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Gong meditation and relaxation for creativity with Gurumantra Kaur
Tuesday, November 8, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Richard F. Brush Art Gallery

Gurumantra Kaur is a certified Kundalini Research Institute yoga instructor, registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, member of International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, 3H0, and international associate of Yoga Therapists.  She specializes in gong meditation and relaxation, addiction therapy, mental health awareness, fertility susceptibility, fitness for senior citizens, and meditational classes from beginners to advanced.

Gurumantra Kaur (center) with friends

This vegan yogi expands conscious thought about body awareness, mental health, and healing with sound currents.  She uses kundalini yoga as a way to exercise the mind, body, and spirit—a technique which enables one to reach a higher state of awareness, emotional stability, and strength by using several techniques, including pranayama, kriyas, meditation, bhandas, mudras, mantras, and visualization.

For more information visit www.yogistrong.com.

Meditation and gong relaxation with Gurumantra Kaur is presented in conjunction with the ELEMENTALS Birds exhibition on display through December 10, 2011, with Inga and Andy Hamilton, artists from Northern Ireland, in residence through Thursday, November 10.  ELEMENTALS Birds is an experiment to see if artists, printmakers, and craftspeople can physically embody feelings of peace, harmony, and goodwill in their artwork and tangibly affect the space around them.

This event is free and open to the public.  Bring a cushion or mat if you have one.  Please share this information with students and friends!

 

 

Gallery monitor Ericka took a little cat nap this afternoon after a hectic week.  “I just put my head down for a second,” she said.  Tomorrow is the first day of fall break, and that should give her a chance to catch up on a little sleep.

Having been exhibited earlier at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and here at the Brush Gallery last spring, Nipirasait: Many Voices will be shown in its third venue, the College of Wooster Art Museum, from October 25 to December 11, 2011.  Marking the 50th anniversary of the Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, the exhibition includes prints by Kenojuak Ashevak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Kavavaow Mannomee, Kananginak Pootoogook, Pitaloosie Saila, and Ningeokuluk Teevee, among others.

Artist's Talk

In conjunction with the Re-framing Terrorism exhibition, artist Wafaa Bilal will give a lecture in Griffiths 123 on Thursday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m.

More information about Bilal can be found at wafaabilal.com.


Jane Becker (center) led a gallery discussion on September 11, in conjunction with the exhibition Re-framing Terrorism, which she organized for the Gallery.  Her talk was very well attended (especially for a day busy with so many commemorations).  It was interesting to learn about the background for the works of art and how contemporary artists have responded to the events of September 11.

Artist Wafaa Bilal will visit campus to meet with classes and to give a lecture  on Thursday, October 6.

flags on the SLU quad commemorate 9/11

 

Photographer Brian McCarty will show his work at the gallery during the  fall 2012 semester.  In the recent past, McCarty’s photography  has focused on urban toys in surprising and realistic situations (which we love!) — see http://www.mccartyphotoworks.com/portfolio.html.  But he has been working the past few months on a documentary  project that combines photography with principles of play and art therapy.  With the assistance of the Spafford Children’s Center in East Jerusalem as well as the Idbaa Cultural Center inside the Deheisheh Refugee Camp, he has been examining firsthand accounts of war from the perspective of children living in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.

He describes the project here, at http://vimeo.com/25908478.

 

Senior Tandazani Dhlakama has been working on a very impressive body of work this year as part of an honors project, and the resulting exhibition, Echoes of the Past, is on display in the gallery until June 6.  Among other topics, the exhibition addresses family, history, identity, and politics.  Last Friday, she successfully defended her work, fielding some pretty tough questions from faculty members.

Great job, Tanda!

Carole and I (and printmaking prof Melissa Schulenburg) are heading to Toronto tomorrow to attend the Inuit Modern Symposium at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Saturday.  One of the most important artists from Cape Dorset, Kenojuak Ashevak, will be there, as will David Ruben Piqtouken and Jimmy Manning.  David and Jimmy both came to SLU some years ago, as did Kavavaow Mannomee.  David’s beautiful Inuksuit sits at the entrance to the Canadian Embassy gallery in Washington, DC, where the gallery presented our 50-year anniversary Cape Dorset exhibition last year in 2010.  Carole and I passed the sculpture every day as we installed the show.

Our globe-trotting sticker ninja, Spencer Homick ’06, sent a link to a hilarious video skit about Julian Assange played by David Rees called Terrible Houseguest.  We’ve had David come to SLU on two occasions, and both were some of the best presentations we’ve seen.  David’s work is difficult to classify, evidenced by two project titles, “My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable” and “Get Your War On.”  The GYWO series is/was a brilliant response to the events taking place after 9/11.  I say is/was b/c David has been doing some new cartoons in the GYWO series, from what I’ve heard.

The gallery got in a little trouble after producing an exhibition card for a GYWO mini-exhibition (presented alongside work by NY Times photographer Tyler Hicks, who was recently held captive on assignment in Libya but today released).  Trouble on one level (with donors), but the SLU president at the time was very supportive of free speech in academia.

If you haven’t seen the GYWO books, pick them up.  (Sorry for the crazy thumbnail….)

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