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Jen Delos Reyes

// 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. 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 on Sunday, July 31, Delos Reyes will do a reading from her book.  In addition, a preview event for Converge 45’s Artists’ Congress will be held on July 28.

As part of PNW Context programming, this exhibition is one of an ongoing series that connects artists of the Pacific Northwest with artists and curators outside of the region. These programs broaden and deepen connections for regional artists, providing a context for their art that ranges from national to international. Local viewers experience work from artists outside the region, and regional artists are brought to the attention of art audiences beyond the Pacific Northwest. PNW Context creates a dialogue around ideas, methods, materials, and processes.

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 six artists (including one artist duo) to lead 30-minute activities based on a simple chore or activity they typically do on a Sunday afternoon. Activities will be led by sidony o’neal, Takahiro Yamamoto, Joaquin Dollar and Martina Kocmanová, Jade Novarino, and Mami Takahashi.

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 Artists’ Congress, with Kristy Edmunds Converge 45 Inaugural Artistic Director and Guest Curator, will explore Portland’s 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.

Photo credit: Eliza Gregory