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Tzintzun Aguilar Izzo ’15 is presenting an exhibition of his photographs in the hallway gallery — the exhibition opens on Friday, April 26, as do three other student-driven exhibitions.  Tzintzun’s exhibition, The Pozos Art Project, is based on the work he did last summer as part of his Tanner Fellowship.

Tzintzun will present a screening of his video work on Tuesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. in Griffiths 123. One video gives background information about the Pozos Art Project, with interviews of Geoff Winningham and Janice Freeman, who founded the project.  Also included are interviews of students involved with the project and scenes from life in the town.

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The Pozos Art Project exhibition includes work done by students that he taught over the summer while working in Mineral de Pozos, Mexico.  There’s more information about the exhibition and the project that inspired it on the gallery’s web site.

But Tzintzun’s students also produced videos, learning editing and postproduction. One, Buena para Matar, a gangster micro-tale, can be seen here.

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One component of our current exhibition, Game On! Art and Hockey, has a strong focus on our local hockey-loving community.  The exhibition in the hallway includes photographs and memorabilia from the SLU athletics department, Special Collections in ODY, and from the Canton Town and Village archives, as well as from local hockey  parents and fans.  Students from Parishville-Hopkinton Central School made some hockey-inspired word portraits, three of which are in the exhibition.

 

On September 27th, a group of students from Ray Whalen’s art class at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School visited the gallery.  The Alexander String Quartet was in residence at SLU that week, and the students sketched as the quartet played works by Mozart, Shostakovich and Beethoven — not a lightweight program by any means!

Violist Paul Yarbrough spoke briefly between each of the three pieces, giving historical and social context for the music.  It was an amazing opportunity for students to hear a performance by world-class musicians in a small, informal setting.

 

 

SLU is celebrating reunion weekend, and we’ve just learned about  interesting new projects that two alumni are working on.

In the first, Alexey Timbul (who went by the last name Boulokhov while at SLU and graduated in 2003), is using Kickstarter to fund his performance art project, in which he will “perform simple life routines, gestures and expressions in memoriam of the queer victims of the Nazi persecution. This performance art project will consist of naming, numbering, dedication, doing and documenting of 175 simple actions, an allusion to the infamous Paragraph 175 which criminalized homosexuality.”

At this time, there are three days left for the project to find funding — he has reached 70% of his goal! — and we hope  he finds the support necessary for this undertaking.

 

The second project also involves “performance,” but of an entirely different sort. Alex Duane graduated this year and participated in both senior exhibitions at the gallery this semester.  With Andrew Skaggs and Matthew Didisheim (also SLU alumni), Alex will be bicycling across the country, starting in Vermont and heading east through the northern part of the US and southern Ontario and then into British Columbia before heading south into Washington and down the Pacific coast.  It looks like the final destination is somewhere in northern California.

The group will be keeping a blog at bicycletraverse.wordpress.com/.  Alex is a thoughtful and engaging writer, and I’m looking forward to his posts.

 

Alex Schreiber, one of the artists in the gallery’s current Morphographica exhibition, is the subject of a recent interview on NCPR, the local NPR affiliate.  In the interview, he describes how his childhood interests have transformed into his current scientific research in his lab at St. Lawrence.

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On Sunday, May 20, cartoonist Garry Trudeau will speak to SLU’s class of 2012 and also receive an honorary degree.  Trudeau grew up in Saranac Lake and holds a bachelor’s degree and MFA in graphic design from Yale University. He launched the “Doonesbury” comic strip in 1970, and it now appears in nearly 1,500 newspapers in the United States and abroad, distributed by Universal Press Syndicate. In 1975, Trudeau became the first comic-strip artist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Since then, he’s been a finalist three times, including this year for his strips concerning the war in Iraq.

SLU’s permanent collection includes a drawing from Doonesbury, a gift from Universal Press Syndicate.

Garry Trudeau
Doonesbury, July 22, 1972
Ink on paper
Gift of Universal Press Syndicate
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Special thanks to Tzintzun Aguilar Izzo for videotaping and editing the interviews. Additional information about the re:WORKS exhibition can be found on the Gallery’s Web site.

re:WORKS, our most recent exhibition, opened  on Friday, March 22, with a very well attended reception, complete with live music.  The exhibition includes works from St. Lawrence University’s permanent collection and “reworks” by students in Melissa Schulenberg’s art and art history spring 2012 senior-year experience (SYE) class.  Each student selected from two to six art objects from the collection and then created new works based on those selections.

Each of the students gave a short talk about his or her work and described how art work from the University’s collection provided inspiration for the final project.  The students in the exhibition are Mike Cianca, Alex Duane, Evan Haynes, Alli Howe, Courtney Kuno, Olivia McManus, and Lindsay Tarolli.  I hope to put up some installation shots soon.

Students from The Annex Performing Arts Theme House (just across the street) provided music, and added so much to the reception’s lively atmosphere.

 

Artist Daniel Heyman made the trip to Canton from Philadelphia, PA, earlier this week, visiting campus in conjunction with the Bearing Witness exhibition, which features his gouache paintings and prints (including a huge etching on multiple pieces of plywood).

While here, he gave a very moving artist’s lecture, met with students and members from the local community, and also taught Japanese wood block printing to Melissa Schulenberg’s beginning printmaking class. And he made a lithograph with Melissa, too! All this in just 2 1/2 action-packed days.

I really enjoyed getting to know Daniel — and his snappy sense of humor!

 

Look what appeared in our local paper this week.  Pay it forward!

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