WWNY-7, based in Watertown, NY, recently ran a short story on the Cellblock Visions currently on display in the gallery.
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As Chika Okeke-Agulu recently noted in his blog Ọfọdunka, Mt. Holyoke College Museum of Art will present a public conversation between El Anatsui and Obiora Udechukwu. Okeke-Agulu is especially excited about hearing these two former colleague and fellow artists, each an important figure in his own right:
One reason I very much look forward to this event–apart from getting together with my favorite teachers and former colleagues in my days as a young teacher at Nsukka!–is that Udechukwu is one artist-scholar that has known Anatsui more than anyone else out there. (I still return to his short but perceptive 1982 essay in a catalog for one of Anatsui’s earliest solo exhibitions). And Udechukwu has, since their years as young artist-teachers at Nsukka, and as Anatsui’s work took to the stratosphere, recorded many of their conversations, as a part of his incredible archives of interviews with artists, novelists, poets, critics that shaped modern/contemporary Nigerian art…But this one, at this stage in their careers, is something special.
The talk is in conjunction with the current exhibition at Mt. Holyoke College’s museum, El Anatsui: New Worlds, and will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3.
A group of St. Lawrence University students, faculty, and staff have organized a town hall meeting entitled “How do we talk about prisons in New York State?” for Thursday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Noble Center Room 109.
Savannah Crowley ’14 and Allison Paludi ’14, both global studies majors and members of Amnesty International, will introduce a panel comprised of Natasha Haverty, journalist and producer of North Country Public Radio’s Prison Time Media Project; Rev. David Van Epps, retired state chaplain at the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility; and Lauren Melodia, campaign organizer for Milk Not Jails. Dr. Mary Jane Smith, associate professor of history, will moderate the discussion with time set aside for community members’ comments and questions.
Crowley and Paludi note that “the purpose of this event is to facilitate a community dialogue about prisons in New York State that are so economically, politically and socially important to the North Country. In consideration of prisons’ role in our society and their effects on our communities, it is vital we add local voices to a larger political conversation.”
Visitors are also encouraged to view art and prison exhibitions at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery that will be on display in the same building through April 12, 2014: Cellblock Visions: Set Free in the Penitentiary; Photo Requests from Solitary; Milk Not Jails, and drawings by former inmate turned prison reform activist Five Mualimm-ak.
NCPR has done an amazing job of reporting on the important issues of incarceration and prisons in our region; recent stories have featured visiting artist and social activist Five Mualimm-ak and curator Phyllis Kornfeld, who organized the Cellblock Visions exhibition.
Cellblock Visions will be on display in the Brush Gallery until April 12.
In coordination with the Brush Gallery and other programs on campus, SLU’s Global Studies department is holding a symposium on prison reform.
The symposium will include several events dedicated to raising awareness and facilitating conversation between North Country students, faculty, and community members on issues such as the prison industrial complex, solitary confinement, and prison reform efforts across the United States. Through these events, we hope to foster a dialogue about northern New York’s role in these larger processes, which are often missing from mainstream news coverage.
The first event is a lecture by prison reform and social justice activist Five Omar Mualimm-ak at 7:00 p.m., in Griffiths 123. Mualimm-ak’s drawings are featured as part of the Brush Gallery’s current exhibitions, which address issues of incarceration in New York State and the nation.
The symposium’s events are sponsored by SLU Amnesty International, the African American Studies Department, SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Activists), the Weave, the Brush Gallery, and North Country Public Radio’s Prison Time project.
On Tuesday morning, the Alexander String Quartet visited the gallery and played while students from Karen Gibson’s FYP (Children’s Literature and Its Life-Long Lessons) engaged in a drawing assignment. The members of the ASQ seem to enjoy interacting with students — especially Sandy Wilson (cello) and Paul Yarbrough (viola), who added historical context to the music that the group played. I forget the individual pieces that were played, but they began with Mozart and followed that with Ravel and then Britten.
On Friday morning, NCPR aired a story on the ASQ as part of its Live Music Friday series.
The Adirondack Pack Basket Workshop with Clear Creek Weavers has been rescheduled. The workshop will take place on Saturday, October 26, from 9:30 to 5:00, in the Noble Center Papermaking Studio.
Materials fee: large basket $95, small basket $79 (including canvas straps). Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet!
Pre-registration is required; contact Cathy Tedford at 315-229-5174 or email@example.com
Last week, Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan from Peace Paper were on campus to conduct Panty Pulping workshops in papermaking and printmaking. Drew and Margaret have been on campus before to for workshops and to make paper, but this was the first time that panties have been pulped on campus!
As they describe the project, “Panty Pulping workshops bring people together to share their strengths and joy through the transformation of their most intimate garments into paper. The concept of creating paper from clothing with personal significance reaches a new level as participants of all ages snip, beat, and reform their underwear together. When we pulp our underwear, we make a statement that violence will not be tolerated. We stand together in solidarity for survivors, for the global advancement of women, and for creative revolutions.”
This week-long, multi-layered event brought awareness of sexual assault to a wide audience through active participation and hands-on learning. The content is social activism through the vehicle of art-making.
This morning, NCPR aired a story by Zach Hirsch which describes the Panty Pulping project: Margaret and Drew interviewed by Zach Hirsch, NCPR.
And more photographs are available on the gallery’s flickr site.
Contemporary art blog Flak Photo recently featured the work of photographer Kyle Ford. The photograph selected for the site, Before the Slaughter, is from Ford’s FOREVER WILD series and appeared on June 27. A selection of Ford’s photographs will be included in The Adirondacks: One Dish, One Spoon, which will open in August here at the Brush Gallery. One Dish, One Spoon will feature a range of artworks and artifacts related to the Adirondacks, both conceptually and geographically.
More information can be found at www.kylefordphotography.com.
The Brockville Arts Centre in Brockville, Ontario, is showing a selection of work from Morphographica, shown here at the gallery in 2012. The photographs will be on display from June 29 to July 31, 2013.
The exhibition, a joint art installation by two St. Lawrence University faculty members, biologist Alex Schreiber and bio-archaeologist Mindy Pitre, and Pitre’s research partner, bio-archaeologist Pamela Mayne Correia, presents photomicrographs of biological specimens, including frogs, fish and human beings. The artists selected images for their aesthetic appeal and scientific value to explore the intersection of art and science.
Additional information about Morphographica is available on the Brush Gallery site.
Installation shots of the exhibition in Brockville: