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On Tuesday, Cathy and I had a fun afternoon binding journals with students from SLU’s Adirondack semester.  They came to the Gallery to make journals before heading out on a multiday canoe and hiking trip.

Thanks to Cathy Shrady for the photographs!

Buddhist Art and Ritual, a fine arts class taught by Chandreyi Basu, visited the Gallery this afternoon to get a firsthand look at a selection of Buddhist art and artifacts from the University’s Permanent Collection.  Students worked in groups, examining chakpus (brass tools used in the creation of sand mandalas), a bell and dorje, and two paintings of deities.  There was some debate about the identity of deities surrounding Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, depicted on the thangka painting.  The groups presented their findings to the class at the end of the session.

Composer William Price spoke in the Gallery last night.  His talk, “Composition, Creativity, and the Concerns of the Professional Composer” addressed what it means to be a contemporary composer, but he spoke about working in other creative disciplines as well.

Composer William Price

Composer William Price

He  played some interesting excerpts of his compositions — including a piece for saxophone quartet (!) and another piece based on the fiction of Dashiell Hammett.

William Price and Chris Watts will present a selection of electronic music and animation tonight (March 16) in the Underground.  I heart electronica, so I’ll be there!

The talk was sponsored by the SLU Department of Music and the Birdsong Endowment for Music.

We’re pleased to have Lauri Lyons here today to speak in conjunction with the exhibition of her photographs on display at the Brush Art Gallery.  She will be speaking about two related projects, one called “Flag: An American Story” and the other “Flag International.”

From 1995-2000, Lauri traveled across the United States to interview people about what they thought was America.  Each person would reflect upon this and write their comments in one of her journals.  Afterwards, she would photograph them with an American flag.

Later, in 2007, she went to Europe to investigate how the international community views the United States in the 21st century.  Similarly, each subject was approached on the street and handed a sketchbook to write his or her views of America.  Each was given an American flag, and people posed however they felt comfortable.

Works from both projects are presented in the exhibition here at St. Lawrence.

Lauri has produced and photographed essays in Brazil, Mexico, West Africa, and the United States, which have appeared in such publications as Stern, Trace, Vibe, and The London Observer.  In 2003, Lauri Lyons became the first black woman to shoot the cover of Fortune magazine and in 2006, the first black female photographer signed to Getty Images.

Lauri has shown her work The International Center of Photography, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Civil Rights Museum. Her advertising clients include Pepsi and McDonald’s.

From 2000 to present, Lauri Lyons has served as a faculty member for the International Center of Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, and as the Director of Photography for the Leave Out Violence youth program.

Lauri has also contributed to The Huffington Post on a wide variety of topics including Afro-Brazilian history, beats, and culture; art and activism by homeless teens in Minneapolis; women in hip-hop: the B-Girl Be festival; and Harlem memorializing Michael Jackson at the Apollo Theater.

While on campus in October, Rockpool Candy created an outdoor neolithic loom, as she describes it, and here is one of our dear gallery ninjas going at it.

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In October, Rockpoolcandy and Mytarpit visited campus.  They workshopped  with SLU students, created scads of cool stuff, and instigated an outdoor giveaway art exhibition.  Rockpoolcandy even made a loom!

Emily Gawdey-Backus wrote a(nother) thoughful essay about the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery and Permanent Collection in the current issue of The Hill News.  Essays like these help communicate to students and others information about the function of the gallery as a source for learning and research.


The 2009 fall semester begins with an exhibition of prints by Sister Corita Kent from August 19 to October 24.  Dianne Drayse from Ogdensburg Free Academy will be doing curriculum development, and she pointed me to a few videos on YouTube including this one by Aaron Rose, an independent curator from L.A.  He organized an exhibition of Sister Corita’s work called Passion for the Possible, which was on display in Berlin in 2008.  In the video, he talks about some of the similarities between Corita’s work and the work of graffiti artists, then and now–all of whom he thinks were/are social outsiders in one way or another.  Check it out!

a few vinyl toys

Dianne Drayse-Alonso brought some students from Ogdensburg Free Academy at the tail end of the spring semester to see some of the toys from the SLU Permanent Collection.  The students were making plushes and thinking about how artists view the relation between commercial and fine art.

and gloomy bear

and gloomy bear

flyer for gallery reception, 4/30

Be sure to come to the reception for the Senior Art Exhibition on Thursday, April 30 at 7:00!

Art!  DJ David Sommerstein from the Beat Authority!  World music!  Snacks!

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