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Cannibal Island: An Artist Lecture with Short Films, Curious Images and Free Conundrums

In conversation with Howard N. Fox
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Episode Summary
McMillen--part sculptor, installation artist, printmaker, cultural anthropologist and L.A. native-- has been creating environmental installations with architectural references that deal with themes of time, change, and illusion since the 1970s, and his work is the subject of a current retrospective at the Oakland Museum of Art. Join us for a glimpse into McMillen's creative process and current obsessions.

Participant(s) Bio
Michael C. McMillen is the founding Director of Aero Pacific Research, an entity focusing on perceptual cognition and the practical application of the interflexed ambiguity principle. His research encompasses a wide domain of perceptual mediums such as visual, auditory, tactile and olfactory. Cannibal Island will reveal further aspects of his explorations. Currently on display at The Oakland Museum (April 16, 2011 - August 14, 2011), "Michael C. McMillen: Train of Thought" is an exhibition spanning the 40-year career of this internationally renowned Southern California mixed-media artist, and featuring the large-scale multisensory installations, assemblages, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and films that invite viewers into a made-up world, a skill for which McMillen is best known.

Howard N. Fox is an independent curator and art writer, having served as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1985 through 2008, where he produced many exhibitions and their catalogues - among them Robert Longo; A Primal Spirit: Ten Contemporary Japanese Sculptors; Lari Pittman; and Eleanor Antin. He was a co-organizer of Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900 - 2000, Tim Hawkinson; Phantom Visions: Art after the Chicano Movement; and contributed a lead essay to the exhibition catalogue Los Angeles 1955 - 1985: Birth of an Artistic Capital, organized by the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Most recently, in 2010, he curated Steve Rodin: In Between, a twenty-year survey of the Pasadena-based painter, sculptor, filmmaker, and sound artist, for the Armory Center for the Arts.