Oberlin alum Josh Neufeld (’89) will be in Oberlin this weekend to discuss his recently published book; A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge . His book was reviewed in the New York Times, you can see a related post about it here. The book grew out of his experiences while volunteering for the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina. He will give a talk about the book as well as his career and previous projects as an alternative cartoonist. His talk will be followed by a discussion between Josh Neufeld and Kwame Webster, a current senior at Oberlin who is a character in the book. Their discussion will be moderated by Caroline Jackson Smith, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance and also African American Studies. This event will be in Hallock Auditorium (in the Environmental Studies building) at 3pm this Saturday, Nov. 7th.
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above: 85 Union Street, mixed-media installation, 2004
Oberlin Alumnus Corin Hewitt is having a show at Seattle Art Museum’s downtown SAM space. Corin Hewitt is the featured Next artist, a program designed to expose the public to up-and-coming artists who are still under-represented. Hewitt works in photography, sculpture and performance and recently had a show at the Whitney where he performed and installed a piece called Seed Stage. During this performance Hewitt used a variety of materials which he processed in a variety of ways, from casting to canning to eating or sculpting. The SAM exhibition features a collection of photographs taken from a performance piece exhibited at a gallery in Portland, Oregon. The Portland performance piece included still-lifes of organic and inorganic objects which the artist photographed as they decayed and changed. The body of work, called Weavings: Performance #2 (Portland, Oregon) will be on display at SAM until October 18th. Corin Hewitt is represented by Taxter and Spengemann Gallery in New York.
Oberlin Alumna Jennifer Sargent (class of ’98) is collaborating with Aimee German on a musical comedy that is playing in Brooklyn until September 12th. The show, “Canarsie Suite: at the edge of Vaudeville” is up at the Brick Theater and features music composed by Tony Melone and cellist Ken Hashimoto. The ‘vaudeville noir” shows performers were described by PragueTV as “freakishly talented… Aimee German and Jennifer Sargent are obviously mutant genius actors and clowns… One of the weirdest and most memorable evenings in the theatre I have ever experienced.”
Canarsie Suite is at 10pm on Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th. The Brick Theater is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: 575 Metropolitan Ave (btw Union and Lorimer); take the L train to Lorimer or G train to Metropolitan. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. You can also visit the website of the show for more pictures and information.
The New York Times book review recently published an article about a graphic novel created by Oberlin Art History major Josh Neufeld, class of 1989. The book, “A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge,” follows the stories of 7 real-life survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Josh Neufeld was living in New York when Katrina hit and felt compelled to go to New Orleans and volunteer with the Red Cross. His experiences and the people he met while working there were translated into graphic-novel form, a medium Neufeld has published in previously. The graphic novel was originally published online at Smithmag.org but the expanded printed version was published by Pantheon.
Last year we blogged about Georgia Wall (OC ’08) winning the top prize from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO). This year AICUO recognized senior Amy Rinaldi as the grand prize winner, and also recognized senior Antonio Papania-Davis, Oberlin’s other nominee for the award, as a finalist. Congratulations to both of them for this achievement!
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, A.I.C.U.O., created an Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts to raise awareness of their member institutions and the artists they educate. Each of the member Colleges and Universities (there are over forty) are invited to nominate two graduating seniors as candidates for this competition. Six of the nominees are chosen by an independent jury of artists as finalists for the award.
Arcanum Productions is a film production company started and run by Oberlin alumnus Mika Johnson. Currently, the Arcanum is working on Johnson’s latest piece, entitled Amerika: A notebook in three parts. This film traces the journey through America of a Japanese woman named Kat. Kat’s journey is both physical and spiritual as she searches for a genuinely “American” experience.
What is most notable for Obies about this project is that parts of the filming will be down right here in Lorain County. Johnson is working to keep his costs under $1 million, and is shooting several scenes in the area with the aid of students in the Cinema Studies program. To read more about the project, you can visit its webpage.
Art Professors Sarah Schuster and Nanette Yannuzzi-Macias are in the midst of an exciting project in Istanbul and online. The project/show, “Translation and Conversion: A Meditation on the Everyday in Three Parts” is up at Play Studio in Istanbul as well as online. The show, which was conceived not only by Schuster and Yannuzzi-Macias but also by İz Öztat, Suat Öğüt and Ian Warren, considers the space of “home” as a structure that permeates and controls our lives. This participatory piece invites anyone to submit an everyday event through video or text. These electronic submissions are then transformed into print onto a scroll at the gallery, and will then be re-transformed into electronic and disseminated to participant/viewers. This one part of the three part project runs from March 6 until March 20, and the artists also credit to senior art majors Amy Giovanna Rinaldi, Sarah Krugman and Hilary Zarabi Aazam.
This Thursday, pack your lunch and come to Wilder 101 for the presentations of Research Fellows who have been working in, you guessed it- Art!
First up at 12:20 is junior art history major Victoria Werner, whose paper is Assessing Small Finds as an Archaeological Conservator: Case Studies from Ancient Italy and Egypt. Werner’s sponsor was Archeology and Art History Professor Susan Kane, with whom Werner has spent summers on digs in the Sangro Valley.
At 12:50, senior art history major Natasha Davis reports on Urban Reclamation: The Role of Politicized Street Art in Berlin. Davis has now been researching street art in Berlin for two years as an OCRF, and her talk promises to be especially exciting.
Jackie Bousek double majored in Cinema Studies as well as Visual Art with a concentration in psychology at Oberlin, graduating this past May. Currently she is a student at SAIC, where she is working on getting her MA in the Art Therapy program. She writes, “I am taking five classes. I really enjoy it and cannot see myself doing anything else right now. Every time I learn more about art therapy I am reassured that this is exactly where I want to be and what I want to be studying.”
Jackie was a McNair scholar for two years at Oberlin, and also says: “I thank the McNair program and all my professors and friends for encouraging me to even apply to graduate school; without their support I would have not been able to do so. The McNair program especially helped me prepare for the process and gave me insight on what to expect, and for that I am forever grateful.”
Thanks for the update Jackie, and keep up the great work in Chicago.