By Amy Wells
Visiting Faculty Exhibition
Featuring 17 works by six visiting faculty members, the exhibit "Chicken, Beer and Celery: A Random Assortment of Academic Units" is eclectic to say the least.
The exhibition, which runs through April 18 in Trisolini Gallery in Baker University Center 405, features works in video installation, ink, mixed media and textile by visiting faculty members Brandon Boan, David Colagiovani, Nathan Davis, Mitchell Goodman, Suzanne Hagood and Cindy Malon.
"Most of my work has to do with place and memory," said Malon, a visiting professor in graphic design. "As a visiting faculty I am only here in Athens for nine months. Being in a place temporarily is a very different experience than being in a place permanently (or at least the mindset of thinking of a place as being permanent)."
Malon's piece "Felix Gonzalez-Torres" uses pink damask napkins and red cotton thread textiles to make reference to childhood memories of her grandmother's quilting, embroideries and knitting.
"Having lived outside of the U.S. since 1989, my connection to Ohio has always been that of a displaced tourist visiting family members, even though I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio," Malon said. "Throughout my childhood we would spend two weeks every summer at my grandmother's house in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky near Hindman. Because of these childhood experiences, I have a strong sense of attraction to the local landscape of Athens County."
Gallery hours are Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.
Cinematheque explores the 'End of the Line'
Cinematheque's April run at the Athena Cinema on Court Street kicks off Friday with the theme "End of the Line." The monthly film series will feature five films that examine the unsettling space between society's hopes and the darker impulses and trauma that afflict mankind.
With screenings through April 16, this month's films are "Gimme Shelter," "Solaris," "M," "Day of Wrath" and "WR: Mysteries of the Organism."
The films represent a wide variety of cultures, eras and languages including English, Russian, German and Danish. All foreign language films include English subtitles. The films date from 1931 to 1972.
The film series is sponsored by the Arts for Ohio initiative and aims to expose the Ohio University and Athens communities to a variety of classics, documentaries and international titles.
Cinematheque films are free for students with a valid ID, including local high school students and those visiting from other universities. Ohio University employees and community members pay $4 per film. Visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/artsforohio/cinematheque.htm for more information.
Be sure to check out these other arts events:
- The School of Theater opens their production of "The Trojan Women" this Wednesday through Saturday. Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, Euripides' play follows the stories of the women of Troy after Greek armies conquered their city and is the third tragedy in a trilogy about the Trojan War. In addition to this weekend "The Trojan Women" will run April 15-18. All performances are at 8 p.m. at the Forum Theater in the RTV Building. Admission is free for OHIO students with a valid ID, $7 for other students and seniors, and $10 for adults.
- The Building Education through the Arts and Transforming Society (B.E.A.T.S) will host a Hip-hop Expo Saturday at Baker University Center. The expo, titled "Bridging the Rural and Urban Experience through Sustainability," is an interactive event that merges the elements of hip-hop and discussions of social, economic and environmental justice toward solutions of how art transforms rural and urban communities. Visit www.ohio.edu/aas/hiphop/ for more information.