News and Events

April 6 through May 27, 2017
Convergence: Digital Media and Technology
Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 5, 5-7 PM

An exhibition co-curated by Richard Herskowitz and Scott Malbaurn in collaboration with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) and the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF).Media Art from the JSMA Collection curated by Richard Herskowitz (JSMA Curator of Media Arts and AIFF Director of Programming) on view in our Treehaven and Heiter Galleries includes works by Nina Katchadourian, Ken Matsubara, Vanessa Renwick, and Peter Sarkisian. Additional works by Allison Cekala, Lou Watson, Derek Larson and Julia Oldham on view in our Entry and Main Galleries.

March 25 5-8 PM: March into the Sea at Optic Gallery in Corvallis, OR

February 25-26 9 AM to 9 PM: Moby Dick Readathon at Bison bison! Gallery in Corvallis, OR

March 18, 2017 4-6 PM: Mother at the Art Gym
Catalogue release and conversation

Sunday, January 15 6-8 PM at The Art Gym
Mother, my 2-person exhibition with Roxanne Jackson opens at The Art Gym in Marylhurst, OR.

Friday the 13th, January 2017 6-8 PM at This Friday or Next Friday
My solo exhibition Girl Under the Floor opens at This Friday or Next Friday in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Release party for Monsters from the Valley, my new comic book.

New store! To purchase small drawings, please visit my store HERE.

September 24 8:00 - 11:00 PM
Maiden Mother Crone: Echo Park Film Center
Films by Mx Angel, Hannah Piper Burns, Amy Halpern, Julia Oldham, Kelly Showker, Maarit Suomi-Väänänen and Katya Yakubov. Curated by Hannah Piper Burns.

August 13
Portland Biennial 2016: Astoria Openings
Royal Nebeker Art Gallery, Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, 5-8 pm

Please join me NEXT SATURDAY, August 13 from 5-8 PM for a special reception at the Royal Nebeker Art Gallery in Astoria, OR featuring the work of Julia Oldham and Jack Featherly. This exhibition, along with Avantika Bawa's incredible installation at the Astor Hotel, is part of the Portland2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art (DISJECTA) and the 2nd Saturday Astoria Artwalk.

August 10
Chasing the Wild Boar: NW Film Center at the Portland Art Museum

Please come to the Portland Art Museum's Whitsell Auditorium next Wednesday, August 10 at 7PM to see Chasing the Wild Boar, a screening of my video works organized by the Northwest Film Center! This screening is part of the NW Film Center's Northwest Tracking: a program showcasing the work of independent filmmakers living and working in the Northwest—Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington—whose work reflects the vibrant cinematic culture of the region.

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July 8 to August 7
Field Studies at Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York
Curated by Andrew Prayzner and Naomi Reis
July 8 – August 7, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 6-9pm
1329 Willoughby Ave #2A

BROOKLYN, NY – TSA is pleased to present Field Studies, a group exhibition featuring the work of Terry Adkins, Emilie Clark, Zachary Fabri, Rachel Frank, Matthew Jensen, Julia Oldham and Lina Puerta.

The work in this exhibition stems from the spirit of the explorer, the investigator and seeker – taking the studio outside to activate space, and allowing curiosity and chance to shape outcome. In these Field Studies, rather than using the scientific method of applying systematic experiments to test a predetermined thesis, the artists use rigorous methods to offer glimpses of alternate realities and otherwise invisible realms of knowledge.

Coming up in July 2016
The Portland Biennial at Disjecta, curated by Michelle Grabner
A major survey of work by artists who are defining and advancing contemporary art practices, Portland2016 will include exhibitions, events and performances in multiple locations from July 9 through September 18, 2016. Disjecta’s 6,000-square-foot exhibition space in north Portland’s diverse Kenton neighborhood will be the central venue for Portland2016. And for the first time, Portland2016 will include venues across Oregon in addition to satellite locations in all five “quadrants” of Portland. A full list of partner locations and the artists exhibiting at each will be released in April.

How to Escape a Black Hole at Gray Box (solo exhibition)
May 5 - June 4, 2016 (opening reception May 5, 5-7 PM)
White Box
24 NW First Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209-4038

Julia Oldham’s newest video work is a 4-channel journey into the cosmos. In How To Escape a Black Hole, a wall-sized floating head leads her viewers into a light trance and then toward a black hole at the center of the galaxy. Along the way, her spirit animal Astrolotl creates an environment of relaxation geared toward those who experience ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or a euphoric and tingling experience in the head and back caused by various sensory stimuli). Drawing from YouTube tropes of self-hypnosis, meditation and ASMR videos, Oldham builds an experiential piece that blends internet-based new age and self-help culture with a physics lesson in a virtual planetarium.

