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Exhibition "Design Ah!" Channel

PechaKucha teamed up with 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT as part of the "Design Ah!" exhibition to produce two special events on March 23rd. One for kids, where they made and presented their 20x20s in an open workshop. The other for 'grown-ups' was part of Roppongi Art Night, and featured an inspiring lineup of design talent.

blake art
designer in chicago
New Town Art Gallery
in Williamsburg, Virginia
Jan Castaño Pipier ART
INGENIERO INDUSTRIAL EN FORMACION, MUSICO, ILUSTRADOR in bogota
CANAL ART
art event, canal art in Nagoya
Libby & Jo Modern Art
Artists/Designers, Modern Art in Lancaster
PAGE Public Art Genoa
Public Art in Genova
Nevena Nikolic (Nowlove Art)
Artist, NowLove Art in Mount Riverview

PAST VOL 4

Miami @ Miami Beach Convention Center
Dec 03, 2009

PAST VOL 2

Springfield, MO @ LemonDrop
Apr 01, 2011

PAST VOL 2

Ústí nad Labem @ Galerie Emila Filly
Jun 19, 2012

PAST VOL 40

Seattle @ Olympic Sculpture Park PACCAR Pavillion
Nov 29, 2012

Miami @ Interactice Art Fair - Downtown Miami

PAST VOL 54

Seattle @ Olympic Sculpture Park PACCAR Pavillion
May 21, 2014

PAST VOL 14

Memphis, TN @ Crosstown Arts
Feb 25, 2016

PAST VOL 3

Ufa @ MIRAS art gallery
May 12, 2016

PAST VOL 25

San Diego @ La Jolla Historical Society
Aug 25, 2016

PAST VOL 25

Sheffield @ Local Authority (upstairs at Corporation)
Oct 19, 2017

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Arthur Dooley

BY BOB GAUNT
@ VOL 5 ON JUN 13, 2013

Bob Gaunt tells us about the artist Arthur Dooley, a janitor turned sculptor. His story seems influenced by writer Jacques Rancier, whose book reflects the redistribution of the social order, which Dooley immitated in his change from low value employee to independent artist. Gaunt explores Dooley's stations of the cross series, which evoke a mix of traditionally christian and labor-conscious communist thinking. 

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Reproducing Spanish Royalty

BY MICHELLE VAUGHAN
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 05, 2014

Artist Michelle Vaughan discusses copies, genetics, history, and portait paintings. She goes into depth on the portraits Diego Velazquez was commissioned to create of the family of Spanish King Philip IV -- a family notorious for in-breeding. Michelle has created digital works of art that tell stories about the nature of replication, family genetics, and painterly techniques.

"Presentation of the Day" on August 12, 2014. 

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Storage for Distorted Matter

BY LOEK GROOTJANS
@ VOL 5 ON FEB 28, 2013

Loek Grootjans (b. 1955 in Arnemuiden) collects and keeps a record of whatever touches him as an artist and a human being. In 2008 he launched Storage for Distorted Matter, a wide-ranging project that sets out to register and store life. Thus for many years the artist collected the dust in his studio, as well as Vincent van Gogh’s native soil; he also stored the water in which drowned bodies washed ashore on the Dutch island of Vlieland.

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Evelyn & Elsie

BY BRENNA ELROD
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 11, 2014

Brenna Elrod comes from a long line of collectors.  She feels that she was destined to either love or hate old stuff. And she loves it. Brenna loves it because she believes objects have stories to tell, for better or worse.  However, She finds it disconcerting because we produce so much stuff. And we produce this stuff at a cost to the environment and people. This juxtaposition of values informs the content of her blog (evelynandelsie.wordpress.com) and more recently her creations. Brenna Elrod's expands on these topics and explores how she choses to pursue the study of 'old stuff' and what it means to her. 

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Mickey Pallas - Photographer

BY J A GINSBURG
@ VOL 32 ON DEC 02, 2014

Mickey Pallas was rarely without a camera in hand. In the early days, it was a Graflex, the classic Front Page-style press camera that used sheet film measuring 4 x 5 inches. That was replaced by a twin lens reflex Rollei that used roll film measuring a little over 2 inches square. And finally, the revolutionary 35mm Leica, a camera he adored so much that he also collected them. Janet A. Ginsburg tells the fascinating story this iconic Chicago photographer.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 19, 2015.

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What is Kamishibai?

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 122 ON FEB 20, 2015

Don Kratzer tells the history of Kamishibai, an art of telling story before the invention of television and manga. The lost art of Kamishibai was a legacy of story telling filled with great art and characters.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 13, 2015.

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400 Seconds of Art

BY SANDY SAAD
@ VOL 10 ON JAN 22, 2016

“It is said that one of the biggest forms of intimidation for a painter is an empty canvas”

In 400 Seconds of Art from PechaKucha Night Markham’s 10th volume, speaker Sandy Saad discusses her relationship with art. A lover of all things art – she enjoys experiencing and sharing with others the many ways art inspires her. From abstraction to mark making, she shares about how we engage with art and learn from it.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 9th, 2017. 

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She Who Makes

BY APRIL MANDRONA
@ VOL 21 ON SEP 24, 2016

April Mandrona is a new assistant professor in the Division of Art History & Critical Studies. Her research interests cut across several disciplines including Art Education, Gender Studies, and Children's Geographies. Her current work focuses on the development of ethical approaches to supporting the creative activities of young people.

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Art History at HoMA School

BY GARY LIU
@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Gary Liu is a lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at UH Manoa, and an instructor of art history at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

You all know about the wide array of expressive art practices taught in the studios at HoMA School, but perhaps it comes as news that the school has also been recently expanding its world of art history offerings too, something a class at an art museum is uniquely equipped to do. Using the example of Chinese ink paintings recently discussed in such classes, this presentation offers a glimpse into the insight gained through HoMA School’s art history lectures, discussions, gallery and vault visits, and film screenings.

