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When research can be a rainbow- An exhibition by Roz Crews in conversation with many other people

Date: 5:00pm - 8:00pm PST December 6, 2019 Location: Hoffman Gallery

  • Opening reception

Hoffman Gallery

As the Artist in Residence in the Hoffman Gallery during the fall of 2019, Roz Crews is working with faculty, students, and staff from Lewis & Clark College (LC) to make a collaborative, interactive exhibition called When research can be a rainbow. The exhibition highlights the magic, nuance, and intimacy in research practices.  In some ways, the show is a portrait of faculty and student research methods and in other ways it is a rainbow or a classroom or a cup of tea or a painting or a relationship. Always a conversation. Please join us for the public reception on Friday December 6, 5-8PM. There will be a brief talk at 5:30PM. All events are located at the Hoffman Gallery, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Portland, OR 97219.

Bruce Suttmeier, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Lewis & Clark Art Department, invited Crews to work in the gallery this semester to design a project that would activate the space, attract folks from across campus (outside of the art department), and explore interdisciplinary ways of working. Crews proposed a show that would unfold over the course of the semester based on an ethnographic approach to understanding how different faculty members on campus do research. The title of the exhibition came from an email “subject line” artist and Associate Professor of Art at LC, Jess Perlitz used to introduce Crews to Associate Professor of Biology, Tamily Weissman. Weissman is a neurobiologist whose research involves an approach called “Brainbow” which allows her team to label populations of brain cells in many different colors—creating perhaps the most useful rainbow in the world.

Emails like this one led Crews to meetings with faculty in many departments across campus, and in the end, she interviewed 14 faculty members about their research methods. The content of those interviews are being synthesized into a series of drawings and installations in the gallery. She also worked with research methods classes from Sociology, History, and Philosophy, research librarians and staff from the Watzek Library, and seven wonderful undergraduate project assistants to bring the exhibition to fruition. This project is one in a series initiated by Crews that is designed to highlight how people produce knowledge and determine their own truths.

In addition to being a visual art show inspired by the color experiments of artist Josef Albers and the interviews about research methods with faculty, this project is also hosting a series of events and activities led by students, faculty, and staff at LC. These public programs offer a glimpse into the research methods and processes used by the people who initiated them.

The exhibition is open Tuesday - Sunday, 11-4PM until December 16, 2019.  

Participating Faculty
Paul T. Allen, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Yaelle Amir, Independent Curator and Instructor of Curatorial Affairs at LC
Nora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music, Director of Musicology
Anne Bentley, Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry
Greta Binford, Professor of Biology and Department Chair
Becko Copenhaver, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair
Isabelle DeMarte, Associate Professor of French
Reiko Hillyer, Associate Professor of History
Rebecca Lingafelter, Associate Professor of Theater
Kabir Mansignh Heimsath, Visiting Assistant Professor with
Term of Anthropology and Asian Studies
Joel Martinez, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Liz Safran, Associate Professor of Geological Science
Sarah Warren, Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Latin American Studies
Tamily Weissman, Associate Professor of Biology

Student Collaborators
Aida Irving, Writer and Interactive Designer
Sarah Isenberg, Editor in Chief and Gallery Manager
Andrea Lewis, Director of Public Programs
Ellery Lloyd, Resident Artist Assistant/Gallery Representative
Noe Reyes, Assistant to the Resident Artist
Tyler Short, Assistant Curator
Charlotte Straus, Do It Herselfer

Roz Crews is a socially-engaged artist and educator thinking about how people learn what they know. As an artist, she explores information collection, opinion devising, and knowledge production as topics, and often questions the standards for education set forth by institutions. Crews works as a Program Manager at the King School Museum of Contemporary Art, mentors graduate students at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and teaches social practice, publication production, and research for designers at Portland State University’s (PSU) School of Art + Design.

Since 2014, she has established two Artist in Residence (AIR) programs inside university Housing and Residence Life departments—the first as a graduate student at PSU where she lived for three years as the inaugural AIR, helping to shape the program in negotiation and cooperation with the housing administration. After this she moved to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she served as the inaugural AIR in 2017-2018 working in collaboration with the College of Visual and Performing Art to design a residency in their Housing and Residence Education department. The program at UMass Dartmouth is moving into its third year, and invited artists receive a salary, project budget, free apartment in the residence halls, and the freedom to design a socially-engaged project of their own.

She is currently the 2019 Artist in Residence at Lewis & Clark College’s Hoffman Gallery. Crews earned an MFA in Art and Social Practice at PSU and holds a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in Public Archaeology from New College of Florida.


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