Telling Stories: Resilience and Struggle in Contemporary Narrative Drawing

July 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Reception at 6 p.m., lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

The PSU College of the Arts welcomes Dr. Robin Reisenfeld to Oregon as part of the 2018 Connective Conversations: Curator and Critic Tours and Lecture Series.

Co-sponsored by The Ford Family Foundation and the University of Oregon School of Art and Design, the Connective Conversations program brings professional curators and critics from outside the Northwest to conduct one-on-one studio visits with established Oregon artists, to deliver public lectures, and to join in community conversations.

Dr. Reisenfeld is Curator of Works on Paper at the Toledo Museum of Art. During her visit to Oregon from July 16 through 20, she will meet selected artists specializing in prints, drawings, collage, or book arts, and will present two public lectures on the theme of “Resilience and Struggle in Contemporary Narrative Drawing.”

In this lecture, Dr. Reisenfeld will explore the primacy of drawing as a medium in the work of Amy Cutler (Poughkeepsie, New York), Robyn O’Neil (Los Angeles), and the late Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook (Cape Dorset, Canada). These artists rely on inventive mark-making and distinctive approaches to rendering space in drawings that chronicle the complexities of modern human relationships. Analyzing the artists’ idiosyncratic subject matters and formal choices, Dr. Reisenfeld will discuss how Cutler, O’Neil, and Pootoogook incorporate strategies of resilience in imaginative stories in which the notion of an individual self within the framework of a larger community is a recurring concern.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Amy Cutler, Fossa, 2016 (detail). Graphite on paper. 55 ¼ x 47 in.
Amy Cutler, Fossa, 2016 (detail). Graphite on paper. 55 ¼ x 47 in.