at Baodingshan in Dazu recently underwent what has been billed China’s most important heritage conservation project to date. This talk discusses this project from an ecological perspective that highlights the sensitivity of today’s restorers to the local climatic conditions and geological properties in preserving cliff-side rock carvings with lacquer-based technology. It also contextualizes the project as part of a long history of restoration in the region in which past restorers likewise pursued eco-compatibility in the materials and methods needed to repair cave temples for present and future visitors.
Spring Career Fair Week – 2019
The Career Center is hosting an entire week of career preparation and job opportunity during Spring Career Fair Week, April 15th through April 19th! This is the best/last time this year for students to connect with the more than 80 + companies attending these events. It’s also great time to get your questions answered and your resume reviewed by a career adviser. Below is the week’s schedule. More information can be accesed on Handshake or the Career Center's website, career.uoregon.edu.
Spring Career Fair Week
April, 15 through 19, 2019
All events open to all students
Drop-in Peer Advising: April 15 - 19, 2019; 10am-4pm (Career Center)
How to Find an Internship – Workshop: April 15, 2019; 4pm – 5pm (Career Center)
Caffeinated Chats with Career Advisers: April 16, 2019; 10am-1pm (EMU Taylor Lounge)
Spring Networking Night: April 16, 2019; 6pm-8pm (EMU Ballroom)
Spring Career Fair & Fair Backstage Pass: April 17, 2019; 12pm-4pm (EMU Ballroom)
Internship and Career Interviews: April 18, 2019; 9am-5pm (EMU Ballroom)
Fred Hoffman worked closely with Jean-Michel Basquiat from 1982 to 1984, during the artist's residency in Venice, California. During this time, Hoffman produced most of the artist's limited edition silkscreen prints. In 2005-6, Fred Hoffman co-curated the artist's last American retrospective at The Brooklyn Museum; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Houston Museum of Fine Art. Hoffman served as a member of the Authentication Committee for the estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat for several years. In 2014, he published Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name at Acquavella Gallery, New York. In 2017, Hoffman published The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
As a gallerist in the 1980s and '90s, Hoffman organized major exhibitions with such artists as Basquiat, Richard Serra, Frank O. Gehry, Chris Burden, John McCracken, Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselmann, George Segal, Alex Katz, Dan Flavian, Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer, Sophie Calle, Barbara Kruger, Dennis Hopper, Julian Schnabel, Don Van Vliet and James Lee Byars.
Fred Hoffman (Ph.D. 1976, UCLA) is the author of several publications, including the major monograph/catalogue raissoné on Chris Burden; Keith Haring, The Birth of Wonder; Thoughts on the Return and Artistic Maturation of Dennis Hopper and The Art of Don Van Vliet. Hoffman produced two early artist books with Mike Kelley.
Coronado is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University and author of Portraits in the Andes: Photography and Agency 1900 - 1950.
Davis Family Lecture
Pope.L: "Until Now"
Pope.L will present a compact survey of several strands in his art practice to-date. Pope.L (b. 1955, Newark) is a visual artist and educator whose multidisciplinary practice uses binaries, contraries and preconceived notions embedded within contemporary culture to create art works in various formats, for example, writing, painting, performance, installation, video and sculpture. Building upon his long history of enacting arduous, provocative, absurdist performances and interventions in public spaces, Pope.L applies some of the same social, formal and performative strategies to his interests in language, system, gender, race and community. The goals for his work are several: joy, money and uncertainty— not necessarily in that order.
Pope.L is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, University of Chicago, Chicago
This lecture is made possible by the Davis Family Endowed Fund in Art.
Jeri Hise, Connie Kiener, and Laura Ross-Paul discuss their paintings on view and how they approach the human figure in their work.
Sarah Levin-Richardson: "My work examines the intersection of Roman material culture (art, architecture, archaeological finds, inscribed texts) and social history. My research has investigated the unofficial rules governing Roman sexuality, the social impact of Pompeian graffiti, and the modern reception of Pompeii, and I am currently working on a monograph exploring the physical, social, and emotional environment within Pompeii’s “purpose-built” brothel. This body of research aims to recover the contours of agency for marginalized groups like male and female prostitutes, penetrated men, and lusty women, and is thus influenced by and contributes to feminist and queer theory".
Join us for the 2019 College of Design Commencement Ceremony and the presentation of the Ellis F. Lawrence Medal.
College of Design Commencement details are available on the College of Design website.
There will be a reception prior to the College of Design ceremony from 1:00–3:00 p.m. in the Lawrence Hall Courtyard. We encourage students to bring their families and friends to engage and mingle with faculty and fellow students.