Adrift in the Wonder World: Women Make Meaning of Moby Dick at Marta Hewett Gallery
April 23 - August 14, 2016
Marta Hewett Gallery
1310 Pendleton St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Fifth Wheel at Linfield Gallery
Sarah Nance, Julia Oldham, Alanna Risse, and Jane Schiffhauer
Exhibition Dates: February 10 through March 19, 2016

Opening Reception Wednesday, February 10, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Gallery
Artist Talk Saturday, March 12, 5:00 p.m. in the Gallery

Linfield Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition featuring new work from four women artists in conversation with Melville's classic American novel "Moby Dick. "The Fifth Wheel," which takes its title from a passage in the novel describing the surprisingly inessential nature of the human soul, brings together artists of different mediums and styles to the Linfield Gallery. The combination of site-specific installation, sculpture, and hand-drawn animation, creates new perspectives of the famously masculine literary work.

Julia Oldham in Oregon Arts Watch
Click here to read an article about my studio in Eugene, OR by Sabina Poole!

Venus Vault at SPACES
2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH
Opening Reception: November 20, 6 – 9 pm
On view at SPACES: November 20, 2015 – January 15, 2016

Laika's Lullaby (with music by Lindsay Keast) will be included in the the feminist planetarium program Venus Vault at Spaces. Enter a cozy womb-like environment where you can safely consider the underpinnings of everything you thought you knew about everything. Engage in a tender exploration of a familiar/foreign planet via the 3D Mission: Cleveland Land Mass; spelunk inner space with Baby! Love your Body! Episode 1; and question authority in astronomy with Womyn Space. Shed an astral tear for the first bitch in space over Laika's Lullaby; go into deep space (if you dare) with Pink Black Hole; and back in time to the witchy origins of the universe with Middle of the Night. Then tumble gently back to earth on Le Voyage Dans la Lune.

Cinespace (Houston Cinema Arts Festival/NASA)
She Works Flexible, 1709 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX
Opening reception November 12, 5 PM
I am very excited to be showing two videos and a series of drawings at She Works Flexible gallery in Houston TX in conjunction with the Houston Cinema Arts Festival's collaboration with NASA, Cinespace. I'll be joining Jeanne Liotta and Laura Heit for this 3-person exhibition and will be giving an artist talk and screening 4 videos on November 15. Curated by Richard Herskowitz.

Art Seen
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
November 11, 7:30PM
I will be screening Laika's Lullaby, an ode to the soviet spacedog Laika with music by the amazing Lindsay Keast, as part of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival, organized by Caryn Coleman, at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, NY this November. On the evening of November 11 at 7:30 pm, I will be joining Zachary Heinzerling, Marcel Dzama, Ronni Thomas and Takeshi Murata for a screening and panel discussion as part of Art Seen.

From Nowhere at Sluice Art Fair
Bargenhouse, London UK
October 16, 11 AM to 6 PM
My video Star Noise will be included in From Nowhere at Sluice Art Fair this year. Sluice__screens is a strand of Sluice programming that focuses specifically on projected/video art. This year, several artists and curators were invited to program a day each. From Nowhere is curated by Jean-Michel Crapanzano.

To See the Sky With the Naked Eye
Union Cinema, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee, WI
October 13, 7 PM
My video Infinitely Impossible will be included in the wonderfully named screening To See the Sky With the Naked Eye in Milwaukee. Co-presented by the Manfred Olson Planetarium at UWM, this program combines select 16mm works from the UWM Cinema Arts Archive and video works from artists invited by the curator to contemplate the depth and range of phenomena surrounding the untouchable sky and space that surrounds us. Curated by Taka Suzuki, this screening will take place on October 13 at 7 PM at the Union Cinema.

Peekskill Project 6
100-150 North Water St, in Peekskill, NY
Saturdays and Sundays 12-5, September 27 until December 31?
Really Large Numbers (my collaboration with Chad Stayrook) has a new installation on view in Peekskill, NY as part of Peekskill Project 6, a large group show in and around the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. Our new piece is called Anomaly no. 2: Meteorite, and it will take you for a ride through the cosmos. We worked with curator Alessandro Facente for this project. The work will be on view on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 PM until December 31.

4.7.2015 I've been awarded a Master Artist Residency with Marisa Olson at the Atlantic Center for the Arts that will take place this summer.

4.2.2015 Farewell Brave Voyager, a solo exhibition at the Pataphysical Society in Portland, OR, will run until May 22. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, 12-5 PM.

2.21.2015 Open Studios at Wave Hill in the Bronx from 1-3 PM. Come and see the work of Winter Workspace atists.

2.24.2015-4.1.2015 Whale Alert, a multimedia installation by Really Large Numbers, will be in the project space at Rooster Gallery in NewYork, NY.

2.18.2015-6.2015 Flutteries, or A Feeling of impending Doom, a two-person exhibition of work by Really Large Numbers and Jessica Segall, will open on Fen 18 from6-8 PM at 125 Maiden Lane (Art in Buildings Program at Time Equities), New York, NY