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Keiki Club

BY AVIVA ROWLEY
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Aviva Rowley and friends founded Keiki Club - an open social community for friends and flora fanatics to come together and grow plants, share knowledge, and trade collections. Attend a Keiki Club meeting in NY or California - more info here.

Aviva is a ceramicist / artist / florist from Brooklyn, New York.  She graduated from Cooper Union in 2011 with a BFA.  She has been finding nature in Brooklyn her whole life and stubbornly refuses to leave NY - thus forcing her to create an indoor jungle.  

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A History of British Accents

How do you pronounce the letter "H"? Do you say "HAY-tch", or "AI-tch"? In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Toronto Vol. 16), Mark Staplehurst goes into detail on the history and variety of British accents. The way one speaks in England often says a lot about the way they are perceived -- the class from which they hail, their level of intellect, and their upbringing. As many say George Orwell said (thought it was Wyndham Lewis who said it first): "All Englishmen are branded on the tongue from birth." 

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Restoring Liberia's History

During and after the Liberian Civil War, countless photos were burned and with them bits of history were lost. In today's Presentation of the Day, "Restoring Liberia's History" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 28, Jeff Topham and his brother set out to retake old pictures of their childhood home of Liberia. Along the way, they ended up restoring the history of their old country, exposing a new generation to photos of a near unrecognizable Liberia, before rebels and war tore the country apart. Their project (Liberia '77) collected photographs of Liberia from expats and those who maintained photographic remants of the region, and eventually culminated in a gallery exhibition. 

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A Brief History of Distilling in New York

Christopher Williams gives a brief, but detailed history of distilling in New York. In "A Brief History of Distilling in New York" from PKN Garrison Vol. 4, he goes into depth on the Golden Age of distilleries in the state prior to prohibition and their subsequent demise. Christopher goes on to describe the contemporary reemergence of the industry--a New York distilling "renaissance".

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Most Successful Fraud in History: William Shakespeare

Everyone knows of William Shakespeare, but are the facts about him true? Barbara Hobens doesn't believe it for a second, and in fact denounces him as the true author of the classic plays and writings. In "Most Successful Fraud in History: William Shakespeare" from PKN Garrison Vol. 5, rather than entertain notions of common knowledge, she gives convincing evidence on how the noble Edward de Vere is likely the true Shakespeare we know and love. 

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Beyond Eating Local: Using History as a Guide to a New Food Security

How can Hawaii become the model agricultural society for the world? Josh Lanthier-Welch gives a great crash-course on the agricultural history of the Hawaiian islands. The islands went from feeding being self-sufficient to entirely reliant on imports. In "Beyond Eating Local: Using History as a Guide to a New Food Security" from PKN Honolulu Vol. 18, Josh shows us how the Hawaiians can once again utilise their lush volcanic farmland to return themselves to a sustainable, self-sufficient agricultural society.

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Out with the Old, In with the Art

See how London’s old industrial districts are transforming into live/work centers for artists and makers. Executive Director at Pollards Thomas Edwards architects Andrew Beharrel speaks about the history of London’s industrial districts, and how they are slowly becoming cheap places to work and live. In “Out with the Old, in with the Art” from a special “Made in London” PechaKucha event held during London Design Week 2014, Andrew tells us how his firm is working to renew these historic buildings, and cultivate local arts communities.

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A Brief History of Polyptych Art

"...because sometimes I think the picture isn't ready yet."In A Brief History of Polyptych Art, from Maastricht Vol. 26. Said ten Brinke explores the idea of Polyptich Art, the use of two, three, or more works of art to create a multiple array that becomes a unique piece itself, often with a new context. Some of the oldest known works of the Late Roman Empire are diptychs, a form that continued through the Renaissance and on to today in modern art by artistis such as Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon. Said ten Brinke ends his presentation with a series of self created photo-polyptychs. Check it out!

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21st Century History Painter

"...taking these historical events that were really happening in our time and treating them in the way they were done in 19th-century romantic paintings"From 21st Century History Painter at Powered by PechaKucha Event: United States Artists 2014 Artists Assembly, Sandow Birk presents selections of a prolific body of wide-ranging works, including paintings and woodblock prints. Influenced by nineteenth century European romantic painting, he juxtaposes layers of provocative modern day events, such as the LA Riots, Wars in the Middle East, or the Stonewall Riots upon the overly dramatic forms found in art two centuries ago. His latest project is a creation of an illuminated manuscript based on traditional islamic manuscripts.

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Fabricating History

"I make art about ineffectual dreamers who try really hard to succeed at something but always fail miserably." In Fabricating History from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist and founder of the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative, Caitlin Cass, focuses on the need for diverse sources in creative research, especially when you invent them yourself. She reflects on the subjectivity of history and explains how she co-opts historical authority to create comics and counterfeit historical exhibits. Walking us through her artistic process from the stage of “tadpole” to “strawberry dart frog,” Cass presents highlights of her recent comic book an counterfeit historical exhibits, such as “Folktales of American History” and “The Museum of Failure.” 

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Art of the Pencils

“Pencil is a small thing that can make a big difference in the lives of people who use them.” In "Art of the Pencil" from PechaKucha Night New York Vol.16 , Caroline Weaver, amateur pencil collector but lifelong pencil lover, founded CW Pencil Enterprise in November 2014. With her pencil experts, Caroline digs up the stories and origins of these objects and make them accessible to those who appreciate them for their functionality, beauty and history. As simple as it may be, the pencil is something which despite advances in technology will never become obsolete.