A multidisciplinary artist from Los Angeles, California, Arceneaux explores the origins and laws of our physical reality, using strategy in which linear logic is subverted and destabilized to create a space of experimentation. Arceneaux has had numerous solo exhibitions including shows at at Los Angeles Projects, The Studio Museum of Harlem, and Project, New York. His 2006 installation piece The Alchemy of Comedy . . . Stupid, exhibited at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, features the actor David Alan Grier working out an introspective and frequently awkward comedy routine.

Edgar Arceneaux, born 1972, lives and works in Los Angeles. Arceneaux is a graduate of Art Center College of Design (BFA, 1996) and the California Institute for the Arts (MFA, 2001) and has been the subject of exhibitions at REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria; San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Studio Museum Harlem, New York. He has also been a featured artist at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; the Bronx Museum, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Arceneaux was featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. The artist’s work resides in public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Orange County Museum of Art, CA, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Galerie Praz Delavallade.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. This is the twelfth lecture of the fourth year of the PMMNLS. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, and The NW Film Center.