By Amy Wells
Editor's note: Appearing every Wednesday, Outlook will preview selected performances and exhibits offered by the College of Fine Arts as well as tell the stories behind the events. Check the Arts for Ohio online calendar to see the complete schedule of events.
Treasure hunting in Athens and Ohio University
Internationally known artist Mark Dion will shine his spotlight on the collections from both Ohio University and Athens community members at the Kennedy Museum of Art in the exhibit "Collections Collected: The University Collects and Athens Collects Miniatures" running from Sept. 24 to Nov. 29.
Dion, an installation artist, examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge and the natural world. A Mark Dion gallery space is unique because of the way he brings together objects from a variety of collections. He visited many departmental collections, including those from the anthropology and geology departments, the College of Engineering, athletics and aviation.
Royal Mapes, professor of geological sciences, oversees the university's paleobotanical collection and is eager to see the completed exhibition.
"I know [Dion] will put the collected objects in a format to excite people's interest and make them ask questions," he said. Mapes added that Dion was interested in objects such as mineral and fossil specimens and even an old miner's hat.
Dion chose visually compelling objects that represent aspects of the university and its researchers. He likens his process to treasure hunting, explaining that he looks for things that are unique to a particular collection, but also may represent the direction of that collection. He is especially enthusiastic about bringing people together from the community and revealing treasures from the collections he visited.
To complement the Kennedy's exhibit, the School of Art will host "Mark Dion: Collected Editions 1992-2009" in Trisolini Gallery from Sept. 18 to Nov. 14. The exhibit will feature limited-edition prints and multiples created by Dion between 1992 and 2009.
Opening receptions with the artist will be held at Trisolini Gallery in Baker University Center from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, and at the Kennedy Museum of Art from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Both events are free and open to the public.
Located in Lin Hall at The Ridges, museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 12 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Parking and admission are free. Visit www.ohio.edu/museum for more information.
Trisolini Gallery is located in Baker University Center 405. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free. Visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/art for more information.
Prints kick off Hispanic Heritage Month
The Multicultural Center will host a selection woodblock prints created by the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO), a collective of young Mexican artists, in a new exhibit on display through Oct. 9 in its gallery on the second floor of Baker University Center.
"These prints give their makers the ability to voice their discontent in an expressive, evocative and direct way," said Caitlin Nolan, co-curator and a printmaking graduate student. "Because of the tumultuous political situation in Oaxaca many ASARO artists remain anonymous and would have great difficulty bringing their work out of the country for exhibition."
Seldom seen in the United States, ASARO's remarkable woodblock prints are part of Mexico's long tradition of popular revolutionary art. The artists sell woodblock prints for 100 pesos, roughly $10, in Oaxaca's zocalo, or the public square. ASARO's main objective, however, is to use the artwork in activist statements that highlight injustice and the turmoil of the area.
ASARO's acts have included creating paper stencils of an arrested comrade and painting her portrait over the walls of the historic city center. The group also printed 3-foot-tall woodblock prints of goose-stepping police monsters on tissue paper. By dawn a chorus line of mutant police was pasted to a cathedral's wall.
The exhibit was curated by Nolan and Kevin McCloskey, a professor at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where the prints are on loan from its collection.
The exhibit will conclude on Oct. 9 with a lecture and reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. The gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.